Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants
Date Posted: 9/15/2023
Closing Date: 10/2/2023
S1 Salary Range: $36.40 - $57.47 / hourly; $76,003 - $119,997 / annually
S2 Salary Range: $50.53 - $78.30 / hourly; $105,506 - $163,490 / annually
S3 Salary Range: $54.12 - $83.57 / hourly; $113,002 - $174,494 / annually
Telework Eligible: Yes / Hybrid
The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison 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 and intentionally committed to supporting an internal culture that affirms that calling. The Office is one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and as of 2023, has been recognized as a Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota for three years in a row and Top Workplace USA for two years in a row.
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is seeking an attorney with an interest in Minnesota’s Government Data Practices Act and at least 1 year of civil litigation experience or equivalent, to join our eDiscovery and Litigation Support Division. The successful candidate will serve as the AGO’s Data Practices Compliance Official (DPCO), as defined in the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) and Minnesota Rules, chapter 1205. As the DPCO, the attorney will handle and process all data requests as well as litigate data practices disputes. This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified professional to join a highly committed team that handles important eDiscovery and litigation support for the AGO.
This position develops and coordinates the AGO’s data practices program and policies. The DPCO is responsible for reviewing and holding in confidence highly sensitive information and materials. Moreover, the applicant must be prepared to handle any litigation related to data practices disputes on behalf of the AGO. The DPCO uses technology daily and must be comfortable learning and using technology to search, export, review, and respond to data requests.
A successful candidate will have the opportunity to support the mission of the office by:
- Serving as the dedicated contact for all data practices requests and questions from AGO staff and the public
- Assessing the merits and scope of requests; searching and exporting data from AGO systems; reviewing, classifying, and redacting data; tracking data requests; and responding to each data request (this position performs most of the document review)
- Representing the AGO and agency clients on data practice disputes
- Coordinating with AGO colleagues on collection of data responsive to requests
- Serving as coordinator for the AGO’s advisory Data Practices Council
- Developing training for AGO staff on their responsibilities under the MGDPA, Official Records Act, and relevant AGO policies
- Serving as subject matter expert on the AGO’s records retention schedule
- Convening and contributing to internal meetings where leaders make decisions about challenging issues regarding our data and how best to manage, secure, and disseminate it appropriately
- Performing other projects or assignments
- Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA
- Licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota or ability to obtain licensures within 90 days of hire
- One year of civil litigation experience or equivalent
- Highly attentive to detail and demonstrated ability to handle highly sensitive information
- Strong research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills (a cover letter with a writing sample is required with application submission)
- Demonstrated high level of experience with modern office hardware and software
- Good judgement of character and a strong professional work ethic
IMPORTANT! All applicants must prepare two documents to upload and submit with their application:
1) Resume; and
2) A cover letter with a writing sample (of up to five pages) in one document.
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.
- At least one (1) year of experience as a specifically designated DPCO for a Minnesota government entity.
- Demonstrated experience:
- developing and delivering trainings on issues including or related to data practices compliance to government officials
- searching and exporting data and loading data into document review platforms
- researching the nature of data classified as public or not public
- with broader principles of data governance, including data retention and official records
- developing statutory changes and testifying before the legislature.
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 Monday, October 2, 2023.
- Go to www.mn.gov/careers;
- Apply for posting number 69532
- Direct Link
Do not forget to upload:
1) Resume; and
2) A cover letter with a writing sample (of up to five pages).
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact K.C. Moua at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 757-1279.
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, fostering 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.
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 email@example.com. Please indicate what assistance you need.