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Legislative Director

Date Posted:  Sep 20, 2022
Requisition ID:  378242

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 Indiana Department of Health (IDOH):

The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.



This position traditionally starts at $47,476 per year and may be commensurate with education and work experience. 

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


About the Job:

As the Legislative & External Affairs Director at the Indiana Department of Health, you will be responsible for the oversight, coordination, and direction of agency legislative activities and agenda related to promoting, protecting and improving the health of Hoosiers. In this position, you will be responsible for managing the relationships/contacts with the legislature, governor’s office and key stakeholders and working with complex issues, negotiations and coordinating on all related legislative activities.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Coordinate, develop, and oversee agency legislative matters. 
  • Negotiate language with stakeholders and bill authors. 
  • Prioritize and manage legislative issues.  
  • Maintain relationships with House and Senate staff. 
  • Serve as the main point of contact for legislators, including working with legislators and their staff on constituent inquiries. 
  • Advise lead team members on legislative strategy. 
  • Run the agency’s legislative agenda. 
  • Monitor all legislation and legislative committees impacting the agency. 
  • Manage bill review process for staff. 
  • Assist with ensuring strategic workforce vision aligns with administration. 
  • Ensure stakeholders follow assigned responsibilities. 
  • Represent the agency in a variety of situations with other state agencies, the legislature, institutions, the general public and special interest groups. 
  • Maintain confidentiality in discussing sensitive organizational matters and issues. 
  • Ensure progress and satisfaction of all required tasks. 
  • Recruit, select, onboard, and train employees to ensure role responsibilities and expectations are clearly understood while providing opportunities to continue professional development. 
  • Set expectations, measure progress, provide ongoing feedback, and evaluate the performance of employees.  Ensure work adheres to quality standards, deadlines, and proper procedures.   

The job profile 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 with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

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

  • Extensive knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and methodology of statutes, regulations and policies involving workforce development. 
  • Working knowledge of department charge and programs. 
  • Thorough knowledge of state government agency structures and legislature. 
  • Ability to be creative in developing alternatives to meet agency needs. 
  • Ability to communicate complex theories and principles to a broad spectrum, both verbally and in writing. 
  • Ability to maintain cooperative work relationships. 
  • Willingness and ability to adjust to change as the agencies may have needs arise that will require flexibility. 
  • Close attention to detail coupled with the ability to exercise good judgment. 
  • Strong organizational, oral, and written communication, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Proactive nature. able to anticipate conflicts before they arise. 
  • Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively. 
  • Ability to handle calls and emails with professionalism, courtesy, and accuracy. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain positive relationships with staff throughout the agencies. 
  • Ability to effectively allocate and prioritize time to several tasks to ensure completion of all. 
  • Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, and manage workflow. 
  • Ability to effectively give feedback, provide guidance or corrective action, coach, and develop employee skillsets. 

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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