Closing Date: 4th December, 2023


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Job Details:
Working Title: Attorney
Job Class: Staff Attorney 2
Agency: Human Services Dept

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 11/21/2023
Closing Date: 12/04/2023
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Human Services Dept / MAPE DHS Central Office
Division/Unit: Children and Family Services / Economic Assistance and Employment Support
Work Shift: Day Shift
Work Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Days of Work: Monday - Friday
Travel Required: Yes (minimal in-state travel)
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:
** Telework ( (Within Minnesota or Neighboring States) and flexible hours options are available.***

This position will provide legal advice to the Economic Assistance & Employment Supports Division (EAESD) on interpreting and implementing state and federal laws regarding non-citizens as they intersect with state and federal laws regarding public cash and food benefit assistance in Minnesota. In this role, the incumbent will be responsible to identify and create procedures and policy guidance that will support counties, tribes and community-based organizations in accurately determining benefits, preventing unintended harm. This will require thoroughly reviewing policy questions, training resources, data practices, program policies, procedures and eligibility systems and assessing in-depth their accuracy and efficacy in an environment of changing and unpredictable federal law. This position will also provide legal support on and interpret policies and procedures developed and communicated by the United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Health and Human Services, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). In addition, this position will support the development and execution of data sharing agreements.

Responsibilities include but may not be limited to:
  • Provide legal advice to the division on non-citizen eligibility and access to public programs such as Cash and Food assistance programs.
  • Lead efforts to create training content for counties and tribes and other community based service providers on legal issues related to non-citizen applicants/participants and coordinated bridging and linking of stakeholder to broaden service impacts.
  • Provide legal advice to the division on data sharing authority for public programs such as Cash and Food assistance programs and their interactions with other assistance programs and human services programs administered both within and external to the department.

Minimum Qualifications:
**To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month, day and year for each job held.**
  • JD degree from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Current license and in good standing to practice law in Minnesota.
  • At least three (3) years' experience as a practicing attorney in the area of Minnesota immigration law.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and experience conducting legal research, writing and analysis; and providing legal advice.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Successfully managing high volumes of work with competing priorities.
  • Experience with regulations and policies relating to Minnesota state government data practices, contracting and administrative law. Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and regulations, and the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13).
  • Knowledge or experience with plain language communication of complex regulatory and statutory matters.
  • Experience working for a government agency/organization.
  • Variety of experiences working effectively with others from different background and cultures.

Additional Requirements:
Reference/Background Checks – DHS will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and a criminal background check prior to appointment.

Education Verification - Applicants will be required to provide a copy of their college transcript or college degree/diploma at time of interview. Copies of the college degree/diploma are acceptable ONLY if it clearly identifies the field in which it was earned.

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 Erika R Martin at

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 Alexander Duren at

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.

About Human Services Dept
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.

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
  • 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)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program (!/pslf/launch)

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.

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.