Counsel I

Minnesota State Senate - Saint Paul, MN


Counsel I

(Open to Public)

Application Deadline: 11/9/2018

Status: Fulltime Regular Benefit-Eligible

Salary: $58,565 Minimum Annual

Office: Senate Counsel, Research and Fiscal Analysis

Reports To: Tom Bottern - Director, Senate Counsel, Research and Fiscal Analysis



  • Provides nonpartisan professional and legal counsel to Senators and staff.
  • Works within a nonpartisan office as part of a staff team that includes an analyst, fiscal analyst, and another counsel assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee; topical area assignments include human services welfare programs, child protection services, adoption assistance, child care, mental health, and chemical dependency programs.
  • Drafts bills and amendments; reviews and evaluates proposed legislation.
  • Responds to questions regarding current and proposed laws, including related legal research.
  • Serves as information resource for the Senate in assigned topical areas.


  • Law degree and admission to practice in Minnesota in good standing.
  • Relevant professional experience desired.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local government organization and functions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with legislators and others.
  • Ability to draft legislation that accurately reflects legislative requests.
  • Ability to provide options for legislative action while remaining objective, nonpartisan, and professional.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent written and oral communications ability are essential.
  • Ability to work long hours under extreme deadline pressure.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

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Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $58,565.00 /year

Seasonal job:

  • No