Are you an Attorney interested in advancing your career and helping to shape the state’s energy, water, and telecommunications infrastructure? If so, read below and apply today!
The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), has an exciting opportunity for a Staff Attorney 2 at the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).
DEEP is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs – and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.
PURA is a quasi-judicial agency that implements the State’s energy, climate, and infrastructure policies through its regulation of Connecticut's investor-owned utilities and its jurisdiction over competitive energy and telecommunications markets. We are statutorily-charged with ensuring the State’s electric, natural gas, water, and telecommunications public service companies provide safe, clean, reliable, and affordable utility service and infrastructure to the public. PURA’s mission is essential to advancing the State’s energy, economic, and environmental goals and is critical to maintaining public health and a robust economy.
PURA interprets and applies statutes and regulations governing all aspects of Connecticut’s utility sector.
Among other things, PURA:
- Sets the rates charged by investor-owned utilities,
- Advances the modernization of the electric distribution system,
- Implements federal requirements for natural gas pipeline safety,
- Ensures adequate water system infrastructure investments,
- Reviews mergers and acquisitions,
- Provides education and outreach for consumers, and
- Regulates the expansion of telecommunications infrastructure.
This role contributes substantially to advancing the agency's mission. Our attorneys interact with and advise the agency's technical staff, including accountants, finance specialists, and engineers.
- Providing legal advice to the commissioners;
- Acting as hearing officers;
- Interpreting statutes and regulations;
- Assisting in developing the administrative record;
- Drafting agency decisions;
- Reviewing proposed legislation; and
- A host of other tasks.
This position is a challenging mixture of legal research and writing, complex technical issues, administrative law, and policy development and implementation.
Your future with the State of Connecticut
After completion of three (3) years of successful and satisfactory performance as a Staff Attorney 2 in the same agency, an incumbent will be moved to the Staff Attorney 3 classification (on the first pay period following the completion of three (3) year requirement).
We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
- Generous paid time off (vacation, sick and personal)
- Excellent health and dental coverage
- Retirement plans and more!
- Providing limitless opportunities;
- Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
- Performing meaningful work; and
- Encouraging a healthy work life balance
• In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
• The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
• Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
• 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.
Important Information After You Apply:
• 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 questionnaire'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.
• 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.
• 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, 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.
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.
• Experience writing memoranda of law, legal briefs, decisions or opinions for judicial or administrative proceedings;
• Experience with the Uniform Administrative Proceedings Act and administrative hearings;
• Experience conducting discovery in judicial or administrative proceedings;
• Experience with motion practice in judicial or administrative proceedings;
• Experience providing oral presentations or argument;
• Experience managing more than two cases or proceedings simultaneously;
• Experience with filing or responding to Freedom of Information Act requests;
• Experience or coursework in utilities, energy, economics, or finance;
• Experience conducting and updating legal research using commercial databases;
• Experience with Microsoft Office 365 applications Word, Excel, SharePoint and Teams.
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.