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Assistant District Attorney

District Attorney's Office – Full-Time; Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow)

The Utqiaġvik District Attorney’s Office is recruiting for two Assistant District Attorney positions to prosecute violations of criminal law. The work includes frequent trials, significant pre-trial motion practice, daily court hearings and some post-conviction and appellate work. You will need strong oral advocacy skills. Prior trial experience and experience in the practice of criminal law is a plus, but is not required. This position requires the ability to think critically and reason logically; the ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing; the ability to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a deadline controlled atmosphere; and the ability to manage numerous matters simultaneously. This office is supervised by the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office and is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases on behalf of the State of Alaska in the North Slope region, which includes Utqiaġvik and eight surrounding communities. Some travel within Alaska will be necessary. 

This is a two-attorney office and, accordingly, it provides ample opportunity to acquire experience in a wide variety of criminal prosecutions, both misdemeanor and felony, in a short period of time. Assistant District Attorneys who fulfill a two year commitment in a rural location are given preference to transfer to other district attorney offices in the state as vacancies occur.  A rural commitment is a great way to acquire experience that is highly valued within the division. This is a newly re-established office. For the past several years prosecution for this area has been handled by the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office.

Formerly known as Barrow, voters opted to return Utqiaġvik to its traditional Inupiaq name in 2016.  Situated on the Chukchi Sea, temperatures in Utqiaġvik are rarely the coldest in the state, although it does have the lowest average temperature.  You can leave your umbrella at home, however, as Utqiaġvik is technically classified as a desert, enjoying only 5 inches of rainfall (or the snowfall equivalent) per year.  Living in Utqiagvik you can observe whale hunting or the local high school football team, (appropriately named the Whalers) hosting in-state rivals on the northernmost AstroTurf field in the world.  Life above the Arctic Circle offers polar bears, arctic foxes, views of the aurora borealis, snow-machining, and some wonderful birding opportunities.

As an Utqiaġvik Assistant District Attorney, you would discover the challenges and rewards of working for justice within this small, culturally-rich community.  This job would appeal to someone seeking a unique professional experience.

Salary is determined by the legal background and experience of the selected candidate with a starting range between approximately $96,000 - $144,000. 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 annuity plan that takes the place of the federal Social Security Plan in which the state provides a 6.13% match of your gross pay; a separate retirement investment portfolio in which the state matches pre-tax contributions of up to 5% of your gross eligible salary; options for deferred compensation; 21 days of paid personal leave for new employees that increases over time; and assistance with moving expenses.

Individuals who would like more information may contact Fairbanks District Attorney Joseph Dallaire at 907-451-5983, or by email at joe.dallaire@alaska.gov.

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.  Please also include a professional writing sample.  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.

Electronic submission of application materials is preferred. Please send them to: CriminalLawRecruit@alaska.gov

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 the Criminal Division Central Office at (907) 465-3600 or Relay Alaska at (800) 770-8973.

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.