Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Staff Attorney 2

Recruitment #220428-0088AR-001

Introduction



Are you ready to take the next step in your law career? Do you want to grow and build in a collaborative team while establishing statewide policies and work on ground-breaking issues? If so, come make an impact by serving your state. We invite you to please read below & apply today!

We seek an experienced and qualified individual for a meaningful role as a Staff Attorney 2 (PCN 12613), within the Environmental Health and Drinking Water (EHDW) Branch with the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH). The selected candidate will serve as a direct report to the DPH General Counsel to coordinate a variety of legal functions related to Environmental Health and Drinking Water. This position is located at 410 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. This is a full-time, first shift, 40 hours per week position, with a work schedule of Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:30pm. A flexible schedule may be permitted following the successful completion of a working test period.

Our Department's EHDW Branch regulates over 2,500 public water systems that provide safe drinking water to over 2.8 million people in the State of Connecticut and oversees activities related to food protection, private wells, subsurface sewage disposal, lead, radon, asbestos and over 15 environmental licensing and certification categories. 

This position will assure consistency in legal actions, legislation preparation, and regulatory packages throughout the many units in the Branch. These are critical functions to assure consistent legal support to the Branch as we work with the public, the regulated community, and all stakeholders within the environmental and drinking water disciplines.

IN THIS ROLE YOU WILL DISCOVER THE OPPORTUNITY TO:

  • Oversee regulation preparation, development, and processing through all levels of review and approval including the preparation of primacy applications.
  • Drafting and development of legislative proposals, and oversight of the tracking, monitoring and amendment of legislative proposals.
  • Drafting and tracking legislative testimony
  • Participation in the decision‐making process of reviews and dockets conducted under CGS Sections 16‐262n, 16‐262o and 25‐34, and drafting of decisions related to these statutory requirements
  • Scheduling and coordinating hearings and reviews pursuant to CGS Sections 16‐262n and 25‐34 and serving as an administrative Hearing Officer thereunder.
  • Interpreting and applying relevant state and federal laws
  • Drafting contracts
  • Preparing responses, rulings and determinations to public inquiries related to regulatory and statutory requirements
  • Overseeing the Branch implementation of the programmatic changes to address the auditors’ recommendations
  • Responsible for FOI requests and recordkeeping requirements, and the coordination of all methods used for records storage, saving, and sharing
The Mission of the Department of Public Health is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by:

  • Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability
  • Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state
DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

Our employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, and a retirement plan, as well as paid time off! We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.

Selection Plan


This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.

To Apply:
  • 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 on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • 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.
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • 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). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • 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, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.
Connect With Us:
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
  • Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joseph K. Fried at Joseph.Fried@ct.gov, 860-924-7053.

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 statutes; 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 QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience developing proposed legislation and drafting regulations
  • Experience interpreting and applying relevant state and federal laws and legislation as they relate to public health or environmental health
  • Experience arranging and coordinating administrative hearings, and serving as a Hearing Officer pursuant to the Connecticut Administrative Procedures Act
  • Experience coordinating Freedom of Information requests
  • Experience with the Request for Proposal and other contractual processes. 
  • Experience or knowledge of the federal rule adoption process
  • Experience with enforcement of regulatory violations

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
2. May be required to travel.

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.