Assistant Attorney General
Child Protection Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office
(position 19-CP-02; 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 with 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.
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.
The primary responsibility of the attorney in this position is to handle child-in-need-of-aid cases in the Anchorage office. The case load is heavy and focused on litigation. This position requires extensive superior court trial work and a significant amount of written motion practice. In addition, the attorney will practice before the Office of Administrative Hearings on appeals of substantiated reports of harm. The attorney may also have the opportunity to work on child welfare policy and participate in special projects aimed at improving the child welfare system in Alaska. Some travel within Alaska will be necessary.
Attorneys in this section produce a high volume of work on a daily basis. At least two years of trial experience and experience in child abuse or neglect law is highly desired. General criminal and family law experience will also be considered. Candidates must have strong litigation, case management, and time management skills. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate effective and appropriate consensus building and a willingness to be flexible. This position requires a creative thinker who is able to think and make decisions quickly and to work independently and well under pressure. The successful candidate should be committed to the child welfare field and able to work with a variety of people, including the client agency, the general public, and witnesses.
Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Carla Erickson at (907) 269-5140.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.