Commission seeks Executive Director

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill the position of Executive Director. The goal is to aid the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana by studying issues concerning vulnerable youth, reviewing and making recommendations concerning pending legislation, and promote information sharing and best practices.


The Executive Director will support the Commission in its mission to improve the status of children in Indiana and the vision that every child in Indiana will have a safe and nurturing environment and be afforded opportunities to grow into a healthy and productive adult. The Executive Director will work out of the offices of the Indiana Supreme Court initially and be assisted by staff of the Court. The Executive Director will be responsible for promoting and executing the decisions and policies set by the Commission. The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Commission Chair. This position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Position

The Executive Director is responsible for serving as the liaison between the Commission and the General Assembly, the Governor and the courts. The Executive Director will speak for the Commission in meetings of non-Commission committees, task forces, media opportunities and in the General Assembly.

Among other duties, the Executive Director:

  • tracks all legislation, state and federal, related to the status of children in Indiana;
  • speaks for and works on behalf of the Commission by providing information to members of the General Assembly, attending meetings and other events concerning legislation related to children, and testifying on behalf of the Commission;
  • assists the Commission in managing its administrative needs, including scheduling of events and overseeing logistics of events.
  • assists the Commission in the development and implementation of strategic goals, objectives, policies and procedures;
  • studies and makes recommendations to the Commission and to the General Assembly on ways to improve services to the children of Indiana;
  • serves as liaison with and between the judicial, executive and legislative branches of government, state and local officials, children's service providers and agencies, and the public, including responding to public inquiries about the mission, activities and goals of the Commission;
  • works with each committee and task force of the Commission to ensure that there is coordination of services, projects, and information;
  • is responsible for the format, content and distribution of the Annual Report of the Commission;
  • provides reports to the Legislative Council on goals, achievements, and requests of the Commission;
  • works to ensure that the priorities of the Commission are being met throughout the committees and task forces of the Commission;
  • promotes best practices, policies and programs throughout the state;
  • is an expert resource on availability of services;
  • drafts or assists in drafting legislation;
  • is proactive in foreseeing what tasks should be taken on by the Executive Director in order to meet the mission and vision of the Commission; and
  • performs all duties necessary and requested to meet the mission and vision of the Commission.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a highly successful career with a record of demonstrated accomplishments and professional leadership experience; advanced knowledge of the issues related to children in Indiana; and a demonstrated successful record of increasingly responsible experience in judicial administration, public administration, inter branch relations, and/or governmental policy development and implementation. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional organizational and communication skills.

Qualifying Experience and Education 

Juris Doctor from an ABA Accredited Law School or a Master's degree in Social Work, Public Administration or other appropriate field is required.

A minimum of ten (10) years of professional leadership experience is required. Preference is for a candidate who has worked with all branches of government, including experience working with the Indiana General Assembly on legislation. The candidate should have a demonstrated knowledge of and interest in issues related to the well-being of children 

This is an executive level, unclassified position that serves at the pleasure of the Chair of the Commission. The salary range for the position is $95,000 - $105,000 depending on qualifications. The position offers the majority of State benefits, including health insurance programs and pension options.

To Apply

The applicant should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three or more professional references with contact information to

Deadline for the cover letter, resume and references is May 24, 2017.

Final applicants may be required to submit additional information.

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and will need reasonable accommodations to assist you to apply for the position or to perform the essential functions of the job, please state so, and the Indiana Supreme Court will provide such reasonable accommodations.