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Staff Counsel

Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Closing date
Sep 23, 2022

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Employment Status
Full Time


  • Full time, exempt
  • Location: St. Paul, Minn., office with frequent travel throughout Minnesota


Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) pension and optional Section 457(b) deferred compensation program
  • Group health and dental insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness program eligibility: MCIT employees may qualify for this federal program to forgive student loan debt
  • Employer-paid short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Optional employee-paid life and vision insurance
  • Free off-street parking provided


The staff counsel is key to helping MCIT carry out its mission of providing cost-effective coverage with comprehensive and quality risk management services to its members by assisting members in reducing their property, liability and workers’ compensation claims.

MCIT is a joint powers government entity made up of Minnesota counties and associated public entities that pool resources to provide property, liability and workers’ compensation coverage to members. MCIT offers a collaborative work environment, excellent benefits and a pension plan.

Core Responsibilities

Under the direction and supervision of the executive director, staff counsel:

  • Serves as a legal resource for MCIT staff
  • Provides risk management advice to members as needed
  • Conducts legal research on claims, risk management, loss control and other issues; and provides written and oral reports as needed
  • Writes articles and resources for MCIT publications
  • Participates in risk management and loss control meetings as a resource, speaker or discussion leader
  • Researches and develops an understanding of Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and records retention requirements for local entities and the organization
  • Develops, delivers and coordinates training sessions to audiences of various sizes as needed
  • Monitors and researches proposed legislation pertinent to MCIT
  • Reviews and drafts routine contracts and agreements consistent with MCIT contract guidelines

Required Qualifications

  • Law Degree
  • Licensed as an attorney and authorized to practice law in the State of Minnesota
  • Minimum of three years of experience in law, government, service organizations or the insurance industry
  • Possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle driver’s license
  • Access to a reliable vehicle

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working as legal counsel for or with federal, state or local government
  • Familiarity with the principles of Minnesota municipal law, federal civil rights law, employment-related laws and/or Minnesota workers’ compensation law
  • Experience with public speaking, developing presentations and conducting trainings

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working as legal counsel for or with county government or a government joint risk sharing pool

Download the staff counsel position description  for a full list of duties, responsibilities and requirements.


  • All applicants must:
    • Complete an online employment application
    • Provide a cover letter and résumé. The cover letter must identify how the applicant’s experience and abilities align with the position description. Résumés without applications and cover letters will not be accepted.
  • Applicants selected for interview may be asked to provide a writing sample.
  • Application deadline:
    • Open until Sept. 23, 2022, unless filled earlier.
    • Submission deadline for first review: Aug. 12, 2022.
  • Applicants who want to claim veterans preference must complete the Veterans Preference Claim form.

Direct questions to Linda Podritz at or 651.209.6400.

MCIT is an equal opportunity employer.

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