Staff Attorney 2

Introduction

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) currently has a Staff Attorney 2 position in the Division of Contract Administration, Negotiations/Agreements Section in the Bureau of Finance and Administration. This full time position is responsible to provide legal support in the administration of approximately $500,000,000 in consultant fees and the execution of 450+ agreements annually. Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate significant legal contract and agreement experience.

This position provides legal support in the preparation, review and processing of Personal Service Agreements, Consultant Agreements for various types of professional services, as well as various other agreements including, grants, rights of way, leases, licenses, utilities, railroads, transit services and unique/complex agreements (multi-state agreements). The incumbent will act as an agency legal liaison to the Agreements Unit and will also provide training to internal office staff.

Duties of this position include:

• Provide legal support in the development of project scopes and legal contract terms.
• Interpret and supervise the creation of department policies and regulations as they relate to agreements.
• Conduct independent research to stay current of the latest laws, rules, policies, regulations, pending legislation as they relate to agreements.
• Interpret and create new agreement language.
• Act as legal liaison between the Departments Bureaus, State's Attorney General's Office, consultants, consultant's legal representation, second parties, and internal legal staff.
• Ensure that all Attorney General's required provisions and standards are incorporated in agreements.

Selection Plan

Please ensure that your application is complete and have included a resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application.

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.

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jennifer Brame at Jennifer.Brame@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 statues; 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

Legal knowledge and experience in the development and administration of complex agreements and /or contracts.

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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