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Deputy General Counsel

Description: The Deputy General Counsel, reporting to the General Counsel, shall serve as legal counsel for the office, and is responsible for assisting the General Counsel in advising the Treasurer and staff on all law-related policy and administrative questions. One of the Deputy General Counsel’s primary roles will be legal support to the Treasurer and staff for the creation, implementation, and administration of the Education Scholarship Account Program.

The Deputy General Counsel shall acquire and maintain a working knowledge of Indiana’s public funds investment statutes, Indiana’s education laws, public records and open meeting laws, and other relevant legal topics. The Deputy General Counsel shall hold and keep a valid license to practice law in the State of Indiana and shall represent the Treasurer and the citizens of Indiana in accordance with the high standards of the legal profession.

Key General Legal Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a liaison for the Treasurer of State to the Office of the Attorney General regarding all legal matters involving the Office of the Treasurer
  • Draft or review all contracts, letters of engagement, memorandum of understandings, request for proposals and request for information involving the Treasurer of State
  • Support the Treasurer’s legislative agenda with legal review and expertise
  • Maintain compliance process and reports for all external vendors
  • Prepare, compile, and respond to Access to Public Records (APRA) requests
  • Research unique legal issues impacting the office by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes.

Key Education Scholarship Account Program Responsibilities (in conjunction with the Executive Director of the Program and the Treasurer):

  • Provide legal support to create, manage, and implement the build out of a new state Program
  • Review and approve all legal materials for the Program
  • Monitor and influence federal and state legislative activity pertaining to ESA programs generally or Indiana’s ESA Program specifically
  • Cast and carry out a strategic vision for the Program
  • Help craft responses to Program-related communications
  • Ensure compliance of all statutorily required annual reports
  • Function as an informed, authoritative spokesperson for ESA Program to the media, state legislature, Plan participants, and general public

Ideal Candidate: This position is critical to managing and maintaining relationships with the Office of the Treasurer of State, other governmental entities, vendors, and program participants. The ideal candidate will have a minimum 5-7 years’ legal experience and a demonstrated record of increasing responsibility. Exemplary communication skills are a must.

To Apply: Résumé or inquiries may be directed to Ryan Locke, Chief of Staff, Deputy Treasurer, and General Counsel to the Indiana Treasurer of State, at rlocke@tos.in.gov.

Undergraduate and Graduate Internships

For more information about internship opportunities please contact our team at tosstaff@tos.in.gov.

Legal Externship

The Office of the Treasurer proudly participates in the Program on Law and State Government offered through Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law. The externship with the Treasurer’s Office provides a great foundation for McKinney law students seeking experience in finance, governance and law. The externship will also introduce students to the following quasi-governmental agencies and boards in which the Treasurer serves as chair: The Indiana Bond Bank, Indiana Education Savings Authority, Indiana Statewide 9-1-1 Board, and the Indiana Board for Depositories.

Duties of a legal extern include assisting the General Counsel in myriad duties, including providing legal research regarding managing state investments of between $5-7 billion per month, advising the Indiana Bond Bank, addressing pending litigation, implementing the statewide 911 protocol, fielding a wide variety of fiscal and legal compliance work, and attending to Indiana’s 529 (college savings) program.   During the sessions of Indiana’s General Assembly (in the spring semesters), a legal extern to the Office of the Treasurer would also assist in monitoring and legal research regarding pending legislation that could influence the Office of the Treasurer.

For more information about IU McKinney’s Program on Law and State Government, please contact Professor Cynthia Baker at cabaker@iupui.edu or visit http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/law-state-gov/.