Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Energy and Environmental Protection Director Of Adjudications

Hybrid

Recruitment #220825-0084MP-001

Introduction



Are you an experienced leader with a passion for law and the environment? 
If so, we invite you to discover this unique position! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), Office of Adjudications is currently seeking a Director of Adjudications to join our team in Hartford, CT. 

Our Mission: 

At the CT DEEP, we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the 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.  

Position Highlights: 

The Office of Adjudications, in the Office of the Commissioner, conducts hearings and issues written decisions in contested cases regarding environmental permitting, licensing and enforcement matters where such hearings are requested by a party or the public or required by law. Such cases may arise under any of the Department's regulatory programs and involve application of substantive and procedural law to the factual record established in each case. Hearings are conducted in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act, the Department's Rules of Practice, and all other relevant law. 

This position is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, with the potential for part-time telework. Occasional travel is required.  


What we can offer you: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance! 
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Selection Plan

Application Process:

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

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

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

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.

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.

Selection 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.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Contact Information:

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at Tyler.Cashman@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for directing adjudicators engaged in conducting hearings under the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and/or Uniform Administrative Procedure Act.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Duties include, but not limited to:
  • Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of Office staff; 
  • Trains and assists hearing officers and DEEP staff on administrative hearing process; 
  • Conducts performance evaluations of Office staff; 
  • Determines priorities and plans Office work; 
  • Acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding Office policies and procedures;
  • Prepares reports and correspondence;
  • Plans, formulates and revises all administrative procedures used within the department; 
  • Drafts legislation related to administrative hearing process;
  • Conducts hearings and prepares decisions on contested cases taking into consideration pertinent laws, precedent decisions and often-complex and sensitive legal considerations; 
  • Mediates resolution of enforcement actions and assists Department staff in regard to enforcement issues such as orders and civil penalties; 
  • Recommends policy and drafts policy statements and regulations; 
  • Researches and advises Commissioner and senior staff on matters pertaining to all administrative procedures and adjudicatory matters; and 
  • Performs related duties as required. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of public administration and application and interpretation of statutes and regulations; knowledge of administrative law; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; skill in researching and preparing matters involving contested cases; ability to comprehend and interpret complex laws and regulations; some trial ability; supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of experience in the practice of law including administrative law.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience mediating legal disputes, conducting administrative hearings and preparing decisions as a result of those hearings; 
  • Experience communicating legal information to audiences such as clients, a regulated community with the jurisdiction of an agency, governmental, non-governmental organizations, or the general public; 
  • Experience promoting or managing a workplace with a focus of equity, diversity, and inclusivity; 
  • Experience managing legal personnel, including defining expectations, establishing measurable goals, and leading teams through change; 
  • Experience collaborating and leading cross-functional teams regarding legal matters; 
  • Experience developing and implementing process improvements to increase productivity and improve outcomes. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.

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.