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Deputy General Counsel - DNR

Date Posted:  Nov 16, 2022
Requisition ID:  413941

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.


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


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.

Role Overview:


The Deputy General Counsel is involved with a variety of executive legal duties within a state agency or facility involving a high degree of discretion in interpretation, application and execution of all agency policies and programs.


A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Direct and oversee all Legal Division staff members and division workflow and projects.
  • Prepare and render legal opinions to the agency’s leadership and management teams, as requested.
  • Provide legal assistance in the drafting of legal documents, agency policy, rules and regulations, resolutions, and other legal or related papers upon request.
  • Provide legal assistance in drafting of legislation impacting the agency.
  • Work with the Legislative Director on legislative matters as directed, including providing legal analysis of pending legislation.
  • Advise staff concerning agency matters.
  • Conduct legal research and prepares reports of various topics as requested by the Commissioner and management team.
  • Review contracts as requested.
  • Manage agency litigation and coordinate legal matters with outside counsel.
  • Monitor legal services provided to the agency by outside counsel.
  • Assist Ethics Officer for the agency.
  • Assist the General Counsel to keep assigned agency informed and up to date regarding any matters that are likely to have a significant impact upon the agency.
  • Provide reports regarding matters within the incumbent’s responsibilities that are appropriate for public discussion.


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:


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

  • Admission to the Indiana State Bar.
  • Advanced knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures and precedents.
  • Thorough knowledge of agency and/or organizational program(s) and business practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of State programs and resources, public policy, and program evaluation.
  • Ability to develop and/or measure program outcomes.
  • Ability to supervise others by assigning/directing work. Conducting employee evaluations, staff training and development, taking appropiate disciplinary/corrective actions, making hiring/termination recommendations.
  • Must possess excellent writing and communication skills and be able to present ideas and opinions clearly in verbal, written and electronic form.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow agency employees.
  • Ability to treat all state employees with courtesy and respect.
  • Ability to create, maintain and improve the culture of teamwork, excellent customer service and cost-effective use of the people’s resources.
  • Ability to discharge all job responsibilities with integrity.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.


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




This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $93,002.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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