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Staff Attorney

Date Posted:  Feb 22, 2021
Requisition ID:  180962

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 Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA): 

About the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA):

The IHCDA is a quasi-agency of the State of Indiana and is committed to serving the entire spectrum of housing, from homelessness to homeownership. Our charge is to provide housing opportunities, promote self-sufficiency and strengthen communities, in order to build an Indiana with a sustainable quality of life for all Hoosiers in the community of their choice. To learn more about IHCDA visit us at www.in.gov/ihcda.



The typical starting salary for this position is $48,000 per year.

About the Job:

The Staff Attorney contributes to the IHCDA mission by ensuring the Authority and its staff are in compliance with the rules and regulations of state, local and federal funders and other regulatory agencies, that Authority policies and procedures are being followed, and investigating internal or external reports of fraud, waste or abuse with respect to any IHCDA initiatives.

A Day in the Life:

  • Develop understanding of IHCDA, its mission and its work
    • Understand vision, mission and strategic priorities of IHCDA
    • Develop understanding of IHCDA initiatives and programs
  • Takes lead on review of potential new regulations (similar duties for new rules, statutes, guidelines etc.)
    • Responsible for monitoring federal regulations directly related to IHCDA programs (such as HOME regulations) or broadly affecting IHCDA (such as the Fair Housing Act)
    • Draft comments for submission on proposed new regulations, consulting with affected staff
    • When final regulations are published, working with affected staff to help them understand the regulation, and as needed, to implement changes to maintain compliance  
  • Responsible for ensuring Authority’s timely compliance with APRA requests (similar duties if FOIA or other public records request received)
    • Work with Legal Assistant to source the information requested
    • Make determinations on behalf of Authority regarding whether information may or must not be provided, consulting with GC as needed
    • Reviewing, and redacting as necessary, documents prior to delivery to requesting party
    • Serve as Authority’s liaison with the State Public Access Counselor
    • Should APRA disputes arise, responsible for preparing and defending IHCDA’s position and decision
    • Responsible for notifying GC in event an APRA decision appears that it will be contentious or result in further attention needed by the Authority (i.e. Executive Director, Public Relations, Legal, etc.)
    • Reviewing Authority’s APRA response procedures to ensure compliance with APRA law and regulations to ensure continued compliance
  • Serve as lead liaison from the Legal Department during external reviews, such as program monitoring and audits (excluding financial auditors who liaise with CFO or designee) or criminal investigators
    • Represent the Authority in a professional and competent light; face of IHCDA during these reviews
    • Work with reviewers to understand information requests and understand justification for requests; work with IHCDA staff to source the information
    • Advise General Counsel and Deputy Counsel regarding potential findings or concerns arising from reviews
  • Serve as internal compliance person for both internal and external reporting of any suspected waste, fraud or abuse, violations of law, rules or regulations related to agency contracts
    • Lead the investigation from taking the complaint to delivering results/recommendations to GC
    • Take steps necessary to resolve these issues in a way that the impact to IHCDA’s standing is minimized
    • Track that agreed-upon resolutions are being met
    • Review current situations and advise if resolutions are being met, and address those situations in which they are not
  • Prepare contracts and grant agreements 
  • Assist in responses to foreclosures and bankruptcies
  • Support GC and the Deputy Counsel, as needed with projects
  • Other duties as assigned.

What We're Looking For:

  • The ideal candidate for this position has a strong commitment to community service, is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana, and has 1-2 years of relevant legal experience including experience with the State contracting process and working with external professional partners (funding agencies, auditors, etc.) on issues of compliance.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Buys into IHCDA mission and strategic priorities.
  • Possesses strong listening skills and sound judgment.
  • Ability to draw a reasoned conclusion from research and investigation and ability to support and present this conclusion to executive staff.
  • Must be able to handle delicate and sensitive situations with professionalism.  There may be instances where this position will need to demand repayment of funds from a partner, for example.
  • Must be able to develop and maintain relationships while executing difficult tasks.
  • Capable of efficiently assessing issues arising from multiple state and federal programs.
  • Demonstrates highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proactive in anticipating and alerting others to problems with projects or processes.
  • Able to effectively communicate with a variety of individuals with diverse backgrounds, education, and economic levels.
  • Demonstrates strong presentation skills.  Can facilitate both large and small group presentations.
  • Demonstrates high-level customer service orientation.
  • Able to think logically and analytically.
  • Proactive in anticipating and alerting others to problems with projects or processes.
  • High detail orientation and accuracy.
  • Takes initiative and needs little supervision.
  • Able to prioritize, organize tasks and time, and follow up.
  • Performs responsibilities efficiently and timely.
  • Able to coordinate multiple requests and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Able to work well in a team environment and as part of a team.

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) 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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