Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033-2372
INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF:
Attorney III-IV (Civil)
An Equal Opportunity Employer
$89,796.00 – $140,306.00 Annually
OPEN DATE: 12/27/21
CLOSE DATE: 01/12/22POSITION
ATTORNEY III-IV (CIVIL) – Job # 60320.22.001
POSTING TYPE: Open-competitive
DEPARTMENT: County Attorney
UNION: Attorney Employees Association
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022
SALARY RANGE: The Attorney level at which the offer is extended is based on the candidates relevant years of experience.
*** Attorney III – $89,796 – 140,306
*** Attorney IV – $100,571 – 157,143
Attorneys in the Civil Division of the Dakota County Attorney’s Office represent the interests of Dakota County in civil legal matters by providing legal services to the county board and county departments, representing Dakota County in many types of civil litigation; drafting and reviewing policies and contracts, advising the county board and departments on legal compliance issues and other responsibilities as determined by the County Attorney. Under minimal supervision, the Attorney III-IV performs work of varied and moderately complex difficulty in civil or criminal law.
The Dakota County Attorney’s Office welcomes and is inclusive of diverse people, backgrounds, and perspectives. The Office aims to reflect the community and clients it serves and fosters an equitable and respectful working environment where everyone is empowered to be their authentic selves.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
• Juris Doctor from an accredited Law School;
• Licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota by the date of hire;
• Five years of full-time experience as a licensed attorney.
Preference given to those with substantive experience in Minnesota with an emphasis in one or more of the following areas:
General governance advice to public entities, such as, open meeting law, MGDPA, ordinance enactment etc.Contracting and Procurement – public contracts for goods and services and public construction contractsPublic Land Acquisition – environmental law, eminent domain (condemnation), land acquisitions, public land conservation, purchase and lease agreements for public projectsPublic sector representation
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required for all positions.
1. Review reports and other information pertaining to county government operations, litigation and contractual responsibilities to determine appropriate action or advice.
2. Draft real estate, civil litigation, contractual documents, complaints, petitions, motions, memoranda, findings, orders, stipulations, post-trial memoranda, contracts, agreements, policies and other legal documents in assigned matters of basic to highly complex difficulty.
3. Prepare assigned cases for trial before judge, jury, magistrate, referee or administrative law judge; interview witnesses, plan and organize opening statements, direct and cross-examinations and closing argument; plan and organize admission of documentary and physical evidence.
4. Represent Dakota County in various state and federal courts and administrative hearings, at pretrial, trial, appellate arguments, and post-trial proceedings in civil litigation matters.
5. Provide basic to complex legal advice to County staff regarding legal obligations, authority, compliance and liability.
6. Provide legal advice to Dakota County department personnel/contractors and the County Board regarding state and federal law, applicable legal authority, responsibilities, and potential liabilities.
7. Provide training to Dakota County department personnel including explaining laws, court rules, court procedures, evidentiary rules, and case dispositions.
8. Provide training and mentoring to less experienced professional and paraprofessional staff within the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
9. Attend staff and other required meetings.
10. Attend continuing legal education courses.
Essential Job Functions: Duties 1-10 are essential functions.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
• Extensive knowledge of state and federal constitutional law, statutes, court rules effectively and efficiently represent Dakota County with minimal guidance and supervision.
• Extensive knowledge of rules of evidence.
• Extensive knowledge of Rules of Professional Responsibility.
• Ability to analyze facts in light of applicable law and evidentiary rules.
• Ability to plan, organize and present a case.
• Ability to perform work effectively, independently and in a timely manner.
• Competency in the use of computers, business software applications and Internet resources to perform essential job duties.
• Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is primarily sedentary, although there is some walking, travel, and carrying of lightweight items such as briefcases, notebooks, and work papers. The work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. May require occasional travel.
SELECTION PROCESS: The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a rating of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.