Alaska

Public Guardian

Job description          

The Alaska Department of Administration, Office of Public Advocacy is recruiting for a
Public Guardian located in Anchorage, Alaska.
The mission of the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) is to provide advocacy to vulnerable Alaskans. OPA provides guardian ad litem representation to abused and neglected children; conservatorship and guardianship services for incapacitated adults, and attorney representation for indigent persons, including respondents in guardianship proceedings, juveniles charged in delinquency proceedings, parents in child protection cases, and defendants in criminal cases. This position is located in Anchorage but will also work with outlying field offices in Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer, and Bethel. Some travel will be required. A valid driver's license will also be required.

Under general direction, the Public Guardian will be responsible for protecting the rights and managing affairs of incapacitated persons (wards) as defined in the Alaska Statutes, AS 13.26.
Through court appointment, the incumbent will exercise the legal authority and responsibility to ensure the ward's well-being which may include managing their finances and estate and making necessary care and medical decisions. Clientele are from varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This position will work closely with the Social Security Administration, the Alaska Division of Public Assistance, along with the other agencies, the medical community, and individuals who provide services to adults who experience a developmental disability, mental illness, age-related dementia, chronic substance abuse, or other mental incapacity.

We are looking for applicants who possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (These traits must be documented in your cover letter): Experience working directly with individuals who experience a developmental disability, mental illness, age-related dementia, chronic substance abuse, or other mental incapacity. Experience in working alone or in conjunction with others on developing appropriate treatment/case plans for adults who experience a developmental disability, mental illness, age related dementia, chronic substance abuse, or other mental incapacity. Experience working with adults who have had a guardian and/or conservator. Experience working with state or federal financial and/or medical entitlements for people who have experienced a disability. Experience creating and managing budgets for others either as a conservator, representative-payee, power of attorney, or other comparable responsibility. Familiarity with community agencies and resources in Juneau who provide assistance to adults with developmental disabilities, adults with mental illness, and adults with age-related dementia. Experience coordinating services for a large volume of cases at one time. Experience working with adults of varying ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Five years experience providing professional level client casework to children, adults, or persons with a mental illness, developmental disability, traumatic brain injury, age-related dementia, or other form of disability. The required experience includes work such as a Social Worker, Children's Services Specialist, or Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere.

OR
Six years of technical or paraprofessional experience assisting with professional level client casework to children, adults, or persons with a mental illness, developmental disability, traumatic brain injury, age-related dementia, or other form of disability. The required experience is met by service as a Public Guardian Associate, Social Services Associate, or Vocational Rehabilitation Assistant with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere.

Substitution:
Educational experience gained at an accredited college may be substituted for up to four years of the required work experience (3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours equals one month of work experience).

Special Note:
As a condition of employment the successful candidate must: 1) pass a criminal history record information check; and
2) hold a current certification as a guardian from a nationally recognized organization at time of appointment or obtain that certification within one year of the date of hire.
(AS 13.26.400)
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED INFORMATION:
**INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR APPLICATION**

COVER LETTER REQUIREMENTS
A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should be in a standard business format and should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the job description above.

Your complete applicant package, including cover letter, will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process. If you do not provide a cover letter as required, your application package may be determined to be incomplete and will not advance to the next phase of the recruitment and selection process.

ATTACHMENTS
Please attach the required documents to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, submit your application online and fax them to the contact number provided in the job posting.

INTERVIEW
Applicants invited for an interview will be required to provide the following at the time of interview: List of three (3) professional references including current daytime phone numbers. Copies of your two (2) most recent performance evaluations or two (2) letters of professional reference. College transcripts (if using education to meet the minimum qualifications). These can also be attached to your application at the time of submission.
RESIDENT REQUIREMENT
This position is open to Alaska Residents only. Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify.

EDUCATION
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education and Training section of the Applicant Profile. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of credit hours earned in the Degrees Obtained field. Copies of transcripts will be required at the time of interview.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. 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. post-secondary institution 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 post-secondary institution. 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.

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.

WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE
Questions regarding application submission (including account creation) 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/js_lostpswd.cfm?&topheader=Alaska.

For specific information in reference to the position, please contact the hiring manager listed in the Contact Information section below.

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Name: Brandy Glaudo
Email: brandy.glaudo@alaska.gov
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