Paralegal , Victim Navigator

State of Alaska
Full Time $42 Per hour AK Alaska Department of Public Safety, 5700 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507, United States Apply before 6/28/2024 5:00
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Overview

This position is open to Alaskan Residents only.Please check our to determine if you qualify. WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:
The primary purpose of this position is to: assist crime victims and witnesses by establishing and maintaining contact and rapport, explaining their rights and resources available to them, facilitating and coordinating necessary case activities under the direction of the investigating trooper or a supervisor, keeping victims and witnesses informed of the status of their case and the investigative process, and serving as a liaison with other agencies and victim advocacy groups.
 
OUR ORGANIZATION, MISSION, AND CULTURE:
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) strives to preserve the peace, enforce the law, prevent and detect crime, and protect life and property. As a member of DPS, you would be instrumental in ensuring this mission is met by providing direct support for law enforcement activities.
 
 THE BENEFITS OF JOINING OUR TEAM:
As a member of one of the most unique law enforcement agencies in the nation, you will be part of a team that embraces the core values of loyalty, integrity, courage, compassion, leadership, and accountability as they serve Alaska. In this fast-paced environment, you will work with a phenomenal team of professionals, both civilian and commissioned.
 
THE WORKING CONDITIONS YOU CAN EXPECT:
This position is located at the Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Trooper post in Bethel, Alaska. The daily work environment will consist of working directly with commissioned members of the department and having direct contact with victims and survivors of certain felony level crimes, as well as frequent interactions with prosecutors and/or victim witness paralegals (LAW). The incumbent will be directly supervised out of Anchorage and will work closely with team members in Bethel to support the mission. Travel may be required to fulfill job duties. This position may require overtime work during the standard workweek, on weekends, and/or holidays to provide support to the mission and or a specific case.
 
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR / DESIRED QUALITIES:

• Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic goals and displays a high level of initiative and effort. The ability to problem-solve, prioritize, and adjust to changing workplace dynamics toto balance multiple projects and meet deadlines in an environment with frequent interruptions and changing priorities. Proven ability to work independently.
• Adaptability: adjusts planned work by gathering relevant information and applying critical thinking to address multiple demands and competing priorities in a changing environment.
• Attention to Detail: Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
• Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern for others.
• Leadership: politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race,
gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

The Department of Public Safety strives to preserve the peace, enforce the law, prevent and detect crime, and protect life and property.  All positions support or carry out the Department's mission. If our mission interests you and this position embodies your strengths, please consider joining our team.
More information about the Department of Public Safety can be found on our website: 

Minimum Qualifications

Successful completion of training under a formally established Paralegal 1-2 flexible staffing training plan with the State of Alaska; 

OR 

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

  • Adaptability: adjusts planned work by gathering relevant information and applying critical thinking to address multiple demands and competing priorities in a changing environment.  
  • Administrative Law: Knowledge of State and federal administrative laws, including procedures, regulations, guidelines, and precedents related to case preparation and settlements.
  • Attention to Detail: Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
  • Stress Tolerance: Deals calmly and effectively with high stress situations (for example, tight deadlines, hostile individuals, emergency situations, dangerous situations).

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 experience performing paraprofessional legal investigation, discovery, and providing support in the preparation of legal cases, reports, documents, and exhibits.

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.

“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

COVER LETTER

A cover letter is required for this position. In your cover letter you must address how you meet the minimum qualifications of the position outlined above. Use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar; write clearly and concisely.

AT TIME OF INTERVIEW:

At time of interview, applicants must provide:

  • If available, two (2) of your most recent performance evaluations.
  • A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution name/URL is listed on the transcripts) to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications.
SPECIAL NOTE:
Incumbent may periodically operate motor vehicles during daytime and evening hours.

FIREARMS
This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.


A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.
 
If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.
 


ALASKA PUBLIC SAFETY INFORMATION NETWORK
This position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN).  A security clearance issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is necessary to use APSIN.  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, a security clearance will be withdrawn if DPS discovers that material information was falsified or omitted at the time of the initial application or security clearance.  


BACKGROUND CHECK

This position requires the incumbent to submit to a fingerprint based criminal history background check.  Due to the sensitive nature of this position, and required access to APSIN, an applicant with criminal convictions will not move forward in the selection process.

EDUCATION 

To verify education is being used to meet and/or support the required minimum qualifications/competencies, 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 used to meet or support the minimum qualifications/competencies for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial is okay; please ensure the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview; if not, transcripts will be required before employment. 
 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in 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. state university 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 state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS

For your application to be evaluated you must answer the Supplemental Questions.  Be specific in your answers and tell us how you acquired the relevant experience. Please use complete sentences and proof-read your submissions when answering the supplemental questions. Your responses will be considered a writing sample and will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Applications will be reviewed to determine if minimum qualifications are met.   Therefore, all work experiences the applicant is using to meet minimum qualifications for this position must be documented in the application package.  Please include the employer’s name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether the employment was full or part-time.  Applicants who submit packages that do not provide sufficient information to demonstrate minimum qualifications are met may not advance in the selection process.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

MULTIPLE VACANCIES 

This 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 (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 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.

THIS RECRUITMENT IS FOR ALASKA RESIDENTS ONLY
This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only. Applicants must meet in order to be considered for employment at this time.

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Contact Information

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:  

Mawuor Dior, Program Coordinator I
Department of Public Safety
907 310-0447
mawuor.dior@alaska.gov

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