Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Public Utilities Administrative Hearings Coordinator

Recruitment #220421-2469AR-001

Introduction



Looking to play a role in protecting Connecticut's environment?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Public Utilities Regulation Authority (PURA) currently has a job opportunity for a Public Utilities Administrative Hearings Coordinator located in New Britain.

POSITION DETAILS
This position will report directly to PURA’s Director of Legislation, Regulations and Communications, providing critical operational support within PURA’s Office of Legislation and Communications. The coordinator will be expected to assist in matters related to governmental affairs and communications, including interfacing with internal and external stakeholders, performing legislative and legal research and drafting written work products.

This is a full-time, 40 hour position on first shift. Schedule is Monday-Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm (flexible), with hybrid opportunities available. The position is located at 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT.

General duties of this position include:
  • Assists the Director of Legislation, Regulations and Communications with matters related to legislative affairs, state regulations and outgoing communication activity at PURA.
  • May assist the Deputy Director of Communications with press releases, website and social media content.
  • Performs legal, regulatory and legislative research.
  • Helps draft proposals for consideration and must display exceptional writing abilities.
  • Performs related duties as required.
Specific responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Monitors progress of PURA proceedings to assist in responding to legislative or media inquiries.
  • Assures investigations and reports required by statute to be submitted to the General Assembly are initiated on time.
  • Conducts legislative research, tracks legislation and follows the legislative process.
  • Helps to identify and design legislative initiatives on behalf of the Authority.
  • Represents the Director of Legislation, Regulations and Communications in meetings.
  • Advises and assists the Director of Legislation, Regulations and Communications with duties related to legislation and communications.
We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year!

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ABOUT US

At the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 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 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.

Selection Plan

This is an open to the public, competitive position.

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified. You must specify your qualifications within your JobAps application.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

HOW TO APPLY
  • Set up a Master Application (or log-in to your JobAps portal) and directly apply to this recruitment.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.
  • Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.
  • 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: a cover letter, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Current state employees will be required to submit their last two (2) service ratings at the time of interview.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
Questions about this position should be directed to Jake Ferrari via email at jake.ferrari@ct.gov.

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.

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

  • Experience with Connecticut’s Equitable Modern Grid framework.
  • Experience drafting legislative testimony or tracking legislation.
  • Experience working with municipal, state or federal energy regulations.
  • Experience leading negotiations on behalf of an employer.
  • Experience communicating with external stakeholders.
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, as well as SharePoint or Teams.
  • Experience multi-tasking with competing deadlines and priorities.

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.