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Staff Attorney 2

By November 21, 2022
  • Full Time
  • Newington, CT
  • December 2, 2022

State of Connecticut Department of Transportation

INTRODUCTION

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Engineering and Construction invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Staff Attorney 2 in our Bureau Chief/Chief Engineer’s office. The Staff Attorney 2 will be responsible for providing efficient and effective legal support to execute initiatives, mandates and objectives related to the delivery of the state’s $2.5 billion Transportation Capital Program.

This position will report to the Bureau Chief/Chief Engineer and will be responsible for providing legal support and advice directly to the Chief Engineer and other Bureau leadership to include the Office of Construction, the Office of Engineering, and the Division of Rights of Way. The selected candidate will support the Chief Engineer and bureau staff in interpretation and legal compliance with construction and real estate statutes, regulations, processes and procedures.

The position will also be required to work with the Office of the Commissioner’s Legal Services Unit, the Office of the Attorney General, and outside counsel. This position is Monday-Friday, full-time (40 hours per week).

The ideal candidate should have strong 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 bureau and with attorneys within and outside of the agency.

Responsibilities of the position may include helping to develop and maintain unit procedures, develop and recommend the development of policies and standards, and act as a liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures.

Applicants must be available to travel for training, conferences, meetings, field visits, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours, when necessary.

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, telework opportunities, and a culture that encourages work-life balance.

SELECTION PLAN

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • 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.

FOR ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING:

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Important Information After You Apply:

  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting’s closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire’s expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user’s spam.
  • 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.
  • 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, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • 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.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.

Connect With Us:

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. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Frank DeCusati at frank.decusati@ct.gov or 860-713-5176.

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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

  • Experience working with complex agreements involving engineering, construction, and other services contracted within the transportation industry
  • 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 and State of CT procurement and agreement requirements and approval process
  • Experience working with cooperative agreements with other Connecticut State agencies, and municipal agreements
  • Experience working with federal funding sources for transportation projects
  • Experience with writing and execution of memorandums of understanding (MOUs) and other agreements with government and non-government entities
  • Experience with providing legal interpretation of contract specifications, plans, and documents during contract disputes, or for errors and omissions
  • Experience with legal review of draft documents prior to public release to ensure conformance with procedures and minimize legal risks
  • Experience with preparation and representation in claims arbitration and other hearings
  • Experience in Contract Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) issues, both pre and post construction, to include experience in consultant and contractor Good Faith Efforts

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.

To apply for this job email your details to frank.decusati@ct.gov

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