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Legislative Director

Date Posted:  Apr 22, 2022
Requisition ID:  279341

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 Department of Revenue:
The Indiana Department of Revenue Customer Service Department is responsible for providing service and support to Indiana Tax paying customers. This is a fabulous opportunity to join a team that has been named as an IndyStar Top WORK Places  three straight years - 2019, 2020 & 2021, and where we learn, have fun, and are committed to providing Best in Class Customer Service.



Salary for this position is commensurate with experience and education.



About the Job:

This position involves a high degree of discretion in developing, interpreting, and applying tax policy. This position will work closely with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Assembly, tax practitioners, executive management and the rest of the Department of Revenue (DOR) to develop effective tax policy legislation and tax regulations for the State. This position will provide guidance for taxpayers, practitioners, and internal components of DOR on complex issues of tax law. This position must have the ability to support all of the functions of the Director of Tax Policy, including but not limited to meeting independently with legislators and other agencies, leading internal and external meetings, and developing and implementing policy priorities.


Employee may access Federal Tax Information while performing daily job duty. All taxpayer information, federal and state, obtained by an employee in the performance of his/her duties is confidential and not to be shared with anyone outside the Department, except as specified by Indiana Code. Any employee or officer of the Department of Revenue who accesses tax information without a business reason, unofficially or without approval, will be dismissed from employment.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this roles are as follows but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Director of Tax Policy to establish legislative goals for the Tax Policy team, as well as DOR as a whole, and advising other policymakers on effective tax policy for the State. 
  • Drafting and reviewing guidance on complex issues of tax law through tools such as Administrative Rules, Advisory Letters, Revenue Rulings, Information Bulletins, Commissioner's Directives and Departmental Notices.
  • Drafting and reviewing various tax reports for taxpayers, practitioners, other agency personnel and the Indiana General Assembly. 
  • Serving as a legislative liaison.
  • Working closely with the Tax Policy team and the Legal division to correctly interpret Indiana law, particularly where the laws are ambiguous in nature, broad in scope, novel, or otherwise complex.
  • Working with a statistician, maintains electronic database of county ordinances and advises counties on related issues, and distributes data related to various Indiana taxes.
  • Meeting with legislators, practitioners, and taxpayers to discuss specific tax-related issues;
  • Evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of existing policies/procedures;
  • Researching and monitoring innovative programs developed by other states or institutions and analyzing applicability to own agency;
  • Serving as DOR’s lead in terms of dealing with the legislature, developing legislative strategies, and tracking bills;
  • Working closely with all DOR lines of business during session to identify and correct any issues presented by bills and/or amendments to bills to ensure DOR’s interests are protected;
  • Meeting regularly to inform DOR executive management of items of significant impact during session;
  • Serving as a key driver behind implementation of laws through working closely with all DOR lines of business to develop inventory of changes to systems, forms, determinations and any other aspect of DOR’s operations, to develop requirements for implementation of those changes, and to execute changes as per their effective dates.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • At least five years of legal, fiscal and/or tax policy experience is required.
  • Excellent good communication skills in both individual and group settings;
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and other electronic applications, primarily to create and maintain documents and databases;
  • Ability to utilize Westlaw--general research skills are essential;
  • Ability to utilize Hannah or other legislative tracking software preferred;
  • Must be skilled at interpreting and synthesizing constitutional, statutory, and regulatory provisions with case law, both at the federal and state level;
  • Must be capable of understanding and comprehending material such as very specialized and technical manuals; and
  • Must possess the ability to understand and integrate independently complex and sophisticated concepts and rules.
  • Prior legislative experience is preferred.


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) 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.

 Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.




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