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Assistant Attorney General

Transportation Section - Full-Time; Anchorage 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 Anchorage 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 April 30, 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

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. The city is a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains. It’s a great community to live and work in. National Geographic Traveler named it one of the “Best of the World” destinations in 2017. The city offers a wide array of social, cultural, athletic, and professional opportunities for individuals and families. There are 250 miles of trail inside the city to explore—many just minutes from downtown and spectacular mountains and glaciers nearby for hiking, biking, running, and skiing. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an 11 mile coastal trail that begins in downtown Anchorage, begins only blocks from the Department of Law. Anchorage is also home to Alaska’s largest university and enjoys multiple performing arts centers, extensive shopping and nightlife; and a growing culinary scene to enjoy.  For more information, please see our website: www.law.alaska.gov.

Job Description

The attorney filling a transportation section 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 attorney’s time will be devoted to representation of 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.  Experience in civil litigation and one or more of the areas of law discussed above 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

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.