Careers

CareersFor over 80 years, our group of over 40 attorneys and an extensive support staff of paralegals and legal assistants have provided our clients with the very best in service and results. Our files encompass a wide variety of businesses, financial institutions, government entities and individual clients. With Minnesota offices in New Ulm, Minneapolis and Mankato and an office in Des Moines, Iowa, Gislason & Hunter efficiently and cost-effectively serves the needs of our clients locally, nationally and internationally.

We seek attorneys who are dedicated to being committed to our clients, and to our families and our communities. We work as "one firm" bringing together the best resources across different disciplines and offices. We embrace the challenge to be active participants in community projects and contributors to the professional associations in which we are engaged.

We are currently seeking:

Financial Accounting Analyst

Gislason & Hunter LLP is an established and trusted law firm that has grown from a solo practice in a small town to become a powerful regional firm with offices in Minneapolis, New Ulm, Mankato and Des Moines. We provide comprehensive legal services to businesses and individuals in Minnesota, Iowa and the Upper Midwest. Today, our legal team consists of more than 40 attorneys and 60-plus support staff across our four locations. The Financial Accounting Analyst is a key position within the Finance Department reporting to the Chief Operating Officer. This is a unique position that must embody a diverse set of skills for data analysis, process analysis and financial accounting. Candidates possessing the desire and ability to move into supervisory and accounting management role is a plus. The candidate can reside in the communities of Mankato, New Ulm or Twin Cities Metro. However, Mankato or New Ulm is preferred.

PURPOSE: Manage the following objectives within the following financial areas:
  • General Financial Accounting and Reconciliations - Provide support and oversite for processing of transactions, financial reporting and reconcile accounts.
  • Financial Analysis and Reporting - Extract data for analysis and preparation of financial reporting on a routine and ad hoc basis.
  • Budget and Forecast - Build and manage complex models for budgeting of revenue and expenses for the law firm operation.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: General Financial Accounting and Reconciliations
  • Review and reconcile general ledger, balance sheet and income statement data, focusing on qualitative variance analysis.
  • Provides backup assistance to all personnel in the accounting department as needed.
  • Responds to requests for information from staff and external sources.
  • Assists in gathering and preparing materials for tax reporting and annual financial statement review.
  • Assists in planning, administering and maintaining the financial systems and databases.
  • Provides support to the Finance Department in the use of technology to improve reporting and transaction processes, identify problems and formulate solutions
Financial Analysis and Reporting
  • Compiles and prepares ad-hoc reports, graphs and analyses on request for administrative management, attorneys and other practice managers.
  • Performs complex financial analysis modeling and reporting using data extraction, spreadsheets, Microsoft Access and other tools as required for financial management.
  • Prepares financial and business related analyses and research in such areas as revenue and expense performance.
Budget and Forecast
  • Designs and maintenance of complex models for budgeting, forecasting and profitability analysis.
  • Work with COO to prepares forecasts and analyze trends in finance, general business conditions and other related areas.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
  • BS degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration.
  • People oriented and results driven.
  • Demonstrated quantitative analysis skills.
  • Minimum of 3 years of directly related experience.
  • Ability to work independently under defined deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong communication skills providing the ability to communicate well with clients, attorneys and all levels of staff.
  • Ability to work effectively within a finance team.
  • Proven ability to manage projects, provide customer service, manage change while promoting its positive qualities to all personnel.
  • Interpersonal skills and desire necessary to grow into a supervisory role preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of computerized management information systems, business principals and use of current standard PC software tools. Experience with Microsoft suite and Elite Information Systems preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills using Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to recognize and solve business problems by applying appropriate use of logic to quickly isolate the trends or problems.
  • Ability to analyze workflow and systems requirements in order to formulate procedures and policies.
  • High level of aptitude for the organization and prioritization of a large number of different tasks and responsibilities requiring high levels of mental effort while performing many problem solving tasks and other essential duties.
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally to all Gislason & Hunter offices.
Please submit a resume in full confidence along with a transcript and writing sample to Vicki Meyer at vmeyer@gislason.com.

Office Assistant Administrator

Gislason & Hunter LLP is an established and trusted law firm that has grown from a solo practice in a small town to become a powerful regional firm with offices in Minneapolis, New Ulm, Mankato and Des Moines. We provide comprehensive legal services to businesses and individuals in Minnesota, Iowa and the Upper Midwest. Today, our legal team consists of more than 40 attorneys and 60-plus support staff across our four locations. The Assistant Office Administrator is a key management position within the firm reporting to the Chief Operating Officer. This is a unique position that must embody a diverse set of skills for HR management organizational management across the four locations. The candidate can reside in the communities of Mankato, New Ulm or Twin Cities Metro and is expected to travel to office locations routinely.

PURPOSE:
Manage the following objectives within the following administrative areas:
1. Office and Staffing Management - Provide general staffing management in all offices to include supervision and evaluation of LAAs and paralegals.
2. Human Resources Process Policies and Procedures - Maintains and enhances the firm's human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations, human resources policies, programs and practices.
3. Administration of Payroll and Benefits - Management of periodic payroll processing and benefits administration firm-wide.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Office and Staffing Management

  • Work with attorneys in each office to determine appropriate staffing models and provide employee coaching for resolution of employee issues in the area of performance management for LAAs and paralegals.
  • Provide general oversight to paralegals that monitors work allocation and productivity making appropriate recommendation for training and development.
  • Prepare and follow budgets for personnel operations.
  • Develop appropriate human resources metrics in each office for staffing.
  • Handle day to day operational issues as required for scheduling of staff and other urgent issues.
2. Human Resources Process Policies and Procedures.
  • A. Develop strategic plan for human resource function that supports the overall business plan for the firm.
  • Administer compensation, benefits and evaluation systems.
  • Identify support staff vacancies and recruit, interview and recommend applicants.
  • Plan and implement employee orientation and training programs that adequately prepare employees for job duties and fosters positive attitudes toward firm objectives.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for handling employee inquiries regarding policies, procedures and programs.
  • Develop, recommend and execute firm policies and procedures for employment and operations.
  • Develop a firm culture that emphasizes service, quality, continuous improvement, employee retention and development.
  • Maintain personnel files and monitor developments in federal and state employment regulation to ensure the firm is compliant in the areas of labor and employment.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks and participating in professional societies.
  • Conduct wage surveys within labor market to determine competitive compensation levels.
3. Administration of Payroll and Benefits.
  • Responsible for the oversight of periodic payroll processing, payroll accounting entries and reconciliation of appropriate accounts.
  • Responsible for processing of monthly/quarterly and annual distribution payments to partners.
  • Administration of 401K/Profit Sharing plan testing and determination of annual contribution.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
  • BS degree in human resources or business management.
  • People oriented and results driven.
  • Demonstrated quantitative analysis skills.
  • Minimum of 3 years of general management.
  • Ability to work independently under defined deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong communication skills providing the ability to communicate well with clients, attorneys and all levels of staff.
  • Ability to work effectively within a management team.
  • Proven ability to manage projects, provide customer service, manage change while promoting its positive qualities to all personnel.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to supervise staff, facilitate individual and group planning meetings.
  • Thorough understanding of computerized management information systems, business principals and use of current standard PC software tools. Experience with Microsoft suite and Elite Information Systems preferred.
  • Ability to recognize and solve business problems by applying appropriate use of logic to quickly isolate the trends or problems.
  • Ability to analyze workflow and systems requirements in order to formulate procedures and policies.
  • High level of aptitude for the organization and prioritization of a large number of different tasks and responsibilities requiring high levels of mental effort while performing many problem solving tasks and other essential duties.
  • N. Ability and willingness to travel routinely to all Gislason & Hunter offices.
Please submit a resume in full confidence along with a transcript and writing sample to Vicki Meyer at vmeyer@gislason.com.