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Paralegal II (PCN 06-5317)
Job #: 00881
Job Title: Paralegal II (PCN 06-5317)
Opening Date/Time: Mon. 05/20/13 12:00 AM Alaska Time
Closing Date/Time: Thu. 05/30/13 5:00 PM Alaska Time
Position Open To: Alaska Residents Only
Job Type: Full Time
Department: Health & Social Services
Division: Behavioral Health
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Bargaining Unit: General Government
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Job Description Benefits Supplemental Questions
Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health, Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) is recruiting for a Paralegal II
7-day A Week Mental Health Facility That Provides
API operates as Alaska's only state-owned, 24-hour, 7-day a week mental health facility that provides
- Acute, short-term in-patient psychiatric care for patients whose needs are so great or complex that an appropriate level of care cannot be provided in their home town or community, and
- Medium security Forensic Inpatient ServicesUnder the direction of the Medical Records Administrator, this Paralegal II position provides support to API physicians, social workers, and all other staff that requires the assistance with evolving and complex guidelines for Alaska Statutes Title 47 and Title 12. Paralegal II works collaboratively with the court system, physicians, and the Attorney General (AG) in assisting with civil and criminal commitment actions.
This Position Is Responsible For
- Collaboratively working with the Court System, Probate Court, Public Defender Agency, and AG via phone, fax and email.
- Monitor and evaluate legal documents.
- Work with professionals in order to initiate Title 47 commitments.
- Track legal status of inpatients daily.
- Prepare narrative and statistical reports regarding legal status as needed.
- Working with Alaska State Statutes Title 12 and Title 47 daily.
- Daily contact with mentally disabled patients.
- Being a Notary is essential but not necessary for employment, because it will be provided by the facility if not previously obtained. Duties involve notarizing petitions for court, affidavits, patient requests for powers of attorney, licenses for credentialing, and employees exit paperwork.
- Other assigned dutiesWe are looking for someone who has the ability to demonstrate most of the following strengths:
- Acquired a degree, or educational background in paralegal, criminal justice, or legal studies is highly desired.
- Demonstrated ability to handle confidential and sensitive documentation.
- Ability to learn to advise professional staff regarding legal documents, court order interpretation, and court hearings.
- Ability to learn new electronic databases, such as Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
- Training and/or knowledge of interpreting legal documents, court orders, and what needs to be presented at court hearings is preferred.
- Experience interpreting and utilizing Title 12 and Title 47 Alaska State Statutes is preferred, but not necessary.
- Knowledge of or ability to learn to work with mentally disabled patients in regards to presenting court documents and getting all necessary documentation ready for court hearings is highly desired.
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.
At Time Of Interview Applicant Must Submit
Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.
A cover letter is required. Please attach it as a separate document for this position.The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the responsibilities listed in the job description 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. The cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
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.
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.
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.
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/js_lostpswd.cfm?&topheader=alaska.
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 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at the address above. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.