Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Public Utilities Administrative Hearings Coordinator

Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

Recruitment #200611-2469AR-001

Introduction

 

 

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with conserving, improving and protecting Connecticut’s natural resources and environment as well as making affordable, clean and reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state.  The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in building Connecticut’s green economy and fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future.

 

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 a Public Utilities Administrative Hearings Coordinator.  The coordinator will report directly to the chairperson of the agency providing critical administrative and operational support.  The coordinator will be expected to manage all administrative and operational aspects of the chairperson’s portfolio, including scheduling, interfacing with internal and external stakeholders, drafting standard operating procedures, and preparing legal correspondence at the chairperson’s direction.  The coordinator will at times serve as a liaison between the chairperson and other direct reports, including on issues such as progress tracking, scheduling, and delegating assignments.

 

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 about this position should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: DEEP Human Resources. DEEP.HumanResources@ct.gov, (860)424-3006.

Selection Plan

This position is competitive. Open to the public.

 

This posting MAY require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please also check your SPAM/Junk folders.  You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.  

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the coordination of formal public utilities proceedings before the department.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Prepares and monitors master schedule, charting progress of each application or petition filed with department; assures investigations required by statute are initiated on time; reviews applications for conformance to laws and regulations; prepares timetables for individual cases coordinating schedules of professional staff, commissioners and applicants throughout decision making process, monitoring progress, adjusting time table and recommending overtime work for timely issuance of decision; reviews scheduling, notices of hearings, and routine correspondence for accuracy and statutory compliance; confers with professional staff and company representatives in preparing hearing plans; coordinates staff work, assuring responsibilities are clearly allocated among departments; prepares advance outline of decision, showing responsibility for writing each section; drafts decisions from applications, transcripts and other written documents for commissioners' approval or, in the more complex cases, coordinates drafting of a decision, reviewing sections written by professional staff to ensure clarity; drafts legal notices and other correspondence; serves as liaison between legal and technical staff to ensure proper and complete administrative record is set forth in analysis sections to support conclusions reached in decision; coordinates staff to ensure compliance with department decisions; may preside over pre-hearing conferences; performs related duties as required.

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

  • Build and develop relationships with all employees for increased efficiency and productivity
  • Identifies and defines new operational strategies for the chairperson’s consideration
  • Manages and ensures the efficiency and productivity of the chairperson’s daily operations through collaboration with senior management and department leaders, performing an array of administrative tasks from managing calendars, generating correspondence, maintaining hard copy and electronic files, planning and coordinating annual corporate meetings, and scheduling facilities
  • Represents the chairperson at internal and external meetings as necessary
  • Conserves the chairperson’s resources, especially time, by reading, researching and routing corresponding; drafting letters and documents; collecting and analyzing information; and initiating telecommunications
  • Advises and assists the chairperson with planning and scheduling meetings, conferences, teleconferences and travel.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply relevant agency statutes and regulations; knowledge of engineering, accounting, economic, legal and financial terminology and issues related to public utility regulations; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Six (6) years of experience involving the application or administration of statutes or regulations dealing with a regulatory agency or regulated business.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A law degree from an accredited school of law may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred Experience and Training include:

  • Strong interpersonal skills as well as oral and written communication skills
  • Strong project management reporting skills, with a focus on interdepartmental communication
  • Demonstrated proficiency in data analysis, database and budget management
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 applications, including SharePoint and Teams
  • Familiarity with content management systems
  • Experience drafting legal documents
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to work independently
  • Ability to travel to locations across the state of Connecticut for events and meetings.

    One of the following:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in political science, legal studies or a related field, and one (1) year of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney;
  2. Completion of a Paralegal or Legal Assistance Certificate Program approved by the American Bar Association and three (3) years of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney;
  3. A law degree from an accredited law school;
  4. Five (5) years of experience serving as an executive assistant to a state elective officer or department head, as defined by section 5-198(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes; or
  5. Five (5) years of experience serving as a chief of staff, or equivalent role, for a state or local agency head, elected official, non-profit or private entity.

 

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.