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Executive Director of External Affairs

Date Posted:  Jun 17, 2022
Requisition ID:  370321

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 Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC):

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is an administrative agency that hears evidence in cases filed before it and makes decisions based on the evidence presented in those cases. The Commission is required by state statute to be impartial and make decisions in the public interest to ensure regulated utilities provide safe and reliable service at just and reasonable rates. The Commission also serves as a resource to the legislature, executive branch, state agencies, and the public by providing information regarding Indiana’s utilities and the regulatory process. In addition, Commission members and staff are actively involved with regional, national, and federal organizations regarding utility issues affecting Indiana.



About the Job:

The Executive Director of External Affairs is the primary voice of the Indiana Utillity Regulatory Commission (IURC) and oversees the Consumer Affairs Division (CAD), communications and media relations, legislative affairs, and the Underground Plant Protection Account (UPPA) program management. This position is responsible for all external messaging and ensuring that the agency speaks with one, consistent voice. This position is also the point of contact for external stakeholders.  The Executive Director of External Affairs serves on the IURC's Executive Team.

A Day in the Life:

  • Supervise direct reports who oversee CAD, communications and media relations, external affairs,   
  •   and the UPPA program management 
  • Serve as the IURC's primary legislative liaison to the Governor's Office, the Indiana General Assembly, and external stakeholders
  • Facilitate and lead the analysis of proposed legislative impact to the agency and educating stakeholders on impacts, which may include testifying at legislative committee hearings
  • Research and analyze requested topics and deliver results for IURC or external stakeholders as needed
  • Review and oversee the creation of agency reports and other miscellaneous documents
  • Advise commissioners and other staff members regarding external issues and activities
  • Represent the agency at events and conferences
  • Member of the IURC Executive Team
  • Other duties as assigned

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, management, journalism, political science, public affairs, public relations, or a related field with 5+ years professional experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator) helpful, but not required
  • Some evening travel or hours required, approximately 5 percent

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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