Prosecutor Training Specialist
Criminal Division Central Office – Full-Time; Anchorage or Juneau
The Criminal Division Central Office of the Department of Law is recruiting for a full time Prosecutor Training Specialist. This position will focus on developing and providing training for prosecutors in the Department of Law. It will also assist in training law enforcement throughout Alaska on various issues and assist in training staff for the Department of Law on legal proceedings and procedure. Opportunities for travel throughout the state will exist with in-person trainings.
This position will develop, coordinate, and encourage training for prosecutors of all levels. Trainings for prosecutors will include developing a one-week trial advocacy course for new prosecutors and identifying trainings in trial advocacy for more experienced prosecutors. Topics for developing and identifying training include, but are not limited to:
- bail/pretrial release considerations,
- case screening and charging considerations,
- Alaska Victim’s rights compliance,
- rules of evidence and criminal procedure,
- trial advocacy (direct and cross examination, opening and closing, introducing exhibits, etc.)
- the evolution of search and seizure law nationally and in Alaska,
- best practices in domestic violence and sexual assault prosecutions,
- plea negotiation best practices,
- sentencing laws in Alaska,
- how to identify and develop alternatives to incarceration in resolving cases,
- how to efficiently and effectively handle PCR cases,
- the role of a prosecutor in the criminal justice system, and
- how Law’s case management system (PBK) can help prosecutors in their practice.
These trainings will be a combination of in-person, video conference, webinars, and other mediums that can be as short as a brown bag lunch to multiday conferences. Training is not limited to presentations, but also includes assisting in development of policy manuals and other written materials or identifying outside materials that should be utilized. This position will also occasionally second chair a trial.
The Department is seeking someone who can also provide training to staff about the general functions and procedures of the criminal justice system. Such training should be designed to help staff develop a greater understanding of their role in the system.
Training law enforcement around the state on various issues and the coordination of such trainings will also be part of the responsibilities for this position.
While not the primary focus, this person will work on the Department’s on-going efforts to balance privacy interests of law enforcement with a prosecutor’s duty to identify and disclose information that qualifies as Brady or Giglio material.
Given all of the duties of this position, this attorney position requires the ability to teach; to communicate clearly verbally and in writing; organizational skills and self-motivation; the ability to work independently and also be a good team player; the ability think critically and reason logically; and an interest in following developments in criminal law. Prosecutorial experience, including significant trial work, are required.
The Criminal Division Central Office manages and sets policy for 125 attorneys and 114 staff in 13 district attorney offices, the Office of Special Prosecutions, and the Office of Criminal Appeals. These offices are located in 13 communities across Alaska. The Central Office is split between Anchorage and Juneau and the position could be located in either.
Anchorage is ideally located in Southcentral Alaska between the Chugach Range and the Cook Inlet. With a population of approximately 290,000, Anchorage is home to nearly 40% of the state’s population and is a 9.5-hour flight from 90% of the industrialized world. This makes Anchorage the major commerce and travel hub for the entire region. As such, Anchorage offers the perfect sampling of all that Alaska has to offer with numerous cultural institutions including the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum, amazing restaurants featuring local fare, and breathtaking scenery and outdoor experiences. As one of the northernmost cities on earth, Anchorage is the ideal location for both summer and winter activities and hosts world-class hiking trails, excellent fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, ice fishing, and plenty of opportunities to experience Alaska’s most famous sport; dog sledding.
Juneau is Alaska’s capital city and is nestled in the heart of Southeast Alaska along the Gastineau Channel. It is just over 2 hours by plane to Seattle, a major hub for travel anywhere in the world. With a population of approximately 32,000 people, the City and Borough of Juneau is Alaska’s second largest municipality and hosts all of the big-city amenities with characteristic Alaskan small-town charm. Just steps away from the Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest national forest, Juneau offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Alaska and amazing views of the famous Mendenhall Glacier which continues to shape the Mendenhall Valley. With over 55 hiking trails within walking or driving distance, Juneau is a hiker’s dream. As a coastal community, Juneau has a temperate climate where fishing, whale watching, and paddling are favorite summer activities and winter provides endless opportunities for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, aurora gazing, and ice climbing.
Salary for this position will be determined based on the legal background and relevant experience of the selected candidate, with a starting range between approximately $89,700 - $106,450. Promotions are provided as certain experience levels are reached. Regular salary increases are provided every 1-2 years. A comprehensive state benefits package is provided, including life, health, dental and vision insurance; a generous Supplemental Benefits System (SBS) in which the state provides a 6.13% match of your gross pay (this system takes the place of social security with State of Alaska employment); a PERS retirement account in which the state matches pre-tax contributions of up to 5% of gross eligible salary; options for deferred compensation; 21 days of personal leave for new employees, which increases over time; and assistance with moving expenses.
Candidates who are interested in applying for a position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Please also include a professional writing sample. A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying. If applying for multiple positions, the cover letter should specify which of the positions the applicant wishes to be considered for, but only one set of application materials is necessary.
Electronic submission of application materials is preferred. Please send them to: CriminalLawRecruit@alaska.gov
or via hard copy to:
Department of Law
Criminal Division Central Office
P.O. Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300
The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodation to apply may contact the Criminal Division Central Office at (907) 465-3600 or Relay Alaska at (800) 770-8973.
All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed. A preference will be given to applicants with the ability to fluently speak another language that is commonly used in the geographic locations related to this position.