Work for Indiana

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 salary for this position begins at $47,476 and may be commensurate with education and experience.

About the Job:

Leads the ISDA Indiana Grown (IG) program including management of all IG employees and contractors as applicable.  Provides project leadership, strategic direction, and implementation of multiple strategies to drive economic development and marketing for Indiana growers, processors, and markets; with a specific focus on the IG program and local foods initiative.  Responsible for statewide general outreach, economic development, and speaking engagements on topics pertaining to local agriculture product development, value chain coordination, and IG.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • General IG program management and administration;
  • Supervise IG staff, intern(s), and contract employee(s) as applicable, including recruitment, hiring, discipline, goal setting, and training;
  • Management of IG funding, budgeting, payments, and invoicing in collaboration with the Economic Development Division Director;
  • Management of all program contracts, grant agreements, and MOUs;
  • Oversee IG social media and website: https://www.indianagrown.org/;
  • Rule/ policy development (IG member terms of service, etc.);
  • Lead IG strategic planning;
  • Foster strategic partnerships;
  • support IG commission;;
  • Point of contact for Commission members, coordinate meeting dates and agendas. When needed serve as ISDA director’s designee and ex officio chairperson of the Commission;
  • Onboard/ approve new IG members;
  • Provides presentations or speeches to expand membership or brand recognition;
  • IG Spokesperson with: members, constituents, stakeholders, partnersm media, government (local health depts., ISDH, FDA, USDA, etc.);
  • Openeing. promoting opportunities with: restaurants, grocery, wholesalers, institutions (universities, hospitals, etc.), Distributors, processors, farmer’s markets, other retailers;
  • Promoting agritourism;
  • Lead signature programming/ events: Indiana State Fair, Monumental Marketplace, Shop IG: https://www.indianagrown.org/shop-local/, IG airport store, IG for schoolsm IG day at the Statehouse, media appearances.

What You’ll Need for Success:

  • 4-year college degree or equivalent
  • Broad knowledge of the program area
  • Ability to consider long-term goals and direction, implementing strategies to reach those goals
  • Working knowledge of the organization of the agency and of state and federal agencies dealing with the programs
  • Working knowledge of food safety and grocery standards
  • Ability to proactively develop and carry out program activities
  • Ability to  communicate orally and in writing
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships
  • Working knowledge of local Board of Health requirements

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; 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.