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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General, Director of the Agency of Transportation Legal Unit

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office (AGO) seeks a talented and motivated attorney to lead the team providing a legal service to the second largest Agency in State government. The Agency of Transportation (AOT or Agency) directly serves all Vermonters by maintaining the State’s transportation infrastructure including highway, rail and aviation assets, as well as the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV.) This complex and multifaceted Agency has a wide array of legal needs that will be managed by the AAG Director of the legal unit. For example, AAGs within the AOT Legal Unit appear in federal and state courts, as well as administrative forums, including district environmental commissions, the Natural Resources Board, the Public Utilities Commission, and the Transportation Board.  Matters handled by the AOT Legal Unit also include counseling and representing the Agency and DMV on a variety of matters, including eminent domain and property owner compensation appeals, permitting and environmental law, real estate, motor vehicle law, railroad law, aviation law, administrative law, contracts, legislation, federal regulations affecting transportation, grants and other agreements, Vermont Public Records Act requests, occupational safety and health law, employment law, and civil rights.  The Director is also the primary legal advisor to AOT leadership on unique and precedential matters.

The Director, as an AGO senior manager, is responsible for supervising and mentoring all staff, assigning tasks and directing the legal work performed by four (4) attorneys and two (2) support staff.  The AOT Legal Unit is part of the General Counsel and Administrative Law (GCAL) Division of the AGO. Work is performed under the general supervision of the GCAL Division Chief.

Presently, the position is located at the National Life Building in Montpelier; in August 2019, the AOT Legal Unit and the rest of the Agency will be relocating to Barre City Place in downtown Barre.

At least eight years’ experience as an attorney is preferred and a familiarity with environmental and transportation law and regulations will be favorably considered. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to manage a litigation caseload and provide general counseling.  Prior litigation, supervisory experience, and strong writing skills are assets, as is the ability to effectively collaborate with fellow professionals in fields such as civil engineering, real estate appraisal, and economics.

Candidates must be a member in good standing of the Vermont bar, or eligible to waive in.

This AAG position is an exempt full-time position. Salary and benefits will be based upon qualifications and experience in accordance with the State of Vermont Attorney Pay Plan.

This position will remain open until filled.  Please respond by sending your statement of interest, resume, a brief writing sample, and references to the AGO, attention Deb Matthews: AGO.Info@vermont.gov.

The State of Vermont is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. For a full copy of the EEOC policy, please see: http://humanresources.vermont.gov/labor-relations/equal-opportunity.