Are you passionate about a career in public service? Do you want to grow and build as a part of a collaborative team, while establishing statewide policies and working on ground-breaking issues? If so, invite you to please read below & apply today!
The State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS), is recruiting for one (1) Staff Attorney 2 to work in our Legal Division of Administrative Hearings and Appeals. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday position that will be based out of our office in Hartford, located at 55 Farmington Avenue.
- Telework on a hybrid schedule is available based on the state telework guidelines and will be discussed further during the interview process
In this role, you would be entrusted to independently perform a full range of legal work. Along with other duties as needed, we would have you:
- Research, analyze, and interpret sophisticated and sometimes conflicting laws and regulations
- Craft new statutes and regulations
- Represent DSS in formal administrative and public proceedings
As a state employee, you will be open to a terrific work life balance and competitive benefits package. This includes; excellent health care, generous leave policies, a retirement plan, a deferred compensation program, and more.
We hope you take this opportunity to join our team and make an impact by serving your state!
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Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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 note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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. 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.
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, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Candidates selected for interview must bring the following at the time of interview: State employees: Two (2) most recent service ratings Attendance records the last two (2) years and non-state employees may be required to provide 2 current letters of professional reference.
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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.
The Department of Social Services participates in E-Verify
, which is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives at Ethan.Ives@ct.gov
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.
Preference will be given to those who possess the following:
- Experience in drafting and negotiating complex contracts, data share agreements and Business Associate Agreements
- Experience in data governance and privacy laws, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and authorizations for disclosure of PHI and PII
- Experience in evaluating documents for privilege or exemption from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act
- Experience in health law or DSS-supported public assistance programs
- Experience in handling matters governed by the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act
- Experience in the drafting and interpretation of statutes, regulations, or detailed operational policies
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.