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Job Announcement - Attorney II Friday, November 17, 2023

Attorney II

Salary Range:  $5,973-$7,200 per month + Full Benefits

Status:  Full time, Regular Status

Recruitment:  Internal Protection & Advocacy Employees

Closing Date: Dec. 8 2023 (11:59 PM)

Location:  Bismarck, ND


Summary of Work

The Protection and Advocacy Project is a statewide agency with the federally mandated purpose of protecting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities in North Dakota.  The Project provides a continuum of services from information/referral to legal representation.  The Attorney II is a member of the agency legal team and reports to the Director of Legal Services.  The Attorney II provides legal representation to the Project’s clients, researches and develops legal opinions to assist non-attorney staff in representing clients, provides information and training to staff, consumers, parents, and other professionals on legal rights issues, and provides legislative and systemic advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities.

Travel will be required, with occasional overnight stays.


Minimum Qualifications:

Juris Doctorate degree, two years of work experience as a licensed attorney, and licensure to practice law in North Dakota.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience working with people with disabilities.
  • Work experience providing legal representation to individuals in administrative hearings or civil proceedings in state or federal court.
  • Work experience involving research and written analysis of complex statutes, rules, and regulations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state law with substantial relevance to people with disabilities.  Examples include the American with Disabilities Act [ADA], Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA], Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Medicaid, Medicare, Disability-connected Housing law, Social Security Disability, and Guardianship. 
  • Work experience training and providing recommendations to others on legal rights issues, conducting outreach or public awareness activities, or developing legal materials or resources for groups, such as clients, professionals, or the public.
  • Experience participating on issue-focused committees, task forces, workgroups or other groups seeking systemic changes.
  • Work experience that involved preparing and presenting testimony to legislative and/or regulatory bodies or other involvement in the legislative process – state or federal. 
  • Training and experience in Conflict Resolution or Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Application Procedures

Applicants must complete the State of North Dakota Application online at and upload a cover letter, resume, and transcripts (official or unofficial will be accepted). Failure to submit all required documents will result in disqualification. Application materials must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on the closing date.  The cover letter must include a summary of how the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications.


Contact Barb Winking for more information about the position or a copy of the job description.  For accommodation or assistance in the application and interview process contact Barb Winking at (701) 328-3942.