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State of Minnesota Senior Associate General Counsel - Staff Attorney 3 in St. Paul, Minnesota

Working Title: Senior Associate General Counsel

Job Class: Staff Attorney 3

Agency: Health Department

  • Job ID : 76676

  • Location : St. Paul

  • Telework Eligible : Yes / Hybrid

  • Full/Part Time : Full-Time

  • Regular/Temporary : Unlimited

  • Who May Apply : This vacancy is open for bids and for qualified job seekers simultaneously. Bidders will be considered through 5/21/2024.

  • Date Posted : 05/15/2024

  • Closing Date : 06/05/2024

  • Hiring Agency: Minnesota Department of Health

  • Division/Unit : Executive Office / General Counsel's Office

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift / 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : No

  • Salary Range: $40.49 - $60.05 / hourly; $84,543 - $125,384 / annually

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - MN Association of Professional Employees (MAPE)

  • Work Area: Executive Office / General Counsel's Office

  • FLSA Status : Exempt - Professional

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/)

The work you'll do is more than just a job.

At the State of Minnesota, employees play a critical role in developing policies, providing essential services, and working to improve the well-being and quality of life for all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota is committed to equity and inclusion, and invests in employees by providing benefits, support resources, and training and development opportunities.

Join a mission-driven team in the General Counsel's Office of the Executive Office with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in a position that exists to provide MDH with legal expertise to support the Department's work.

Working as a Senior Associate General Counsel, you will:

  • Serve as the Minnesota Department of Health's lead attorney in one or more assigned practice areas and lead legal advisor for one or more Department divisions and offices. Lead practice areas are litigation management; data practices and privacy; administrative cases; rulemaking; human resources and employee ethics; emergency preparedness and response; contracts and grants.

  • Provide the Department with legal expertise to ensure MDH's compliance with state and federal laws.

  • Provide legal research and advice on agencywide and division-specific issues.

  • Collaborate with other General Counsel's Office attorneys and Department staff.

  • Assist with development and implementation of Department legal policies and best practices.

  • Perform analysis on diverse and complex matters.

  • Produce written products for a variety of audiences and purposes.

This position will have the option of teleworking; however, it will be based on the business needs of the unit and is at supervisory discretion.

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 and year for each job held.

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D) from an ABA accredited law school.

  • License to practice law is in good standing from the state of Minnesota or another state with the ability to be admitted to MN without examination within six months of hire.

  • Current with continuing legal education requirements.

  • Four (4) years of experience working as a licensed attorney, practicing in Minnesota. This work experience must include the following: conducting legal research, writing, and analysis (judicial clerkship experience will count toward this criteria).

  • Previous experience providing legal advice, litigation, or support in one or more of the lead practice areas: litigation management, data practices and privacy, rulemaking, human resources, emergency preparedness and response, contracts and grants, and administrative cases (i.e., contested cases and fair hearings). Previous experience in activities specific to public health will also be considered.

Minimum qualifications to be assessed during the interview process:

  • Demonstrated organizational skills sufficient to organize facts and apply legal principles and pertinent statutes.

  • Human relation skills sufficient to understand, develop, persuade, motivate, collaborate with and lead others.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience handling issues related to state and federal laws as they related to MDH programs and services.

  • Experience working with the Minnesota Attorney General's Office and/or State Government agencies.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of a background check and employment reference check.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made 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 careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.