Effective July 1, 2020 the wage for this position increased by 1 %. The wage listed in this job posting reflects the increase.
*** The recruitment period for this vacancy has been extended. The previous closing date was on July 06, 2020. If you have already applied for this position, there is no need to reapply. ***
How you can be an important part of our office.
In your role as Victim Witness Paralegal, you will 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.
What we do. Our organization and mission.
The mission of the Criminal Division is to seek justice, promote public safety and public respect for government through prompt, effective, and compassionate prosecution of cases. The Criminal Division will prosecute cases in a manner that advocates for the interests of the public – especially 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.
How you can make a difference.
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
Working with our Attorneys, Victim Witness Paralegals guide victims and witnesses through the criminal justice process. The primary focus of your work is to establish and maintain contact with the victims/witnesses, explain their rights, keep all case parties informed of the legal process, serve as liaison with other agencies and prepare individuals to testify. Victim Witness Paralegals also provide vital support to the prosecuting attorney by conducting research, drafting legal documents and managing discovery.
Who we are looking for.
To be successful in this position you will need to possess the following competencies:
Knowledge in the criminal justice process.
Experience and ability accomplishing a high-volume of work that requires you to apply well developed organization skills and the ability to prioritize your work.
Ability to work well in a team, where cross training and coordination of unit duties with other employees are essential.
Ability to effectively communicate with individuals from various social, economic and cultural backgrounds and the ability to work effectively and calmly with individuals who are often emotionally distraught, upset or hostile.
Due to the nature of this position and the work performed in the office, interested persons must have the ability to tolerate exposure to coarse language, graphic pictures and detailed descriptions of sometimes horrific criminal acts.
The incumbent must be willing and able to maintain the strictest of confidences with the information they will be exposed to and have access to with confidential databases.
This position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN); the incumbent must be able to pass a criminal background check.
High School diploma or the equivalent and three years of experience at or above the journey clerical level in a law enforcement or law office environment, or in direct client contact in a human services advocate agency.
Substitution: Three years in any combination of post secondary education from an accredited college and experience at or above the journey clerical level in a law enforcement or law office environment, or direct client contact in a human services advocate agency. (3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours equal 1 month of work experience; Associate Degree or a Paralegal Certificate equals 2 years of work experience; Bachelor's degree equals 4 years of work experience.)
"High School Equivalent" includes a G.E.D., or completion of any basic adult education course of 480 class hours (16 weeks at 30 hours per week), or six months of work experience performing duties related to office or clerical support, or twelve months of work experience involving some routine tasks related to office or clerical support or highest grade of school completed plus amount of work experience which totals 12 years.
"Human services advocate agency" is defined as an agency that facilitates, coordinates, refers or provides direct support or crisis-intervention services to clients in need of assistance. Examples of such agencies are shelters, half-way houses, group homes, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, community mental health centers, sheltered workshops, psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics.
Special Requirement: Most positions require incumbents to pass a criminal background check to meet security requirements for using criminal record networks such as ASPIN, NCIC/NLETS. This requirement will be stated in the vacancy announcement.
Additional Required Information
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DOCUMENTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF INTERVIEW
List of three (3) professional references including current phone numbers.
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 proofread 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.
A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should highlight any applicable education and work experience required to meet the minimum qualifications, and address the demonstrated strengths listed in the posting. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
Please be aware – 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, 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.
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 interview.
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.
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For specific information in reference to the position, please contact the hiring manger at:
Susie Frenzel, Victim Witness Program Coordinator
Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefitsThe following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits. (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)Insurance Benefits Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/programs/index.html for additional information. AVTEC Confidential Correctional Officers Marine Engineers Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers Supervisory Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining) The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information. General Government Labor, Trades and Crafts Public Safety Employees Association Masters, Mates & Pilots Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)Optional Insurance Benefits Group-based insurance premiums for Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents) Long-term and short-term disability Accidental Death and Dismemberment Long-term care (self and eligible family members) Supplemental Survivor Benefits Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expensesRetirement Benefits Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees) Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees) Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment optionsSee http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/retirement/index.html for additional information Paid Leave & Other Benefits Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served Eleven paid holidays a year Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.See http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/ghlb/employee/health/gymListing.html for additional information