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Assistant Attorney General, Rural Prosecution Unit

Office of Special Prosecutions – Full-Time; Anchorage

The Office of Special Prosecutions is offering a unique opportunity to make a real impact serving rural Alaskan communities. A Rural Prosecution Unit has recently been created and we are recruiting to fill two new attorney positions. These positions are located in Anchorage; however they will assist rural district attorney offices statewide by filling in when an office is short staffed or when an office needs assistance on high-profile or complex cases. Assistance will be provided on-site in rural communities when needed and remotely from Anchorage when possible. One position will focus specifically on sexual assault and domestic violence cases and the other position will prosecute a more general felony caseload. Please specify in your application if you have a preference between the two focus areas.

These positions are also meant to provide advice to law enforcement, mentor less experienced attorneys, and conduct training. Your expertise will be utilized in developing policy specifically intended to more effectively deliver service to rural Alaska. You would collaborate with local law enforcement, tribal governments, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, local government and human advocates to develop cohesive and effective practices.

To be successful in this position you will need to be familiar with Alaska’s criminal justice system, have extensive trial experience and a history of handling complex criminal prosecutions. There will be significant opportunity for travel throughout the state. You will be cross-designated as a Special Assistant US Attorney and will work closely with our counterparts in the U.S. Attorney’s Office to achieve the best possible outcome under state or federal law. 

These are federally grant funded positions that will last at least two and up to three years. There may be additional opportunity at that time to extend the positions. If such an opportunity is not available, you would be highly considered for other vacant positions in the division at that time. This type of experience is very valuable within the Criminal Division as well as outside of the Department of Law should you choose to move on at the completion of the grant period.
Salaries are determined by the legal background and experience of the selected candidate with a starting range between approximately $78,000 - $106,000. Promotions are provided as certain experience levels are reached. Regular salary increases are provided every 1-2 years. A comprehensive state benefits package is provided, including health, dental, vision and life insurance; a retirement account in which the state matches pre-tax contributions of up to 5% of your gross eligible salary; a generous Supplemental Benefits System in which the state provides a 6.13% match of your gross pay (this system takes the place of social security in Alaska); options for deferred compensation; 21 days of personal leave for new employees, which increases over time; and assistance with moving expenses. 

Application Instructions

Candidates who are interested in applying for a position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. A comprehensive professional writing sample should also be included.  A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying.  If applying for multiple positions, the cover letter should specify which of the positions the applicant wishes to be considered for, but only one set of application materials is necessary.

Preferably, applications should be submitted electronically to:

or via hard copy to:

Department of Law
Criminal Division Central Office
P.O. Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Applicants needing accommodation to apply may contact Relay Alaska at (800) 770-8973 or the Criminal Division Central Office at (907) 465-3600.

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.  A preference will be given to applicants with the ability to fluently speak another language that is commonly used in the geographic locations related to this position.