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Director of External Affairs

Date Posted:  Aug 13, 2019
Requisition ID:  14542

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.


Indiana Civil Rights Commission

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces the Indiana civil rights laws and provides education and services to the public in an effort to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers and visitors to the State of Indiana. The Indiana Civil Rights Commission will be an important societal influence working to eliminate illegal discrimination in Indiana.


The Deputy Director of External Affairs for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission is responsible for planning, developing and implementing outreach, communication, marketing and educational programs and initiatives on behalf of the agency and the Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. The Deputy Director of External Affairs is responsible for managing and directing the efforts of staff in the Education and Outreach Division, and assisting to cultivate relationships with other agencies or related organizations throughout the state.  In addition, the Deputy Director is responsible for leading legislative initiatives for the Commission.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Manage/Supervise administrative staff for the State’s cultural commissions that fall under ICRC purview
  • Periodically attend cultural commission meetings and develop relationships with commissioners, as needed
  • Oversee the development and implementation of agency messaging and communications, policy activities, and outreach events
  • Maintain existing partnerships, develop new ones, and craft partnership agreements between ICRC and partner agencies statewide
  • Work with the Consortium members, as needed
  • Research and develop messaging and informational materials related to ICRC’s education focus, namely disproportionate rates  and outlying disparities amongst vulnerable communities
  •  Conduct interviews and media segments, as needed
  • Host panel discussions and deliver remarks on all agency topics, as needed
  • Identify key legislative topics for consideration of legislation
  • Work with the Executive Director to identify key legislative agenda items for the Commission; to track and provide positions and information to legislators
  • Meet with legislators to discuss legislative agenda items or other topics

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.

Preferred Experience:

A minimum of a bachelor's degree in public relations, education, communication, business administration or related area is required combined with at least five years of professional work experience.  A graduate degree is preferred.

  • Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a communicator, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment and to lead personnel.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/priorities simultaneously and to thrive in a fast paced, high profile work environment
  • Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and methodology of administrative management;
  • Through knowledge of department charge and programs;
  • Specialized knowledge of state government administrative structures;
  • Ability to coordinate and motivate diverse, professional and support personnel;
  • Ability to be creative in developing alternatives to meet department’s needs;
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain cooperative work relationships.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

Supervises six direct reports - four Cultural Commission Executive Directors, Communications Manager and Public Outreach and Events Manager


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (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
  • 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


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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