The Office of State Ethics ("OSE") is an independent regulatory agency of the State of Connecticut that promotes integrity in government by providing legal advice, guidance and education to public officials, state employees, lobbyists, and state contractors; by interpreting and, when necessary, fairly and impartially enforcing the Codes of Ethics (Chapter 10, Connecticut General Statutes); by administering the lobbyist and financial-disclosure filing systems; and by providing the public with access to non-exempt information.
The OSE is currently seeking a Staff Attorney 2 for its Legal Division located at 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. The position is full time, forty hours per week, Monday through Friday and may require travel. Under the direction of the OSE General Counsel, this position will be responsible for performing the necessary tasks associated with the operation of the Legal Division, including, among other things, providing written and verbal advice to public officials, state employees, lobbyists, and state contractors; drafting advisory opinions, declaratory rulings, informal staff opinions, legislation, regulations, publications, and other legal documents; and representing the OSE in administrative and judicial proceedings.
All applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application with their submission. Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Lateisha Rainey at FOIC.HR@ct.gov or (860) 256-3957.
This position will be filled in accordance with reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include, but are not limited to writing samples, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, and proof of licensure. Requests will be made at the discretion of the hiring agency.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the legal work of the agency.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs advanced and complex legal work of an agency; researches, interprets, analyzes and applies complex and conflicting laws and regulations, case law and legal principles; acts as hearing officer or represents agency in formal administrative and public proceedings on a full range of cases involving complex legal and technical issues; negotiates and drafts settlement agreements; drafts advisory opinions, rulings, decisions, recommendations, findings, legislation, statutes, regulations, publications and other related legal documents; assists in the preparation and presentation of trials and appeals; consults with the Office of the Attorney General on legal issues; researches complex legal issues; conducts investigations and enforcement proceedings; prepares comprehensive reports for use in administrative and court proceedings; prepares pleadings and other court papers; interprets and applies complex or conflicting laws and regulations, case law and legal principles; participates in the conduct of various educational activities; provides legal guidance when duly authorized; provides input into policy formation; may testify at or monitor legislative proceedings; may represent agency in court when authorized; reviews court decisions, new and proposed laws and regulations to determine impact on agency operations; prepares and maintains precedent manuals; reviews legal and other related documents for legal sufficiency; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of legal principles, practices and procedures in Connecticut; considerable knowledge of legal research techniques; considerable knowledge of the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act; considerable knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and legislation; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; knowledge of the rules of evidence; knowledge of criminal and constitutional law and legislative process; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to apply judicial decisions to the interpretation of statues; considerable ability to comprehend, analyze and organize technical data and coordinate elements of legal cases.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
STAFF ATTORNEY 2: Two (2) years of experience in the practice of law.
STAFF ATTORNEY 3: Three (3) years of experience in the practice of law at the level of Staff Attorney 2 in the same state agency.
- Demonstrated interest or experience in the core mission of the Office of State Ethics;
- Knowledge of the Code of Ethics and the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act;
- Outstanding interpersonal skills;
- Excellent legal writing skills as evidenced by law journal membership or law clerkship in state or federal courts;
- Experience developing and drafting legislation and regulations, and knowledge of the processes and procedures for submitting proposed legislation and regulations;
- Experience working in a confidential environment;
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting;
- Excellent communication skills and public speaking experience
1. Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
2. May be required to travel.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.