Associate General Counsel - Staff Attorney 2, St. Paul, Minnesota

Created 02/12/2024
Reference 11446324
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City St. Paul
Zip 55102
Salary Competitive
When all employees are embraced, respected and heard, we will build a collaborative, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist culture where everyone thrives.

Working Title: Associate General Counsel
Job Class: Staff Attorney 2
Agency: Human Services Dept
  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 02/10/2024
  • Closing Date: 02/29/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Human Services Dept / MAPE DHS Central Office
  • Division/Unit: CO Ops / CO Ops Compl Legal Mgt
  • Work Shift: Day Shift
  • Work Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $36.34 - $54.07 / hourly; $75,877 - $112,898 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
  • Telework Eligible : Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

* Telework (Within Minnesota or Neighboring States) and flexible hours options are available.*

** This posting will be used to fill two (2) identical open positions.

This position exists to provide legal expertise to the Department of Human Services ("Department") supporting the Children and Family Services Administration and DHS Operations. The individual in this position will be responsible for providing the Department with legal expertise to ensure DHS's compliance with all state and federal laws, addressing legal issues arising out of the transfer of programs and responsibilities to the new Department of Children, Youth and Families, assisting the Assistant Deputy General Counsel with coordinating the Department's litigation, and collaborating with other Department staff concerning implementation of Department legal policies and best practices. The individual in this position will conduct complex legal and policy research producing written products for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Responsibilities include:
  • Provide the Department with legal expertise to support DHS's compliance with all state and federal laws.
  • Assist with coordinating the Department's litigation and collaborating with other Department staff concerning implementation of Department policies and best practices.
  • Conduct complex legal research, writing, and analysis and provide legal advice.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

**To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month, day and year for each job held.**
  • JD degree from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Current license and in good standing to practice law in Minnesota.
  • At least three (3) years' experience as a practicing attorney.

Experience must also demonstrate the following:
  • Strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills.
  • The ability to build and maintain good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience providing legal advice on diverse and complex human services and data privacy matters; and
  • Experience in one or more areas of law related to the position.

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Experience representing clients in civil litigation.
    • A variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.
    • Experience working with the Minnesota Attorney General's Office and/or another State government agencies.

    Additional Requirements
    • Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists for this position. Finalists must pass the DHS background check.
    • Employee reference checks will be conducted on all finalists. This may include a review of documentation related to job performance. It also includes contact with the applicant's former employer(s).

    Application Details

    How to Apply

    Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

    If you have questions about the position, contact Thomas Gerberding at .

    To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID# 73447, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Dennis Stevenson at .

    If you are an individual with a disability and need an ADA accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Human Services' ADA Coordinator at 651-431-4945 or for assistance.

    About Human Services Dept

    WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Minnesota Department of Human Services impacts the lives of 1.7 million people every year, helping them meet their basic needs so they can achieve their highest potential.

    Why Work for Us

    Diverse Workforce

    We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

    A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
    • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
    • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
    • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
    • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

    Comprehensive Benefits

    Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
    • Public pension plan
    • Training and professional development
    • Paid vacation and sick leave
    • 12 paid holidays each year
    • Paid parental leave
    • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
    • Prescription drug coverage
    • Vision coverage
    • Wellness programs and resources
    • Employer paid life insurance
    • Short-term and long-term disability
    • Health care spending and savings accounts
    • Dependent care spending account
    • Tax-deferred compensation
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

    Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


    Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

    We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.
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