Tort Recovery Unit Manager – Human Services Supervisor 4

Minnesota Department of Human Services
January 9, 2021
St. Paul, MN
Job Type


Job Class: Human Services Supervisor 4

Working Title: Tort Recovery Unit Manager

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 1/8/2021

Closing Date: 01/19/2021

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Human Services / MMA Central Office

Division/Unit: Health Care Administration / Tort Recovery Unit (TRU)

Work Shift: Day Shift

Work Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Days of Work: Monday - Friday

Travel Required: No

Salary Range: $35.36 - $50.74/hourly; $73,831 - $105,945/annually

Classified Status: Classified

Connect 700 Program Eligible : Yes

***If you applied previously, you do not need to apply again to be considered further***

Job Summary

Job Summary
The incumbent for this vacancy will manage the Tort Recovery Unit (TRU). The tort recovery unit identifies, investigates, and recovers third party funds for cases in which Medical Assistance (MA), General Assistance (GA), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), or MinnesotaCare funding was used to pay for injuries covered or partially covered by Workers' Compensation (WC), No Fault Auto, Third Party Insurers, or in response to associated legal proceedings.
The TRU Manager oversees the litigation and legislative activities of the Unit, is the subject matter expert for the Department in tort and workers' compensation subrogation, and supervises the Managed Care Plans in their subrogation activities. The TRU Manager is responsible for the process and outcomes for over 3,000 active cases per year impacting over $20 million in Medicaid funds and millions of dollars in subsistence funds (MFIP, GA, GRH, etc.). TRU Manager works with AGO and contracted counsel to manage active litigation in the Unit and directs attorney resources. Proposes and defends legislation for program improvement and protection, and manages relationships with the personal injury and workers' compensation bar, courts and other state agencies.
Responsibilities include:

  • Provides complex and technical legal analysis to the Department regarding the administration of statutes and rules governing the Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) TRU program. Delegated authority from the DHS Commissioner to resolve litigation and recover funds on behalf of DHS.
  • Represents TRU and the Department of Human Services (DHS) on TRU related matters to Local Agency staff, MHCP and subsistence program beneficiaries and their representatives and attorneys; Attorney General's staff; Attorneys in Legal Management Office; Health Care providers; insurance company representatives; Department of Labor and Industry; Office of Administrative Hearings judges; Other Courts' officials; the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council; and private citizens.
  • Negotiate settlements of DHS's claims against third party payers in the area of workers' compensation, tort/personal injury, and auto. This position works to ensure that Medicaid is the payor of last resort and ensuring the integrity of state Medicaid dollars in third party litigation.
  • Engage staff, MNIT, vendors, CMS and other partners as we modernize our MMIS TPL subsystem, develop a case management system and ensure all business activities meet federal and state standards. Work on implementation of TPL improvement project for the Health and Human Services Blue Ribbon Commission.


Minimum Qualifications
Law degree from an ABA accredited law school (J.D.)
Supervisory experience or other team / project leadership experience OR completion of leadership development program
Four (4) years advanced professional legal experience in workers' compensation and/or personal injury law demonstrating the following:

  • Strong legal research and writing skills;
  • Experience negotiating settlements;
  • Technical expertise in and extensive knowledge of federal laws and regulations relating to Medicaid third party recovery.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active license to practice law in the State of Minnesota
  • Experience with Medical Assistance and Minnesota Health Care Programs.
  • Ability to organize facts and apply legal principles and pertinent legal authorities.
  • Excellent communication skills including advanced writing, formal presentation and briefing skills.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota's legislative processes, document formats, and accepted procedures for introducing and supporting proposed legislation.

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.


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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