Admin & Office
Local Office Attorney
Local Office Attorney Work for Indiana Grow your career with the State of Indian
Position: Office Attorney
Salary: $52,000 per year
Type: Full Time
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.
The minimum starting salary for this position is $52,000. Additional compensation is commensurate with years as a
About the Department of Child Services:
DCS protects children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family
support and preservation. The Department also administers child support, child protection, adoption and foster care
throughout the State of Indiana.
Mission: The Indiana Department of Child Services engages with families and collaborates with state, local and
community partners to protect children from abuse and neglect and to provide child support services.
Vision: Indiana children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities.
Values: Respect, Prevention, Safety, Stability, Permanency, Responsibility, Accountability, Continuous Improvement
About the Job:
The Child Services Attorney provides legal advice and legal services to Central Office, County Offices and/or staff of DCS
for Juvenile law matters relating to Child Welfare, Child Support and personnel matters and to represent and assist the
Agency in administrative and/ or court matters. The attorney will be responsible for representing the State in Child In
Need of Services (CHINS) cases, Termination of Parental Rights (TPR), Adoptions, Foster Care Licensing Actions, and other
general legal issues relating to the safety of children. This individual will work closely with Family Case Managers to
prepare for court hearings and may serve as legal counsel for internal employment issues.
What You’ll Do:
Advise Department of Child Services staff on various program and legal areas as assigned;
Draft and reviews contracts and correspondence;
Serve as a liaison to the Attorney General on litigation and tort claims matters;
Draft and reviews legislation and administrative rules;
Perform legal research and writing assignments;
Provide general legal support for Office of General Counsel;
Oversee contract process for local office attorneys;
Conduct legal trainings for Family Case Managers, attorneys and others as requested;
Litigate Children in Need of Services and Termination of Parental Rights cases in State Courts representing the agency in
Handle administrative matters and hearings as assigned;
Organize and manages caseload in preparation of hearings and/or litigation;
Generate appropriate pleadings, motions and discovery, and responses;
Delegate to and provides support for any legal support staff;
Draft appeals and appellate briefs;
May be required to participate in committees, groups or teams such as screen out committees;
May be required serve as local counsel for the Indiana Office of Attorney General on assigned cases;
Perform other duties as assigned.
What You’ll Need to Succeed:
Doctorate of Jurisprudence;
Indiana Bar Admission; license in good standing;
Strong legal research, writing and litigation skills;
Strong communication and public speaking skills;
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to apply relevant statutes, case law and rules.
Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:
Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted 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
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer