State of AlaskaJuneau 99801
Full Time

Public Employee Retirement System (PERS), with either a Defined Benefit or Defined Contribution based on original State of Alaska hire date.

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Attorney Iii / Iv / V

State of Alaska
Full Time 150 per week 120 4th St, Juneau, AK 99801, United States Apply before 10/16/2023 5:00


The Legislative Affairs Agency (LAA) is seeking an exceptional individual to serve as the Legislative Counsel – Attorney III/IV/V to the Legislative Legal office.

The Legislative Affairs Agency, Division of Legal Services, is hiring for the position of Legislative Counsel. This is a full-time position, but flexible seasonal, or part-time positions may also be available. Our office is in Juneau, but remote work opportunities may be available for the right candidate living elsewhere in Alaska. Applicants must be admitted to the Alaska State Bar, eligible for reciprocity, or eligible to sit for the bar exam within 12 months. The position is nonpartisan, in the exempt service, and subject to certain restrictions on partisan political activity. Salary is negotiable within Range 23 -25 of the state schedule (in Juneau, an annual salary of $98,654.40 - $112,964.80), and relocation expenses may be available. This position may qualify for student loan forgiveness through the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
General duties include: 

  1. drafting legislation and amendments to legislation while taking into account form and style, legal concerns, relationship to existing law, etc.;
  2. providing opinions on legal issues to legislators and committees;
  3. assisting the revisor of statutes in editorial work relating to publication of the Alaska Statutes; and
  4. other duties as may be assigned.
Preference will be given to applicants with superior writing skills and knowledge of constitutional and legal principles. Familiarity with the Alaska Statutes, Alaska Rules of Court, Alaska Manual of Legislative Drafting, and the Uniform Rules of the Alaska Legislature is desired, but not required. Litigation or contract experience is preferred, but not required.
About our office:
Staff in our office work in a fast-paced, collaborative, team environment. Attorneys draft legislation based on subject areas, usually assigned based on their interest and experience. Attorneys often work on complex constitutional issues and matters of public importance. Attorneys receive extensive drafting training and mentorship and are supported by a highly-skilled support staff, including editors, proofreaders, librarians, and administrative professionals. Legal Services uses a modern electronic drafting system, with internal IT support.
Extended hours are required during legislative sessions, but employees enjoy ample schedule flexibility during the interim between sessions due to a generous comp-time policy. Hiking trails are accessible from the back door of the office, and Juneau boasts glaciers, a vibrant and walkable downtown, and a local ski area. A hybrid work schedule may be available.
Minimum Qualifications

Graduated from an approved school of law.
Admission to Alaska State Bar preferred.
Alaska accepts UBE (Uniform Bar Exam) score transfers.

Additional Required Information

Interested Applicants must to submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.
Special Note:
This is a fully exempt job class under AS 39.25.110(3). Positions in the Legislative Affairs Agency are required to be politically neutral.

Why work for the Legislative Affairs Agency?

Working here is a chance to be a part of Alaska history. LAA employees provide essential nonpartisan support to the Legislature where vital policy and laws are created. The Agency is made up of eleven sections led by a management team with 200 years of combined legislative experience and institutional knowledge who, along with our staff, share an unwavering commitment to serving Alaskans. We work in a dynamic environment and teamwork is not just a buzzword, but fundamental to everything we do.

We value: 
Accountability. We are committed to responsible use of human, financial, and environmental resources.
Respect. We provide services without discrimination or judgment.
Integrity. We are honest and ethical in our work.
The Alaska Legislature values the unique contributions that candidates with diverse experiences, knowledge and backgrounds can bring to our work.  We are an equal opportunity employer committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace.

Comprehensive Benefit Package
The Alaska Legislature offers health benefits including a range of coverage choices for medical, dental, and vision; a health flexible spending account; as well as other health services such as Teladoc, Hinge Health, and Surgery Plus. In addition, there are a variety of supplemental elections: life insurance, additional accidental death and dismemberment, critical illness, and both short- and long-term disability.

Health and Wellness
Employees have access to a 24/7 Wellness Center, which is a small fee-based workout facility ($50 annually) with two treadmills, two ellipticals, one recumbent bike, strength training equipment, free weights, two showers, one steam room, lockers, and towel service.
For mental health wellness, the State of Alaska offers free, confidential help through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Financial Well-Being
The State offers savings and investment plans, paid leave, insurance options, and more to help employees meet their financial goals.  

This includes:

  • Public Employee Retirement System (PERS), with either a Defined Benefit or Defined Contribution based on original State of Alaska hire date.
  • Deferred Compensation plan with options for before or after payroll taxes.
  • Supplemental Benefits System Annuity (SBS) in lieu of Social Security.
  • Workers Compensation Insurance.
  • Voluntary Savings Plan

Professional Development
Professional development that empowers employees to do the work they love and reach their career goals is encouraged and expected.  

Work/Life Balance
Work/life balance is supported through:
  • The potential for flexible work schedules during interim when the legislature is not in session.
  • Agency staff may accrue as compensatory time up to 150 hours of hours worked over the standard work week. There is no cash value to compensatory time.
  • An average of 21 days per year of accrued leave. The State offers paid leave starting at 6:04 h:mm a pay period or 21 days a year.  If you have previous time working for either the Executive or Judicial branch in a leave eligible position, the time will be calculated into your accrual rate.
  • 11 paid State holidays.
  • The Legislative Affairs Agency is a family-friendly employer.
  • The Alaska State Legislature has an onsite daycare with priority given to legislative employees’ children.
Contact Information

Legislative Affairs Agency Personnel Office
(907) 465-3854