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Assistant Attorney General

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

The Labor & State Affairs Section of the Department of Law is looking for a talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorney who wants 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 this position on August 31, 2018. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. For additional information, 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 Labor and State Affairs section is recruiting for a full-time attorney to represent the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The attorney selected for this position will primarily represent and advise the Division of Workers’ Compensation, including the Workers’ Compensation Benefits Guaranty Fund, which provides benefits to employees of uninsured employers; the Division of Vocation Rehabilitation, which assists individuals with disabilities prepare for and retain employment; and the Alaska Labor Relations Agency, which administers statutes relating to collective bargaining for public employers. The attorney will also assist colleagues in the section with wage and hour matters, unemployment benefits appeals, occupational health and safety cases, and may also advise and represent the Commissioner’s Office in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In addition, the attorney also may help with public records requests and compliance with the Open Meetings Act. The position offers a varied mix of providing advice to agencies, representing agencies in administrative and court proceedings, drafting legislation and regulations, and testifying before legislative committees.


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. A background in and familiarity with workers’ compensation is strongly preferred.  Applicants must possess excellent judgment, be able to work independently and manage competing deadlines while remaining calm under pressure, and should excel at developing and maintaining strong client relationships. Applicants need to enjoy being part of a team environment, and be comfortable with and interested in handling all phases of administrative litigation, including discovery, motion practice, and appeals. The successful applicant must possess superior analytical skills and excellent writing ability and should have an interest in and willingness to help draft, edit, and testify on legislation.

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:
(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.