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Employee Relations Deputy Counsel

Date Posted:  Nov 15, 2021
Requisition ID:  280352

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 State Personnel Department (INSPD):
As an agency operating a shared services model, we provide the executive branch of state government with top-notch HR services. INSPD has a dedicated team of human resources professionals working in many capacities, including director-level, generalists and specialists in each discipline of human resources. Joining our team will open the door to many opportunities for lateral and upward mobility. 


The salary for this position may be commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:

The Indiana State Personnel Department is seeking a dedicated and qualified attorney to join our Employee Relations team as the Deputy Counsel. The Deputy Counsel provides leadership, guidance, and counsel to state agencies, particularly in the areas of administrative adjudication, including providing analysis of the probabilities of potential outcomes based upon an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses management and employee bring to each case and the relevant laws, rules, policies, and precedents. Incumbent is responsible for drafting position statements in EEOC cases for agencies who have centralized their HR functions within SPD and reviewing position statements drafted by non-centralized agencies. The incumbent is also responsible for attempting to resolve employee relations disputes in an amicable fashion, using knowledge of employment law, industry practices and other policies to help parties reach an expedient resolution to minimize loss of employee wages, interruption of normal business operations, and management liabilities. The Deputy Counsel educates agency advocates and human resources staff on the impact of prior and recently issued decisions by SEAC, courts, and other fora while also reviewing and making recommendations on proposed changes to legislation. administrative rules, policies, and procedures.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Advises agency staff on various program and legal areas;
  • Drafts and reviews contracts and correspondence;
  • Serves as a liaison to the Indiana Office of Attorney General on litigation and tort claims matters;
  • Drafts and reviews legislation and administrative rules;
  • Performs legal research and writing assignments;
  • Provides general legal support for the agency;
  • Oversees contract process for local office attorneys;
  • Conducts legal trainings for lower-level attorneys and others;
  • Litigates cases in State Courts representing the agency;
  • Handles administrative matters and hearings;
  • Organizes and manages caseload in preparation of hearings and/or litigation;
  • Generates appropriate pleadings, motions and discovery, and responses;
  • Delegates to and provides support for any legal support staff;
  • Drafts appeals and appellate briefs;
  • May be required to participate in committees, groups, or teams such as screen out committees;
  • May be required to serve as local counsel for the Indiana Office of Attorney General

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:

  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence;
  • Indiana Bar Admission; license in good standing;
  • Strong legal research, writing and litigation skills;
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to apply relevant statutes, case law and rules.

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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