PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the State Elections Enforcement Commission this class is accountable for directing all administrative and legal activities and advising the Commission on legal questions arising from cases involving possible violations of the election laws.
Receives executive direction from the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
Directs staff of the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Administers staff and operations of the State Elections Enforcement Commission; directs, plans and coordinates administrative and legal activities including fiscal, budgetary, legislative and educational functions; implements and evaluates agency policies, goals and objectives; determines appropriate staffing levels and directs management and coordination of staff; trains Commission members and staff; supervises receipt, processing and investigation of complaints filed with and initiated by Commission; supervises and/or conducts evidentiary hearings and meetings; assists Chief State's Attorney and State's Attorney in any criminal prosecution or appeal arising from a Commission investigation; assists Office of the Attorney General in any civil litigation brought at request of Commission; supervises large scale investigations of criminal violations of state elections laws involving offices of the Chief State's Attorney, State's Attorneys or state or municipal police; supervises and/or drafts responses to correspondence and inquiries; supervises preparation of forms for Commission use and prepares relevant literature; assigns and supervises research studies concerning election and campaign finance laws; supervises audit and review of all campaign financing reports filed by candidates, political committees and political parties on state and municipal levels; interprets campaign financing law provisions and supervises and/or drafts written advisory opinions; renders primary legal assistance to Commission on all relevant legal issues; drafts commission decisions and orders in contested cases; supervises and drafts proposals for legislation; acts as primary legislative liaison and testifies before legislative committees; implements legislative changes as required; acts as spokesperson for Commission in contacts with representatives of the media; conducts educational seminars; represents Commission in speaking engagements; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; knowledge of and ability to apply state campaign financing and election laws; knowledge of criminal, constitutional, and administrative law and rules of evidence; knowledge of legislative process; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability in advocacy and negotiation techniques; considerable ability to interpret complex legislation.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Five (5) years experience in the practice of law including some experience with the legislative process, administrative law and state election laws.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity.
Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut or be lawfully engaged in the practice of law as a principal means of livelihood for five out of the last seven years in a reciprocal jurisdiction in accordance with Section 2-13 of the Connecticut Practice Book and obtain membership in the Connecticut Bar within one year of appointment.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials And Administrators
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in the same Salary Group MP 71 approved effective June 9, 2006. (Revised to modify Special Requirement)