Chief Of Workers' Compensation Adjudication (Pcn 07-3005)

State Of Alaska Anchorage , AK 99501

Posted 2 months ago

ATTENTION ALL APPLICANTS!

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Workers' Compensation, is recruiting for the Chief of Workers' Compensation Adjudications located in Anchorage!

The position is Partially Exempt (PX) at a range 24.

Under general direction of the Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation (Division), the chief of Workers' Compensation Adjudications (Chief) is primarily responsible for the coordination and execution of prehearings, hearings, and mediations under the statewide workers' compensation adjudication program. The Chief also assists the Director with legal analysis, composing statutory and regulatory drafts, developing and implementing policies and procedures, establishing performance objectives and measurements, and developing short and long-term goals for the program. The Chief serves as the primary legal and technical advisor to workers' compensation officers and hearing officers, and as approved by the Director, may hear or mediate the most complex cases characterized by a lack of clear precedent, difficult proceeding, unique legal or policy issues, or cases with the potential for significant legal ramifications.

This position serves in a staff capacity and exercises line authority over the division functions in the absence of the division director, or when this authority has been specifically delegated. It also has supervisory responsibility for the exercise of independent judgment in employing, promoting, transferring, disciplining, or adjudicating grievances of subordinates.

This position:

  • Directly supervises the staff and activities of the Division's adjudications section.

  • Reviews decisions issued by the Board to ensure consistency with statutory and other criteria.

  • Performs adjudicative duties unique to board operations, including the conduct of public hearings as the board designated chairman on issues of extreme legal complexity and cases of first impression.

  • Researches statutes, regulations, treatises, and case law and provides interpretive guidelines to staff and board members. Replies to highly technical questions, both legal and procedural, and participates in conferences to promote public understanding of the Act and legal precedents.

  • Recommends legislative and regulatory changes to the Director. Testifies before the legislature on statutory and regulatory matters.

  • May represent the Director at public meetings or other agency functions. May act for director in his/her absence.

  • Function as a member of the Division's senior staff management team, including creation and implementation of policies and procedures that define division operations, resource allocation, and performance review.

We are seeking someone with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Legal research and writing skills;
  • Knowledge of the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act, regulations and administrative procedures, court decisions and treatises relating to industrial injury or disease; principles and practices of investigation; technical and medical terminology and vocational rehabilitation procedures and programs; hearing techniques, as well as means to secure voluntary compliance; and principles of supervision;
  • Ability to function with a high degree of independence; understand, interpret, and apply workers' compensation statutes and case law; distinguish between state, federal, and maritime jurisdictions; analyze administrative problems and make appropriate recommendations; conduct impartial pre-hearings and investigations, elicit required information, gather and analyze data, reason logically and accurately, and draw valid conclusions; analyze and evaluate technical medical and industrial information; convey information, orally or in writing, in simple, understandable and precise terms; write clear and concise reports, hire and train staff.

A member in good standing of the Alaska Bar Association.

AND

Substantial experience in the practice of Workers' Compensation law in Alaska.

Special Note:

For the purpose of meeting the minimum qualifications of this job class, the "practice of Workers' Compensation law in Alaska" includes service as a Workers' Compensation Hearing Officer.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.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to the Division's Administrative Officer II, Alexis Newman, at alexis.newman@alaska.gov. For any questions, please contact Alexis Newman at (907) 465-6059.


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