Employment Opportunities

Assistant Attorney General

Labor & State Affairs - Full-Time; Anchorage Office

The State of Alaska, Department of Law is recruiting for an attorney to serve in the Labor & State Affairs section of the Civil Division.

Interested candidates must submit a complete resume package as described in this announcement. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for these positions on August 11, 2014. To be assured of consideration for the positions, interested applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on August 11, 2014. Applications received after that date will be considered if the positions remain available. Applicants who have questions about the positions should contact the section supervisors identified below. For general information, please see our website: www.law.alaska.gov.

Position Description

The Labor & State Affairs Section in the Anchorage Attorney General’s Office is recruiting for a full-time attorney primarily to represent the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) and to advise the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA)—a public corporation within the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development. The work for APOC concerns election campaign finance, public official and legislative financial disclosure, lobbying, open meeting, and public records laws. The position regularly represents the commission staff in administrative hearings and before the superior and appellate courts. It requires preparation of advisory memoranda, legal opinions, regulations, and legislation. The issues can be complex and include First Amendment and other constitutional claims.

The AEA duties include: (1) providing general client-agency advice and may involve work with other attorneys in the section on various AEA programs such as renewable energy, alternative energy and energy efficiency, emerging energy technology, community assistance, and power cost equalization; (2) transactional work on energy generation and transmission and bulk fuel projects, including preparation and review of documents related to grants, loans commercial transactions, project development, debt financing, including bond financing; (3) advising on environmental and other regulatory compliance; and (4) drafting legislation and regulations.

The attorney in this position is also called upon from time to time to provide representation of and advice to other state agencies on a variety of matters, including, for example, constitutional law claims and contract claims.

The position requires a minimum of three full years of licensed practice of law. Experience in all or many of the following areas is highly preferred: public finance, election law, constitutional law, loans and commercial transactions, investments (including bond issuance), project development, and all phases of litigation. The successful applicant must possess precise analytical skills, excellent writing ability, confidence in oral advocacy, good judgment, and the ability to work in a collaborative team environment.

Attorneys who applied for this position in response to the June 2014 recruitment notice will automatically be considered for this vacancy and need not resubmit an application.

For additional information about this position, contact Margie Vandor at (907) 465-3600 or by e-mail at marjorie.vandor@alaska.gov.

Application Instructions

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 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. Candidates also must submit a comprehensive professional writing sample. A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying. Additionally, if applying for multiple positions, you should specify the positions you wish to be considered for in your cover letter, but only one set of application materials is necessary. To be assured of consideration for a position, applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on August 11, 2014. Applications received after that date will be considered if the positions remain available. Applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to:

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

or e-mailed to:


(If applicant materials are sent via e-mail, applicants are encouraged to 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.