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Assistant Attorney General

Transportation Protection Section - Full-Time; Fairbanks Office

The Transportation section of the Department of Law is looking for a talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorney who wants to become a member of the dynamic legal team in our Fairbanks office. If you want to be a part of a collegial, collaborative and professionally inspiring workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for this position on February 1, 2018. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. Applicants who have questions about the position should contact the section supervisor identified below.

The Office

The Civil Division of the Department of Law is the State of Alaska’s chief legal office in civil matters. The Department of Law is comprised of thirteen different sections in offices throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska.

The Transportation Section advises and represents the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and other state agencies on legal issues related to the construction and operation of the state’s public facilities, including buildings, highways, ferries, airports (both international and rural), harbors, and other public works. The attorneys in the section assist with project development (including compliance with planning and environmental laws, land acquisition, preparation of contracts, procurement of contractors, bid protests, and resolution of claims by and against contractors) as well as with the management and operation of the state infrastructure necessary for the well-being and safety of Alaskans. The section’s attorneys work in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.

Working and Living in Anchorage, Alaska

Fairbanks is the “Golden Heart City” and the regional hub for northern Alaska. It is a great community to live and work in. Fairbanks summers boast the best of Alaska, with long daylight hours and warm weather providing ample opportunity for recreation after work. Fairbanks winters are also full of activity, including dog mushing, snow machining, ice carving competitions, light-opera theater productions, sledding, and downhill and cross-country skiing all within minutes of your front door. The city’s dark winter nights and northern latitude make it an excellent place to see the aurora borealis and spend hours watching the skies dance. Fairbanks is also home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a research university and flagship campus of the University of Alaska System that provides local entertainment including NCAA sporting events, the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, and even a world-renown e-piano concerto competition. The Department of Law’s office is located downtown on the banks of the Chena River. For more information, please see our website: www.law.alaska.gov.

Job Description

The attorney filling this position will serve as counsel to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and other state agencies regarding a broad range of transportation and construction related issues. A significant portion of the attorney’s time will be devoted to representing the State in administrative and judicial hearings and appeals. The attorney will also advise client agencies on issues relating to governmental procurements; construction and intergovernmental contracts; real property acquisition, leasing and other public land issues; federal regulatory and funding issues related to both highways and airports; environmental issues, including hazardous wastes and contaminated site cleanup; and drafting regulations and legislation.

Qualifications

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school.  At least five full years of post-graduation legal experience is preferred, but not required.  A strong knowledge of general legal principles and practices, excellent communication skills, superior analytical and writing skills, good judgment, and the ability to work in a team environment while under minimum supervision are essential.

Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Jeff Stark at (907) 269-5160 or by e-mail at jeff.stark@alaska.gov.

Application Instructions

Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. The State provides a comprehensive state benefits package to regular, full-time, partially-exempt (PX) positions. State attorneys are in the partially-exempt service and serve at will, at the pleasure of the Attorney General.

Candidates who are interested in applying for this position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Candidates also must submit a comprehensive professional writing sample. A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying. Applications can be either emailed to civil.recruit@alaska.gov (with the subject line titled “application for current attorney recruitment”) or mailed or hand-delivered to:

Office of the Attorney General
1031 W 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501

or emailed to:

civil.recruit@alaska.gov

(Those applying via email should title the subject line “application for current attorney recruitment.”)

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the American with Disabilities Act. Applicants who need accommodation to apply may call Melanie Ferguson at the department’s Anchorage office (907) 269-5102 or Relay Alaska at 1-800-770-8973.