In the State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Real Estate and Construction Services Division, the Staff Attorney 2 will provide legal services to DAS Statewide Leasing and Property Transfer and to DAS Office of Legal Affairs, Policy and Procurement. The position of Staff Attorney 2 is for forty hours per week, Monday through Friday at 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, Connecticut.
This position will be responsible for:
Under the direction of the Administrator of Statewide Leasing and Property Transfer:
Perform the necessary tasks associated with the preparation and review of contracts and related documents for leasing, purchase and sale of real property, easements, public utility agreements, deeds and conveyances.
Assist in the negotiation of the terms and conditions of leases, purchase and sale agreements, easements and conveyances. Conduct legal research and provide legal advice to DAS management regarding real estate (including conformance to lease terms and conditions such as real estate tax assessments and reimbursements).
Assist in the implementation of electronic storage of DAS Statewide Leasing and Property Transfer records, as well as in the development of standardized record-keeping procedures and protocols for this unit, and participate in the training of staff on such procedures and protocols.
Act as the agency liaison between DAS and the Office of the Attorney General, Office of Policy and Management and the State Property Review Board on matters pertaining to leases, purchase and sale agreements, easements, deeds and conveyances.
Assist in the implementation and updating of standardized contract documents and forms for leasing, purchase and sale of real property, easements, and public utility agreements, to ensure conformance with current statutes.
Under the direction of the Director of Office of Legal Affairs, Policy and Procurement:
Perform the necessary tasks associated with the preparation and review of contracts and related documents for design and construction contracts and transactions, as well as on related agency legislation, regulations and administrative policy.
Perform the necessary tasks associated with the preparation and review of contracts, amendments, task letters and their related documents for the design and construction of major capital building projects administered by the DAS.
Assist in the implementation of standardized contract documents and forms for the design and construction of major capital building projects administered by DAS.
Provide advice to Project Management staff on legal issues arising during the design or construction phases of capital projects.
Candidates are required to submit a resume in the "Resume" tab of their application.
Note: 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 performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Theresa Judge at Theresa.Judge@ct.gov, (860) 713-5319.
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.
- Three (3) years drafting and negotiating contracts with a concentration on agreements for commercial real estate;
- Knowledge of landlord/tenant law and the standards of title;
- Experience writing technical documents;
- Experience interpreting and applying, statutes and regulations to contracts;
- Experience prioritizing work assignments with competing deadlines.
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.