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, and real estate and economic development.
GENERAL DUTY STATEMENT Positions in this class perform a wide variety of professional legal work at the full performance level in the Saint Paul City Attorney's Office, including prosecuting criminal cases, representing the City and City employees in civil litigation, and providing general legal services to various City departments, divisions, offices, authorities, boards, commissions and committees; and performs related duties as required.
INFORMATION ABOUT THIS POSITION The Saint Paul City Attorney's Office is accepting applications for a full-time 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.
This position performs wide-ranging professional legal work in the Civil Division of the Saint Paul City Attorney's Office, and reports directly to the Deputy City Attorney, Civil Division. The worksite for this position is the Saint 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.
Provides legal advice to the City Council, Mayor's Office, City departments, boards, commissions, and committees.
Drafts ordinances, resolutions, rules and policies.
Prepares legal opinions or memoranda.
Drafts and negotiates contracts and 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 lower-level 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.
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.
Job classification and salary will be commensurate with experience.
Candidates for this position will have a Juris Doctorate Degree, a license to practice law in good standing from the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota, and at least three years of experience as a practicing attorney at the entry to intermediate level with the City of Saint Paul or equivalent. Preferred candidates will have three to five years of experience in public law and real estate law. Continued employment as an Attorney is contingent upon maintaining a license to practice law in good standing from the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota.
We are looking for an individual with excellent academic credentials, strong analytical and communication skills, a demonstrated ability to maintain consistent professionalism, and strong professional recommendations.
*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.