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District Attorney

District Attorney's Office – Full-Time; Bethel

If you are looking for a fulfilling career in public service, look no further than the Alaska Department of Law’s Criminal Division where your talent will drive justice, your compassion will give comfort, and your efforts will make a difference in your community. Currently the Division is recruiting to fill the position of District Attorney in the Bethel District Attorney’s Office. This office is responsible for prosecution of criminal cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and Interior Alaska which includes the Bethel, Emmonak, Hooper Bay, and Aniak courts.

The Bethel District Attorney supervises eight attorneys, three victim witness paralegals, and oversees four other support staff. The District Attorney is responsible for assigning the workload, establishing office procedures and protocols, and setting the tone for the office’s relationship with law enforcement, courts and the general public. The DA also handles a caseload of the most significant or high profile cases in addition to administrative and supervisory responsibilities.

The District Attorney position requires the ability think critically and reason logically; the ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing; the ability to lead legal professionals in a supportive team environment; the ability to manage both the legal and administrative functions of the office; the ability to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a deadline controlled atmosphere; and the ability to manage numerous matters simultaneously.

The work is varied, exciting and challenging. There would be opportunities for travel to experience many of the 56 village communities in the area. Those who have spent time here agree that the people are what makes Bethel special. Bethel is a culturally diverse hub community where people are friendly, helpful, good humored and connected to the land.  Opportunities for boating, snow machining, hunting, picking berries and fishing abound in a beauty that rivals anywhere else in Alaska. There is also a University of Alaska campus and a cultural center.

Salary is dependent upon your level of experience; however, the starting salary for a District Attorney in Bethel is $144,096. Regular salary increases are provided every 1-2 years. A comprehensive state benefits package is provided, including 21 days of personal leave for new employees, which increases over time; a generous Supplemental Benefits System in which the state provides a 6.13% match of your gross pay (this system takes the place of social security with State of Alaska employment); a retirement account in which the state matches pre-tax contributions of up to 5% of gross eligible salary; options for deferred compensation; life, health, dental and vision insurance; and assistance with moving expenses.

Application Instructions

Candidates who are interested in applying for a position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references.  Please also include a professional writing sample.  A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying.

Preferably applications may be submitted electronically to:

or via hard copy to:

Department of Law
Criminal Division Central Office
P.O. Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Applicants needing accommodation to apply may contact the Criminal Division Central Office at (907) 465-3600 or Relay Alaska at (800) 770-8973.

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.  A preference will be given to applicants with the ability to fluently speak another language that is commonly used in the geographic locations related to this position.