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00EOA5 - Attorney E5

Date Posted:  Jan 11, 2022
Requisition ID:  298681

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.



The starting salary for this position is $63,154 and may be commensurate with education and experience.


About the Job:

The position would serve as an administrative law judge and is responsible for adjudicatory hearings under IC 4-21.5 and 312 IAC 3-1 for proceedings within the jurisdiction of the Natural Resources Commission (Commission), the Geologists Licensure Board (GLB) and the Soil Scientist Registration Board (SSRB).  The position is required to be registered with the Indiana Supreme Court as a mediator and to provide mediation services for Commission matters as well as through interagency cooperation.  The position also drafts rules and nonrule policy documents on behalf of the Commission.  The position must process rule packages efficiently through the adoption process, serving as a hearing officer, and presenting the matter to the Commission for consideration.  The position helps insure that the Commission's other responsibilites, associated with such things as conservancy districts, marina rate petitions, federal consistency reviews under CZM, the Great Lakes Compact, and  under IC 14-11-1-3, are carried out effectively and efficiently.  The incumbent serves as the Assistant Director within the Division. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Conduct adjudicatory proceedings in accordance with IC 4-21.5 and 312 IAC 3-1 for matters within the jurisdiction of the Natural Resources Commission, the GLB and the SSRB.  Apply case management techniques, maintain control and decorum throughout the proceeding; apply sound legal reasoning and judgment. 

  • Draft and carry out the process of promulgating administrative rules and establishing nonrule policy documents, conduct all actitivities required of the Natural Resources Commission relating to conservancy district petitions.  Conduct public hearings and abide public notice and public input requirements, prepare findings of fact and recommendations for consideration and action by the Natural Resources Commission. 

  • Mediate disputes involving subject matter under the jurisdiction of the Natural Resources Commission as well as under the jurisdiction of other state agencies that, pursuant to a memorandum of understanding, participate in the shared neutrals program.  Actively participate in interagency cooperative associations directed to sharing expertise among mediators and administrative law judges, as authorized by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission.

  • Serve as the Assistant Director of the Division of Hearings.  Provide supervision for division personnel, serve as liaison to the Department on specified administration initiatives.  Serve as a division representative in responding to inquiries and correspondence. 

  • Prepare assigned items for inclusion on the agendas of the Natural Resources Commission, the AOPA Committee, and the Advisory Council.  In the absence of the Division Director carry out all division resposibilities to the Commission and AOPA Committee.  Serve as counsel to the Natural Resources Commission on all matters as assigned.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Must possess knowledge and skill associated with the required acquisition of a graduate degree in law and admission to the Indiana State Bar as well as acceptable training for inclusion in the Registry of Approved Court Mediators.  
  • Must have at least three years of exeperience in administrative law, natural resources law, cultural resources law, or a combination of the three.  
  • The position must interpret and apply state and federal laws, rules and regulations and be adept in conducting legal research and analyzing precedent for proper application of legal principles to complex legal issues.
  • Prioritizing tasks is important in accomplishing effective case management in a highly independent work environment.  
  • Effective and tactful written and verbal communication skills are imperative to professionally carrying out the responsibilities of this position including making presentations, maintaining proper decorum and order in conducting adjuicatory proceedings and public hearings as well as in discussing and drafting rules and legislation. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.


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