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Employment Opportunities
The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time positions which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for Employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna Lovelace or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico PERA Retirement, personal leave and holiday leave. Employee development and training programs and much more!

If you feel you have the necessary skills, experience, the drive, and the ambition, please prepare a detailed letter of introduction, a complete resume, salary requirements and three professional references who can attest as to your skills and abilities, and submit to:

Human Resources Director
Town of Taos

400 Camino de la Placita,
Taos, NM 87571
Phone: (575) 751-2009
E-mail: employment@taosgov.com.



Available Positions
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Human Resources Director
Town of Taos

400 Camino de la Placita,
Taos, NM 87571
Phone: (575) 751-2009
E-mail: employment@taosgov.com.


The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time position which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lovelace or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!

VA#13-14-11
Job Title: Transit Superintendent
Transit/Public Works Department
Classification:  FLSA- Exempt
Salary:  $34,673.60 -  $36,795.20 D.O.E.
Opening Date: October 08, 2013
Closing Date: Opened until filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of administrative and first-line supervisory duties related to planning, organizing, directing and coordinating day-to-day public transit system for the Town of Taos.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Public Works Director.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Provides close supervision to general supervision to Transit Drivers II, I, Administrative Assistant and Transit Mechanic

Essential Functions

Administrative Duties:  Supervises division personnel; implements department policy and rules; conducts interviews, evaluates employee performance; disciplines as necessary; organizes and conducts division meetings and training; prepares work assignments.

Prepares division budget; makes projections of division needs related to personnel, equipment and materials; predicts growth on existing systems, analyzes costs; formulates and implements plans for services and orderly development; requisitions for the purchase of supplies and materials used in the transit and recycling operations.

Transit Duties:  Performs a variety of administrative activities associated with managing the Town’s transit operations, including preparing Federal grant applications and associated reports, developing/revising policies and procedures, compiling/analyzing service/schedule adjustment related information, and evaluating the performance of the system; administers all contracts for goods/services, including the purchase and maintenance of rolling stock; prepares/monitors the operating budget.

Oversees the preparation of/prepares a variety of transit marketing materials, including press releases, newspaper ads, window notices/flyers, system maps, and service brochures; approves specifications and bid documents for printing of promotional materials and schedules; approves final copies of materials to be printed; speaks to service organizations and community/civic groups to promote increased system usage and explain the system’s services and routes.

Monitors State and Federal legislation to identify new legislation and other changes that may impact the Transit operations; informs the Town Manager and Town Council and other top Town management of the potential impact of changes/potential changes in State and Federal statutes regulating public transportation/transit systems; meets with customers to identify and resolve problems/complaints regarding operations, routes and other matters.

Supervises, plans. schedules, monitors, adjusts and coordinates the transit operators and service of transit vehicles for the primary purpose of transporting passengers in a safe, courteous, and timely manner; administers and oversees transit training and investigations and ensures prompt and professional responses for all customer complaints involving transit operations.

Serves as Transit’s point of contact in regards to the FTA Drug and Alcohol Random Testing Program administered by the NMDOT Transit Bureau, transports or assigns staff to transport employees to transit runs and testing facilities; and responds during the event of an accident.

Oversees and coordinates all special events; investigates, reviews and documents all incidents and accidents; administers and coordinates training and all license and certification compliancy for all transit operators which includes classroom training, behind the wheel skills, proper pre-trip and post-trip bus inspections; proper bus cleaning techniques and procedures; proper accident procedures and prevention techniques; and new hire orientation training and evaluations.

Assists the Public Works Director in route planning and adjustments and the development of policies and procedures for transit operations; ensures that all transit operators adhere to all federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; assists, monitors and oversees special re-routing due to such things as road closures by weather, street construction, and traffic accidents; oversees and monitors the preparation of the daily and weekly work schedule to assure adequate coverage of all routes and systems.

Performs field supervisory duties such as investigating incidents, checking on time transit performance, ensuring transit operators are properly uniformed, certifying route adherence, improving transit performance; and ensuring that fleet maintenance being accomplished.

Oversees, compiles and produces written reports on a regular basis for items such as transit operator performance evaluations, incident reports, accident reports, defect reports, mileage reports, route changing notifications, passenger exchanges and equipment failure notifications.

Understands and observes all traffic laws and County State and Federal policies and procedures in regards to transit operations; responds to emergency situations involving passengers, the public or transit vehicles for the purpose of maintaining public safety during incidents, evacuations or other emergency situations.

Serves as Transit Dispatcher or Transit Operator during staff shortages, incidents or emergencies.  Operates standard vehicle equipment, dispatch equipment and various other equipment such as passenger lifts, fare boxes, electronic signs, rear lifts, radios and GPS system.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

Graduation from college with an associate degree in public administration, transportation planning, or closely related field; AND Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in a field directly related to above duties; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of State and Federal laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines regarding public transportation services; Town of Taos code of ordinances; day-to-day operating principles and practices of public administration, including program development/evaluation, budgeting, report writing, and employee training and supervision; general principles and practices of contract administration, including specification development, bid evaluation, and performance auditing; grant writing principles, practices and techniques.  Working knowledge of computer operations and applications including word processing, spreadsheet and database programs; traffic laws, ordinances and regulations involved in motor vehicle operation and passenger transportation responsibilities..

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with top management level City officials, State and Federal Transportation officials, and the public; the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving.

Ability to successfully learn the geography of Taos County the locations of important buildings and the street system; direct the work of others; understand and interpret complex laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; plan, organize, and direct the affairs and operations of a crew engaged in a variety of operations and maintenance projects; read and interpret engineering plans and specifications; visualize completed projects in planning stages and estimate the end results prepare and monitor grants and contracts estimate quantity of materials accurately; maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of outside vendors, town personnel and other town and state agencies.

Special Qualifications:

Must possess a valid state of New Mexico Commercial Driver’s license (w/P endorsement) or obtain within 1 year. Must obtain basic first aid, CPR and defensive driving certifications within three (3) months of employment. Must pass an initial mandatory drug and alcohol screening and subsequent random drug and alcohol screening. Must successfully complete an approved Bus Operator’s and Paratransit Training certification course or equivalent with six (6) months of employment. Must respond when called out for emergency situations.  When contacted, must report to work unless there are special non-recurring circumstances, regardless of location of residence.

If you feel that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and that you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Transit Division/Public Works Department please submit a completed Town of Taos application form to: Town of Taos  Human Resources Department, 400 Camino De La Placita Taos, NM 87571.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of applications; however you may attach your resume to your completed Town of Taos application form. Applications and attachments become official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


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The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following part-time position.

VA#13-14-25
Job Title: Lifeguard I
Aquatics/Recreation Department
Classification: - Non-Exempt
Hourly: $8.59
Opening Date: March 24, 2014
Closing Date: Opened until filled

Performs a variety of entry level lifeguard, administrative, operations, maintenance and technical duties as needed to coordinate various day-to-day operations of the Swimming Pools including facilities and grounds.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under close supervision of the Aquatics Supervisor and/or supervisor on duty as assigned. Assignments are given daily and work is reviewed frequently.

SUPERVISION  EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Swimming Pool(s): Work is closely controlled and structured by supervisor.  Performs as first line lifeguard, must maintain complete awareness of surroundings keeping track of patrons and their positions in the swimming pools and performing potentially lifesaving rescues when the situation arises.  Participates in regularly scheduled in-service trainings and periodic conditioning exercises.  Protect swimmers and save lives.  Performs first aid, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and utilizes Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) as required. 

Performs general customer services and problem solving, answer phones, educates patrons and citizens regarding operations, programs, policies, procedures, etc.; provides assistance to patrons; operates handicap lift to provide pool access for patrons with ADA requirements; operates cash register to accept fees and payments Monitors and enforces patron compliance with established operating rules and regulations; prevents food and drink from being consumed in pool area; assures compliance with safety practices and procedures; monitors weather conditions for lightning and removes patrons from pools and showers when lightning is nearby; fits patrons with life jackets.

Assists in the maintenance of the swimming pools, related machinery, equipment and grounds.

Performs general custodial, landscaping and janitorial duties  throughout facilities, grounds and restrooms including maintenance, repairs, cleaning and disinfecting for bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi.  May be required to handle hazardous chemicals and materials related to pools, grounds and facilities environments.

Removes bio-hazard materials (vomit, fecal matter, mucus, other bodily wastes, etc.) for the safety and well being of the public.  Follows protocol for dealing with bodily waste in the swimming pools, facilities and grounds.

 Assists in implementing various aquatics competitions throughout the year; participates and assists Water Safety Instructors (WSI) in teaching swimming lessons and water aerobics including all levels of swimming and lifesaving skills, following established Red Cross or nationally recognized lesson plans, to children, youth, and adults; creates, reviews and implements lesson plans; monitors activities during recreational swimming to ensure that safety rules are followed.

Performs a variety of miscellaneous duties such as running errands, picking up supplies needed for activities, inventory of pool items, general facility set up and take down including electronic equipment, tables and chairs, etc.; responds to public inquiries about aquatics programs and facilities;

Performs all other duties as directed and/or assigned including those at other facilities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school, or GED, or currently enrolled in high school, or currently home schooled AND Must pass preliminary swim test and be able to complete Lifeguard Certification (LGC) within a specified time frame.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures typical of a government agency or municipal swimming pools; general facilities and grounds maintenance; interpersonal communication skills; public relations; general water safety principles and practices.

Some Skill in teaching swimming/lifesaving skills to students of all age and skill levels; in monitoring activities and enforcing safety rules to maintain a safe swimming environment; maintaining records and preparing reports the use of office equipment, i.e., personal computer, phone, fax, cash register, adding machine, scanner, digital camera, etc.; various hand tools used in the maintenance of swimming pool equipment; common hand tools; pool testing equipment; power sprayer,; gardening tools, floor cleaner, basic math skills; English and grammar skills.

Ability to operate personal computer in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; keep operating records and prepare reports; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public; exercise initiative, independent judgment and act resourcefully under varying conditions; deal effectively with moderate stress levels caused by constant interaction with the public, and customer accidents and injuries resulting from the inherently dangerous nature of various recreation activities taking place at facilities; sit, observe and monitor patrons for long periods of time at heights up to eight feet.

Special Qualifications:
Must possess Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid for the Professional Rescuer, Automatic Electronic Defibrillator,   Lifeguard Training and Preventing Disease Transmission, Blood borne Pathogens certifications from the American Red Cross, or be able to obtain such within a specified time frame. 

Work Environment:
Incumbent of the position performs in a recreation indoor and outdoor environment with/without appropriate climate controls. Outdoor work is required in the monitoring of various programs, activities and other duties. Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, related to swimming, walking, standing, stooping, sitting, and reaching.  Exposed daily to wet and/or humid conditions, pool and cleaning chemicals or airborne particles. Periodic exposure to air borne and blood borne pathogens.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. Essential functions require swimming, talking, hearing and seeing.

Must occasionally move up to 100 pounds.  Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist. Must periodically push or pull in excess of 1,000 lbs. with the aid of rollers, lifeguard boards and related equipment.   Common agility, coordination and balance exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, listening, patience, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving.  Periodic travel required in normal course of job performance.

If you feel that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and that you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Aquatics/Recreation Department. Please submit a completed Town of Taos application form to Town of Taos, 400 Camino De La Placita Taos, NM 87571.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of applications.  You may attach a copy of your resume to your completed Town of Taos application form; however, information from your resume will not be used to determine if minimum qualifications are met.  We will use the information on your application form to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the job. Applications and attachments become official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for five full time temporary positions with a sunset date of August 31, 2014.

VA#13-14-26
Job Title: Lifeguard I
Aquatics Recreation Department
Classification: - Non - Exempt
Hourly: $8.59
Opening Date: March 24, 2014
Closing Date: Opened until filled

Performs a variety of entry level lifeguard, administrative, operations, maintenance and technical duties as needed to coordinate various day-to-day operations of the Swimming Pools including facilities and grounds.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under close supervision of the Aquatics Supervisor and/or supervisor on duty as assigned. Assignments are given daily and work is reviewed frequently.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Swimming Pool(s): Work is closely controlled and structured by supervisor. Performs as first line lifeguard, must maintain complete awareness of surroundings keeping track of patrons and their positions in the swimming pools and performing potentially lifesaving rescues when the situation arises. Participates in regularly scheduled in-service trainings and periodic conditioning exercises. Protect swimmers and save lives. Performs first aid, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and utilizes Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) as required.

Performs general customer services and problem solving, answer phones, educates patrons and citizens regarding operations, programs, policies, procedures, etc.; provides assistance to patrons; operates handicap lift to provide pool access for patrons with ADA requirements; operates cash register to accept fees and payments.

Monitors and enforces patron compliance with established operating rules and regulations; prevents food and drink from being consumed in pool area; assures compliance with safety practices and procedures; monitors weather conditions for lightning and removes patrons from pools and showers when lightning is nearby; fits patrons with life jackets.

Assists in the maintenance of the swimming pools, related machinery, equipment and grounds.

Performs general custodial, landscaping and janitorial duties throughout facilities, grounds and restrooms including maintenance, repairs, cleaning and disinfecting for bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi. May be required to handle hazardous chemicals and materials related to pools, grounds and facilities environments.

Removes bio-hazard materials (vomit, fecal matter, mucus, other bodily wastes, etc.) for the safety and well being of the public. Follows protocol for dealing with bodily waste in the swimming pools, facilities and grounds.

Assists in implementing various aquatics competitions throughout the year; participates and assists Water Safety Instructors (WSI) in teaching swimming lessons and water aerobics including all levels of swimming and lifesaving skills, following established Red Cross or nationally recognized lesson plans, to children, youth, and adults; creates, reviews and implements lesson plans; monitors activities during recreational swimming to ensure that safety rules are followed.

Performs a variety of miscellaneous duties such as running errands, picking up supplies needed for activities, inventory of pool items, general facility set up and take down including electronic equipment, tables and chairs, etc.; responds to public inquiries about aquatics programs and facilities;

Performs all other duties as directed and/or assigned including those at other facilities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school, or GED, or currently enrolled in high school, or currently home schooled AND Must pass preliminary swim test and be able to complete Lifeguard Certification (LGC) within a specified time frame.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures typical of a government agency or municipal swimming pools; general facilities and grounds maintenance; interpersonal communication skills; public relations; general water safety principles and practices.

Some Skill in teaching swimming/lifesaving skills to students of all age and skill levels; in monitoring activities and enforcing safety rules to maintain a safe swimming environment; maintaining records and preparing reports the use of office equipment, i.e., personal computer, phone, fax, cash register, adding machine, scanner, digital camera, etc.; various hand tools used in the maintenance of swimming pool equipment; common hand tools; pool testing equipment; power sprayer,; gardening tools, floor cleaner, basic math skills; English and grammar skills.

Ability to operate personal computer in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; keep operating records and prepare reports; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public; exercise initiative, independent judgment and act resourcefully under varying conditions; deal effectively with moderate stress levels caused by constant interaction with the public, and customer accidents and injuries resulting from the inherently dangerous nature of various recreation activities taking place at facilities; sit, observe and monitor patrons for long periods of time at heights up to eight feet.

Special Qualifications:
Must possess Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid for the Professional Rescuer, Automatic Electronic Defibrillator, Lifeguard Training and Preventing Disease Transmission, Blood borne Pathogens certifications from the American Red Cross, or be able to obtain such within a specified time frame.

Work Environment:
Incumbent of the position performs in a recreation indoor and outdoor environment with/without appropriate climate controls. Outdoor work is required in the monitoring of various programs, activities and other duties. Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, related to swimming, walking, standing, stooping, sitting, and reaching. Exposed daily to wet and/or humid conditions, pool and cleaning chemicals or airborne particles. Periodic exposure to air borne and blood borne pathogens. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. Essential functions require swimming, talking, hearing and seeing.

Must occasionally move up to 100 pounds. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist. Must periodically push or pull in excess of 1,000 lbs. with the aid of rollers, lifeguard boards and related equipment. Common agility, coordination and balance exist. Mental application utilizes memory for details, listening, patience, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel required in normal course of job performance.

If you feel that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and that you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Aquatics/Recreation Department. Please submit a completed Town of Taos application form to Town of Taos, 400 Camino De La Placita Taos, NM 87571. Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of applications. You may attach a copy of your resume to your completed Town of Taos application form; however, information from your resume will not be used to determine if minimum qualifications are met. We will use the information on your application form to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the job. Applications and attachments become official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time position which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lovelace or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!

VA#13-14-27
Job Title: Police Officer I
Town of Taos Police Department
Classification: FLSA Non-Exempt
Hourly: $15.85 
Opening Date: April 09, 2014
Closing Date: April 22, 2014

GENERAL PURPOSE
Performs a variety of entry level technical law enforcement duties related to enforcing the laws, maintaining the peace, and protecting the citizens of Taos.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of a Lieutenant or Sergeant.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Investigation:  Conducts criminal investigations; processes scene of crime; finds, identifies, marks and preserves evidence; performs as evidence control officer;  assures integrity of all evidence through all stages of the evidence management process, including distribution, return, destruction and/or sale of items;  transports evidence to various crime labs and court rooms; utilizes fingerprinting, photography and other specialized equipment in processing crime scenes; interviews and interrogates witnesses, victims and suspects; prepares all necessary reports.

Manages investigative case load of major felony crimes; handles rape and homicide cases; works closely with supervisor(s) in solving difficult cases; follows-up and insures completion of all cases; conducts research and pursues clues, makes telephone calls, tracts criminal histories, secures existing information on suspects, etc.; apprehends and arrests suspects.

Answers business/bank complaints of theft, forgery, scams, bounced checks, embezzlements, bad credit and white collar crimes; alerts businesses and community of check forgeries, and short change artists; performs surveillance; obtains search warrants; works closely with Town and County attorney concerning legalities involved in certain cases and arrests.

Prepares facts, information, evidence and statements for court proceedings; secures witnesses and testimonies; prepares visual diagrams of the scene of crime as deemed necessary; performs extraditions; testifies in court when necessary.

Develops informative contacts and participates in covert operations; investigates and apprehends persons suspected of illegal sale, purchase or use of narcotics; may examine prescriptions and pharmacy's and physician's records to ascertain legality of sale and distribution of narcotics; arrests narcotic offenders; obtains statements for prosecution of offenders and appears in court as witness.

Performs surveillance; obtains search warrants; works closely with Town and County attorney concerning legalities involved in certain cases, arrests; contacts other agencies and law enforcement jurisdictions to exchange information, including but not limited to military, NCIC, FBI, DEA, ATF and other criminal history or intelligence resources; performs activities related to the enforcement of the Controlled Substance Act.

Patrol:  Patrols all areas of the town in police vehicles or on foot, including the town streets and businesses, checking for unlocked doors, windows and building security; makes business location and residential house checks for possible illegal activities.

Responds to crimes in progress; secures, defuses and resolves high risk felony calls;  secures crime scenes for evidence searches; makes preliminary investigation and interrogates complainants, witnesses and suspects;  completes complaint questionnaires;  performs case follow-up and assists with investigation activities as assigned;  makes arrests;  responds to calls for assistance;  controls traffic and enforces traffic laws and ordinances;  directs traffic, assists motorists, issues citations and warnings for D.W.I.’s, D.U.I.’s, moving violation and investigates accidents involving motor vehicles; prepares and submits accident, offense, arrests and other forms and reports as necessary.

Serves summons and subpoenas and keeps records of dispositions; escort’s prisoners to and from jail or from one location to another; subdues unruly prisoners when necessary.
 
Completes comprehensive reports of daily activities and enforcement actions; Prepares for court cases and testifies in court when required.

Cleans and maintains assigned fire arms and vehicles and other special equipment.

Community Oriented Policing (COP):  Plans, organizes, and implements various programs for special target populations of the community as needed to address needs, concerns, and issues pertaining to crime prevention and public relations.

Develops or implements program(s) unique to elementary, Junior High and High schools; focus on safety, drug awareness, alcohol (DWI), etc.; conducts lectures, workshops, classes or gives presentations related to criminal activity within the schools to assist school officials;  educates participants and youth regarding law enforcement practices ;  demonstrates specialized equipment explains efficiency and effectiveness of the same;  attends school functions to monitor student activities.

Organizes and establishes neighborhood watch areas; conducts community watch meetings with concerned citizens upon request; educates public regarding effective action through organized community efforts.

Performs departmental public relations functions; conducts tours of the department; delivers public speeches at community gatherings, church meetings, civic meetings, schools, etc.

Participates as member of special task forces or cooperative agency programs related to gang activity and other high profile situations and concerns.

Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 Education and Experience: Graduation from high school; plus, six months (6 mo.) of specialized training provided through formal academic courses, formal supervisory training provided through in-service, professional workshops or P.O.S.T. certifications; AND One (1) year of law enforcement experience as a municipal, county, or state officer;
OR An equivalent combination of education and experience;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge of Taos and its street systems; modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques and equipment; applicable Federal, State, County, and Town laws and ordinances and departmental rules and regulations; hazardous waste classifications and emergency procedures related to control, containment and confinement; basic principles of law enforcement administration; basic investigative procedures and practices; legal liabilities associated with arrest and law enforcement; court room procedures and laws of evidence;  computer literate in the use of Microsoft Word, etc.

Skill in the use of firearms, the operation of police vehicles and other specialized equipment including breathalyzers, radar units, police batons and restraining devices.

Ability to react effectively in emergency and stress situations; ability to exhibit imagination, initiative and problem-solving capability in coping with a variety of law enforcement situations; follow standard safety practices and procedures common to law enforcement work; perform work requiring good physical condition; teach and communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.

Special Qualifications:

Must be clear of a prior criminal record. Must possess a valid New Mexico State Driver's License.  Must maintain firearm proficiency.  Must maintain law enforcement certification by completing annual training requirements.

Work Environment:

Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment, but subject to all seasonal and weather extremes.  Constant travel.  Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty. Physical readiness essential to effective job performance.  Various levels of mental application required, i.e., memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, creative problem solving. Continuous use of motor skills.

If you feel that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and that you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Taos Police Department, please submit a completed Town of Taos application form to Town of Taos, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of applications.  You may attach a copy of your resume to your completed Town of Taos application form; however, information from your resume will not be used to determine if minimum qualifications are met.  We will use the information on your application form to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the job. Applications and attachments become official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on closing date listed above.

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The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time position which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lovelace or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!

VA#13-14-29
Job Title: Human Resource Director
Executive/Human Resources Department
Classification: FLSA- Exempt (At-Will)
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience
Opening Date: April 15, 2014
Closing Date: April 28, 2014

Performs a variety of complex administrative, managerial and professional duties in directing and supervising the personnel systems of the organization, including classification, compensation, recruitment, selection, labor relations, training, benefits administration, and safety and risk management.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Town Manager and/or Assistant Town Manager.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Provides close to general supervision to Human Resources staff as needed. Assumes functional supervision over town-wide human resources activities performed in the various town departments.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Manages and supervises human resources functions to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organize workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.

Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.

Provides professional advice to the city officials, department heads and employees; makes presentations to councils, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public; communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff and the general public.

Prepares and administers human resources budget; assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

Determines work procedures and priorities; prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

Conducts formal recruitments for vacant and created positions; determines testing procedures and successive hurdles; prepares eligibility lists and certifies finalists in the recruitment process; monitors and verifies appointments are made in accordance with established policies and rules; ensures manual and dexterity tests to applicants are performed by outside consultants; plans and conducts new employee orientation to foster positive attitude toward organization goals.

Plans and directs implementation and administration of benefits programs designed to insure employees against loss of income due to illness, injury, layoff, or retirement; directs preparation and distribution of written and verbal information to inform employees of benefits programs such as insurance plans, pension plans, paid time off, bonus pay, and special employer sponsored activities; analyzes existing benefits policies.

Promotes harmony among workers and resolves grievances; coordinates the appeals and grievance hearing processes and procedures; assures timely processing of grievances and various review levels; coordinates hearing times and locations; sits as member of the review board as needed.

Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes; conducts wage survey within labor market to determine competitive wage rate; analyzes existing benefits policies of organization, and prevailing practices among similar organizations, to establish competitive benefits programs.

Manages record keeping functions related to insurance coverage, pension plan, and personnel transactions such as hires, promotions, transfers, performance reviews, and terminations; directs or performs the preparation of employee separation notices and related documentation, and conducts exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations; prepares reports and recommends procedures to reduce absenteeism and turnover.

Develop, implement and maintain a performance based employee evaluation and compensation system.

Initiates the development and implementation of recognition, training and incentive programs; conducts training for various departments upon request; assists employees to resolve work related problems; develops working relationships with community professionals as needed to secure special employee assistance.

Manages town-wide efforts to maintain a drug-free workplace; promotes drug free lifestyles to assure employee, co-worker and general public safety; conducts employment pre-offer and post-offer drug screenings; coordinates and conducts random drug testing of town workforce to assure compliance with town ordinance and various state and federal regulations.

Directs or performs in the completing of various surveys and reports as required by state and federal agencies in monitoring employment practices and procedures (EEO/AAP).

Oversees safety coordinator and assists with town safety and risk management programs; coordinates the inspection of risk and safety practices and assesses departmental compliance with established programs; reviews worker's compensation claims; monitors number, type and cost of claims.

Performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in human resources, personnel administration, public administration, business administration or a related field; AND Five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience related to the management of human resources, including but not limited to, recruitment and selection activities, benefit program administration and computer based records management; with two (2) years supervisory capacity within public government preferred OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of human resource management theory, methods, and practices; the legal environment related to human resources management; benefit, retirement, and compensation laws and guidelines; employee classification, compensation and benefits, recruitment, selection, training, and labor relations; town departmental operations including applicable laws and regulations; principles of supervision, including evaluation and motivation; federal and state laws as they apply to personnel management practices; benefit costing procedures; training methods; basic computer operation. Working knowledge of budget development and fiscal accounting principles, practices and procedures; risk management and safety practices.

Considerable skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and Town residents. Skill in the operation of PC Computer, calculator, fax machine, copy machine, telephone.

Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; prepare and analyze comprehensive reports; maintain quality work production while dealing with deadline pressures imposed from within and without the division; make basic decisions where established procedures do not always apply; perform complex mathematical computations; operate personal computer and apply various program applications related to word processing, spread sheets and desktop publishing; develop effective working relationships with supervisor, fellow employees, and the public.

Special Qualifications:

Must possess a valid NM driver's license and attend Defensive Driving training every 24 months throughout employment. Must be bondable. Training in conflict resolution is highly desirable.

Work Environment:

Incumbent of the position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls. Tasks require variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing and seeing. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity required to perform essential job functions but may be accommodated. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel required in normal course of job performance.

If you feel that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and that you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Human Resources Department please submit a Letter of Interest, Resume and a completed Town of Taos application form to: Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino De La Placita Taos, NM 87571. Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number. Applications and attachments become official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on closing date listed above.

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The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time position which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lovelace or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico PERA Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!

VA#13-14-28
Job Title: Town Attorney
Legal Department
Classification: Exempt "At Will"
Salary: Negotiable dependent on qualifications and experience
Opening Date: April 15, 2014
Closing Date: Opened until filled

Performs managerial and professional duties as required to carry out the efficient and effective litigation of civil or criminal cases and the ongoing legal processes of town government. Serves as the lead town legal advisor in all civil and criminal matters. ***Note: This position is an at will appointment by the Mayor and Town Council and the minimum qualifications can be discretionary.

Works under the general supervision of the Town Manager and/or Assistant Town Manager. The Mayor, as Chief Executive Officer for the Town of Taos also directs and supervises the Town Attorney as required.

Provides for general supervision to Paralegal/Legal Assistant and other executive support staff as needed.

Acts as a town principal legal advisor; directs the ongoing legal processes of the town and delegates projects and cases to subordinate attorney(s); attends town council meetings to apprise and advise town officials related to various town programs, issues, projects and cases; attends various advisory and commission meetings to represent town management and provide legal assistance; takes the lead and serves as the first-line contact for legal processes and functions; maintains Town Municipal Court criminal prosecution caseload; represents the town in the prosecution of municipal ordinances in Municipal and district court; directs, participates and generally oversees criminal prosecution cases.

Prepares and administers legal department budget; assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

Conducts legal review of proposed legislation to update or amend town codes and ordinances; prepares opinions; provides public information as needed to reply to inquiries or educate the public; initiates sanctions and exercises legal processes for the collection of outstanding revenues or obligations owed to the Town.

Administer and maintain all Town of Taos contracts.

Acts as administrative hearing officer to serve the town in that capacity on an as needed and as appointed basis.

RISK MANAGEMENT: Reviews and investigates claims; determines legitimacy of claims and authorizes the processing of claims in cooperation with Self-Insurers Fund; directs or conducts field inspections; monitors number, type and cost of claims.

Negotiates settlements of claims filed against the town for actions arising out of the course of conducting town business or providing town services; promotes timely settlement to avoid costly litigation as much as is possible.

Participates in pretrial conferences; negotiates for mutually agreeable solutions and charges; makes recommendations for sentences and represents the town in show cause hearings; conducts investigation of complaints determines quality of the case and whether or not evidence is sufficient to proceed with prosecution.

Performs contract management; monitors the administrative processing of agreements proposed to be entered into by the town; conducts legal review and analysis; writes contracts, establishes contract templates; oversees tracking and numbering of contracts and monitors contract status and disposition; writes opinions and legal directives.

Performs legal research, makes recommendations and prepares legal opinions for review and consideration by town manager, mayor and council; advises and directs town department heads on legal issues associated with their various areas of responsibility; provides legal support in areas related to procurement, land acquisitions, land use codes, personnel actions, water law issues, etc.; represents the town and appears in court to secure and maintain legal rights, privileges, and ownership; serves as defense counsel on issues related to appeals on planning and zoning issues; directs the prosecution of all DUI/DWI citations and various code violations.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience: A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited college or university; plus other advanced training in business administration, or public administration; AND should have five (5) years of progressively responsible legal experience of which two (2) years experience in public government is preferred; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws and ordinances; legal administrative procedures including the rules of civil and criminal procedure and evidence; the principles, methods, materials and practices used in legal research; New Mexico Code, constitutional provisions federal and local ordinances as they apply to town government and its operation; case law related to a variety of town government subjects; criminal law issues. Considerable knowledge of human resource management theory, methods, and practices; the legal environment related to human resource management; benefit, retirement, and compensation laws and guidelines; budget development and fiscal accounting principles, practices and procedures; town department operations including applicable laws and regulations; principles of supervision, including evaluation and motivation; federal and state laws as they apply to personnel management practices.

Considerable skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and Town residents. Skill in the operation of PC Computer, calculator, fax machine, copy machine, telephone.

Ability to understand and interpret complex laws, rules, regulations, policies, and guidelines; direct the work of others; plan, organize, and direct, through subordinate staff, the efficient, effective delivery of Town programs, services and functions and evaluate employee performance; develop operating policies and procedures; analyzing and resolving problems arising regarding Town programs, services, and function; analyze and draft legal documents and to propose legislation; establish and maintain effective working relationships with town and court officials, employees and the public; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

Special Qualifications:

Must possess a license to practice law in the State of New Mexico. Must possess a valid NM driver's license and attend Defensive Driving training every 24 months throughout employment.

If you feel that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and that you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Legal Department please submit a letter of interest along with a resume, a completed Town of Taos application, and at least three (3) professional references to 400 Camino De La Placita Taos, New Mexico 87571. All attachments become official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Letter of interest, resume and a completed application. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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