AmeriCorps members serve at both rural and urban Public Defender Offices throughout the state of Alaska. They work one-on-one with clients referred by attorneys, helping them to access resources, apply for benefits, enroll in substance use disorder treatment, and increase their financial literacy. These interventions have the long-term objective of decreasing recidivism, decreasing incarceration rates, and increasing clients’ day-to-day stability and ease of community re-integration.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
• Must have the ability to work well with people in crisis and to assess and prioritize clients’ needs; must have the desire and ability to advocate for individuals experiencing poverty and involved in the criminal justice system.
• Must have the necessary computer skills to accomplish duties (strong keyboarding, knowledge of Microsoft Office, ability to learn & document in Agency database, etc.).
• Must have strong written and oral communication skills, including competency in proofreading & editing, grammar, punctuation, and spelling; must be able to read and assess complex documents & to complete paperwork thoroughly and accurately.
• Must have well-developed organizational & time management skills, sound judgment, and ability to perform duties under pressure.
• Must be able to work both in a highly independent manner and as a cooperative & collaborative member of a team.
• Must be able to effectively interact with individuals with diverse backgrounds, and to treat all clients and colleagues with respect and dignity.
• Experience working with underserved and/or low-income individuals preferred.
• Experience working in a professional office or legal/court setting strongly preferred.
• High school diploma or equivalent certification required; college degree preferred.
• Must be at least 18 years old and a US citizen/national/permanent resident.
• Must have no felony or misdemeanor convictions (position offers are contingent on passing a national background check).
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check
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