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Assistant Attorney General

Labor & State Affairs Section - Full-Time; Juneau Office

The Labor & State Affairs Section of the Department of Law is looking for two talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorneys who want to become a member of our dynamic legal team. If you want to be a part of a collegial, collaborative, and professionally rewarding workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for these positions on August 10, 2018. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. For additional information about either of these positions, contact Chief Assistant Attorney General Janell Hafner at (907) 465-3600.

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 13 different sections throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska.

The Labor and State Affairs section provides legal assistance needed for governmental management, including employment law, labor relations, civil rights, procurement, government finance, separation of powers, boards and commissions, health care and retirement benefits programs, workers' compensation, OSHA, employment taxes, and Medicaid rate disputes. The section provides legal assistance on issues associated with the conduct of elections, campaign finance, disaster management, homeland security, the court system, and municipal law matters. The section also provides legal services and advice on the public school system and education issues. The section provides legal services to the Departments of Administration, Labor and Workforce Development, Community and Economic Development; Education and Early Development, Military and Veterans Affairs; and to the Offices of the Governor, Office of Management and Budget, Lt. Governor, Division of Elections, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Alaska Public Offices Commission, Local Boundary Commission, Alaska State Commission on Human Rights, and the Alaska Court System. The section’s attorneys work in the Anchorage and Juneau offices.

Job Description

The attorney selected for this position will do a diverse range of legal work handled by the Labor & State Affairs Section. This position offers a mixture of direct aid-to-agency advice, legislation and regulation drafting, and state and federal court litigation.  This attorney will be asked to work on a variety of matters for various state clients at the same time, so comfort in handling a mixed workload is important. The attorney may be asked to provide legal services to client agencies on issues involving employment and employee benefits matters, commercial, regulatory, and procurement work, constitutional law claims, education law, government finance, the open meetings act, and public records laws.

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 having served as a clerk for a trial or appellate judge. Applicants must have a strong knowledge of general legal principles and practices, excellent communication skills, superior analytical and writing skills, good judgment, and the ability to work well under pressure.

Experience in handling administrative, state, and federal court litigation as well as providing advice to public or private sector entities on a variety of legal issues is desired. Because this position is located in the state capital and involves work on legislative issues, a background in public sector or civil government work and prior experience in drafting legislation and regulations would also be useful. Applicants should be comfortable working independently under minimum supervision while being part of a team environment. The attorney hired for this position will be expected to:

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

Application Instructions

Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. A comprehensive state benefits package is provided for 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 applying for either position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identify 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 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.