Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Staff Attorney 2

Recruitment #220914-0088AR-001

Introduction



Are you an Attorney looking to advance your career by making a difference in the public sector, working with statutes and regulations? 
If so, we invite you to discover this unique opportunity! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), Public Utilities Regulation Authority (PURA) is currently seeking a Staff Attorney 2 to join our team in New Britain, CT. 

Our Mission: 

At the CT DEEP, we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment as well as increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. 

DEEP's PURA is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut's investor-owned electric, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state's cable television companies. Ensuring affordable and reliable service from these sectors is critical to maintaining public health and safety and a thriving economy in the state of Connecticut. PURA regulates many aspects of CT's utility sector, including but not limited to: 
  • ensuring the prudence of electric system modernization; 
  • natural gas system expansion and water system infrastructure investments; 
  • reviewing mergers and acquisitions in all the above regulated sectors; 
  • conducting periodic utility rate cases; 
  • leading all aspects of service quality, safety, and investment for the state's telecommunications infrastructure; 
  • implementing federal requirements for natural gas pipeline safety. 

Position Highlights: 

The incumbent will work out of PURA's headquarters at Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT within the Adjudications Unit. 

This position is 40 hours per week, generally Monday through Friday, but must be flexible based on the agency's need.   

PURA's attorneys provide legal advice, act as hearing officers, conduct complex legal research, provide and check cites and statutory references, draft legal portions of decisions, interpret statutes, review findings, draft, edit and/or review decisions, notices, etc. The work of PURA is governed by statutes and regulations. As such, there are deadlines and due process requirements that PURA must meet. 

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 the three (3) year requirement).

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! 
Learn more about how you can make an impact
             

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 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

The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience interpreting and applying state and federal laws; 
  • Experience conducting and updating legal research using commercial databases; 
  • 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 providing oral presentations or arguments; 
  • Experience conducting discovery in judicial or administrative proceedings; 
  • Experience with motion practice in judicial or administrative proceedings; 
  • Experience managing multiple cases or proceedings simultaneously; 
  • Experience responding to Freedom of Information Act requests; 
  • Experience or coursework in utilities, energy, economics, or finance; 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel, SharePoint and Teams.

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.



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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.