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Deputy Director, Legislative & External Affairs

Date Posted:  Oct 12, 2021
Requisition ID:  272482

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 Health (IDOH):  
The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.


Salary Information:
This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $41,574.00 but may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

The Deputy Director of Legislative and External Affairs is responsible for partnering with the Director of Legislative and External Affairs to further the agency’s legislative goals and agenda, as well as communicate effectively for the agency with legislators, key stakeholders, and constituents. This position reports to the Director of Legislative and External Affairs and will require experience in communications, strategic planning, project management, and knowledge of state government administration and the legislative process.  This position helps the Department achieve its mission by effectively shepherding policy and legislation to promote, protect, and improve the health and safety of Hoosiers.

A Day in the Life:

​The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • In collaboration with the Director, IDOH executive staff, and program areas, develop IDOH’s annual legislative agenda and strategize outreach to ensure success
  • Track the Indiana General Assembly standing and interim study committees and identify potential issues to be resolved or reported
  • Testify on behalf agency leadership for testimony in committee hearings during legislative session and interim study committees and prepare remarks for others who may testify; serve as technical expert on various aspects of the legislative process
  • Review relevant federal legislation, regulations, and other policies that may impact IDOH programs and budget; synthesize issues and publish briefs as appropriate
  • Track, review and analyze legislation related to issues involving public health and IDOH
  • Coordinate with applicable program staff to review legislation and determine impact on agency programs and initiatives
  • Serve as a point of contact for legislative inquiries, external outreach, and escalation
  • Prepare reports for the governor's office
  • Draft fact sheets, talking points, reports, presentations or other communications as directed
  • Manage and track implementation following the legislative session
  • Manage constituent communication, providing appropriate responses or routing through the appropriate IDOH division; ensure messaging is consistent and appropriate
  • Build and maintain relationships with providers, state agency partners (e.g., OMPP, Division of Aging, IDOI, etc.), and other external stakeholders (e.g., industry associations, lobbyists, and others)
  • Perform other duties 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:

This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Public Policy, Government Affairs, Political Science, Communications or the equivalent.  At least three years of experience required.
  • Experience in public affairs such as legislative, communications, state or local government
  • Knowledge and understanding of the legislative process
  • Broad knowledge of public health and agency mission and vision
  • Detailed oriented and well-organized
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, able to build relationships, establish trust, and influence leaders at all levels
  • Skill in presenting information orally, visually and in writing in a logical and clear manner to explain programs, initiatives or activities to both internal and external audiences
  • Ability to effectively respond to and manage multiple tasks and handle a large of volume of work in high stress situations
  • Ability to work with stakeholders to assess needs, provide assistance, resolve problems, and satisfy expectations
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with legislators
  • Handles all communication with sensitivity, tact and professionalism

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.


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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