The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Public Transportation invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Staff Attorney 1 in our Rail Operations Section. This position will report to a Staff Attorney 3 in Office of Rail and will be responsible for providing legal support and advice directly to the Rail Administrator and others in the DOT Office of Rail, and, as warranted, works with the Office of the Commissioner Legal Services Unit, Office of the Attorney General, and outside counsel.
The selected candidate will be embedded in the Office of Rail focusing on managing the Department’s agreements with passenger and freight railroads, lessees and licensees on rail property and the rail right-of-way, and others providing services in support of rail operations, such as station operators and managers. This position is Monday-Friday, full-time (40 hours per week).
The ideal candidate should have good organizational skills in order to efficiently and effectively handle a large volume of work. The candidate should be able to work collaboratively with staff in the Rail operating unit and with attorneys within and outside of the agency.
Responsibilities of the position include contract preparation and interpretation and performing complex legal analysis, legal research, and the interpretation of statutes and regulations and policies.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
The State of Connecticut offers a competitive starting salary, excellent state benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedules, and a culture that encourages work-life balance.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency this class is accountable for receiving on the job training in all aspects of agency legal work.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Receives generalized training in all aspects of agency legal work; acts as hearing officer or represents agency in formal administrative and public proceedings involving legal and technical issues; analyzes complex and technical evidence; 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 routine legal issues and assists in researching 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 statutes, regulations and rulings; participates in the conduct of various educational activities; may provide legal counsel and advice when duly authorized; may testify at or monitor legislative proceedings; reviews court decisions, new and proposed laws and regulations to determine impact on agency operations; assists in the preparation and maintenance of precedent manuals; reviews legal and other related documents for legal sufficiency; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of legal principles, practices and procedures in Connecticut; knowledge of legal research techniques; knowledge of the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act and civil procedures; knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and legislation; knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; knowledge of the rules of evidence; some knowledge of criminal and constitutional law and legislative process; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to apply judicial decisions to the interpretation of statues; ability to comprehend, analyze and organize technical data and coordinate elements of legal cases.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A degree from an accredited law school.
- Experience with complex agreements for rail passenger service operations, freight operations, rail station operations, and property management
- Experience with State of Connecticut Real Estate Law and real property transactions, including preparation and review of real estate instruments such as leases, licenses, and easements
- Experience with Federal Railroad Law, the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA), as amended, and Surface Transportation Board proceedings and actions
- Experience with cooperative agreements with other State of CT agencies, other state transportation agencies, and rail authorities
- Experience with federal and State of CT procurement and agreement requirements and approval process
- Experience interpreting federal and State of CT statutes and regulations, specifically related to railroad freight and passenger operations
- Experience with federal funding sources for rail projects and associated procurement and contracting requirements such as Buy America
1. Incumbents in this class must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut within one (1) year of the date of appointment. Pursuant to Section 51-88 of the Connecticut General Statutes, an incumbent who has not been admitted to practice law may not "assume, use or advertise the title of lawyer, attorney and counsel at law, counselor at law, attorney, counselor, attorney and counselor, or an equivalent term, in such a manner as to convey the impression that he is a legal practitioner of law". Until such time that an incumbent is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut, the incumbent shall be referred to as a Legal Assistant.
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.