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Legal Assistance Developer

Date Posted:  Jun 29, 2022
Requisition ID:  357542

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.


About the Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA): 

The Division of Aging of the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) strives to foster networks that provide information, access and long-term care options that enhance choice, autonomy and quality of life for Hoosiers and is committed to helping Hoosiers find the information and resources they need. Our goal is to put knowledge in Hoosiers’ hands so they can make better decisions, not only for themselves but also for their loved ones.  

Services are coordinated and funded through Indiana’s network of Area Agencies on Aging and include the state-funded CHOICE program (Community and Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly and Disabled) and administration of two Medicaid waiver programs providing home- and community-based services for older adults and individuals of all ages with physical impairments; additionally, we support the development of alternatives to nursing home care and coordinates services through the statewide INconnect Alliance network. 


Salary:  The annual minimum starting salary for this position is $ 52,000.00.  Salary may be commensurate with relevant experience/education.   


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


About the Job:

An Attorney E7 is responsible for rendering legal advice and services to an agency or division.  The purpose of this role is to lead an innovative, state-wide effort to systemically improve legal assistance for older Hoosiers with the greatest economic and social needs; will build legal services capacity consistent with the requirements of the Older Americans Act (OAA) as required. Additionally, this role will lead key DA initiatives and provide subject matter expertise around protecting elder rights and expanding advance planning efforts for older adults.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Expand statewide legal resources for the delivery of OAA Title III-B Legal Assistance Services to older Hoosiers in conjunction with Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Long-Term Care Ombudsmen, legal assistance providers, and other stakeholders in the aging network. 
  • Lead efforts to coordinate improved delivery of legal services through the AAAs and legal assistance providers.
  • Strategically grow legal assistance provider capacity across the state and plan how to best address priority legal issues under the OAA.
  • Ensure all federal requirements and any state requirements for the operation and provision of the legal assistance services are met.
  • Oversee the provision of legal services by contracted legal services providers and analyze the services for future program improvement.
  • Collaborate and develop program overlap with the Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsmen program; and build partnerships with other entities commonly dealing with the legal issues of older adults. including  guardianship programs, law schools, bar associations, and advocacy groups related to aging.
  • Build partnerships with other state agencies, including the court system, housing authorities, and federal entities.
  • Spearhead DA initiatives related to supported-decision making efforts in order to protect the rights of older adults.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and make recommendations on guardianship issues within DA programs, such as the Adult Guardianship Program and Adult Protective Services.
  • Providing technical assistance, training, and other supportive functions to legal professionals, the aging network, LTC ombudsmen, and managed care entities.
  • Lead development of and dissemination of materials on elder law issues to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Make available information regarding supported-decision making, alternatives to guardianship, end-of-life decision making and advance directives to older Hoosiers and a variety of stakeholders.
  • Educate and build relationships with a variety of Division of Aging (DA) stakeholders and stakeholders in the legal system 

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;
  • Experience in elder law, low cost, or pro bono legal assistance is preferred.
  • Mastery of legal issues, including but not limited to, supported-decision making/protection from guardianship, advance planning, and priority legal issues identified under the OAA.
  • 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.
  • Highly motivated individual who is able to plan, lead, and implement systemic improvements. 
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders both within the traditional aging network and outside the aging network.
  • Ability to act and think strategically to build legal assistance capacity for older Hoosiers.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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) 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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