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STAFF ATTORNEY II, PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

Recruitment #19-000410-0001

Introduction

The Maryland Public Service Commission (Commission) is seeking two attorneys to work in the Staff Counsel Division. The Commission regulates public utilities and certain passenger transportation companies doing business in Maryland. The Commission regulates gas, electric, telephone, water, and sewage disposal companies. Also subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission are electricity suppliers, fees for pilotage services to vessels, construction of a generating station and certain common carriers engaged in the transportation for hire of persons.

GRADE

20

LOCATION OF POSITION

William Donald Schaeffer Tower

6 St. Paul Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

Main Purpose of Job

The position(s) may be filled with either a recent graduate or an attorney practicing at the intermediate level, who can provide legal services to the technical staff of the Public Service Commission.

POSITION DUTIES

Duties include:

Representation of Commission technical staff in Commission proceedings, including witness preparation, cross-examination, and brief preparation

Participation in and Chairing of Commission-sponsored work groups

Development and presentation of regulations

Review and drafting of legislation

Review and development of Staff's positions on public policy

Monitoring and enforcement matters

Excellent communication skills required, both oral and written

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.

Experience: One year of experience in a government agency practicing law related to the regulation of public utilities.

Notes:

1. Two years of experience practicing law in a regulated public service industry may be substituted for the required experience.

2. Three years of experience as a practicing attorney may be substituted for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in general attorney classification or general attorney specialty codes in the legal and kindred group field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education. Mainly used for your trainee level in class series.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate should have prior experience as a practicing attorney, with litigation experience preferred. Prior experience in the public utility field is a plus.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. A candidate for a position in this classification must be a member of the Bar in any state or federal jurisdiction at the time of appointment.

2. An employee in this classification must become a member of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of appointment. Failure to obtain Maryland Bar certification within 18 months of appointment will constitute grounds for termination from the position. This requirement is set by the Public Service Commission in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 20.07.01.04.

3. An employee in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. An employee assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operators license valid in the State of Maryland

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

State law prohibits employees in this classification from engaging in certain transactions with or having interest in public service companies which may fall under the purview of the Public Service Commission, in accordance with Article 78, Sections 16A and 101 of the Annotated Code of Maryland

SELECTION PROCESS

Only candidates who meet the minimum qualification will be evaluated for this classification. Please note that you will be required to provide proof upon hire for all education, certifications, and work experience. For education obtained outside the U.S. you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, and Qualified placed on the employment list for one year. This will be used by the hiring agency to fill this position only.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience relating to the requirement of this job. The rating will be based on your application. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all experience and/or education that are related to this job.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If the on-line application process is not available, you may submit a paper application, supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

Baltimore, MD  21201

For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410-767-4850. For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service needs to be provided before hire.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application.  Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-3623.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.  Bilingual applicants are also encouraged to apply.

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As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.