Closing Date: 26th August, 2022

Description:

Position Highlights:
This role will work on state, regional and federal programs and planning processes associated with the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), as well as OCC's core mission of advocating for fair and equitable utility rates and reliable, quality utility service in state, regional and federal forums.

Responsibilities of this position include:
  • Working and participating in cases in administrative and judicial settings, including the opportunity to serve as lead counsel on matters involving a variety of advanced and complex legal issues related to OCC's statutory responsibilities;
  • Representing the OCC in regional and national forums on issues of reliability, resiliency, and energy planning;
  • Serving as a team member of a small, highly-skilled staff dedicated to the mission of consumer advocacy;
  • Working independently and creatively to solve complex problems;
  • Corresponding with subject-matter experts on contested and uncontested matters;
  • Collaborating with the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, and other state agencies on legal issues, policy development, deployment of federal and state funding, or resource procurements;
  • Providing legal guidance to the Consumer Counsel;
  • Litigating, and negotiating and drafting settlements related to multimillion dollar utility issues;
  • Developing, reviewing, and providing opinion on legislative proposals;
  • Working with members of OCC and represent OCC before the legislature and other state and federal agencies or entities on cutting edge policy initiatives;
  • Other related duties as deemed necessary.

More details about this role can be found in the class specification.

Your future with the State of Connecticut
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 three (3) year requirement).

We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, sick and personal)
  • Excellent health and dental coverage
  • Retirement plans and more!
  • In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
  • Providing limitless opportunities;
  • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
  • Performing meaningful work; and
  • Encouraging a healthy work life balance

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 with one or more of the following: energy, natural gas, water, telecommunications, utility, finance, economics, environmental, or other related technical field
  • Experience with the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) and/or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including transmission infrastructure planning, electric power reliability, rate treatment, and wholesale energy markets
  • Experience in litigation or administrative law
  • Experience in court or administrative agency matters concerning telecommunications, broadband, energy, natural gas, or water issues
  • Experience in written and oral legal advocacy on complex issues
  • Experience working in a team setting

Special Requirements:
  • Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
  • May be required to travel.