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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Financial Audit Division

Job Summary

Legal Counsel - The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) is a professional, nonpartisan office in the legislative branch of Minnesota state government. OLA audits state agencies, evaluates state-funded programs, and investigates alleged misuse of state resources. This work requires OLA staff to understand state and federal laws, administrative rules, and other legal requirements. Legal Counsel reports directly to the Legislative Auditor but also interacts with all OLA staff.  

Job Duties
Legal Counsel will:

  • Establish goals for the Legal Services Unit and manage the services the unit provides.
  • Provide legal advice and guidance on a wide range of complex and sensitive issues.
  • Provide office-wide coordination of OLA’s legal needs.
  • Provide guidance on OLA’s compliance with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13) and other data access and privacy concerns.
  • Coordinate and provide training to OLA staff on legal research, documentation, Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, and other related topics.
  • Represent OLA to the Legislature, state agencies, media, and others as directed by the Legislative Auditor.
  • Help draft, negotiate, and manage contracts OLA uses to obtain certain outside services.
  • Serve as a member of OLA’s management team.
  • Help promote an understanding of OLA’s role and functions through presentations to state agencies, legislators and legislative staff, the legal community, and general public.

The salary range for a Legal Counsel is $44.15 to $62.68 per hour, the equivalent of $92,185 to $130,876 per year.  The Legislative Auditor will determine the starting salary (within the salary range) based on a successful applicant’s qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications
To be considered, a candidate must have:

  • A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and a minimum of 2-3 years of work experience that demonstrates an understanding of the public sector’s legal environment. 
  • Computer skills, including experience using word processing and spreadsheet applications, and proficiency in online legal research tools.
  • A demonstrated ability to:
    • Supervise and direct staff.
    • Interact appropriately with government officials and their staff.
    • Represent OLA in a professional manner in various settings.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers.
    • Independently gather information about legal issues from diverse sources.
    • Develop training materials and make training presentations to OLA staff.
    • Clearly and concisely communicate complex information in written documents, formal presentations, and informal briefings.
    • Provide advice on drafting, negotiating, and managing contracts used by OLA to obtain service from outside vendors.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have experience:

  • Obtaining and analyzing complex and sensitive information.
  • Synthesizing and presenting complex and sensitive information.
  • Analyzing legal issues, particularly issues involving state government.
  • Navigating the legislative process.
  • Interpreting court decisions.
  • Applying the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.
  • Analyzing a broad range of public policy issues and compliance with federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Working in complex organizational environments with fellow professionals on projects.

Additional Requirements

  • Applications and resumes will be reviewed to identify applicants meeting minimum and preferred qualifications.  Selected applicants will go through an interview process and will be required to submit writing samples, education transcripts, and employment references. 
  • We will conduct background checks prior to any employment offer.  Personal integrity is an essential qualification to work at OLA, and certain violations of ethical or legal standards relevant to being an OLA employee may disqualify an applicant.
  • Due to the nonpartisan nature of our office, applicants with extensive prior partisan work experience may be disqualified.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without needing sponsorship for an employment visa (e.g., H1B status).

Why Work for Us
MEANINGFUL WORK!  OLA helps to improve state government by promoting good management in state agencies and enhancing program effectiveness.  

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES!  We offer a flexible schedule Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the ability to work up to ten hours on a work day, reducing hours worked another work day.  We also offer the opportunity to regularly telecommute.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES!  We offer ongoing opportunities to develop skills through classes, seminars, and other formal training opportunities. 

GREAT BENEFITS!  The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package, including low-cost medical and dental insurance, employer-paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation plan (with an employer-paid match), generous vacation and sick leave, paid parental leave, and 11 paid holidays each year. 

OLA values the unique contributions that candidates with diverse experiences, knowledge, and backgrounds can bring to our work.

How to Apply
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter with their resume through the state’s Careers website.  You may do this by uploading the documents as a single file attachment, or uploading the cover letter separately from the resume.  If you have questions about applying for jobs, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

Legal Counsel – Job ID 51779  (Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022)

If you have job-specific questions, contact Judy Randall at or 651-297-1245.  For benefits-related questions, contact Shelly Gilb at or 651-296-1730.