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Attorney - Hearings & Appeals

Date Posted:  Jan 14, 2022
Requisition ID:  294766

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.


About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD):

Our mission is to develop a premier workforce that will allow Indiana employers to flourish and entice businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana. Everyone at DWD will be required to think outside-the-box; to determine metrics that will allow for measurement and improvement and efficiencies to be made along the way. Cutting edge technologies will be utilized to help assess Indiana’s employment future. If managed properly, Indiana’s workforce will be second to none and completely prepared for the next phase of the state and country’s economic growth.



We are offering both Part Time and Full Time positions.  The salary for the position is commensurate with experience, with $47,476 being the starting salary for Full Time attorneys with no experience.


Work Location:

This position can be remote telework or employees may work from DWD’s downtown Indianapolis or Fort Wayne location, depending on preference. Note: Individuals may be required to work onsite if needed for performance management.

About the Job:

In the Attorney - Hearings & Appeals position, you will work for DWD’s Unemployment Insurance division and preside over unemployment insurance appeals filed by employers and claimants. You will provide a critical role in ensuring both employers and claimants’ voices are heard and that benefits are properly paid. You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of cases assigned to you. Hearings are held telephonically, with multiple hearings each day. A successful candidate will have a positive, customer driven attitude, the ability to navigate technology and work in a high-volume environment. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:


  • Prepare for multiple cases each day
  • Rule upon any pre-hearing motions, when necessary
  • Hold multiple administrative hearings pursuant to the Indiana Code, Indiana Administrative Code and the USDOL Criteria Handbook. These could be single party claimant hearings or contested employer/claimant hearings. Each hearing on average lasts 30 minutes, thus multiple hearings are held each day
  • Issue decisions consistent with state and federal law, in accordance with guidelines provided by DWD
  • Review and certify hearing transcripts, when necessary
  • Maintain knowledge of current applicable law


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:

  • The ideal candidate in this role should minimally have a valid license to practice law in the State of Indiana and must remain in good standing with the Indiana Bar Association. 
  • Effectively, efficiently and concisely communicates, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to analyze evidence presented and promptly issue decisions based upon the evidence
  • Ability to maintain a high-volume workload
  • Strong organization skills 
  • Ability to learn and utilize technology to conduct hearings and write decisions
  • Ability to effectively conduct hearings, particularly where the parties are not represented by an attorney
  • Strong Customer Services skills
  • Experience with or ability to learn the Rules of Evidence and Civil Procedure, the USDOL Criteria Handbook, and the DWD hearing procedures

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

What You'll Get in Return:

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

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • A wellness program that offers eligibility into a discounted 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
  • An 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
  • The State of Indiana offers other generous leave policies covering a variety of employee needs.
  • New Parent Leave
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • FREE Downtown parking
  • DWD GOAL (Go Out and Learn) Tuition Assistance Program
    • Eligible employees have access to up to $5,000 in tuition assistance per fiscal year
  • Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of Working in State Government!


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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