Assistant Attorney General
Labor and State Affairs Section - Full-Time; Anchorage or Juneau Office (position closes 10/24/18)
The Labor & State Affairs Section of the Department of Law is looking for a talented, enthusiastic, and hard-working attorney who wants to become a member of our outstanding 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 October 24, 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 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.
The Labor & State Affairs section is recruiting for a full-time attorney to practice primarily in the area of education law. This position is one of two attorneys who focus on providing legal services to the Department of Education and Early Development. The position includes some litigation responsibilities, which range from independently handling administrative proceedings to working on a litigation team to defend the department and state in constitutional challenges regarding Alaska’s K-12 educational funding scheme. The applicant should expect to and be interested in developing strong client relationships, working with agency officials on state and federal education law developments, advising the State Board of Education and Early Development and attending state board meetings, responding to requests for legal advice and opinions, and assisting the department in drafting regulations and legislation on matters such as student learning, accountability, and school finance. The position also advises the Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums. The attorney will be asked to advise on Open Meetings Act questions, public records requests, and other legal issues. From time to time, and as attorney interest and workload permits, the attorney may also be asked to assist other attorneys in the section on matters involving procurement or contract questions, retirement and benefits issues, constitutional law questions, boards and commissions issues, and other miscellaneous aid-to-agency advice questions.
Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a minimum of two full years of post-graduation experience practicing law as a licensed attorney, one of which may be satisfied by having served as a clerk for a trial or appellate judge. A background in and familiarity with education law or civil public sector work is preferred, but not required. Applicants must possess excellent judgment, excel at developing and nurturing strong working relationships, have strong writing skills, and must be capable of taking initiative and working well independently. Applicants should also be comfortable with and interested in handling all phases of litigation—including discovery, motion practice, and appeals, and have a demonstrated ability to and interest in collaborating with others. The successful applicant must also possess strong analytical skills and have an interest in and willingness to help draft, edit, and testify on legislation.
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 must submit a cover letter and a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and must identify at least three professional employment references. Candidates also must submit a comprehensive legal writing sample. 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.