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MN Dept. of Human Services: Attorney

15 May 2018 10:26 PM | Priscila Barron Sanchez (Administrator)

Job Class: State Program Administrator Coordinator

Working Title: Attorney

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: TBD

Closing Date: TBD

Hiring Agency: Department of Human Services

Division/Unit: Central Office / Office of Inspector General – Legal Unit

Work Shift: Days

Work Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Days of Work: Monday - Friday

Travel Required: No

Salary Range: $29.58 - $43.99 hourly; $61,763 - $91,851 annually

Job Class Option: Legal Services

Classified Status: Classified

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

The Attorney works in the Legal Unit within the Office of Inspector General and will serve the Background Studies Division. This position is recognized as a subject matter expert in laws and rules relating to background studies, criminal expungements, data practices, and related due process.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • ·       Advises division management and staff, the Attorney General’s Office, and other agency staff based on a high level understanding of all technical and procedural aspects of Human Services licensing laws and policies
  • ·       Responsible for all aspects of legal support services provided to the Background Studies Division in the performance of comprehensive background studies functions in compliance with laws and rules governing background studies, maltreatment investigations, data practices, expungements, due process, and other technical areas of law
  • ·       Performs advanced senior attorney functions relating to data management, legal analysis related to background studies, maltreatment, licensing actions issued by the Background Studies and Licensing Divisions
  • ·       Independently issues disqualification decisions and administrative reconsideration decisions with a delegation from the commissioner, provides assistance and oversight to Attorney General’s staff, and appears at hearings in defense of decisions.
  • ·       Responds to expungement petitions in District Court, reviews and processes court orders to seal records, assists with higher level appeals of expungement matters.
  • ·       Serves as senior/lead attorney by reviewing and monitoring the work of other attorneys in the legal office to ensure consistency and overall conformity to applicable laws and established quality standards and timelines.

Minimum Qualification

Juris Doctor Degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school and current license to practice law in the state of MN

3 years of professional experience as a practicing attorney demonstrating the following:

  • ·       Experience working with Minnesota criminal laws and procedures
  • ·       Substantial experience with criminal record analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • ·       Experience in Minnesota as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, or law clerk with a substantial criminal case load
  • ·       Knowledge of Minnesota Statutes Chapter 245C (Background Studies Act)
  • ·       Knowledge of Minnesota Statutes Chapter 609 (Criminal Code)
  • ·       Knowledge of Minnesota Statutes Chapter 609A (Expungements)
  • ·       Knowledge of Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13 (Data Practices)

Additional Requirements

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.

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Our mission as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of state policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people who call Minnesota home.

How to Apply

Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.   


If you have questions about the position, contact Catherine Ryan at Catherine.Ryan@state.mn.us.  


If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate to Joua Aeling at Joua.Aeling@state.mn.us by the position close date.

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 for assistance.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. 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 careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.

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