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Employment Opportunities

Assistant Attorney General

Child Protection Section - Full-Time; Kenai Office (JOB NUMBER: 18-CP-002)

The Child Protection Section of the Department of Law is looking for a talented and hard-working attorney to join our active legal team in Kenai. If you want to be a part of a collegial and collaborative workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for this full-time position on November 23, 2018. Applications received after that date will be considered if the positions remain available. Applicants who have questions about this position should contact the section supervisor identified below.

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 Child Protection section provides advice and representation to the Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services. Section attorneys provide advice on child protection statutes and regulations, institute court actions when children must be removed from abusive or neglectful homes or when court oversight is required, work closely with the Department on legal decisions during the life of the case, and file petitions to terminate parental rights so that safe, permanent homes for children can be found if reunification is not possible. The section’s attorneys work in Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Nome, and Palmer. For more information, please see our website: www.law.alaska.gov.

Job description

The primary responsibility of this attorney is to handle child-in-need-of-aid cases in the Kenai and Homer courts.  Frequent appearances in Superior Court and extensive trial work are required.  This position also requires a significant amount of written motion practice and preparation of court orders.  The attorney in this position may be called upon to handle civil commitment hearings and adult and child guardianship proceedings.  Some travel within Alaska may be necessary.

Attorneys in this section must produce a high volume of work on a daily basis.   At least two years of trial experience and experience in child abuse and neglect law is highly desired.  General criminal and family law experience is also preferred. Candidates must be able to demonstrate effective and appropriate consensus building, as well as the willingness and ability to be flexible. Candidates must be creative thinkers, be able to think on his or her feet, and work well under pressure.  The attorney in this position must have the ability to work independently.  The successful candidate will be committed to the child welfare field and be able to work with variety of people, including the client, the general public, and witnesses.

Qualifications

Attorneys in this section produce a high volume of work on a daily basis. At least two years of trial experience and experience in child abuse or neglect law is highly desired. General criminal and family law experience will also be considered. Candidates must have strong litigation, case management, and time management skills.  Candidates must also be able to demonstrate effective and appropriate consensus building and a willingness to be flexible. This position requires an attorney who is a creative thinker and is able to think and make decisions quickly and work independently and well under pressure. The successful candidate should be committed to the child welfare field and able to work with a variety of people, including the client agency, the general public, and witnesses.

For additional information about this position, contact Carla Erickson at (907) 269-5140.

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 (PX) 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 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(s) for which the applicant is applying by using the job number(s) indicated on the recruitment announcement. Applications can be either emailed to civil.recruit@alaska.gov (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.