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State Monitor Advocate

Date Posted:  Sep 23, 2022
Requisition ID:  397537

Indianapolis, IN, US, 469204


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.


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


About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD):
Our mission is to develop a premier workforce that will allow Indiana employers to flourish and entice businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana. Everyone at DWD will be required to think outside-the-box; to determine metrics that will allow for measurement and improvement and efficiencies to be made along the way. Cutting edge technologies will be utilized to help assess Indiana’s employment future. If managed properly, Indiana’s workforce will be second to none and completely prepared for the next phase of the state and country’s economic growth.
This role is typically filled with a starting salary of $37,778.

About the Job:

The State Monitor Advocate Position ensures migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs) are provided with equitable services offered by the American Job Center (AJC) System while leveraging partnerships at the local, state, and national level that serve the interests of MSFWs. This role is critical to Indiana given the agricultural industry’s significant role in the state’s economy and demographic composition.

In addition, this position serves as an advocate for all job seekers, employers and AJC partners by:

  1. Managing the system for processing state-level State Workforce Agency (SWA) System complaints.
  2. Delivering program related technical assistance as needed or when requested.
  3. Monitoring and evaluating services delivered to Migrant Seasonal Farmworkers and policies and procedures related to customer complaints.

A Day in the Life:

​The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Serving as an advocate to improve services for MSFWs within Wagner-Peyser.
  • Meeting frequently with representatives of farm worker advocacy organizations to receive complaints, assist in referrals of alleged violations to enforcement agencies, and receive input on improving coordination within the AJCs or improving services to MSFWs through the AJCs.
  • Participating in Federal reviews of the Wagner-Peyser program in the state.
  • Participating in and monitoring the performance of the Job Service Complaint System.
  • Reviewing the local office managers' informal resolution of complaints relating to MSFWs and ensuring that the state agency transmits copies of the logs of MSFW complaints to the regional office quarterly.
  • Timely production of all DOL, MSFW-related reports.
  • Reviewing, on at least a quarterly basis, all statistical and other MSFW-related data reported by significant MSFW local offices in order to: (1) determine the extent to which the state agency has complied in providing the full range of employment services to MSFWs, and (2) identify the areas of inadequate compliance.
  • Ongoing monitoring to the local AJCs of the deliverance of services to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers to include proper provisions are being met. 
  • Reviewing and commenting on proposed state Wagner-Peyser directives, manuals, and operating instructions relating to MSFWs and ensuring that they (1) accurately reflect the requirements of the regulations, and (2) are clear and workable.
  • Serve as the Indiana State complaint specialist.
  • Ensure compliance with the H-2A agricultural foreign labor certification regulations.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on issues pertaining to the H-2A foreign labor certification program, MSFW agricultural services, and WorkOne complaints by developing issue briefs and decision papers that influence agency leadership on issues that have state and national significance.
  • Represent DWD at the agency, state and regional levels on task groups where system expertise is needed.


​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: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in public administration, sociology, economic development or related field.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience performing advocacy on behalf of farmworkers.
  • Working level knowledge of project management principles.
  • Working level knowledge of audit principles.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience in conflict resolution.
  • Ability to conduct reviews of federal contracts for compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Fluency in the Spanish language.

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) 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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