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Deputy City Attorney City of Bloomington

Posted 5 months ago

ANTICIPATED HIRING RANGE: $128,417.00 – $136,238.00 Annually
POSITION STATUS: Full-Time; Exempt; Non-Union; Benefits Eligible
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/20/2023 11:59 PM Central Time
TO APPLY: Apply online at
The City of Bloomington is seeking an individual to assist the City Attorney in planning, coordinating, and
providing legal advice, services, and representation to the City Council, City Manager, City departments and divisions to assure the protection of the City’s legal rights and interests, to provide management and leadership direction within the Legal Department, and to directly perform municipal civil or prosecutorial legal work as assigned.
• Develops, supports, and models a positive and productive workplace culture based on respect, dignity,
honesty, and integrity. Allows staff to grow and succeed by providing opportunities for increased
responsibility and creating a positive work culture
• Supports and advances organizational development efforts such as developing a high performing
organization, employee engagement, workforce development, inclusion and equity, and performance
measurement efforts
• Works cooperatively with others; develops and maintains respectful and effective working relationships with diverse coworkers and community members; consistently brings a high level of self-awareness and empathy to all personal interactions
• Proactively resolves conflicts and misunderstandings in order to ensure a respectful and inclusive workplace
• Seeks to understand the legacy of structural racism, and its impact on employees and the residents we serve; identifies any implications and adverse equity impacts when developing or reviewing policies, projects, activities and interactions with stakeholders
• Embrace the City’s shared values and contribute towards accomplishing the City’s vision and goals by being creative, innovative, continuously learning, and communicating clearly
• Assists in planning, directing, and coordinating the activities of a comprehensive Legal Department to assure the required services are being provided effectively and efficiently.
• Provides formal supervision and evaluation, as well as regular coaching and development, for assigned staff. Defines the level of expected performance, provides the necessary resources and support, and holds staff accountable for completing responsibilities and achieving performance goals.
• Researches, prepares, and drafts court documents, letters, memoranda, policies, procedures, contracts, and written and oral opinions, as needed or requested by the City Attorney. Researches and provides legal advice and determines compliance with state, federal, and local laws/regulations.
• Provides legal advice and representation and directly performs legal work, as assigned, in specialized areas of responsibility of importance to the City, such as:
• If for Civil:
o Minnesota Government Data Practices Act & Minnesota Open Meeting Law
o Administrative Hearings, Mediation, and Dispute Resolution
o Employment Law

o Election Law
o Land Use Law
o Contracting
• If for Criminal:
o Prosecution of misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors
o Restorative court
o Crime victim involvement, including domestic violence
• Leads special projects and teams; serves on various committees and represents the Department on
collaborative projects with internal and external partners and stakeholders.
• Attends meetings, makes presentations, and interacts with staff and the public as needed to advance the overall goals of the Department and the City.
• Maintains professional affiliations and attends trainings and conferences to keep abreast of best practices in the field of municipal law.
• Stays informed on legislative actions and court decisions which may affect City affairs and provides relevant information as needed to City.
• Actively participates as a member of the Legal Department’s senior management and leadership teams to set department priorities and meet overall City goals and objectives.
• Develops, supports, and models a positive and productive workplace culture based on respect, collaboration, equity, and accountability.
• Keeps City Attorney informed of important developments related to areas of responsibilities.
• Serves as Acting City Attorney in the absence of the City Attorney, as delegated by the City Attorney.
• Works flexible hours to keep up with workload and attends evening meetings as needed.
• Performs other related duties as apparent or assigned.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to establish professional and productive working relationships with a wide variety of people and
• Current license to practice law in the State of Minnesota.
• At least eight years as a practicing attorney, resulting in extensive knowledge and experience in multiple
subcategories of municipal civil or criminal law.
• Litigation, prosecution, or alternative dispute resolution experience.
• At least 4 years successfully leading and supervising a team of professionals or large projects.
• Valid driver’s license or ability to arrange transportation necessary to attend meetings, trainings, and court proceedings.
• Additional years of experience in state or local government law or prosecution.
• Extensive experience advising on the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, federal and state
employment law, Minnesota Open Meeting Law, government contracting, Minnesota election law, and
charter city authority.
• Extensive experience with criminal prosecution, U-Visas, civil forfeiture, and body worn cameras.
• Experience attending meetings of elected and appointed boards and commissions.
• Experience drafting and advising on ordinances, resolutions, policies, and programs.
• Experience working with court administration and criminal defense attorneys, including the public defender’s office.
• Experience working with SharePoint, JustFOIA, and Minnesota Judicial Branch software programs.
• Experience reviewing and tracking legislation.

• Experience working in a paperless office environment.
• Ability to perform under minimal supervision and exercise independent judgment within the framework of accepted policies and practices and ability to perform as a member of a team.
This position supervises Assistant City Attorneys and administrative support staff, as assigned.
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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.

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