Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director (Legal)

PURA Education, Outreach and Enforcement

Recruitment #191002-1752MP-002

Introduction

At the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment- and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut's investor owned electric, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state's cable television companies.  Ensuring affordable and reliable service from these sectors is critical to maintaining public health and safety and a thriving economy in the state of Connecticut.  PURA is statutorily charged with regulating many aspects of Connecticut's utility sector, including but not limited to: ensuring the prudence of electric system modernization, natural gas system expansion and water system infrastructure investments, reviewing mergers and acquisitions in all the above regulated sectors, conducting periodic utility rate cases, overseeing service quality, safety, and investment for the state's telecommunications infrastructure, and implementing federal requirements for natural gas pipeline safety.

PURA currently has a job opportunity for an Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director (Legal). This position will manage the new Office of Education, Outreach & Enforcement.  In this capacity, the Office Director (Legal) will manage the Authority’s prosecutorial functions in docketed proceedings, oversee the public engagement conducted by Authority staff, and perform investigative functions as needed.

The position will be located at Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT.

This position is 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.  

Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to: DEEP Human Resources. DEEP.HumanResources@ct.gov, (860)424-3006.

Selection Plan

This position is non-examined. Open to the public.

Candidates invited to interview will have to provide three (3) professional references. 

Candidates currently employed by the state will be asked to provide their last two performance appraisals.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for the direction of the staff and programs of an office.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Performs a variety of difficult, complex and sensitive legal work; researches and advises Commissioner and senior level staff on matters pertaining to legislation, regulations, enforcement, administrative procedures and adjudication; drafts legislation and regulations; conducts hearings and prepares decisions; coordinates and negotiates resolution of enforcement actions; assists staff and Office of Attorney General with court preparation; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies, municipal, state and federal governments; provides assistance to staff in regard to enforcement issues and orders and civil penalties; directs staff and operations of office; determines priorities and coordinates, plans and manages activities; formulates office goals and objectives and ensures implementation of same; reviews and evaluates effectiveness of established or proposed policies and/or programs assessing options and developing recommendations for improvement; conducts performance evaluations; prepares reports and correspondence; recommends policy; drafts policy statements and regulations; prepares or assists in development of office budget; performs related duties as required.

Specific responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Conducts complex and sensitive legal analysis associated with all matters coming before PURA.

Oversees the work of the Authority’s new Office of Education, Outreach & Enforcement, which will subsume the business functions of current staff conducting licensing, certification, consumer outreach, mediation and enforcement activities.

Manages the prosecutorial portfolio of the Authority, including directing the overall strategy and representation of the prosecutorial position in docketed proceedings.

Directs investigations into matters pertaining to the enforcement of statutes, regulations and orders within the Authority’s jurisdiction.

Advises and consults the Chair of PURA regarding the education and outreach objectives of the Authority each calendar year in consideration of current and forthcoming regulatory trends.

Conducts hearings on contested cases taking into consideration pertinent laws and precedent decisions and rules of practice under the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act (UAPA).

Assists in ensuring agency compliance with ethics, records and freedom of information laws and regulations. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of relevant environmental, energy, and conservation programs, laws and regulations; considerable knowledge of environmental protection and energy principles, practices and issues; knowledge of administrative law; skill in researching and preparing matters involving contested cases; ability to comprehend and interpret complex laws and regulations; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to apply relevant agency policies and procedures; ability to initiate and direct programs; analytical, negotiating and organizational skills.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Four (4) years of experience in the practice of law including administrative law with some responsibility for research, development, planning and review of legislative and /or regulatory programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been responsible for performing energy or environmental protection work.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of energy, water, telecommunications, and/or utility law; 

Knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; 

Knowledge of legal principles, practices and procedures in Connecticut; 

Knowledge of the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act, FOI, ethics, the Code of Judicial Conduct, and civil procedures; 

Knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and legislation;

Knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures;

Knowledge of the rules of evidence; 

Knowledge of the legislative process; 

Ability to apply judicial decisions to the interpretation of statutes; 

Ability to comprehend, analyze and organize technical data and coordinate elements of legal cases; 

Training or coursework covering project planning, problem solving, and coordination of multiple administrative tasks to meet specified project deadlines. 

 

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class must be a member of the Connecticut Bar.

Conclusion

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.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.