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Assistant Attorney General (Environmental & Natural Resources – Transactional)

Office of Attorney General of Minnesota

Posted 4 weeks ago

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants

Date Posted: 3/22/2024

Closing Date: 4/15/2024

S1 Salary Range: $36.40 – $57.47 / hourly; $76,003 – $119,997 / annually

S2 Salary Range: $50.53 – $78.30 / hourly; $105,506 – $163,490 / annually

S3 Salary Range: $54.12 – $83.57 / hourly; $113,002 – $174,494 / annually

Telework Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison has a clear mission: we help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect.  We are a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who choose public service as a calling, and we are actively and intentionally committed to supporting an internal culture that affirms that calling. The Office is one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and as of 2023, has been recognized as a Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota for three years in a row and Top Workplace USA for two years in a row.

The Office is currently seeking an attorney to represent the Office and State agencies in transactional matters.  The focus of the position will be on: (1) advising clients on State contracting statutes; (2) negotiating, reviewing, and drafting contracts for the Office and agency clients; (3) overseeing the work of outside counsel on the issuance of State bonds; (4) general advice to agency clients on statutory and administrative rules issues.  This position has may also provide advice to agency clients on trademark and copyright issues.

The attorney will practice within a cohort of attorneys housed in the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the Office.  The transactional cohort has a very diverse practice, with no close analog in private practice.  The division seeks attorneys who can excel at practicing in new areas.

This position is eligible for hybrid work environment.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA
  • Actively licensed and in good standing to practice law in the State of Minnesota 
  • 2 years of relevant transactional practice experience
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills (a writing sample of up to five pages is required with application submission)
  • Experience using electronic files and case management tools 
  • Ability to:
    • multitask by managing an active caseload and meeting tight deadlines
    • interact and work with a diverse set of clients and members of the public, with a diverse set of needs
    • work in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment while contributing positively to a team 

IMPORTANT! All applicants must prepare two documents to upload and submit with their application: 1) Resume; and 2) A cover letter with a writing sample (of up to five pages) in one document.

To be considered at the S2 level, candidates must have 6 years of related experience.  To be considered at the S3 level, candidates must have 12 years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • State or government contracting experience
  • Knowledge of trademark and copyright law
  • Knowledge of State or municipal bond processes 

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 15, 2024.

  1. Go to;
  2. Apply for posting number 75156
  3. Direct Link

Do not forget to upload: 1) Resume; and 2) A cover letter with a writing sample (of up to five pages).

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact K.C. Moua at or (651) 757-1279.

Why Work For Us  

Diverse Workforce 

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence, fostering understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

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: 

  • 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) 
  • 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.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive service 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 Please indicate what assistance you need.

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