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Pipeline Safety Director

Date Posted:  Sep 30, 2021
Requisition ID:  219901

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46074


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.



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


About the Job:

The Pipeline Safety Division’s (PSD) primary mission is to ensure the safe and reliable operation of Indiana’s intrastate pipeline transportation system. This is largely accomplished through inspections, as well as training, outreach programs, investigations of pipeline accidents, and enforcement through compliance requirements and monetary sanctions.


The PSD Director’s role is to oversee and administer the program and ensure its overall effectiveness as per IC 8-1-22.5-3. The Director is also responsible for ensuring necessary changes to the program (policies, procedures, and processes) are effectuated through appropriate channels including administration and policy interpretations, the technical expertise provided for rulemakings and legislation, and interactions with Operators, Commissioners, IURC staff, and other Federal and State associates.  

A Day in the Life:

Duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Providing effective leadership, guidance, and management of PSD staff through proactive planning, communications, performance measurement/management, and the application of continuous process improvement techniques.
  • Ensuring overall enforcement activities are optimized through the ongoing development, maintenance and application of an objective, data-driven, risk based approach to planning and scheduling inspection activity and the allocation of limited PSD resources.
  • Monitoring industry performance and related initiatives and taking proactive measures as needed.
  • Understanding and teaching the importance of federal and state law and regulations related to pipeline safety and enforcement, in conjunction with the IURC General Counsel’s Office
  • Maintaining regular and open communications with the IURC General Counsel’s Office, Director of the Energy Division, Executive Directors, Chief of Staff, and Commissioners regarding PSD related initiatives, issues and overall performance.
  • Ensuring all Federal and State reporting requirements are met, including (but not limited to) those related to the timely and accurate submission of One Call, Damage Prevention and Base Grant applications and progress reports, performance management program, incident investigations and inspection results. 
  • Motivating, inspiring, and actively directing staff regarding individual professional development and ensuring all staff members are fully trained according to PHMSA requirements.
  • Ensuring all PHMSA related state certification requirements are satisfactorily met.
  • Working with operators and stakeholders to further improve and promote safety within Indiana’s natural gas industry.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study (e.g. accounting, engineering, economics, finance, or public policy analysis/public administration).  An advanced degree, professional certification (e.g. CPA, PE) or equivalent experience is preferred.
  • Must have 10 years of pipeline safety, regulatory and/or utility industry experience, or a combination of 5 years of experience along with 1) an advanced degree or 2) professional certification which would enable the individual to perform at the highest levels within the organization.
  • Must be able to perform his or her duties with no direction and supervision.
  • Must successfully complete the core training defined by the DOT and PHMSA within five years of entry into the position. 
  • Must be able to work independently but able to effectively draw upon other resources as needed to accomplish the PSD’s overall mission and objectives.  
  • Must possess excellent communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain rapport with a broad audience.
  • Must be show leadership and be professional when dealing with emergency situations including those associated with serious accidents or violations.
  • Must possess excellent leadership, management, supervisory and interpersonal skills and be able to effectively communicate and achieve support for the PSD’s strategic direction and initiatives.


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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