Staff Attorney 2


Recruitment #220919-0088AR-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has an opportunity for a Staff Attorney 2 with a commitment to excellence to work with the Community Investment Fund.  This position is located at 450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. It is full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, with hybrid telework options available. The ideal candidate for this position will have diverse accounting background and thrives in a fast -paced environment. DECD is the state’s lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly changing, knowledge-based global economy.  We take a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporate community development, transportation, education, arts and culture.  

The Role: The Connecticut State Legislature created the Community Investment Fund 2030 (CIF), which will oversee bonding funds for various economic development programs beginning in FY’23.  CIF is overseen by a board of directors that recommends projects for the Governor’s approval and submission to the Bond Commission.  The Community Investment Fund fosters economic development in historically underserved communities across the state.  CIF will provide a total of up to $875 million to eligible municipalities (Public Investment Communities and Alliance Districts) as well as not-for-profit organizations and community development corporations that operate within them over five years.  Eligible projects will be capital improvements programs such as brownfield remediation, affordable housing, infrastructure, and public facility renovation or small business capital programs, such as revolving loan programs or gap financing for small businesses. Learn more about CIF here.

As an attorney at DECD, you will have the opportunity to provide primary legal support to CIF. Additionally, you may assist with other agency projects and legal matters, including agency contracting, statutory interpretation, drafting of documents, managing Freedom of Information inquiries, and providing legal advice. DECD manages and administers a wide range of programs, from business development incentives to arts and culture. In this diverse environment, DECD legal staff work in concert with internal agency staff, other state agencies, the Office of the Attorney General, outside counsel, and program applicants’ attorneys. Throughout, DECD attorneys and paralegals endeavor to be responsive, efficient, and collaborative in achieving agency goals. 

Competitive starting salary, excellent State benefits package including health and dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedule options, telework opportunities, professional development and tuition reimbursement, and a culture that promotes work-life balance

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In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the legal work of the agency.


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.


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.


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 with interpreting state statutes
  • Experience independently preparing written communications including memoranda of law, legal briefs, decisions or opinions for administrative proceedings without typographical and grammatical errors 
  • Experience responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests 
  • Experience managing projects with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Experience working with stakeholders, including program applicants, municipal, and state officials


1. Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
2. May be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.