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Assistant County Attorney

Anoka County
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Posted Jan 16
Full Time
Anoka, Minnesota
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Job Posting End Date: January 25, 2024 at 11:59pm CST

Salary range: $70,012 to $98,009 for Attorney I. $80,516 to $112,715 for Attorney II. Starting rate will depend on experience, education, and qualifications. Advancement opportunities exist for individuals motivated to move up within Anoka County.

Come join our team at Anoka County where you can serve your community while enjoying the benefits of work-life balance! This includes 24 days paid of flexible time off and up to 12.5 holidays your first year.

In order to be considered for this position, information to support your answers must be included in your application. A resume attachment is optional and cannot be used in place of this application. Applications must be received by the closing deadline of 11:59pm on 01/25/2024 in order to be considered.

Anoka County welcomes people with different talents, personalities, and experiences to work together in ways that make us both effective and efficient. Our team of 105 persons in the Anoka County Attorney’s Office is united by a common mission to preserve the public's trust. We do this by bringing our very best to work every day and serving Anoka County's 369,000 citizens with respect and compassion.

The Anoka County Attorney’s Office is growing, and we are looking to add two full-time attorneys to our Juvenile Division. This posting will be used to fill current and future vacancies in the Juvenile Division.

The Juvenile Division represents the State in matters involving children, including the prosecution of delinquency offenses committed by juveniles, prosecution of Children in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS) matters, and truancy matters in Anoka County schools.

The Anoka County Attorney’s Office values professionals that work well in a team with colleagues and non-attorney staff. To be successful in this position, you must consistently demonstrate the ability to complete timely review and execution of documents including pleadings and proposed orders, the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and the ability to know and digest applicable federal, state, county, and local laws and regulations. Further, you must showcase concise writing skills, excellent communication skills, and professional courtroom skills.

This is a full-time, exempt, on-site position. Interviews will take place the week of February 7th & 8th, 2024 for those selected to move forward in the hiring process.

Pay & Benefits The Anoka County Attorney’s Office has three Attorney classifications: Attorney I, II, and III. The differences among these positions include but are not limited to years of general experience, supervision needed to perform the work, comprehensive working knowledge of subject matters, and ability to handle complex issues and problems associated with the assignments within the division. Additional room for advancement to Attorney IV classification is available to those with exceptional skill in leadership, ethics, and trial practice.

Salary and additional opportunities for advancement will be commensurate with experience, professional development, and performance.

  • Assistant County Attorney I: Anoka County Salary Schedule, Grade 34: $33.66 – $47.12 per hour ($70,012.80 – $98,009 per year)
  • Assistant County Attorney II: Anoka County Salary Schedule Grade 36: $38.71 – $54.19 per hour ($80,516.80 – $112,715 per year)
  • 24 days of paid flexible time off and up to 11.5 paid holidays.
  • Comprehensive insurance, including medical, dental, vision, flex benefits and more at www.anokacountymn.gov/benefits.
  • Medical and dental clinic exclusive to employees, located at the Anoka County Government Center.
  • Pension plan and other retirement investment options.
  • Advancement/professional development opportunities.

Work Location

  • This position will work at the Anoka Government Center located at 2100 3rd Avenue North in Anoka.
  • Expected work hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Job Duties and Responsibilities These examples are not all inclusive and are intended to be illustrative of primary responsibilities of an Anoka County Assistant County Attorney:

  • Prepare cases for prosecution and manage a caseload effectively and efficiently.
  • Try a significant number of cases (which includes identifying issues of disagreement, taking testimony, offering exhibits, and making oral and written legal arguments), and find efficiencies of process.
  • Negotiate settlement agreements.
  • Participate in contested hearings.
  • Conduct legal research and draft and review legal opinions, briefs, and proposed findings, conclusions of law, and orders.
  • Advise and train social workers, law enforcement officers, Corrections staff, and other agencies.
  • Other job duties are as assigned by the County Attorney or their delegate and may include providing backup support to other divisions in the office.

Qualifications and Requirements: Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed

  • Graduate of an accredited law school and licensed to practice law in Minnesota
  • Successfully complete a background investigation, including a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) background check and fingerprinting.
  • Adequate professional references.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience representing a state, county, city, or other government entity.
  • Completion of paid Court of Appeals, Federal or District Court Judicial Clerkship.
  • Knowledge of pleadings and practice of effective presentation of court cases including rules of court and evidence.
  • Experience conducting legal research and data analysis.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Using technology in everyday practice.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed To qualify for the Attorney I position, a candidate must meet the minimum qualifications listed above. Experience related to one or more of the following areas is preferred:

  • Representing a government entity in hearings, trials, appeals, and other routine legal proceedings and matters.
  • Conducting pretrial/prehearing preparations.
  • Preparing various briefs, opinions, pleadings, agreements, contracts, and other legal documents.
  • Coordinating investigations with law enforcement and other governmental departments.
  • Gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and effectively presenting findings and arguments in state and federal court, or other tribunals.
  • Providing legal opinions and training to government employees in assigned subject-matter.
  • Preparing post-hearing motions and appeals, rendering legal opinions, reviewing motions and other legal documents, conferring with and providing legal counsel to government departments, officials, and employees.
  • Conferring with parties and the public and negotiate settlements.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by a government department head or an elected official.

To qualify for the Attorney II position, a candidate must meet the minimum qualifications listed above and possess experience in some or all of the following areas among others:

  • Effectively and strategically presenting evidence, advice, information, and arguments both orally and in written form.
  • Drafting pleadings, motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs in all levels of criminal cases (misdemeanor to felony) or in the representation of a client in non-criminal matters.
  • Determining proper course of action in presenting facts and arguments.
  • Demonstrable experience with researching, analyzing and interpreting existing laws, regulations and cases.
  • Providing leadership, coaching, and/or mentoring to a subordinate group as assigned.
  • Working collaboratively with other Juvenile Division attorneys, legal support staff, Corrections, social workers, law enforcement, and others who work within the criminal justice system or other units of government.
  • Possessing at least two (2) years of experience as a practicing attorney, including some experience advising municipal clients in a County or City Attorney’s Office, or equivalent private sector experience.

About Anoka County As the fourth largest county in Minnesota, we depend on the diversity, dedication, determination, and innovation of our employees. We offer a wide range of career opportunities for people with a variety of personalities, abilities, knowledge, and life experiences who can come together for the single purpose of serving Anoka County’s 369,000 citizens in a respectful, innovative, and fiscally responsible manner. If your career aspirations resonate with our mission, we invite you to Find Your Path with Anoka County!

Commitment to Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employment Anoka County is committed to the principles of our Affirmative Action Plan and Equal Employment Opportunity. It is the policy of Anoka County to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, marital status, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, physical ability, sexual orientation, or age except where such status is a bona fide occupational qualification. It is the policy of Anoka County to make employment decisions in a manner that will further our Affirmative Action Plan and Equal Employment Opportunity.

If you require accommodations or have any other questions regarding this job posting, please call the Anoka County Human Resources Department at 763-324-4300 and reference the posting title and number. If you have questions about the hiring process, please visit: http://www.anokacountymn.gov/er-faq

Anoka County is an Equal Opportunity Employer, please see our EEO policy: https://www.anokacounty.us/401/Diversity-EEO