Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director (Legal)

Environmental Quality

Recruitment #210625-1752MP-001

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department 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.

DEEP’s Office of Legal Counsel has a current opportunity for an Office Director (Legal) located in Hartford, CT. The Office of Legal Counsel, in the Office of the Commissioner, serves the diverse and interesting legal needs of all three branches of the agency. Those branches are Environmental Quality (EQ), which includes air, materials management, and water programs; Environmental Conservation (EC), including the natural resources and outdoor recreation bureaus; and Energy, including the offices of energy supply, energy demand, and buildings and transportation decarbonization within the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy (BETP).

The Office of Legal Counsel also provides legal services related to public contracting and procurement, purchases of real property, leases, grants, requests for proposals and a variety of other transactional matters. The legal team provides advice and support to the Commissioner and agency personnel in regard to legislation, regulations, permits, enforcement, petitions for declaratory ruling, ethics, employment, and open records matters, among other things. In-house legal personnel work closely with the Office of the Attorney General on state and federal litigation, claims before the Office of the Claims Commissioner, regulations, and contracts. The in-house legal staff represent the Department before entities such as the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy, and other federal and state administrative agencies.

We offer a competitive benefits package, including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan, and a multitude of other benefits. This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.  Occasional travel is required.

Selection Plan

This recruitment may be used to fill other future Office Director (Legal) vacancies within the agency.

This position is non-examined and open to the public. The selected candidate must be both admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut and a member in good standing of the Connecticut bar by the time employment commences.

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 personal status board and email for notifications. Please also check your SPAM/Junk folders.

Please include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application.

Please ensure that your application is complete.  You will be unable to make revisions once it is submitted.  Questions can be sent to Emily.Kennedy@ct.gov. 

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 and drafts policy statements; prepares or assists in development of office budget; performs related duties as required.

This specific position: 
Has a particular focus on supporting the Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner of the Environmental Quality Branch, and the personnel within the Bureaus of Air Management (Air), Water Protection and Land Reuse (WPLR), and Materials Management and Compliance Assurance (MMCA). This position plays a key role in providing legal support on both state and federal environmental programs, addressing and resolving enforcement cases; assessing legal issues that arise in permitting matters; supporting the commissioner, deputy commissioner and agency employees in administrative proceedings; reviewing petitions for declaratory rulings and drafting responses and decisions; drafting and reviewing regulations and legislation; and fielding the day to day legal questions that arise.

Functions of this position include, but are not limited to:
Providing legal guidance to and representation of the Commissioner or agency personnel to help achieve programmatic goals of clean water, clean air, waste minimization, remediation of pollution and adaptation to climate change. Reviewing, drafting and implementing statutes and regulations that have direct impacts on human health and the environment, including discharges to water, emissions to air, coastal issues, and management of both solid and hazardous waste. Reviewing and understanding the overlapping federal and state jurisdictions and working to ensure that state programs approved by the federal government remain eligible for federal funding. This includes, but is not limited to, the state’s water, air, PCB, underground storage tank, and hazardous waste programs. Assisting with a multitude of permitting programs and enforcement matters to help ensure consistency in the application of administrative and programmatic requirements. Communicating with other branches of government, such as the Governor’s Office or the Office of the Attorney General, to provide notice of significant matters or seek direction on significant policy and legal strategy decisions; and supporting the bureaus’ enforcement efforts to include drafting, negotiating and reviewing consent orders.

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

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: Environmental protection and natural resource law; land use law; administrative law; litigation; working with technical staff and legal concepts associated with complex, technical matters; drafting, implementing or enforcing statutes and regulations; transactional and/or contract law;
  • Experience performing legal research;
  • Experience working with a diverse population;
  • Experience leading teams and/or managing projects;
  • Adaptability, and ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments with engagement and coordination of management; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting a strong organizational culture of equity and inclusion.

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.



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