Human Svcs Prog Consultant – Associate General Counsel

Minnesota Department of Human Services
October 12, 2021
St. Paul, MN
Job Type


Job Class: Human Services Program Consultant

Working Title: Human Svcs Prog Consultant - Associate General Counsel

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 10/12/2021
  • Closing Date: 11/01/2021
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Human Services Dept
  • Division/Unit: DHS-Central Office / OPR Legal Mgmt Office Sr Assoc
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift/8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Days of Work:Monday-Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $30.59 - $45.36/hourly
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: No

Job Summary

As an Associate General Counsel you will provide legal expertise to the Department of Human Services ("DHS") supporting the Children and Family Services Administration and DHS Operations. In this position you will be responsible for providing the Department with legal expertise to support DHS' compliance with all state and federal laws, assisting the Senior Associate General Counsel with coordinating the Department's litigation, and collaborating with other Department staff concerning implementation of Department legal policies and best practices. You will also conduct complex legal and policy research producing written products for a variety of audiences and purposes. In addition to supporting the Children and Family Services Administration and other areas of DHS Operations, this position will also provide legal advice on employment, labor law, and affirmative action/equal opportunity matters.


  • Using research and writing skills, support the litigation and policy work of the Department of Human Services by conducting complex legal and policy research to produce written products that collect and apply research to issues concerning the Department.
  • Using knowledge of case law, statutes, and of how courts apply law to facts provide legal advice to managers and executives and staff on various topics within the Department.
  • Litigation Management, Coordination, and Support: Monitor litigation involving the Department to coordinate litigation-related information and activities in support of favorable outcomes for the Department.


Minimum Qualifications

  • JD degree from an ABA accredited law school;
  • Current license to practice law in the State of MN;
  • At least 3 years' recent experience as a practicing attorney in an area of law related to the position;
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of the judicial and legislative process; and
  • General understanding of the Department's missions and programs.

Experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge and experience conducting legal research, writing and analysis and providing legal advice to management or executives in the last (1) year; and
  • Knowledge and experience with state and federal laws as they relate to human services programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Our employees are dedicated to ensuring cultural responsiveness. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Knowledge of and experience handling issues related to state and federal privacy laws;
  • Knowledge and experience in employment law; and
  • Experience representing clients in civil litigation.

Additional Requirements

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Minnesota Department of Human Services impacts the lives of 1.7 million people every year, helping them meet their basic needs so they can achieve their highest potential.

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

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.

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 .

For additional information about the application process, go to .


If you have questions about the position, contact Toni Shobe at .

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate and the Job posting ID#/number to Toni Shobe at Tonika.Shobe@State.MN.US by the position close date.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an ADA accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Human Services' ADA Coordinator at 651-431-4945 or for assistance.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services 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.

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 . Please indicate what assistance you need.

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