PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Economic & Community Development this class is accountable for providing legal advise to the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Directors of the Department of Economic and Community Development to insure maximum protection of the legal rights, interests and investments of state financial assistance programs administered by the department.
Receives general direction from the Commissioner or other employee of higher grade; works in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General.
Together with the Office of the Attorney General supervises the work of outside counsel contracted by the Office of the Attorney General to work on departmental cases involving loan and grant closings, workouts, bankruptcies, company closings and actions and to obtain legal opinions or handle claims and litigation; may supervise other professional and administrative support personnel as required.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Provides assistance to the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, Directors and other staff on matters involving legal problems; serves as advisor to Commissioner on department policy, procedures and regulatory matters; provides a major contribution to drafting of department policies, regulations and assistance agreements; drafts and reviews legislation; prepares and reviews proposed contracts, assistance agreements, interagency agreements and other legal instruments to safeguard departmental interests; provides assistance to staff on legal aspects of collateral, taxes, state required filings and reports; participates in complex project negotiations; assists staff in interpreting legislation and complex contracts; conducts investigations related to protecting state's interests and investments, particularly regarding loan defaults, and proposes resolutions of findings; advises Commissioner and other staff on state protocol including coordination with Offices of the Attorney General and State Attorney on civil and criminal investigations and related activities; reviews, modifies contract language and develops various assistance agreements for loans and grants that conforms to departmental contractual needs; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of public administration and application and interpretation of statutes and regulations; knowledge of corporate and/or real estate law; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; skill in researching legal matters and preparing legal documents; ability to comprehend and interpret complex laws and regulations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years of experience in the practice of law in one or more of the following areas: contract, commercial or real estate law.
Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials And Administrators
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in salary group MP 63 approved effective August 5, 1994 (Revised to change title and modify content)