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Employment Opportunities

Assistant Attorney General

Labor and State Affairs Section - Full-Time; Juneau 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 & State Affairs section is recruiting for a full-time attorney to provide representation in the area of employee retirement and benefits matters for both active employees and retirees. This position represents and advises the Department of Administration, Division of Retirement and Benefits in administrative hearings and other litigation, and advises and works with DRB on matters related to the state’s pension plan and health care law. The attorney in this position will be expected to carry an active caseload and regularly appear before the Office of Administrative Hearings and Superior Court on disability and health/retirement benefits appeals, and will be asked and should be willing to assist with providing aid to agency advice on legal inquiries involving the state’s health care and pension plans.

The attorney in this position may at times also be called upon to provide representation and advice to DRB or other state agencies on matters, including, for example, constitutional law claims, the open meetings act, the public records laws, and contract claims.


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a minimum of one full year of post-graduation experience practicing law as a licensed attorney. A background in or familiarity with retirement and benefits law, health care or pension law, or litigation and administrative practice is preferred, but not required.  Applicants must possess excellent judgment, be well-organized and able to handle multiple competing deadlines while remaining calm under pressure, and should excel at developing and maintaining strong client relationships. They should be highly motivated and will be expected to research and analyze medical issues, assess and manage a variety of active cases and benefit-related legal issues. Applicants need to enjoy being part of a team environment, and be comfortable with and interested in regularly handling all phases of administrative and superior court litigation, including discovery, motion practice, contested hearings, and appeals.  The successful applicant must possess strong analytical and research 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.