Assistant Attorney General – Health and Teacher Licensing #75258

Minnesota Attorney General's Office   Saint Paul, MN   Full-time     Legal
Posted on March 26, 2024
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Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants

Date Posted: 3/26/2024

Closing Date: 4/9/2024


S1 Salary Range: $76,000 - $120,000 annually

S2 Salary Range: $105,500 - $163,500 annually

Telework Eligible: 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 2024, has been recognized as a Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota for three years in a row and Top Workplace USA for three years in a row.

The Office is seeking a highly capable individual with the skills and drive to work on behalf of the public in improving the quality of healthcare and education for all Minnesotans by providing legal representation to the State’s health-related licensing boards and the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (“PELSB”) in their resolution of complaints alleging misconduct by healthcare providers and educators.  The Office's Health and Teacher Licensing Division represents Minnesota’s 16 health-related licensing boards and PELSB in litigation and administrative actions related to the boards’ licensure and regulatory oversight of healthcare providers and educators.  Key functions of this position include providing legal representation to the boards at meetings and disciplinary conferences, in contested cases at the Office of Administrative Hearings, and in matters in district and appellate courts.  

Attorneys are responsible for all phases of administrative actions and civil litigation, including coordinating investigations, preparing and filing pleadings and briefs, appearing at hearings, engaging in negotiations and settlement conferences, trying cases at the Office of Administrative Hearings and in district court, and handling appeals.  Complaints against licensees may involve allegations of substandard practice, unprofessional or unethical conduct, fraudulent or abusive billing, improper prescribing of controlled substances, sexual misconduct, and violation of professional boundaries.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly committed team that makes a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.    

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA and licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota
  • Interest in handling cases on behalf of the State’s health-related licensing boards and PELSB before administrative tribunals, district courts, and appellate courts
  • Excellent research skills, and written and oral communication skills (a cover letter with a writing sample is required with application submission)
  • Ability to:
    • litigate independently and make strategic decisions as lead counsel on a diverse caseload
    • multitask by managing a high-volume caseload and meeting deadlines
    • contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with colleagues, clients, counsel, judges, and members of the public
    • work in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment

IMPORTANT! All applicants must prepare two documents to upload and submit with their application: (1) resume; and (2) cover letter with a writing sample (of up to ten pages) in one document.

To be considered at the S2 level, candidates must have 6 years of related experience.  

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.