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Date Posted:  Oct 5, 2021
Requisition ID:  267582

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 Indiana Department of Transportation:
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) provides a dynamic workplace that serves Indiana citizens, improves our state’s quality of life, and enhances its economic opportunity. INDOT has a 
number of innovative programs and projects, including Public-Private Partnerships, Green Initiatives, and cutting-edge uses of materials and assets. As part of the State of Indiana, INDOT offers a 
competitive total compensation package, as well as outstanding work/life balance. Whether you are an established professional in the transportation field or just starting your career, INDOT has exciting and 
challenging opportunities for you.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

The salary for this position is commensurate based upon education and/or work experience.


About the Job:

The incumbent of this position serves as an Attorney in the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Legal Division and provides legal advice for the agency.
Position contributes to INDOT’s and the Legal Division’s results by reviewing the legality of INDOT’s actions, making settlement recommendations for legal actions in which INDOT is a party, drafting and reviewing certain contracts to which INDOT is a party, drafting administrative rules to allow INDOT to better perform its statutory duties, serving as legal resource to INDOT districts and business units, assisting in fulfilling INDOT's responsibilities under the Access to Public Records Act, and facilitating cooperation with other state, federal, and local agencies to achieve INDOT’s results. 

A Day in the Life:

•    Advises on legal issues and recommends solutions in a variety of areas, including without limitation real estate, utilities, environmental, multi-modal, construction, permits, ethics, human resources and public records requests
•    Negotiates, drafts and reviews INDOT contracts to best protect the State of Indiana and taxpayers
•    Considers and advises on the application of federal and state laws to INDOT programs, policies, and initiatives
•    Represents INDOT to other state and federal agencies, local units of government, and to the general public
•    Represents INDOT in administrative hearings and before other bodies (including the Prequalification Committee)
•    Educates and informs INDOT officials, management and staff concerning INDOT’s legal obligations and solutions to common problems
•    Develops and maintains relationships with internal clients
•    Conducts legal research
•    Reviews the legality of INDOT’s actions
•    Makes settlement recommendations for legal actions in which INDOT is a party
•    Assists INDOT offices in drafting administrative rules to allow INDOT to better perform its statutory duties, and provides guidance and oversight to INDOT employees in completing the rulemaking process
•    Serves as a legal resource to INDOT districts and divisions on a variety of legal issues
•    Ensures cooperation with other state, federal, and local agencies to improve INDOT project development, grant administration and contract processes 
•    Provides counsel to INDOT senior management on the law and procedures
•    Identifies gaps in agency policies and processes for which legislative or regulatory changes are needed
•    Investigates compliance issues and formulates proper resolutions
•    Drafts proposed statutes and statutory amendments
•    Participates in presentation of continuing legal education programs as requested

What You’ll Need For Success:

•    Juris Doctorate and admission to Indiana State Bar
•    Expand and maintain an always current knowledge of a variety of legal fields, including state and federal constitutional law, property law, contract, construction and environmental law
•    At least five (5) years experience in the legal field
•    Thorough knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply state and federal laws, rules and regulations
•    Superior written and verbal communication skills
•    Organizational ability to formulate and carry out enforcement proceedings and initiate policies
•    Presentation skills with ability to persuade
•    Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply all requirements established by governing bodies
•    Ability to research and evaluate legal precedents
•    Participation in continuing legal education programs
•    Ability to apply legal principles 
•    Ability to analyze complex problems and make sound recommendations for resolution of problems
•    Ability to tactfully communicate with a wide variety of internal clients, external customers, administrators and officials to resolve disputes

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to 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.


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