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Employment Opportunities

Assistant Attorney General

Labor and State Affairs Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office (position closes 10/15/18)

The Labor & State Affairs section of the Department of Law is looking for two talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorneys, one who wants to become a member of our dynamic legal team in Anchorage, and the other who wants to join our team in Juneau. 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 October 15, 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.

Applicants should specify in their cover letter which position they are applying for, or alternatively indicate if they are applying for both openings.

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’s 14 attorneys provide 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 in its Anchorage office to provide legal services to and represent both the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Administration, Division of Retirement and Benefits. The attorney selected for this position will represent and advise the Division of Workers’ Compensation, including the Workers’ Compensation Benefits Guaranty Fund, which provides benefits to employees of uninsured employers, and will be expected to represent the Fund and appear on its behalf in cases before the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board. The attorney will also represent the Division of Retirement and Benefits in pension, occupational and non-occupational disability, and health benefits appeals, and be expected to regularly appear before the Office of Administrative Hearings.  The attorney may also assist colleagues in the section with other issues including wage and hour and unemployment benefits matters, occupational health and safety cases, and other matters. The attorney may also be asked to help with public records requests and other duties as assigned. The position offers a varied mix of providing advice to agencies, representing agencies in administrative and court proceedings, drafting regulations, review and monitoring of legislation, 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 and/or retirement and benefits matters, or a related area, is preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently and manage competing deadlines while remaining calm under pressure. Applicants require excellent professional judgment and should possess the skills and interest in developing and maintaining strong client relationships. Applicants need to enjoy being part of a professional, team environment, but must also be comfortable with and interested in independently handling all phases of administrative litigation—including discovery, motion practice, and appeals.  The successful applicant should possess superior analytical skills and excellent writing ability.

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.