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Hire Salary: This is a part-time position. The candidate will be compensated for hours worked, which are not to exceed 30 hours per week.
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.
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 such actions;
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.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer