Human Services Judge - Human Services Judge, St. Paul, Minnesota

Created 04/02/2024
Employer Department of Human Services - Direct Care and Treatment
Reference 11450329
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City St. Paul
Zip 55102
Salary Competitive
When all employees are embraced, respected and heard, we will build a collaborative, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist culture where everyone thrives.

Working Title: Human Services Judge
Job Class: Human Services Judge
Agency: Human Services Dept
  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 03/27/2024
  • Closing Date: 04/16/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Human Services Dept / MAPE DHS Central Office
  • Division/Unit: DHS - Central Office / Human Services Judges-2
  • Work Shift: Day Shift
  • Work Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes (occasional, ~5%)
  • Salary Range: $36.34 - $54.07 / hourly; $75,877 - $112,898 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes

The Department of Human Services is unable to provide sponsorship for work visas. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the start of employment.

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

***This posting may be used to fill multiple vacancies***

*** Telework (Within Minnesota or neighboring states) and flexible hours options are available.***

As a Human Services Judge you will conduct administrative fair hearings for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, MNsure Board and the Minnesota Departments of Health and Education. After conducting an evidentiary hearing, you will review the evidence and pertinent federal and state law and prepare an independent recommended order to decide the appeal. The recommended order is reviewed by the respective agency's Commissioner's designee who issues the final decision.

Responsibilities include but may not be limited to:

• Manage a high volume caseload while ensuring that appeals assigned to you are resolved timely, efficiently, and in a manner that protects the rights of the parties.

• Conduct evidentiary hearings to develop a complete record.

• Make findings of fact and conclusions of law based on an analysis of the complete record and the laws that apply to the disputed issues.

• Comply with all applicable statutes, rules, regulations, and policies in order to effectively carry out the requirements of this position and the Agency's mission, values, and goals.


Minimum Qualifications

**To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month, day and year for each job held.**

Four (4) years of advanced professional legal experience in civil, criminal or administrative hearings or policy analysis within an agency or organization. Experience must demonstrate the following:
  • Ability to identify legal issues within a complex set of factual circumstances;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills sufficient to communicate with parties and write clear, concise recommended orders that are easily understood by all parties; and
  • Excellent legal research and analysis skills;
  • Ability to work respectfully with persons of diverse backgrounds, including those with different cultural backgrounds; people in crisis; people in poverty; people with physical disabilities; people with mental illness; and non-English speakers;
  • Ability to exhibit judicial temperament to conduct hearings in adversarial situations.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize work load, and allocate time in an efficient manner;
  • Ability to competently use computer, case management system, and recording devices;
  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.);
  • Must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota and be in active status, an inactive resident, retired, on disabled status, or on retired senior status.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Professional experience conducting evidentiary hearings as an administrative law judge, workers' compensation judge, unemployment insurance judge or equivalent experience in public sector hearings environment;
  • Experience making credibility determinations;
  • Professional experience representing public assistance recipients or government agencies in legal proceedings.
  • Professional experience representing clients in administrative hearings.
  • Variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.

Additional Requirements

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS - DHS will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and a criminal background check prior to appointment.

Application Details

How to Apply

Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

If you have questions about the position, contact AmyLynne Hermanek at .

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Alexander Duren at .

If you are an individual with a disability and need an ADA accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Human Services' ADA Coordinator at 651-431-4945 or for assistance.

About Human Services Dept

WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Minnesota Department of Human Services impacts the lives of 1.7 million people every year, helping them meet their basic needs so they can achieve their highest potential.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

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