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Assistant Attorney General

Child Protection Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office

The State of Alaska, Department of Law is recruiting for an attorney to serve in the Child Protection 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 this position on October 17, 2017. To be assured of consideration for this position, interested applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on October 17, 2017. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. Applicants who have questions about the positions should contact the section supervisor identified below. For general information, please see our website: www.law.alaska.gov.

Position Description

The Child Protection section in the Anchorage and Fairbanks Attorney General’s Offices are each recruiting for a full-time attorney. The primary responsibility of the attorney in these positions is to handle child-in-need-of-aid cases in the Anchorage or Fairbanks office. The case load is heavy and focused on litigation.  These positions require extensive superior court trial work and a significant amount of written motion practice. The attorneys in these positions also may be called upon to handle civil commitment hearings and adult guardianship proceedings. The attorneys may also have the opportunity to work on child welfare policy and participate in special projects aimed at improving the child welfare system in Alaska. Some travel within Alaska will be necessary.

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. These positions require an attorney who is a creative thinker, able to think and make decisions quickly, and able to work independently and well under pressure. The successful candidates 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.

Attorneys who applied for these positions in response to the September 2017 recruitment notices will automatically be considered for these vacancies and need not resubmit an application

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. 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 the 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, you should specify the position 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 the position, applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on October 17, 2017. Applications received after that date will be considered if the positions remain available.

Applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to:

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

or emailed to:

civil.recruit@alaska.gov

(Those applying via email should 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.