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Assistant Attorney General

Labor and State Affairs Section - Full-Time; Anchorage (preferred) or Juneau

(position 19-LSA-04, open until filled)

The Civil Division of the Department of Law is the State of Alaska’s chief legal office in civil matters. The Civil Division has thirteen sections in offices throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska. The Department is looking for multiple talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorneys to become members of our dynamic legal team. 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 these positions on the closing dates listed in each job opening. 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. For more information about the Department of Law, please visit our website at www.law.alaska.gov.

Job description

The attorney selected for this position will have the opportunity to do a blend of legal work handled by the Labor & State Affairs Section. The responsibilities will consist of providing direct aid-to-agency advice—both written and oral—working on legislative issues and regulations projects on behalf of executive branch agencies, and some litigation. The attorney’s duties will include providing regular advice to state boards and commissions such as the Alaska Public Offices Commission, and assisting agencies or public corporations with matters involving discrete constitutional or statutory questions, the Open Meetings Act, and the Public Records Act. The attorney will be asked to prepare advisory memoranda, legal opinions, regulations, and legislation. The attorney may also have the opportunity to partner with other colleagues in the section to help support the legal work of state public corporations, which can include preparation and review of grants, loans, and commercial transactions. While past experience in each of these areas is not required to be considered for the position, applicants should have an interest in and willingness to learn new subjects and practice areas.

Qualifications

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a minimum of three full years of post-graduation experience practicing law as a licensed attorney. One of the three years of experience may be satisfied by employment as a clerk for a trial or appellate judge. The position requires an attorney who has excellent analytical and legal writing skills, is comfortable appearing in administrative hearings and before the superior and appellate courts, and who is a self-starter with the independence and willingness to explore new areas of the law. Applicants must have a strong knowledge of general legal principles and practices, good judgment, and the ability to work well on high-profile matters.

Experience in litigation and prior public sector or government work is highly desired and beneficial. Applicants should be comfortable working independently under minimum supervision and enjoy being a part of a team. The attorney hired for this position will be expected to:

  • Analyze and make recommendations on legal and factual questions;
  • Independently assess and manage cases and claims;
  • Draft legislation and regulations, and testify before legislative committees;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with public agencies, high-level state officials, and the general public.

Contact

Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Janell Hafner, Supervising Attorney for Labor and State Affairs at (907)465-3600; email janell.hafner@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 these positions 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(s) for which the applicant is applying by using the job number(s) indicated on the recruitment announcement. 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.