The State of Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC) is currently recruiting for a Staff Attorney 2. This position is full time (40 hours per week, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and located at 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford. Must be adaptable in terms of work hours to meet the agency needs. Travel may be required.
The Freedom of Information Commission's mission is to administer and enforce Connecticut's Freedom of Information Act.
The selected candidate will:
- be accountable for performing a full range of advanced and complex legal work for the Commission;
- act as a hearing officer, ombudsman, or represent the Commission in court proceedings;
- testify at or monitor legislative proceedings concerning freedom of information matters;
- participate in the conduct of various educational programs and activities regarding freedom of information;
- provide input into policy formulation pertaining to government transparency;
- research, interpret, analyze and apply complex and conflicting laws and regulations, case law and legal principles.
Applicants are required to submit a resume on the resume tab with their submission.
Questions about this recruitment and these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: Lateisha Rainey at FOIC.HR@ct.gov or (860)256-3957.
If selected for an interview, you may be required to provide a writing sample, transcript(s) and references.
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.
Preferred candidates will possess working knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act, the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act, and have knowledge of administrative law and procedures.
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.