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Published date: April 3, 2022
  • Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

ATTENTION ALL APPLICANTS!

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Workers Compensation, is recruiting for a Workers Compensation Hearing Officer 1/2 located in Anchorage!
The position is part of the General Government (GGU) unit and is a Range 21/22.

What you will doing:
Workers' Compensation Hearing Officers serve as a designated chair of the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board hearing panels. Under the general supervision and direction of the Chief of Adjudication, the incumbent chairs formal hearings, controls procedure, rules on the admissibility of evidence, and applies and interprets pertinent statutes and regulations. The incumbent analyzes legal issues, evaluates lay and expert testimony, and deliberates with other panel members to decide claims and petitions. The incumbent drafts decisions and orders satisfactory to the majority of the panel and legally sufficient to survive appellate review. The incumbent holds pre-hearings, conducts mediations, and evaluates settlement agreements.

This is a flexibly staffed position, meaning the position may be filled at either the 1 or 2 level depending upon the applicant's training and/or experience. If this position is filled at the lower level, the incumbent will be assigned increasingly complex cases as they work to gain the experience to perform at the higher level. Once the incumbent hired at the lower level demonstrates proficiency at the higher level and meets the minimum qualifications, the incumbent will promote to the higher range.

Our organization, mission and culture:
The Division of Workers' Compensation's mission is to ensure the efficient, fair and predictable delivery of indemnity, medical and vocational rehabilitation benefits intended to enable workers to return to work at a reasonable cost to employers.

This position is crucial to the process of dispute resolution, which is a fundamental function of the Division.

The benefits of joining our team:
The Division’s hearing officer positions are rewarding and fulfilling, with very little turnover.

The working environment you can expect:
This position is located at 3301 Eagle St, room 304 in Anchorage. The building is close to numerous restaurants and has plentiful parking.

Who we are looking for:
Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, Government regulations, Executive orders, agency rules, Government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.

Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.

Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.

A cover letter IS required for this position. Your complete application, including cover letter, will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

Minimum Qualifications

Workers Compensation Hearing Officer 1 Minimum Qualifications 1 (Range: 21, Salary: $2,837.25 biweekly pay)
A Juris Doctor from a college of law accredited by the American Bar Association.

Special Note:
In accordance with AS 44.62.350(b) and (c), successful candidates must have been admitted to practice law for at least two years immediately before appointment to a position in this job class.

Workers Compensation Hearing Officer 2 Minimum Qualifications 2 (Range: 22, Salary: $3,030.75 biweekly pay)
A Juris Doctor from a college of law accredited by the American Bar Association.
AND EITHER
One year of experience as a Workers' Compensation Hearing Officer 1 with the State of Alaska or the equivalent in another U.S. jurisdiction.
OR
One year of experience as an advocate representing workers or employers before the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board or the equivalent in another U.S. jurisdiction.
OR
Two years of experience as an Administrative Law Judge or Hearing Officer with the State of Alaska.

Special Note:
In accordance with AS 44.62.350(b) and (c), successful candidates must have been admitted to practice law for at least two years immediately before appointment to a position in this job class.

Additional Required Information

**PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS & INFORMATION CAREFULLY**

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS
Applicants must demonstrate their skill and/or experience in their responses to the supplemental questions. Please make sure to answer the supplemental questions as thoroughly as possible. Your responses must be supported by your application. Please see the "QUESTIONS" tab at the top of this bulletin to preview the supplemental questions.

COVER LETTER
In addition to answering the supplemental question regarding how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, applicants are ALSO required to attach a cover letter to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not attach the required cover letter will not advance to the interview phase of this recruitment. The cover letter may be used as a writing sample. Applicants are advised to pay particular attention to spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, email it to the contact provided in the job posting (if email is not an option, please call the contact person to obtain a fax number). Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AT TIME OF APPLICATION

A cover letter
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 AlaskaJobs 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/

Omission of any required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration. If you’re experiencing problems attaching to your application, or if you simply had forgotten, you may email it to the contact provided below before 5:00 pm of the closing date. Any documents submitted after the posting has closed will not be considered.

EDUCATION
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 must be attached at the time of application or submitted to the contact information below prior to the close of recruitment. If you’re unable to attach to your application, email it to the contact provided in the job posting. If email is not an option, please call the contact person to obtain a fax number.

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.

WORK EXPERIENCE
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.

Note: Attaching a resume is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting, “see resume” or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination that your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

BARGAINING UNIT
If you are a current state employee, please mark the union you are a member of at the time of application. If you are not a current state employee, you MUST mark that it does not apply to you.

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.

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 at
https://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 1-800-587-0430 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.

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 to:
recruitment.services@alaska.gov

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

Contact Information

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

Alexis Hildebrand

907 465-6059

Alexis.hildebrand@alaska.gov
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

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