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Staff Attorney 2

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Posted 9 months ago

• Job ID: 68447
• Location: St. Paul
• Full/Part Time: Full-Time
• Regular/Temporary: Unlimited
• Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
• Date Posted: 8/10/2023
• Closing Date: 8/24/2023
• Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Public Utilities Commission
• Division/Unit: Public Utilities Commission / Legal & Rulemaking Unit
• Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
• Days of Work: Monday – Friday
• Travel Required: No
• Salary Range: $34.45 – $51.25 / hourly; $71,931 – $107,010 / annually
• Classified Status: Classified
• Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
• FLSA Status: Exempt – Professional
• Telework Eligible: Yes – see below
• Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.
The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

• This position is not eligible for full-time telework. This position is required to appear regularly at the Commission offices in St. Paul, MN and this will be a hybrid role of both in-office and telework.
• A writing sample is required to be for considered for this role. Please see “Additional Requirements” at the bottom of this posting for instructions.

Job Summary
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is guiding the state through important changes in the energy and telecommunications sectors, which have enormous impact on the daily lives of Minnesotans. To help with this work, the Public Utilities Commission will be hiring up to 3 attorneys to join the agency’s legal unit. This is an exciting opportunity to join an emerging practice area and serve the public.

This position will join an established, high performing team of attorneys with responsibility for writing Commission orders; assisting in administrative rulemaking efforts of the Commission; helping to provide legal advice to Commission staff; and reviewing legislative proposals.

Job Duties:

• Draft formal orders memorializing and articulating the legal and policy grounds for decisions of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
• Attend Commission meetings and record Commission decisions
• Lead and coordinate Commission rulemakings consistent with statutory requirements
• Review and draft proposed legislation

This position will be used to hire for up to 3 positions for the Legal & Rulemaking Unit.

Minimum Qualifications

• Minnesota Bar admission by time of hire.
• Minimum of two years’ experience as a practicing lawyer (which may include experience as a judicial clerk)
• Demonstrated excellent writing skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in administrative law or public utilities law
• Judicial clerkship, particularly for an appellate court
• Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds and marginalized communities.

Additional Requirements

A writing sample is a requirement to be considered for this position. Please submit your writing sample before the closing date of this position to:

This position requires successful completion of a reference check.

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email For additional information about the application process, go to

If you have questions about the position, contact Morgan Stafford at or 651-201-2208.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Morgan Stafford at

About Public Utilities Comm

The Commission’s mission is to create and maintain a regulatory environment that ensures safe, adequate and efficient utility services at fair, reasonable rates consistent with State telecommunications and energy policies.

One of the key functions of the Commission in performing this mission is to balance the private and public interests affected in each docket, and to make decisions that appropriately balance these interests in a manner “consistent with the public interest.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

• 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
• 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
• 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
• 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

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:

• Public pension plan
• Training and professional development
• Paid vacation and sick leave
• 11 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)
• Tuition reimbursement
• 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.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. 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 and indicate what assistance is needed.

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