Victim Witness Paralegal I (Pcn 03-1334)

State Of Alaska Fairbanks , AK 99701

Posted 3 months ago

This position is open to Alaska Residents only.

Please check ourresidency definitionto determine if you qualify.

What you will be doing:

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.

Our organization and culture:

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.

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.

The benefits of joining our team:

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.

Where you will work:

This position is located in the Fairbanks District Attorney's Office, with your own office. The hours are Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 or 8:30-5:00. The work will require minimal travel.

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.

Special Note:

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.

This position is considered a flex position. After successfully completing a one year probationary period and demonstrating the ability to perform the flex criteria, the incumbent will become eligible to flex to a Victim/Witness Paralegal II position (Range 16A).

Toview the general description and example duties for a Victim/Witness Paralegal I, please go to the following link:https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Alaska/classspecs

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.)

Special Note:

"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.

Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.

COVER LETTER

A cover letter isrequiredfor this position.

The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they pertain to the key competencies listed above.

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. If you do not provide a cover letter, you will not move on to the interview stage of the process.

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.

EDUCATION

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

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. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.

WORK EXPERIENCE

When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer's 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.

Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application. If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment. A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying.

If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level. Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position.

This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.

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.

The State of Alaska does not provide VISA Employer sponsorships.

RECRUITMENT SCOPE

This position is open to Alaska Residents only. Please check ourresidency definitionto determine if you qualify.

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.

APPLICATION NOTICE

You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska"How to Apply" webpage, found here:http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/help/

NOTICE

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095.If you choose to be contacted by email,please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the 'govermentjobs.com' domains.For information on allowing emails from the 'governmentjobs.com' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located athttps://www.governmentjobs.com/OnlineApplication/User/ResetPassword.

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 1-800-587-4095 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. WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE

Questions regarding application submission 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 torecruitment.services@alaska.gov.

For applicant password assistance please visit:https://www.governmentjobs.com/OnlineApplication/User/ResetPassword

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

Name:Tiffany Saporito, Victim Witness Program Coordinator

Phone: (907)269-5261

Email:tiffany.saporito@alaska.gov



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