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Assistant Attorney General – RESTITUTION/COLLECTIONS/BANKRUPTCY

Minnesota Attorney General's Office

Posted 6 months ago

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants

Date Posted: 8/9/2023

Closing Date: 8/23/2023

S1 Salary Range: $36.40 – $57.47/hourly; $76,000 – $120,000/annually

S2 Salary Range: $50.53 – $78.30/hourly; $105,500 – $163,500/annually

S3 Salary Range: $54.12 – $83.57 /hourly; $113,000 – $174,500/annually

Telework Eligible:  Yes/Hybrid

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 Assistant Attorney General (“AAG”) to lead the Consumer Protection Section’s efforts to provide restitution to individuals and entities harmed by violations of Minnesota’s consumer protection, charities, and wage theft laws.  In this role, you will be primarily responsible for overseeing the process for distributing restitution in multiple matters, which may include coordinating with third-party claims administrators and handling related processes (such as unclaimed property).  In addition, you will lead the Consumer Protection Section’s efforts to collect judgments owed to the State, in furtherance of both restituting victims and returning money to the State’s general fund.  You will also assist other AAGs in the Consumer Protection Section with both substantive and procedural bankruptcy issues that arise when targets of investigations or defendants in litigation file for bankruptcy protection.

In this role, you will also have the opportunity to work on important consumer protection investigations and litigation that seek to protect some of Minnesota’s most vulnerable and underserved communities around the State.  While the Office’s consumer protection work is for the benefit of all Minnesota consumers, much of the Office’s investigative work and enforcement actions are focused on unlawful business practices that target people of limited means, the elderly, students, children, and youth, as well as immigrant communities.  In this position, you would be at the forefront of cutting-edge consumer protection investigations that have a direct, measurable impact on the lives of Minnesota consumers.

This position offers a rare opportunity to help strengthen a priority area within the Attorney General’s Office and requires a dynamic individual who must be organized, detail-oriented, creative, a problem solver, have a strong initiative and work ethic, and possess excellent legal and interpersonal skills.  The Office strives to balance the staffing needs of various consumer protection matters with the interests of AAGs in particular subjects and industries.  AAGs are encouraged to take on more responsibility as their careers progress, and will receive ongoing training, leadership opportunities, professional development, and mentorship opportunities to support their growth.  If you are offered this position, you can expect to have a great deal of responsibility for and control over your daily work and will be expected to manage your caseload to ensure matters are moving expeditiously.  A commitment to public service work and to being a great restitution, collections, and bankruptcy attorney is a must!

This position is eligible for a hybrid work environment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA and licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota
  • Outstanding organization, writing, research, and oral advocacy skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Microsoft Excel

Along with a cover letter, applicants must also submit a writing sample of up to 5 pages.

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

  • Three or more years of civil litigation, collections, and/or bankruptcy experience
  • Knowledge of federal bankruptcy procedure and issues including Chapters 7, 11, 11 (subchapter V), and 13
  • Knowledge of federal and state collections (including voidable transactions), and consumer protection law
  • Experience handling cases involving consumer protection issues
  • Experience investigating and building cases for litigation, including cases involving consumer protection claims

Although collections, bankruptcy, and/or consumer protection experience is a strength, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office is particularly interested in applications from litigators generally.  Attorneys with experience in class action litigation, commercial litigation, or other litigation fields are encouraged to apply.  Attorneys who lack the above-listed experience, but who have other experience that they believe would be relevant to the Division’s work are also encouraged to apply.

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 Wednesday, August 23, 2023.

  1. Go to www.mn.gov/careers;
  2. Apply for posting number 68379
  3. Direct Link
  4. Applicants must submit a writing sample of up to 5 pages with their cover letter.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact K.C. Moua at kc.moua@ag.state.mn.us 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, 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.

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 careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.

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