Deputy Director - General Counsel

State of Indiana - Indianapolis, IN

Full-time | Commission
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About the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC):
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces the Indiana civil rights laws and provides education and services to the public in an effort to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers and visitors to the State of Indiana. The Indiana Civil Rights Commission will be an important societal influence working to eliminate illegal discrimination in Indiana.

About the Job:
This position serves as deputy director and chief legal counsel, reporting to the executive director; acts on behalf of the executive director as designated. This position is responsible for assisting the executive director in the organization and direction of the agency. The Deputy Director - General Counsel oversees day-to-day activities of the agency and ensures the orderly and efficient flow of productive work through the agency. This position establishes priorities, oversees activities, and monitors progress of case management and legal units of the agency; and provides expertise in the planning, configuration, implementation, and management of the delivery of quality services in a timely manner and within budgetary guidelines.The individual in this role performs duties with a high degree of independence.

A Day in the Life:
Assists the executive director in the development of public policy positions concerning civil rights matters;
Assists in the daily operation of the agency;
Maintains agency contacts with other local, state, and federal officials, serving as agency representative as designated;
Oversees the review of proposed and new legislation and advises executive director regarding potential impact on agency operations;
Researches and drafts proposed legislation on behalf of the agency;
Evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of existing policies/procedures;
Makes recommendations for the elimination of duplication of effort among programs;
Ensures that all existing and new policies meet federal and state requirements, and will capture maximum allowable fiscal reimbursement from funding sources;
Reviews material and makes determinations as designated by the executive director;
Implements operational and management policies and procedures as established by the executive director, and reviews operational data to assure compliance with federal and state regulations;
Analyzes proposed legislation to determine impact on the agency;
Completes cost and time estimates; as well as resource and equipment requirements for implementation of new systems or any modifications to existing systems
Assists in development of budgets, monitoring, and reporting; Assists in the training of any new staff.
Serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the agency;
Directly supervises case management unit directors (Intake, Employment, REPACE, ADR & Compliance) and legal staff (hearings examiner and staff attorneys);
Establishes work methods and implements control measures for case management units in order to ensure quality production of work and maximum compliance with contractual agreements;
Reviews and approves all litigation activities of the staff attorneys by providing direction, training, supervision, scheduling, and prioritizing workloads, and providing advice and counsel toward developing effective trial strategy for court hearings and/or pre-trial proceedings, and appeal of agency decisions;
Receives and reviews monthly narrative and statistical data concerning case management and investigative work of the individual units;
Develops and oversees implementation plans for new/revised policies/procedures.
Performs related duties as assigned.

What You'll Need for Success:
Must be a licensed attorney in the State of Indiana.

What We're Looking For:
Extensive knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply the Indiana Civil Rights Law, ICRC Rules and Regulations, HUD, and EEOC rules and regulations;
Extensive knowledge of legal resources and research procedures; Extensive knowledge of agency programs and interaction overlaps;
Extensive knowledge of applicable federal and state programmatic and statutory requirements as they apply to agency programs;
Broad knowledge in the areas of policy analysis, organizational analysis, public administration/management, human resource management, budgeting and financial management as they apply to public service delivery;
Ability to understand legal concepts and to relate prior decisions to specific cases;
Extensive knowledge of management and organizational principles and procedures;
Ability to analyze and solve complex budgeting and auditing problems, and justify and review budgets;
Ability to supervise professionals including attorneys, analyze complex issues, conduct and research law and the legal precedents, and give sound advice to the executive director, senior staff, line staff, as well as the Governor’s Office.
Ability to quickly analyze management issues, offer solutions and develop and implement plans for improvement;
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
Ability to analyze and predict effects of program changes on actual work operations of the agency or case management unit(s).

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.

What You'll Get In Return:
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