Physician Assistant/advanced Practice Registered Nurse

State of Alaska
Full Time 37.5 per week $4,108 - $4,551 Per month AK Alaska State Corrections Department, Craig, AK 99921, United States


***The Department of Corrections is currently offering a hire incentive bonus of up to $15,000.00. The incentive bonus will be paid in two equal installments, minus mandatory deductions. The first installment will be paid 90 calendar days after the first day of employment, and upon demonstrating an overall mid-acceptable performance rating.  The second and final installment will be paid upon the employee's successful completion of the probationary period. Payments will be due within sixty (60) calendar days of such request.  To receive an incentive, employees are expected to agree to a three-year term of employment with the Department of Corrections.***  

The Department of Corrections, Division of Health and Rehabilitation Services, is recruiting for a (Psych) Physician Assistant/Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 1 primarily located at the Anchorage Correctional Complex (ACC) in Anchorage, Alaska.
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What you will be doing:Under the supervision of the Chief Mental Health Officer, this position will:
  • Care for the psychiatric needs of mentally ill offenders located across the state either in-person or via telehealth for rural locations.
  • Actively participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team including other psychiatric medication providers, psychiatric nurses, mental health clinicians and medical staff.
  • Identify, assess, and respond appropriately to those with mental health disorders, symptoms associated with drug and alcohol use, and suicidal inmates.
  • Prescribe Schedule II-V drugs as appropriate in accordance with departmental standards, State licensing requirements and prescriptive authority by the Alaska Board of Nursing or the Alaska Medical Board.

Our organization, mission and culture:

The HARS Mission Statement: To provide timely access to essential care through an evidence-based multidisciplinary approach.  We are committed to a culture of professionalism, quality and safety.

We seek applicants who are interested in furthering the HARS Mission and who will strive to uphold the Division's Core Values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Teamwork, Safety and Growth. The successful applicant will have the ability to serve this population and be a part of a strong team by modeling exceptional clinical and professional skills utilizing evidenced-based practices.

The benefits of joining our team:

Join a multidisciplinary team of professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care to Alaska’s incarcerated population. The Department of Corrections is the state’s largest behavioral health provider, we offer unique professional development opportunities, while helping to build stronger communities.

Full time employment with the State of Alaska includes competitive benefits such as: medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 11 paid holidays, monthly personal leave accrual, 2 retirement plans and other optional benefits. 

For other information regarding these benefits, please visit the Alaska Division of Retirement and Benefits website:

The work environment you can expect:

This position is primarily located at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, a secure facility for incarcerated male offenders, and Anchorage Central Office in downtown Anchorage. This position will work closely with a team of correctional officers, mental health clinicians and medical staff. 

This position has a regular work schedule of Monday through Friday for a total of 37.5 hours a week and on-call coverage requirements as part of a rotation with the other psychiatric treatment providers.

Who we are looking for:We are looking for a provider with the following desired strengths:
  • State of Alaska license to practice as a Physician Assistant or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, or eligibility to obtain.
  • Unrestricted DEA number to prescribe Schedule II, III, IV, and V drugs, or eligibility to obtain.
  • 1+ years' experience working in psychiatry.
  • Experience working in the criminal justice system is a plus, but not required.
  • Interest in working with an underserved population and enjoys working with a team.

Minimum Qualifications

Eligibility for licensure to practice as a Physician Assistant or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska.

Special Note:
Candidates not currently licensed by the State of Alaska, who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for licensure as a Physician Assistant or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska may apply for vacancies in this job class. Applicants qualifying under this option may receive a conditional job offer; however, proof of licensure will be required prior to final appointment and reporting for duty.
Some positions require the successful applicant to pass a background investigation, including fingerprinting, as a prerequisite to employment. These requirements will be indicated at the time of recruitment.
Some positions require the successful applicant to provide proof they are free from active pulmonary tuberculosis at the time of hire. Employees may be required to be screened annually. These requirements will be indicated at the time of recruitment.

Shift assignments and on-call availability may be required.

Some positions require application for and renewal of a DEA Registration Number with various designation(s) from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration allowing them to write prescriptions for a variety of controlled substances as a government health care provider. These positions will additionally register with the Alaska Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

In addition to maintaining Physician Assistant or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse licensing requirements, some positions may require maintenance of Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Basic Life Support, registration with a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, National Provider Identifier number, and others as appropriate.  

Additional Required Information

Applicants are required to either attach the following to their application or provide at time of interview:
  • Current Resume
  • List of three references including current supervisor and contact information

The starting salary for this position is dependent upon difficulty in recruitment.  Additionally, per Letter of Agreement, PA/APRN I with the Department of Corrections are paid at one salary step above the earned step.


The Department of Corrections follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:
  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution;
  • Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of the interview, at the discretion of the hiring manager.

Education completed in foreign colleges, universities, or high schools may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution or high school.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience in your Applicant Profile, you must also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment and whether full or part-time. Applicant Profiles will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and Minimum Qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

Please be aware – this position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN)/Alaska Corrections Offender Management System (ACOMS).  A security clearance issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is necessary to use APSIN/ACOMS.  DPS will deny security clearance for any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in this state or another jurisdiction, or who may be a fugitive from justice.  Additionally, security clearance will be withdrawn if DPS discovers that material information was falsified or omitted at the time of the initial application for security clearance.

All Department of Corrections employees are required to be fingerprinted. The successful candidate must pass a criminal history check.

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at the address above. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll-free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to

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Contact Information

Lisa Guzman, MS, LPC
Chief Mental Health Officer