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Policy Analyst (DCS)

Date Posted:  Oct 13, 2021
Requisition ID:  219943

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.



The starting salary for this position is $37,778 annually.


About the Department of Child Services:

Mission:  The Indiana Department of Child Services leads the state’s response to allegations of child abuse and neglect and facilitates child support payments. We consider the needs and values of all we serve in our efforts to protect children while keeping families together whenever possible.

Vision: Children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities.

Values: We at the Indiana Department of Child Services empower our team, in collaboration with state and local partners, to make decisions in the best interest of every child in our care by embracing:

  • Respect for all
  • Racial justice
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • A culture of safety

About the Job:

The Policy Analyst will research, draft, and prepare administrative (staff related) and child welfare policies for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). You will utilize education, consultation, cooperative programming, and coordination to accomplish goals.

A Day in the Life:

  • Conduct subject matter research to uncover best practices in child welfare (investigation, foster care, adoption, etc.);
  • Review child welfare policy in other states;
  • Interview subject matter experts to gain deeper understanding of current practice;
  • Analyze child welfare issues and prepare policy position briefs;
  • Work with DCS legal counsel to gain understanding of federal and state laws as they apply to policy;
  • Discuss and debate major policy issues with DCS executive team;
  • Write policy drafts that contain logical, concise, grammatically correct statements;
  • Create flowcharts to illustrate complex procedures;
  • Review all incoming policy or procedural information for decisions on distribution;
  • Acts as technical consultant to the entire staff, clarifying and interpreting all procedures, providing references and resolving disputed issues;
  • Serve as a liaison between agency and other State and federal agencies;
  • Assist Director in evaluating proposed policies in topic area; and
  • Perform related tasks as required.

What We're Looking For:

  • Seven (7) years work experience in program coordination; development; implementation; or accredited college training in a related field.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Strong subject matter research skills (internet-based topical research);
  • Strong technical writing skills;
  • Linear, analytical thinking;
  • Process-oriented;
  • Curiosity about national best practices in child welfare;
  • Child welfare or social services experience;
  • Extensive knowledge of all source materials and references, including Federal and State laws governing the programs;
  • Working knowledge of the organization of the agency and of State and Federal agencies dealing with the programs;
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret and correlate very technical material and make recommendations on implementation policy;
  • Ability to develop and implement new policies and procedures and discern any far reaching implications;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing; and
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with Federal and State agencies.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.

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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Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis