The Saint Paul City Attorney's Office is a premier public law office of 90-plus legal professionals and support staff practicing in all areas of municipal law including criminal prosecution, civil litigation, municipal governance, contract and procurement, code and licensing enforcement, planning and zoning, real estate, and economic development.
The Saint Paul City Attorney's Office is currently accepting applications for a full-time, senior assistant city attorney position in its Civil Division. Duties will primarily include civil transactional and regulatory work and may also include litigation or other work as assigned.
Information Specific to this Position: This position performs wide-ranging, expert level, highly-complex professional legal work in the Civil Division. The worksite for this position is at the St. Paul City Attorney's Office located in downtown Saint Paul. While some telework may be possible upon approval of the City Attorney, this position is not a remote position.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Provides general legal services and expert legal advice to the City Council, the Mayor’s Office, various City departments, divisions, offices, authorities, boards, commissions and committees.
Staffs meetings of the Saint Paul City Council, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Planning Commissions and other various boards and commissions of the City.
Drafts ordinances, resolutions, rules and policies.
Prepares legal opinions or memoranda.
Drafts and negotiates contracts, which may include real estate documents such as development agreements, easements, deeds, restrictive covenants, subordination agreements, leases, and loan and grant agreements.
Advises on Federal, State and City compliance requirements.
Represents the City of Saint Paul and its various departments, boards, and commissions in administrative cases and related matters.
Plans, organizes, mentors, and leads the work of other employees in varying positions within the Civil Division as requested by the City Attorney, Deputy City Attorney, or Supervising Attorney.
The City of Saint Paul offers an excellent benefits package including health insurance, retirement contributions and paid time off.
Essential Functions are the functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The Essential Functions for this position are identified in the Supplemental Information section of the Senior Attorney Job Description.
The City of Saint Paul’s mission is to integrate equity and inclusion into how we approach all our work. Our vision is to be committed to building an equitable and inclusive city that will shift culture in city processes and policies, eliminate structural inequities, and ensure timely and relevant access to services, resources, support, and opportunity to every person in Saint Paul.
Candidates for this position will have at least a Juris Doctorate Degree and a license to practice law from the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota and at least five years of experience practicing law as an Attorney at the intermediate to senior level with the City of Saint Paul or equivalent.
Qualified candidates must have strong writing and communication skills, a demonstrated ability to maintain consistent professionalism,and a license to practice law in Minnesota.
*Seeking equity, justice, accountability, and prosperity in the City of Saint Paul*
The City Attorney’s Office strives to create a more inclusive, safe, and welcoming city in Saint Paul. Our office provides legal advice to elected officials and city departments, represents the city in civil litigation, and prosecutes criminal cases while focusing on victim-centered programming and justice reform.