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Staff Attorney

Date Posted:  Jun 17, 2022
Requisition ID:  370181

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 Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA): 

FSSA was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1991 to consolidate and better integrate the delivery of human services by state government. FSSA is a health care and social services funding agency. Ninety-four percent of the agency’s total budget is paid to thousands of service providers ranging from major medical centers to a physical therapist working with a child or adult with a developmental disability. The six care divisions in FSSA administer services to more than 1.5 million Hoosiers. FSSA’s mission is to compassionately serve Hoosiers of all ages and connect them with social services, health care and their communities. 


Writing Sample: A recent legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages, preferably a legal brief or memorandum, is required; please attach the sample to your application. 


Salary:  The annual minimum starting salary for this position is $ 52,000.00.  Salary may be commensurate with relevant experience/education.  


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


About the Job:

An Attorney E7 is responsible for rendering legal advice and services to an agency or division.  This role provides support for agency activities that provide services for persons applying for eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families by providing legal advice and analysis to various divisions within FSSA, including the Division of Family Resources. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Provide legal advice to one or more divisions and benefit programs administered by FSSA.  Perform legal research and prepare memoranda relating to legal questions, as well as FSSA policies and procedures to various divisions. Review correspondence to and from various divisions and provide legal analysis.
  • Represent one or more FSSA divisions at administrative hearings. Representation includes developing case strategy, working with client to achieve goals, preparing motions and briefs, prepping witnesses, and litigating cases before administrative law judge.
  • Assist in the administrative rule promulgation process.  Duties include but are not limited to: reviewing, managing, and drafting administrative rules, and providing legal guidance to the client regarding the options to achieve policy goals and to ensure the client’s proposed rules meets all the legal requirements. 
  • Liaison to the Office of the Attorney General (AG) and outside counsel in devising strategies for litigation involving benefit programs administered by FSSA.  Assist the AG and outside counsel in understanding client programs and goals.  Analyze allegations of lawsuits by recipients, applicants, and providers.  Assist with drafting pleadings.  Review settlement proposals and make recommendations to FSSA divisions.
  • Review contracts and provide legal assistance regarding contract disputes for all assigned program areas.
  • Participate in committees, groups, or teams such as screen out committees, as necessary. 
  • Provide analysis for proposed and final bills set forth in the Indiana Legislature, recommend alternatives, and advise on implementation for all assigned program areas.
  • Respond to Indiana Access to Public Records Act (APRA) requests and advise agency on Open Door Law.  Provide legal analysis and develop appropriate responses on public access laws, including responses to informal and formal complaints made to the Indiana Public Access Counselor.
  • Respond to inquiries from legislators, general public, and attorneys for all assigned program areas.
  • Provide general legal support for the Office of General Counsel.

The job description 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

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Must possess a Doctorate of Law from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the Indiana State Bar and prefer two (2) years of experience practicing law, with some experience in litigation.  Experience in administrative hearings and disability and health law preferred.
  • Ability to perform complex legal research, provide a legal risk analysis and recommend solutions to issues based on the proper application of legal principles. 
  • Familiarity with the federal statutes, Code of Federal Regulations, Indiana Statutes and Indiana Administrative Code. 
  • Broad understanding of Administrative Rules and Procedures Act, technical writing skills, and the ability to assist in the drafting and promulgation of administrative rules.  
  • Effective communication skills, including but not limited to the ability to communicate orally and in writing  with the general public, agency personnel, legislators, and outside attorneys to respond to questions or resolve a dispute. 
  • Ability to draft motions, briefs, memorandums, and discovery responses, and present oral arguments, and prepare witnesses for hearings. 
  • Ability to analyze potential impact of legislation on the FSSA, the public, or the regulated entities. 
  • Thorough knowledge of the rule promulgation process and the drafting of legislation.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and legal and administrative databases like Westlaw and SharePoint. 

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) 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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