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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.

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA):  
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) was established as a separate state agency by the Legislature in 2005. Administratively, ISDA reports to the Lt. Governor, who also serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. Major responsibilities include advocacy for Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level, managing soil conservation programs, promoting economic development and agricultural innovation, serving as a regulatory ombudsman for agricultural businesses, and licensing grain firms throughout the state.

The starting salary for this position is $47,476 per year and may be commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:
Coordinate economic development outreach activities to agribusinesses in the State of Indiana. Identify needs and provide information, networking/learning opportunities and encouragement to agribusinesses interested in growing, entering new markets and expanding sales.

A Day in the Life:

  • Serve as a liaison between the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and all types of agribusinesses and communities, with a focus on business development and communicating targeted economic development strategies/research (Dairy, Hardwoods and others as needed).
  • Complete research and strategic assessments on Indiana agricultural industries and regularly solicit input on the state of the industry and industry needs from stakeholders and agribusinesses.
  • Work directly with the ISDA Economic Development Director to create and implement a plan for agribusiness retention and expansion focused on diversification, value-added opportunities, etc.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships and relationships with multiple external entities including agricultural associations, education organizations, business execnot-for-profitr profit entities, business resource providers and federal partners.
  • Work together with other state departments/agencies to understand, navigate and communicate services and rules pertaining to agribusiness (Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana Board of Animal Health, Indiana Department of Environmental Management).
  • Develop and execute engagement activities such as forums, webinars, tours, surveys, listening site visits, area meetings, etc. that facilitate awareness of federal, state, regional and local resources and enhance connections within Indiana’s agribusiness ecosystem.
  • Assist the Indiana Grown team and its members in realizing growth opportunities.
  • Continually strive to promote the advantages of investment, value-added opportunities, diversification, storytelling, etc. for agribusinesses within Indiana.
  • Follow-up on plans, programs, policies and procedures to ensure uniform compliance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You’ll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, public administration, engineering or other relevant field. Master’s degree desired.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant industry experience. Equivalent combination of experience and relevant graduate degree is acceptable.
  • Understanding of agriculture and agribusiness operations, especially as it relates to Indiana.
  • Able to analyze and evaluate the needs of businesses and communities and the effectiveness of outreach services.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft office suite systems.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Able to multi-task.
  • Able to work under multiple deadlines.
  • Able to work effectively with others. Able to work with local, state and federal officials.
  • Able to monitor and track various department metrics.
  • Attention to detail in reports and funding applications.
  • Ability to establish and achieve multiple goals.

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

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
  • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
  • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access