Paralegal Specialist

State of Alaska
Full Time $35 Per hour AK Alaska Family Services Child Care Assistance Program, 2525 Gambell St Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99503, United States Apply before 7/1/2024 5:00
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Overview




What You Will Be Doing
In your role as Paralegal Specialist 1, you will supervise a team of paralegals in three district attorney offices and help members in your community who are directly impacted by crime and help victims and witnesses understand their rights and navigate them through the criminal justice system. This includes providing them updates throughout the life of a case as well as informing them of resources available to them.

You will also play an important role of the prosecution team working through the criminal justice system to resolve legal issues, including building relationships with other agencies such as law enforcement, court personnel and victim advocates


Mission and Culture
Our mission is to seek justice, promote public safety and public respect for government through prompt, effective, and compassionate prosecution of cases in a matter that advocates for the interests of the victims, respects the law enforcement agencies, responsibly stewards public resources, and holds offenders accountable while at the same time protecting the constitutional and legal rights of the accused.


Benefits of Joining Our Team
You will have an opportunity to provide a leadership role to the division paralegal staff located in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan, engage with the court, prepare for hearings and trials, and provide vital support to everyone involved. Applicants should be aware, however, that due to the nature of the work being done in this office, the incumbent must have the ability to tolerate exposure to graphic pictures, coarse language, and detailed descriptions of sometimes horrific criminal acts. The incumbent must also maintain the strictest of confidences with information they will be exposed to and have access to. 
 
You can make a difference in someone’s life and take pride in knowing that you have assisted members of your community. The work you will be part of will have a direct impact on promoting safe and secure communities throughout Alaska.


The Working Environment You Can Expect
In our office, you will be a team leader and work in one or more areas of law in addition to remotely supervising the paralegals in Sitka and Ketchikan The office environment is friendly, fast-paced, and never boring. The work will require minimal travel.

This position is located at the Juneau District Attorney Office. The hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

You will supervise 3 paralegals, work with 9 attorneys and 6 support staff located in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan.


Who We Are Looking For
To be successful in this position a candidate will need the following core competencies:
  • Law: Knowledge of State and federal laws, including legal and court procedures, regulations, guidelines, precedents, admissibility of evidence, case preparation, and/or settlements for applicable areas of law practiced or supported.
  • Compliance: Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with state and federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
  • Leadership: Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.
  • Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, Government regulations, Executive orders, agency rules, Government organization and functions, and the demographic political process. 
  • Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.


Minimum Qualifications

Paralegal Specialist 1

Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the applicant with competencies in:

  • Law: Knowledge of State and federal laws, including legal and court procedures, regulations, guidelines, precedents, admissibility of evidence, case preparation, and/or settlements for applicable areas of law practiced or supported.
  • Compliance: Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with State and federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
  • Leadership: Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.
  • Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, Government regulations, Executive orders, agency rules, Government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.
  • Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

Equivalent to those typically gained by:

Post-secondary and/or vocational education in a legal, paralegal, criminal justice, or similar legal support area and/or progressively responsible experience providing a variety of legal support in either the legal, law enforcement, legislative, or social service field; or practice in social service field with experience in either the legal, law enforcement or legislative field.

Special Note:

Positions may require incumbents to be able to obtain a Notary Public upon hire, and to be able to pass a criminal background check to meet security requirements for using criminal record networks such as Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) and National Crime Enforcement Information Center/National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NCIC/NLETS). If this requirement is present, it will be stated in the vacancy announcement.

Some positions are required to work regular overtime during the standard workweek, on weekends, and/or holidays to provide support to the assigned duty attorney. If this requirement is present, it will be stated in the vacancy announcement.

 “Competencies” means a combination of interrelated knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors that enable a person to act effectively in a job or situation.

“Paraprofessional” work is typically associated with and supportive of a professional field. It involves extensive practical knowledge gained through experience and/or specific formal or on-the-job training. Work in these occupations may involve substantial elements of the work of the professional or administrative field, but requires less than full knowledge of the field involved.

“Professional experience” means work that is creative, analytical, evaluative, and interpretive; requires a range and depth of specialized knowledge of the profession's principles, concepts, theories, and practices; and is performed with the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment.

“Progressively responsible” means indicating growth and/or advancement in complexity, difficulty, or level of responsibility.

“Technical” means performing tasks, methods, procedures, and computations that are covered by established precedents or guidelines and often require a high degree of skill, care, and precision.

“Training” and “education” in this guidance are synonyms for the process of acquiring knowledge and skills through instruction. It includes instruction through formal and informal methods (such as classroom, on-line, self-study, and on-the-job), from accredited and unaccredited sources, and long-duration (such as a post-secondary degree) and short-duration (such as a seminar) programs.

“Typically gained by” means the prevalent, usual method of gaining the competencies expected for entry into the job.

Additional Required Information

**NOTE: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY**

 
THIS RECRUITMENT IS FOR ALASKA RESIDENTS ONLY
This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only. Applicants must meet to be considered for employment at this time.
 
 
Background Check 
The successful candidates must pass a comprehensive background investigation, which includes a criminal history check.
 
 
At the time of application, the applicant must attach as individual documents the following items (If unable to attach documents, please fax or email the contact listed below):

  • Cover Letter, see instructions below
  • Educational transcripts if education is listed in application
 
If selected for an interviewthe applicant must provide the following:
  • List of three (3) professional references to include daytime telephone and email address. One must be a current or former supervisor.
  • Last two (2) performance evaluations. If unavailable, supervisory letters of recommendation can be substituted.
 
Special Notices
The Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) is utilized in this position. A background check and fingerprinting will be required.

The incumbent will be required to obtain APSIN access, which will be done through the office.

Members of the Criminal Division are held to high standards of professionalism even in our personal lives. The incumbent must maintain the strictest of confidences with information they will be exposed to and have access to.

Applicants should be aware that due to the nature of the work being performed in this office, the incumbent must have the ability to tolerate some exposure to graphic pictures, coarse language, and detailed descriptions of sometimes horrific criminal acts.
 

Application Notice
You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via a hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal, such as AlaskaJobs or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to apply successfully. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska “" page. Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the closing date.
 
 
Omission of any required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration. If you're experiencing problems attaching documents to your application  or if you simply had forgotten, you may email it to the contact provided below before 5:00 pm of the closing date. Any documents submitted after the posting has closed will not be considered.
 
 
Cover Letter 
A cover letter is required at the time of your application submission. The cover letter needs to address your desire for the position, supervisory experience, and detailed examples of your work experience related to each of the listed competencies. All work experience needs to be supported in your application.

**Please note that the cover letter will be used to determine which applicants move forward to the interview phase of the recruitment.
 
Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax or email it to the contact number provided below.  
 
 
Education
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.
 

Special Instructions for Foreign Education
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities 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. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
 

Work Experience 
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer’s name, job title, employment dates, and whether full or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and if minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the recruitment interview and selection phase.
 
Note: Attaching a resume is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting, "see resume" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination that your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.
 
 
Bargaining UnitIf you are a current state employee, please mark the union you are a member of at the time of application. If you are not a current state employee, do not complete this question.
 

Multiple VacanciesThis recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.


EEO Statement
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: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal-opportunity employer.

Contact Information

Workplace Alaska Application Questions & Assistance
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
 
For applicant password assistance, please visit .

For specific information about this position, please contact the hiring manager at the following:
 
 

Britt PedersonAdministrative Operations Manager
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