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Assistant Attorney General

Regulatory Affairs and Public Advocacy Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office

The Regulatory Affairs and Public Advocacy Section of the Alaska Department of Law is looking for a talented, energetic, and hard-working attorney to join our legal team in the Anchorage office. If you want to do meaningful work in a collegial and professionally fulfilling workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for this position on August 15, 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 Alaska Department of Law, led by Alaska’s Attorney General, is the chief law office for the State of Alaska’s executive branch. The Department’s Civil Division is made up of 13 different sections staffed by attorneys throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska.

Job Description

The attorney selected for this position will do a range of work handled by the Regulatory Affairs and Public Advocacy (RAPA) Section. The RAPA section primarily performs the Attorney General’s statutory function of representing the public interest in utility and pipeline carrier matters before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. The RAPA Section also represents the State of Alaska in pipeline matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  The section also provides policy analysis on related matters.  The attorney in this position would mainly assist in rate cases and other proceedings before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  In doing so, the attorney would utilize the expert technical support of RAPA non-attorney professionals and outside professionals as witnesses who provide accounting, engineering and economic analysis for all types of regulated utilities and pipelines in pre-filed testimony and at hearing.

Working and Living in Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and a great community in which to live and work. National Geographic Traveler named it one of the “Best of the World” destinations in 2017. A gateway to the unsurpassed wilderness areas nearby, the city also offers a wide array of social, cultural, athletic, and professional opportunities for individuals and families. There are 250 miles of trails inside the city to explore—many just minutes from downtown—and spectacular mountains, rivers, and glaciers nearby for hiking, biking, running, fishing, and skiing. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an eleven-mile coastal trail that begins in downtown Anchorage, starts only blocks from the Department of Law. Anchorage is also home to Alaska’s largest university and enjoys performing arts centers, shopping, nightlife, and a growing culinary scene.

Qualifications

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and should have at least one year of post-graduation experience practicing law as a licensed attorney and/or clerk for a trial or appellate judge. The ability to work on a team is essential. Applicants should be comfortable learning a complex area of the law over the course of several years prior to receiving first-chair assignments in major rate case proceedings. Prior experience in utilities or pipeline rate cases is not required.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references. The deadline for applying is August 15, 2018.

Salary will depend on the background and experience of the selected candidate.

Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact John Ptacin, supervising attorney for RAPA, at (907) 269-5100 or john.ptacin@alaska.gov.

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 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 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.