Paralegal I/II (PCN 02-1771) - #19543684
State of Alaska
Who we are:
The Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) provides legal advocacy and guardianship services to vulnerable Alaskans. With offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Kenai, Palmer, and Bethel, OPA advocates for abused and neglected children in protective proceedings, provides public guardianship for incapacitated adults, advocates for victims of elder fraud, and provides attorney services for respondents in adult guardianship proceedings, parents in Child in Need of Aid cases, and conflict criminal cases received from the Public Defender Agency.
Where you will work:
The OPA Anchorage office is located in beautiful downtown Anchorage, Alaska. We are located directly across from the Captain Cook hotel. We offer free parking and are in walking distance from many great restaurants and coffee shops.
What you will do:
This position is assigned to the Administration section of the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) and provides paraprofessional legal support and confidentiality control between civil and criminal case information to staff by performing assistive duties for attorneys and clients. The incumbent of the position, under supervision, and in a training capacity, learns to perform initial and ongoing conflict analysis, and assignment of cases, corresponds with contract attorneys, performs as an attorney-client liaison assuring adequate client representation and briefing the Director and Deputy Director (OPA) of the same, and performs legal research and motion drafting. The incumbent will develop the skills and abilities to perform a full range of Paralegal II duties of broad scope.
Special projects as assigned.
This position is assigned to the Administration section of the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) and provides journey level, paraprofessional legal support and confidentiality control between civil and criminal case information to staff by performing assistive duties for attorneys and clients. The incumbent of the position independently performs initial and ongoing conflict analysis, and assignment of cases, corresponds with contract attorneys, performs as an attorney-client liaison assuring adequate client representation and briefing the Director and Deputy Director (OPA) of the same, and performs legal research and motion drafting.
Special projects as assigned.
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for a successful candidate that has the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Experience in interpreting, applying and explaining rules, policies, statutes and regulations
- Ability to convey complex information orally and in writing
- Strong written skills, including an ability to analyze and summarize complex fact patterns in a clear and concise manner, and type and format legal documents
- Time management skills, including the ability to work under pressure with numerous interruptions on a daily basis
- Ability to remain calm and objective when dealing with people who are under stress, and/or experience with people who have mental health impairment.
This position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN); the incumbent must be able to pass a criminal background check per 13 AAC 68.215.
This position may be required to obtain a Notary Commission. Alaska Notary Law - Title 44, chapter 44.50.Paralegal I
Three years of clerical or technical experience in a law enforcement or law office environment. Experience should have included performance of case research and/or preparation of routine legal documents. The required experience includes such work as Law Office Assistant I or Criminal Justice Technician with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere.
Certification from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved state paralegal training and education program.
Graduation from an Associate of Arts program in paralegal, criminal justice or legal studies.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college and certification in paralegal studies from a recognized program.
Three years in any combination of post secondary education from an accredited college, and clerical or technical experience in a law enforcement or law office environment. Experience should have included performance of case research and/or preparation of routine legal documents. The required experience includes such work as Law Office Assistant I or Criminal Justice Technician with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere (3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours equal 1 month of experience).
One year of experience as a Paralegal I, Victim/Witness Paralegal I, or Criminal Justice Technician II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere.
One year of study at an accredited school of law.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in paralegal, criminal justice, or legal studies. COVER LETTER REQUIREMENTS
A cover letter is required for this position.
A cover letter is required. At the time of application, you must attach a brief (one page or less) cover letter describing your experience, training, and/or education to support "what you will be doing" in this position, how you meet the minimum qualifications and how your prior experience/education support the "What we are looking for" criteria listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter as a separate document to your application before applying online. If unable to attach to your application, email your cover letter, after submitting your application, to the contact provided in the job posting prior to the closing date of this recruitment. Your cover letter will be reviewed as a preliminary writing sample and used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview stage of the recruitment and selection process.
Employment with the Office of Public Advocacy is contingent upon the applicant's ability to pass a background check and security clearance issued by the Department of Public Safety. Any prior misdemeanors and/or felony convictions will automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration in the position.
Please attach the required documents to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, submit your application online and fax or email them to the contact provided in the job posting.
Applicants must also submit a current typing test at the time of application. Typing tests are available online at www.typingtest.com. Results should be attached to the application packet.
Applicants invited for an interview will be required to provide the following at the time of interview:
- List of three (3) professional references including current daytime phone numbers.
- A professional writing sample.
- College transcripts (if using education to meet the minimum qualifications). These can also be attached to your application at the time of submission.
This position is open to Alaska Residents only. Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify.
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education and Training section of the Applicant Profile. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of credit hours earned in the Degrees Obtained field. Copies of transcripts will be required at the time of 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 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.
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications 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.
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.
WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE
Questions regarding application submission (including account creation) 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 located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to email@example.com.
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For specific information in reference to the position, please contact the hiring manager listed in the Contact Information section below.
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.
In order to be granted access to the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) and Alaska Corrections Offender Management Systems (ACOMS), the individual who is selected for this position will be required to pass a background investigation and may be re-fingerprinted. Full disclosure of ALL past criminal convictions (both misdemeanor and felony including suspended impositions of sentence) at the time of application is required. Convictions may lead to disqualification due to the requirements necessary to access these systems.Name: Brandy Glaudo