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Admin. Rulemaking Attorney

Date Posted:  Jun 10, 2022
Requisition ID:  367405

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. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


About the Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA): 

FSSA was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1991 to consolidate and better integrate the delivery of human services by state government. FSSA is a health care and social services funding agency. Ninety-four percent of the agency’s total budget is paid to thousands of service providers ranging from major medical centers to a physical therapist working with a child or adult with a developmental disability. The six care divisions in FSSA administer services to more than 1.5 million Hoosiers. FSSA’s mission is to compassionately serve Hoosiers of all ages and connect them with social services, health care and their communities. 


Salary:  The annual minimum starting salary for this position is $ 55,900.00.  Salary may be commensurate with relevant experience/education.   


Writing Sample: A recent legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages, preferably a legal brief or memorandum, is required; please attach the sample to your application. 


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Job:

The Attorney is responsible for rendering legal advice and services to an agency or large department of an agency.  This role is a specialized Administrative Rulemaking attorney to assist all FSSA divisions and attorneys in the administrative rulemaking promulgation process for the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning ("OECOSL"), the Division of Aging ("DA"), the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning ("OMPP"), the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services ("DDRS"), the Division of Mental Health and Addiction ("DMHA"), and the Division of Family Resources ("DFR").

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Provide technical and legal assistance, support FSSA divisions with administrative rule promulgation, and oversee and coordinate the rule promulgation process within the Office of General Counsel.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the Administrative Rules and Procedures statutes, as well as Financial Management Circulars (FMCs) adopted by the State Budget Agency and monitor ongoing trends and guidance as it relates to rulemaking process and procedures. Review and be familiar with division specific legal authority for rulemaking, coordinate with division attorneys, and provide guidance on substantive legal matters related to rulemaking issues. 
  • Review, manage, and draft administrative rules for the divisions of FSSA, and provide legal guidance to the divisions regarding options to achieve policy goals and to ensure the divisions' proposed rules meet all legal requirements.
  • Maintain current data and documentation regarding the status of pending and completed rules.  
  • Perform legal research and prepare memoranda relating to legal and procedural questions related to the Administrative Rulemaking process. Review correspondence to and from various divisions and outside agencies involved in the rule promulgation process and provide legal analysis and response.
  • Coordinate and represent the Office of General Counsel in public hearings related to the promulgation of Administrative Rules. 
  • Provide analysis for proposed and final bills set forth in the Indiana Legislature, recommend alternatives, and advise on implementation for all assigned program areas.
  • Respond to inquiries from legislators, general public, and attorneys for all assigned program areas.
  • Provide general legal support for the Office of General Counsel.

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 with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirement to be considered for employment:

  • Knowledge and skill normally acquired through acquisition of a juris doctorate and admission to the Indiana State bar. 
  • Prefer three (3) to five (5) years of experience practicing law, with relevant experience in Administrative Rulemaking and drafting of administrative rules or legislation.  
  • Ability to perform complex legal research, provide a legal risk analysis and recommend solutions to issues based on the proper application of legal principles and rulemaking law and guidance. 
  • Familiarity with the federal statutes, Code of Federal Regulations, Indiana Statutes and Indiana Administrative Code. 
  • Understanding of Administrative Rules and Procedures Act, technical writing skills, and the ability to assist in the drafting and promulgation of administrative rules.  
  • Effective communication skills, including but not limited to the ability to communicate orally and in writing  with the general public, agency personnel, legislators, and other attorneys to respond to questions or resolve disputes. 
  • Ability to draft rule language, correspondence with outside agencies and stakeholders, and to review fiscal documents.
  • Ability to analyze potential impact of legislation on the FSSA, the public, or the regulated entities. 
  • Thorough knowledge of the rule promulgation process and the drafting of legislation.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and legal and administrative databases like Lexis and SharePoint. 

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) as well as vision and dental plans;
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave;
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program;
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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