Posted: Jan 23, 2023

Assistant City Attorney II Employment and Labor

City of Minneapolis - Minneapolis, MN
Salary: $115,918.40 - $144,876.16 Annually
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2023
Safety/Security & Legal
As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose—serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.
Perform professional legal work of a high degree of difficulty and complexity as a confidential, non-represented attorney in support of the City's Human Resources and Labor Relations activities.

Application Process: ALL applicants MUST submit a completed:
  • City of Minneapolis online application
  • Cover Letter (submit via online application)
  • Resume (submit via online application)
  • Writing Sample
  • Response to screening questions (in online application) 
Applicants failing to follow the application process will not be considered. Resumes are not being accepted in place of an official City of Minneapolis application.
Work Location 
This position may be eligible for flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work with some days working remotely and some days working in the office.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal research, prepare legal opinions, and provide legal advice to City officials and management on labor and employment law issues with a high degree of difficulty and complexity.
  • Conduct legal research for pending labor or employment law-related lawsuits and administrative matters with difficulty and complexity. 
  • Provide subject matter expertise on labor and employment law matters to the litigation team.
  • Represent the City in matters relating to employment, labor, personnel, civil rights, governmental authority, data practices, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and other subject matters in State and Federal court and before administrative agencies, judges, and arbitrators.
  • Represent the City in labor arbitrations and civil service hearings. 
  • Advise the Human Resources Department on the legal implications of labor relations and human resources management activities, including but not limited to negotiations, mediation, interest arbitration, grievance arbitration, investigations, and personnel policy drafting and compliance. 
  • Actively participate in meetings and negotiations on behalf of the City as a public employer. 
  • Advise and assist in drafting personnel policies, labor agreements, and employment contracts. 
  • Assist in developing labor relations information defined in Minnesota Statutes § 13.37 and personnel data defined in Minnesota Statutes § 13.43.
  • Advise on compliance with Minnesota Government Data Practices Act provisions involved in labor and employment law matters.
  • May be responsible for directing the activities of less experienced attorneys in the preparation of opinions, advice, or litigation.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Normal office setting 


  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an approved and accredited law school.


  • At least three years of experience as a practicing attorney in the area of labor and/or employment law.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position, such as in labor relations or human resources, may be considered.                                                


  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota and ability to be licensed in Federal Courts.

Selection Process
The selection process will consist of a rating of relevant education and experience. It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which candidates will proceed in the selection process. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions.  Only those candidates who attain a passing score (70%) on each step in the selection process will be placed on the eligible list. The City of Minneapolis Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number in any phase of the selection process.

Background Check
The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or qualifications check may be necessary for certain positions with this job title. Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.
Union Representation
This position is not represented by an exclusive representative and the terms and conditions of employment are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Eligible List Statement
The names of applicants who meet minimum qualification and who pass the screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration.  This list will be certified to the hiring manager who may use the list to fill a vacancy of the same job title. This eligible list will expire two months after it has been established.

Interview Selection
The hiring authority reserves the right to determine the maximum number of candidates to interview from the established eligible list.  If the hiring authority decides to interview other than by exam score order, they may select additional people to interview based on a candidate's education or experience related to the field, work history, or skills uniquely related to the operational needs of the position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of employment and labor law.
  • Ability to analyze and apply legal principles and knowledge to individual cases and problems.
  • Ability to interview and consult with witnesses and to prepare cases for hearing.
  • Ability to present the City’s position in court and administrative proceedings.
  • Ability to advise decision-makers.
  • Ability to draft, review, and revise policies and contracts.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with the City’s elected officials, the City’s independent boards and commissions, department heads and departmental staff, the judiciary, arbitrators, and the general public.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.