Assistant Attorney General – Human Services Division

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Jan 31, 2023
Feb 28, 2023
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants

Date Posted: 1/31/2023

Closing Date: Priority given to those that apply by 02/14/2023. 2/28/2023 is the last day to apply.

S1 Salary Range: $67,515.00 annually - $104,850.00 annually

S2 Salary Range: $83,094.00 annually - $122,809.00 annually

S3 Salary Range: $93,480.00 annually - $151,116.00 annually


Job Summary

The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison — one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and recognized as a 2022 Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota and 2022 Top Workplace USA — has a clear mission: we help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect.  We are a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who choose public service as a calling, and we are actively building an internal culture that supports that calling.

The Office is currently seeking two experienced attorneys to join its Human Services Division.

The Human Services Division provides litigation services and legal counsel to the Department of Human Services (“DHS”), the state’s largest agency.  Attorneys in the division represent DHS in a broad range of cases involving health care, licensing, children and family services, and the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.  Attorneys regularly handle cases in state and federal district court, state and federal appellate courts, and the Office of Administrative Hearings. Recently, division attorneys have recently argued at the Minnesota Supreme Court and Eighth Circuit.


A successful candidate in this position will be able to:


  • Represent DHS in different forums – from state and federal courts to administrative agency appeals
  • Work on all aspects of civil litigation, from initial answer or Rule 12 motion, through discovery, motion practice, mediation, trial, and appeal
  • Travel periodically throughout Minnesota, as cases can be venued anywhere in the state
  • Contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with clients and members of the public
  • Multitask by managing an active caseload and meeting tight deadlines
  • Work in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA and license to practice in the State of Minnesota
  • Two years of civil litigation experience or equivalent
  • Proven ability to litigate independently and make strategic legal decisions on a diverse caseload
  • Ability to travel to counties across the state
  • Experience using electronic files and case management tools
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills

Along with a cover letter, applicants must also submit a writing sample of up to 5 pages.


To be considered at the S2 level, candidates must have 6 years of related experience.

To be considered at the S3 level, candidates must have 12 years of related experience.           


How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

  1. Go to;
  2. Apply for posting number 62761
  3. Direct Link


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jake Pleschourt at or (651) 757-1057.

Why Work For Us

Diverse Workforce 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.

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:

  • 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)
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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

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