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Employment Opportunities

Labor & Workforce Development Attorney

Labor & State Affairs Section - Full-Time; Anchorage or Juneau
(position 20-LSA-02; open until filled)

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. This position offers a good balance of litigation (about 50%) and agency advice (about 50%) and provides exposure to the core areas of attorneys working in the public service, including legislation, regulations, public records, open meetings, and assisting governmental agencies  grappling with timely and interesting issues. The attorney selected for this position will primarily represent and advise the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Additionally, the attorney will help with a range of other matters, such as wage and hour, unemployment benefits appeals, and unemployment security tax matters.


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school. A minimum of three full years of post-graduation experience practicing law as a licensed attorney is strongly preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently and with minimal supervision, have excellent judgment and strong client relation skills, and need to be able to manage competing deadlines at once. Applicants should 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 must have an interest in drafting, editing, and testifying on legislation.

Attorneys who applied for this position in response to the July 2020 recruitment notices will automatically be considered for this vacancy and need not resubmit an application. 


Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Cori Mills, Supervising Attorney for Labor and State Affairs at (907) 465-3600 or by email at

Application Instructions

Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. The State provides a comprehensive state benefits package to regular, full-time, partially exempt positions. State attorneys are in the partially exempt service and serve at will, at the pleasure of the Attorney General.

Candidates who are interested in applying for any of these positions must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies 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 by using the job number indicated on the recruitment announcement. Applications can be either emailed to (with the subject line titled “application for current attorney recruitment”) or mailed or hand-delivered to:

Office of the Attorney General
1031 W 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501

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.