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Director of Policy

Date Posted:  Sep 23, 2022
Requisition ID:  397722

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 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.
The starting salary for this position is commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:

The responsibilities of this position are multifaceted, with the primary functions being to oversee agency policy development and publication and assist with continuous quality improvement of agency-managed programs and services. As the Policy Director, incumbent will conduct research, make policy recommendations, provide technical assistance, draft or assist in processing documents for publication, as well as engage with internal and external stakeholders regarding a variety of policy topics. This position reports to the Associate Chief of Compliance and Policy within DWD’s Workforce Division.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Oversee publication of agency policies through collaboration with various divisions and stakeholders (e.g., Workforce Programs, Unemployment Insurance, Communications, etc.)
  • Research, interpret, and analyze federal and state workforce laws and other guidance;
  • Draft policies, or assist other divisions in drafting, revising, or publishing policies;
  • Make policy recommendations and ensure technical assistance is provided as needed;
  • Maintain working list of policy projects with priority level and current status of each;
  • Ensure proper maintenance of policy website;
  • Ensure the policy inbox is appropriately monitored;
  • Provide policy updates at internal and external partner meetings;
  • Support Policy and agency leadership, and State Workforce Board as needed;
  • Partner with agency leadership to drive agency quality improvement efforts to improve operational and program efficiencies and effectiveness;
  • Collaborate with other divisions (e.g., Unemployment Insurance) to process and publish agency policies outside the workforce division; 
  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure communication and collaboration regarding policy processes and publication; 
  • Serve as liaison and subject matter expert regarding workforce development law and policy topics and best practices;
  • Assist, as needed, with special projects that may arise, including, but not limited to: miscellaneous research projects, development of procedural guides or technical assistance, and state/federal grant reviews;
  • Supervise policy analyst; and
  • 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:

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

  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • At least five (5) years of public sector legal, administration, and/or management experience, with legal or compliance experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience in building and managing relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and executives;
  • Proven management experience with history of success in supervising staff;
  • Ability to work independently, apply substantial discretion, and balance several projects at once;
  • Flexibility and aptitude to assist in other agency functions;
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical abilities;
  • Ability to read and interpret federal, state, and local laws and regulations;
  • Remain current on new and developing law, regulations, policies, or standards, as applicable;
  • Effective and efficient judgment and communication skills.

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


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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