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Local Office Director

Date Posted:  Jun 21, 2022
Requisition ID:  370641

Rochester, IN, US, 46975


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.


Hire Salary:

The minimum salary for this classification is $52,234 Salary for internal candidates will be determined by promotion/demotion policy.


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
  • A commitment to continuous improvement

About the Job:

The Local Office Director is responsible for providing leadership to staff and managing operations within the respective office.  In addition, the Local Office Director will participate in regional child welfare practice decisions.  This role is expected to integrate and embed a learning environment inclusive of all staff, and a culture and climate of respect towards children, families and staff alike. The Local Office Director will partner with a variety of internal and external partners to successfully carry out the mission of the agency.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Oversee the management of local office operations. 

  • Establish and/or communicate and interpret policy and objectives to supervisors and staff. 

  • Interact with the community by attending meetings, serving on committees and boards, giving presentations to interested groups by informing the media. 

  • Set goal and objectives for Child Welfare management to ensure children are protected and/or are moved to permanency in a timely and efficient manner. 

  • Attend Local Office Director meetings and various local community partner meetings. 

  • Recruit, select, onboard, and train employees to ensure role responsibilities and expectations are clearly understood while providing opportunities to continue professional development. 

  • Set expectation, measure progress, provide ongoing feedback, and evaluate the performance of employees.  Ensure work adheres to quality standards, deadlines, and proper procedures. 

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 with or without notice.   

What We're Looking For:

Four (4) years of experience in child welfare, education, public administration, business administration, or social services; plus an additional three (3) years of supervisory experience in these areas. Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college. Concentration in Business Administration, Child Development, Counseling and Guidance, Economics, Education, Health Care, Home Economics, Law, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Sciences, Social Work, or Sociology preferred. A combination of experience and accredited graduate training in any of the above areas may be considered.

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirement to be considered for employment: 

  • Extensive knowledge of the local, state, and federal legislative process. 

  • Extensive knowledge of public relations and communication theory and practice. 

  • Extensive knowledge of the programs, organizations, and operational goals of the DCS. 

  • Extensive knowledge of Indiana State laws, policies, and procedures that apply to DCS services and programs. 

  • Broad knowledge of state budgeting principles and practices. 

  • General knowledge of the operation of state and local community and advocacy groups. 

  • General knowledge of employee relations issues. 

  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple high-profile cases or emergency projects/situations. 

  • Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, and manage workflow. 

  • Ability to effectively give feedback, provide guidance or corrective action, coach, and develop employee skillsets. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

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

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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Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne
Nearest Secondary Market: LaFayette