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Assistant Attorney General – HEALTH AND TEACHER LICENSING – The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants
Date Posted: 02/14/2022
Closing Date: 03/01/2022
S1 Salary Range: $30.80 – $47.82/hourly; $64,310 – $99,848/annually

Job Summary
The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison — one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and recognized as a 2021 Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota and 2022 Top Workplace USA —
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 could all work elsewhere but choose public service as a calling, and we are actively building an internal culture that supports that calling.

The Office is seeking a highly capable individual with the skills and drive to work on behalf of the public in improving the quality of healthcare and education for all Minnesotans by providing legal representation to the State’s health-related licensing boards and the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (“PELSB”) in their resolution of complaints alleging misconduct by healthcare providers and educators. The Office’s Health and Teacher Licensing Division represents Minnesota’s 16 health-related licensing boards and PELSB in litigation and administrative actions related to the boards’ licensure and regulatory oversight of healthcare providers and educators. Key functions of this position include providing legal representation to the boards at meetings and disciplinary conferences, in contested cases at the Office of Administrative Hearings, and in matters in district and appellate courts.

Attorneys are responsible for all phases of administrative actions and civil litigation, including coordinating investigations, preparing and filing pleadings and briefs, appearing at hearings, engaging in negotiations and settlement conferences, trying cases at the Office of Administrative Hearings and in district court, and handling appeals. Complaints against licensees may involve allegations of substandard practice, unprofessional or unethical conduct, fraudulent or abusive billing, improper prescribing of controlled substances, sexual misconduct, and violation of professional boundaries. This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly committed team that makes a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

Minimum Qualifications
 Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA
 Licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota
 Interest in handling cases on behalf of the State’s health-related licensing boards and PELSB before administrative tribunals, district courts, and appellate courts
 Ability to litigate independently and make strategic decisions as lead counsel on a diverse caseload
 Ability to contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with colleagues, clients, counsel, judges, and members of the public
 Excellent research skills, and written and oral communication skills
 Ability to multitask by managing a high-volume caseload and meeting tight deadlines
 Ability to work in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment

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 longterm disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Public service with this office may qualify applicants to have part of their student loans forgiven under a federal student loan forgiveness program for state government employees. (Visit for more

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, and 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.

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 March 1, 2022.

  1. Go to;
  2. Apply for posting number 52923
  3. Please ensure to include a writing sample (of up to five pages) within a cover letter.
    If you have questions, contact Sarah Spence-Koivisto at or

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