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Assistant City Attorney

Posted 7 months ago

ANTICIPATED HIRING RANGE: $103,517.00 – $109,432.00 Annually (2021 Wage Scale)
POSITION STATUS: Full-Time; Exempt; AFSCME Union; Benefits Eligible (per Union


APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11/27/2022 11:59 PM Central Time
TO APPLY: Apply online at

Primary Objective

The City of Bloomington is seeking to hire a full-time attorney to join its in-house legal team. Responsibilities include legal work involving a wide and diverse array of municipal topics, including code enforcement and environmental health, land use and development, real estate, government immunities, and First Amendment issues. Provides legal advice, guidance, opinions, services, and representation to the City Council, City Manager, and City departments and divisions to protect the City’s legal rights and interests. In addition to the City Attorney, the department consists of a Deputy City Attorney and two Assistant City Attorneys focused on representing the civil needs of the City; a Deputy City Attorney and four Assistant City Attorneys who serve as prosecutors, two paralegals, a crime victim liaison, and four support staff.


  • Models and contributes to a positive work environment, culture of communication, engagement, and safety
  • Communicates effectively and respectfully with employees and the general public, including but not limited to those of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Works cooperatively as a member of a team; develops and maintains effective working relationships with diverse coworkers and community members; consistently brings a high level of self-awareness and empathy to all personal interactions
  • Embraces the City’s shared values and contribute towards accomplishing the City’s vision and goals by being creative, innovative, continuously learning, and communicating clearly

Examples of Duties

  • Provides objective and timely legal advice and guidance to assigned City departments
  • Apply legal analysis to specific facts in order to provide guidance and advice for assigned departments
  • Researches, prepares, and drafts a variety of documents including letters, memoranda, briefs, and pleadings
  • Provides advice and guidance on City policies and procedures; recommends courses of action; and determines compliance with state, federal, and municipal laws, regulations, and ordinances for assigned departments
  • Prepares for and participates in administrative hearings, arbitrations, administrative conferences, and occasionally court hearings; Researches and drafts complaints, answers, motions, memorandums of law, and other court briefings
  • Attends, participates in, and provides legal support and advice to assigned task forces, working groups, committees, and boards and commissions
  • Receives, screens, and responds to public inquiries, citizen complaints, and requests for information in a tactful and timely manner
  • Performs legal research utilizing appropriate print and electronic research tools
  • Provides written and oral legal opinions as requested by the City Attorney
  • Stays informed on legislative actions and court decisions that may affect City affairs or operations and provides relevant information and guidance to City departments, divisions, and employees     
  • Assists in the preparation of the Legal Department’s responses to data practices requests under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act; Provides legal guidance and interpretation of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act for city departments and divisions
  • Protects the legal rights and interests of the City
  • Performs related duties as apparent and as assigned


  • General knowledge of municipal government
  • Ability to analyze complex legal and regulatory schemes involving federal, state, and municipal laws, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Apply oral and written communication skills to present research, analysis, and advice to internal clients and outside parties. Ability to adjust communication of complex legal concepts depending on the audience. Ability to communicate, both orally and written, in a way non-attorney employees and outside parties can understand and act upon.
  • Ability to successfully complete work assignments in a timely manner and that are of a high quality.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, and external parties.
  • Awareness, understanding, and implementation of new legal trends, court cases, procedures, etc.
  • Ability to effectively appear in the Minnesota courts.

Minimum/Desirable Qualifications


  • Current license to practice law in the State of Minnesota
  • Two years as a practicing attorney


  • Experience in state or local government.
  • Working knowledge of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and Open Meeting Law
  • Experience drafting ordinance and resolutions
  • Experience drafting and reviewing contract, policies, and procedures
  • More than two years of experience in any of the following: information technology, finance, public works, engineering, or public health

Supplemental Information


This position does not supervise others

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENTMust maintain license to practice law in the State of Minnesota, including staying current with continuing legal education requirements.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $103,517 – $109,432 Annually  (2021 Wage Scale)

2021 Full Salary Range: $103,517 – $147,881 Annually

Full-Time; Exempt; AFSCME Union; Benefits Eligible (per Union Contract)

The City of Bloomington is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applicants who are black, indigenous or persons of color are encouraged to apply. We also encourage women, veterans, members of the LGBTQIA community, and individuals with disabilities to apply.AgencyCity of BloomingtonAddress1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd

Bloomington, Minnesota, 55431Phone952-563-8710

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