Closing Date: 11th December, 2023


What drives you?
At MnDOT, we are driven to find talented, innovative employees for Minnesota's nationally recognized transportation system. We work to build the best team in the transportation industry to ensure that Minnesota thrives with a safe, sustainable and leading edge transportation system. You will be surrounded by a diverse community of experts, each driven by challenging work and motivated by the greater good. You will understand the impact of the work you are doing and be able to see the benefit you are providing to the citizens of Minnesota. You can set your sights high and use your strengths to grow within the organization. MnDOT offers superior health and retirement benefits as well as a solid commitment to work-life balance, which provides you the tools to thrive both at work and outside of work.

Job Details:
Working Title: Associate Legal Counsel
Job Class: Staff Attorney 2
Agency: Transportation Dept

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 11/21/2023
Closing Date: 12/11/2023
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Transportation Dept / Transportation-MAPE
Division/Unit: Chief Counsel / Chief Counsel
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday - Friday
Travel Required: No
Salary Range: $36.34 - $54.07 / hourly; $75,877 - $112,898 / annually
Classified Status: Classified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
Telework Eligible: Yes
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.

Job Summary:
This position is located at Central Office in St. Paul. This position will have the flexibility to telecommute, work a hybrid schedule, or work in the office. The incumbent will be required to complete a telework agreement. The incumbent may be expected to work in the office on occasion.

This attorney position is responsible for performing legal research, preparing legal memoranda, and providing advice on various and complex legal topics. It is responsible for drafting and reviewing contracts and other legal documents to ensure that they comply with state and federal law and policy requirements and MnDOT's contract management policy and procedures. This position will assist in factual research by gathering information from MnDOT offices and staff, legal and non-legal resources, and then organizing and summarizing the information, in memorandum or other format, for potential use in client counseling, litigation or settlement planning, or for other compliance or risk management purposes. This position is focused on contracts and agency programs involving IT procurement, research, partnership agreements, and other department agreements with an IT focus.

This position also performs a variety of other legal services to support the agency and involves providing confidential and privileged legal advice to MnDOT staff and creating attorney work products.

**MnDOT does not sponsor applicants for work visas or Optional Practical Training Extensions for STEM Students. Individuals must be legally authorized to work in the US at the start of employment.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A J.D. degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school;
  • A current license to practice law in the State of Minnesota; and
  • Two years of advanced professional experience that demonstrate the areas below:
    • Legal research and analysis, writing, and client counseling experience.
    • Practical experience in contract law, or related experience such as drafting, litigating, or advising on public legal documents.

Preferred Qualifications:
Practical experience in contract law.

Additional Requirements:
**Successful candidate must pass past-employer reference checks and criminal history check**

It is our policy that all candidates submit to a background investigation prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components: SEMA4 Records Check, Criminal History Check, Employment Reference Check, Driver's License Check, Math and Reading Assessment, Drug and Alcohol Test, Education/License Verification and Pre-Employment Physical.

Application Details
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 Mao Lowe at or 651-366-3382.

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 Mao Lowe at

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 (!/pslf/launch)
  • This position is located in Minnesota's great capital city, Saint Paul. The State of Minnesota offers employees a subsidy for public transportation allowing for convenient and easy access to commute to work. Ride the new METRO "Green Line" Light Rail Train to work! The Rice/Capitol Station is located close by.

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
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.

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) encourages participation in all its programs, services and activities and does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities. Anyone who believes they may need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in the job application, interview or selection processes may contact any agency official with whom applicant has contact in the processing of their employment application to request an accommodation. Applicants may also contact the MnDOT Affirmative Action office to request an accommodation by: E-mail:; or by calling Janet Miller at tel:651/366-4720; or using MN Relay 711.

The MnDOT Reasonable Accommodation policy can be found at: