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Employment Opportunities

Welcome to The Town of Taos employment opportunities page. The Town of Taos offers an excellent benefit package with 100% major medical premiums paid for full-time eligible employees, dental, vision, life insurance, State of New Mexico PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association) retirement, personal leave, holiday leave, employee development, training programs and much more!

The Town of Taos is currently seeking qualified applicants for the following vacant positions listed below; check back with our website often as vacancies are updated. Read the vacancy announcement listed below for each vacancy for which you are interested; note the minimum qualifications, essential job responsibilities, knowledge, skills and abilities required for each position.

If you feel you have the necessary education, experience, qualifications, the drive, and the ambition, please prepare and submit a complete Town of Taos Employment Application for each position for which you apply and review the vacancy announcement for any additional application procedures. Your employment application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and vacancy announcement number. Applications and any 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 in the vacancy announcement.

For further information and/or application procedures contact:
Town of Taos
Human Resources Department
400 Camino de la Placita,
Taos, NM 87571
Phone: (575) 751-2009
E-mail: employment@taosgov.com.



Available Positions
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Police Officer I - Certified Patrol Officer



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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.


PLANNING, COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
(Internal) & (External)

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#14-13-01
Job Title: Planning, Community and Economic Development Director
Planning Department
Classification: FLSA Exempt
Salary: DOE
Opening Date: August 01, 2014
Closing Date: Open till filled

Performs a variety of professional, administrative and managerial duties related to planning, directing, organizing, and controlling the Planning, Community and Economic Development Department, including planning, zoning, building, community development, economic development, grants and revenue development, marketing and tourism, business licenses, GIS, addressing, mapping, FEMA  floodplain management and building, property maintenance, municipal and animal code enforcement. 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Town Manager.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Provides general supervision to department professionals, supervisors and support staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Manages the day-to-day operations of the department; determines and delegates departmental priorities; develops guidelines and deadlines, initiates studies in long range and current planning/zoning issues, including development applications; initiates the development of  related ordinances, business regulations, the review of permits, computer studies, architectural designs, traffic, etc.; monitors project activities and progress to assure implementation of comprehensive plan; issues interpretations of town zoning, planning, building and related ordinances and regulations.

Directs personnel and delegates assignments; evaluates staff job performance and makes recommendation for any needed improvements; makes decisions affecting hiring, interviewing, job retention, advancement and discipline; responsible for conducting employee performance evaluations; participates in the recruitment and selection of department staff; develops and conducts staff training.  Ensure a safe and healthy working environment; abide by and enforce the requirements of the Town’s safety and health program and all applicable federal, state, and local regulations/requirements.

Serves as administrative advisor and liaison to Town Manager, Town Council, citizens committees, board of adjustments and planning commission, historic preservation commission; provides technical insight and recommendations related to determining planning and development policies, goals and objectives; receives directives, formulates implementation options and strategies, directs and conducts research, converts strategies to action plans with timetables and deadlines; allocates personnel and resources as needed to accomplish elected projects and programs.

Coordinate, schedule, attend, and conduct meetings of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Historic Commission, Arts and Cultural District and Main Street District, and any other relevant planning and economic development committees as directed, as well as attend Town Council Meetings when requested; attend training sessions and certification workshops and schedule staff for same; conduct public meetings and hearings as needed to solicit public input and apprise of policy and project options; educate the public through media, reports, public meetings and presentations.

Develop departmental budgets and monitor fiscal controls to assure conformity with established financial constraints; give final approval for department disbursements; participate in town-wide fiscal planning processes; administer Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) community hearing process and other state and Federal grant programs as assigned.

Assists in the identification of sources of funding related to departmental or Town wide projects; applies for grants; implements administrative processes as needed to comply with grant conditions; monitors grant compliance to assure effective working relationships with funding agencies.

Meets with public, developers, entrepreneurs, and contractors; discusses planning, zoning, and development issues; interprets information in town ordinances pertaining to department responsibilities.

Develop, organize and facilitate on-going, current and long-range comprehensive community planning processes and procedures for current and long-range needs; identifies alternatives for converting policy ideas into action plans affecting town development, expansion, transportation, economic development, tourism, community development and related public programs and infrastructure.

Responsible for and maintains a repository of relevant census, demographic and economic data necessary for community needs assessments, physical and economic development and provides such information to the development , media and at-large community in a manner that is readily accessible and usable.

The Director interfaces with the local and regional chamber of commerce, builders association, realtors association and other development and economic advocates in promoting a vigorous local economy and management of development in a manner consistent with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and development codes.

Establishes and maintains good communication with a network of citizen governed neighborhood associations in order to assure a local system of public information and outreach, as well as accurate and timely two-way grassroots communication.

Oversees various special function areas and districts related to subdivision development, zoning proposals, annexations, land acquisitions, building permits, historic preservation, cultural districts, business improvement districts, special improvement districts, etc.; oversees studies relating to population, housing, socio-economic issues, business development, tourism, marketing, environment, recreation and transportation.

Coordinates research and program options with other town departments, other local governments and agencies, the county and state and federal agencies; directs or conducts feasibility studies; prepares a variety of reports related to project options and progress; reviews and updates ordinances affecting planning, zoning, development and related departmental areas; coordinates projects with other departments or governmental agencies.

Additionally, shall perform other duties and assignments as required by the position to effectuate the goals and responsibilities of the department, or as directed by the Town Manager.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in land use planning, urban planning, public administration, business administration, environmental design, civil engineering or a closely related field from an accredited four year college or university. AND A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience performing the above or related duties with a demonstrated track record of successful project design and implementation, of which two (2) years shall have been in a supervisory capacity, and at least two (2) years shall have been in local government; OR A demonstrated track record of professional accomplishment that can demonstrate an equivalent combination of education or experience that the Town determines provides evidence of likely success in the above management position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of comprehensive urban planning, economics, sociology and community organization as it applies to urban planning; relationships between various factors affecting urban planning policy, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; zoning laws and comprehensive plans including their formation, process of adoption and enforcement research and statistical analysis and the evaluation of research data;   land use, zoning, federal, state, and local laws;  municipal operations and inter-departmental relationships of town departments; budgeting, accounting and related statistical procedures;  various revenue sources available to local governments including state and federal sources;  general office maintenance and practices;  management  and community outreach principles, business and technical writing;   interpersonal communication skills; public relations and public speaking. 

Considerable knowledge of principles of management, supervision and employee motivation, construction principles and codes, principles of growth management, economic development, community development, grant and revenue enhancement, recreation planning, cost benefit analysis, and SWOT techniques.

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 administer a large work program; analyze a variety of financial problems and make recommendations; analyze complex planning, development and zoning problems and make recommendations;  operate personal computer (Windows) in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records;  prepare and present budget estimates;  direct, motivate, develop, and evaluate subordinates;  communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;  develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public.

Special Qualifications:

CZO (Certified Zoning Official) certification must be obtained within two (2) years of date of hire.  AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) is desired. GIS proficiency with ESRI, AutoCAD and similar programs, Microsoft Project, Visio, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Word, and presentation, mapping, reporting, scheduling and public presentation software is strongly preferred.
Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico driver’s license or be able to obtain license within 30 days; also maintain insurability under Town insurance, defensive driver certification every 24 months and a clean driving record throughout employment as a condition of employment.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Finance Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, letter of interest, and resume to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until the position vacancy is filled.

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BUSINESS MANAGER
(Internal) & (External)

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#14-13-05
Job Title: Business Manager
Finance Department
Classification: FLSA Exempt
Salary: DOE
Opening Date: August 12, 2014
Closing Date: Open until filled

The candidate performs a variety of complex and high level professional, management and administrative duties related to analyzing, monitoring, managing, reporting, recommending and implementing improvements as regards the business-related functions of the Town (including the regional airport, water, sewer, transit, and parking enterprises), analyzing and recommending on rates, user fees, rents, fines and tax rate and structure; overseeing municipal investments, income and indebtedness (including loans, grants, CD’s, debt structure, real estate, rents and leases and taxes); establishing depreciation, replacement and  capital improvement schedules and instruments (for vehicles, infrastructure, facilities and equipment); assists in the preparation of the annual budget; conducts long-term investment, capital and financial planning; oversees the financing and reporting requirements of large capital projects; and may oversee or coordinate grants, loans, and other financial sources or obligations as they relate to the revenues, business aspects, enterprise funds, special events, or profitability of the Town and its projects, programs, assets and investments.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

The Business Manager works under the direction of the Town Manager, or will either coordinate with or report to the Finance Director on some levels, depending on the specific tasks, function, project or organizational need, as determined by the Town Manager and organizational chart. The Finance Director provides full oversight of the general accounting functions of the Town. The Business Manager oversees the financial performance of specific business and enterprise operations operated by the Town, and oversees long-term financial planning and revenue enhancement for the enterprise funds and the Town as a whole.

SUPERVISION EXCERCISED

May provide functional supervision to assigned administrative support staff and professionals, consultants, division heads of Town enterprise funds or other department heads and other assigned staff, interdisciplinary or inter-governmental teams  as may be assigned by the Town Manager on either an on-going or a project-by-project basis, and as requested. May serve as one of a team of staff or as the lead staff member to boards or commissions, such as the Regional Landfill Board, Airport Advisory Board, improvement districts

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

General Duties. Generally, serves to oversee the business functions of the Town, especially as regards the Town’s enterprise funds and regional services, such as the regional water treatment plant and utility, sewer treatment plant and utility, the regional airport and transit system

Business Manager. May serve as the Business Manager for the following:

  1. General New Mexico and federal rules with regard to special taxing or improvement districts, including business improvement districts (BIDS), special improvement districts (SIDS), the Town’s utility improvement districts, historic districts and historic tax credits, main street and arts and cultural districts;

  2. Special events, concerts and other productions sponsored by the Town or in partnership with the Town.

Investment Manager. May serve as the Town’s Investment Manager for assets, including cash, real estate, contracts, and the management of revenue generating properties and operations.

Revenue Advisor. Advises the Town with regards to all sources of revenue generation, such as rents, leases, user fees (parking rates, landing fees, fines, development fees, permit and license fees, etc.) GRT tax rates, property taxes, utility rates (water, sewer, garbage).

Debt. Analyzes and advises on debt structure and potential restructuring or refinancing, including timing and interest rates.

Financing. Analyzes, plans, solicits, compares competitive alternatives and structuring, recommends and implements long-term financing on behalf of the Town for public projects, including bonds, loans, and other instruments for infrastructure, facilities, vehicles and other public projects. May meet with commercial financial institutions, public financing agencies, such as NMFA, MFA, HUD, 

Capital Improvements Plan. Responsibility for establishing, monitoring and financing the Town’s annual and long-term replacement, depreciation and capital improvements schedule.

Grants. May oversee the Town Grants and Revenue Development Coordinator and the procurement, monitoring, reporting, compliance and evaluation of the

Financial and Project Analysis. Responsible for performing return-on-investment (ROI), cost-benefit, feasibility, financial, qualitative and quantitative analysis and other reviews, reports and analysis of existing and proposed projects, services, investments, facilities and financing proposals.

Public and Internal Reporting. Prepares, maintains and distributes data bases, information, documents and reports on financial and qualitative performance information with regards to the Town, individual profit centers, programs, projects, contracts or other subcomponents, consistent with internal need by department heads, project teams, contractors and vendors, the Town Manager, Mayor and Council or the press or the public. Prepares and makes presentations to the Council, Management Team, the public or industry and community organizations or other bodies as required.

Representation. Represents the Town in cooperative national, state, regional and public-private partnerships involving enterprise fund projects, regional utilities and services, rate setting or long-term financial commitments.

Budgeting. Assists in the preparation, analysis and presentation of the Town’s annual budget and its components by program and department, including performance indicators for the prior year as well as recommended adjustments or improvements. May also assist in program and project performance evaluation and reporting internal and to the Council on a periodic basis.

Audits, Reporting and Compliance. Assists the Town Finance Director in preparing for the annual audit, regulatory requests and reporting, and compliance tracking and reporting to various state and federal agencies.

Networking. Develops and maintains a positive relationship with other governmental regulatory and reporting agencies (including NM DFA, NM State Auditor, etc.) department heads and elected officials; governmental project partners, vendors, contractors and suppliers; funding sources, financing sources and  investment entities, including chambers of commerce, the press and trade associations

Software. Incumbent operates personal computer and various software applications, i.e., Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, Power Point, Outlook, Project, Visio, etc.) Adobe, AutoCAD, or other scheduling, tracking, reporting, data base, spreadsheet, presentation and project development, management and tracking software as needed.

Other duties and responsibilities. Performs all other duties as required and assigned by the Town Manager and/or Finance Director. Works in close coordination with the Finance Director and the general accounting and finance staff of the Town to ensure the financial solvency and accountability of all Town functions

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Education and Experience:

    1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, public administration or finance, economics, architecture, civil engineering, project management, or similarly applicable field is required. A Master’s Degree in a similar field is highly desirable;
    2. AND

    3. A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in accounting, public administration or finance, economics, or civil or public works project management, three (3) years of which experience shall be in a management position with a government agency, or in a corporate setting with your primary job duty as being responsible for handling assigned accounts for a government client or government funded projects, preferably as the account or project principle or manager.
    4. OR

    5. An equivalent combination of education, professional certifications and hands-on deemed by the Town to enable the incumbent to perform the required duties at an acceptable level to ensure success.


  2. Special Qualifications:

    1. Professional affiliation with and/or certification/licensing by an applicable national accrediting agency with on-going continuing education requirements is highly desirable a a demonstrated measure of professional commitment.

    2. State or national certification as a CPA, public finance manager, procurement officer and other similar certifications, are highly desired.

    3. Should be well versed in public and private financing mechanisms and institutions for public projects, including, NM Finance Agency NM Mortgage Finance Agency, CDBG, USDA, HUD, FmHA, various bond and loan instruments, lenders and markets, terms and conditions.

    4. Must possess and maintain a valid NM driver’s license or be able to obtain license within 30 days: also maintain insurability under the Town’s insurance, defensive driver certification every 24 months and a clean driving record throughout employment as a condition of employment. 

    5. Must be able to be bonded at the time of hire and as a condition of continued employment, as well as submit voluntarily to a pre-employment criminal, credit, employment, drug, physical and general background check.


  3.  Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  4. Knowledge of purposes, principles and practices of municipal government; public accounting and finance, managing public investments; taxation (including the calculation and reporting of NM GRT’s, Lodgers and property taxes); federal, state and local governmental budgeting, reporting and procurement requirements; the budgeting, financing, monitoring and management of civil engineering and public works project;, the financing and oversight of public utilities (including transit, airport, water and sewer); familiarity with public financing mechanisms (including bonding, taxation and improvement or special taxing districts); the preparation and implementation of capital improvement and replacement schedules; accounting and project management software; presentation, tracking and reporting software, tax credits and special taxing or improvement districts; contract negotiation; New Mexico and Town of Taos procurement and bidding requirements.

    The ability to analyze, project and establish utility rates and costs and to set user fees; such as parking rates, garbage collection rates, rents, recyclable costs, fines, development fees, permit costs, etc. 

    The ability to prepare and interpret contracts, competitive bids, analyze investment and performance reports, profit and loss statements, scopes of work, project and materials schedules, inventory management reports and to read blue prints, site plans, deeds and other project, bid or contract-related supporting documentation.

    Skill in the use of office equipment, i.e. personal computer; phone, fax, adding machine, copy machine, scanner, digital camera, etc.; math skills; English and grammar skills. Skill in the art of delegation, time and resource management, diplomacy, networking, coalition, team and consensus building, as well as cooperative problem solving.

    Ability to draft and implement policies, bids, contracts, ads, presentations, proposals, reports, documents and agreements, to analyze a variety of department, facilities, project and program issues and problems, feasibility, efficiency and cost-benefit studies, and to make recommendations; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with professionals, executives (public and private) department heads, co-workers and the public; work independently and deal effectively with stress caused by work load and time deadlines; maintain confidentiality when required; detailed, disciplined, energetic, responsive, proactive self-starter who exercises initiative and independent judgment and is able to act resourcefully under varying conditions; text and email, use social media and  operate automobiles .

  5. Work Environment:
  6. Incumbent of the position generally performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls.  Tasks require a variety of physical activities, which do not generally involve muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and lifting up to 25 lbs.  Regular talking, hearing and seeing required in the normal course of performing the job.  Common eye, hand and finger dexterity required to perform some essential functions.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, listening, patience, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving.  Frequent travel required in normal course of job performance.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS - If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Finance Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, letter of interest, and resume to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until the position vacancy is filled.

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RECREATION SPECIALIST I – THREE TEMPORARY
(Internal) & (External)

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following three (3) temporary positions with a sunset date of March 31, 2015.

VA#14-15-14
Job Title: Recreation Specialist I
Recreation Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $8.59
Opening Date: September 19, 2014
Closing Date: Open until filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of entry level administrative, operations, maintenance and technical duties as needed to coordinate various day-to-day operations of the Taos Youth & Family Center, Gymnasium, Taos Skate Park and Taos Ice Arena including facilities and grounds.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED 

Works under close to general supervision of the Recreation Division Manager, Recreation Specialist IV, Recreation Specialist III, or Recreation Specialist II as assigned.  Assignments are given daily and work is reviewed frequently.

SUPERVISION  EXERCISED

None.

Essential Functions

General: Work is closely controlled and structured by supervisor to complete specified work assignments, deadlines and priorities.  Errors normally result in loss of own time to correct or check.  Quality of task completion is impacted by the need for accuracy related to repetitive tasks or operations. Performs first aid, cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and utilizes automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) as required. 

Performs general customer services and problem solving, educates patrons and citizens regarding operations, programs, policies, procedures, etc; assists to deliver presentations to school groups to promote upcoming activities and events; responds to citizen requests.

Facilitates and assists patrons in carrying out and participating in programs and special events, i.e., seasonal parties, seasonal celebrations, punt-pass-kick competition, baseball skills competition, “touch-a-truck”, hockey tournaments, dances, children parades, computer classes, community education classes, etc.

Assists with various office activities and duties; solicits and receives donations; distributes program information;  monitors patron compliance with established operating rules and regulations; assures compliance with safety practices and procedures.

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; fixes tables and chairs, etc.; removes snow and ice, applies ice melt; picks up litter; collects and disposes of solid waste from buildings and ground including sidewalks and parking lots; uses a variety of specialized equipment and hand tools such as blower, weed eater, power sprayer, shop vacuum, hand drill, hand sander, chemical sprayer, bolt cutter; performs landscaping duties including planting flowers, watering flowers, weeding, raking, etc.

Researches, develops, creates and establishes new programs and activities.  Provides homework assistance, interacts constantly with children and patrons.

Documents revenues, helps to set up for programs and special events, sets up tables, chairs, dance floors, stages, lighting and sound system, water stations, etc.

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

Remove bio-hazard materials (blood, vomit, fecal matter, mucus, other bodily waste, etc.) for the safety and wellbeing of the public.  Follow protocol for dealing with bodily waste in the facilities and grounds.

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

Ice Arena: Performs as a rink guard; assures compliance with safety and participation rules; monitors ice rink condition and may participate in maintenance processes; maintains skate blades and assures quality and sharp edges, prepares and adjusts stone, works with diamond tip to assure accurate cut, determines depth and measurements for skate performance and customer safety; performs general rink duties, opening team rooms, etc; maintains building and surrounding area; removes puck marks from walls using specialized chemicals; operates cash register to accept fees and payments; checks out rental equipment.

MINUMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school, or GED, or currently enrolled in high school, or currently home schooled;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge rules, regulation, policies, and procedures typical of a government agency or recreation facility and the operating practices for city recreation and community education programs; general facilities and grounds maintenance; interpersonal communication skills; public relations; rules regulations policies, and procedures of the Town of Taos, Taos Youth and Family Center, Guadalupe Sports and Recreation Center, Taos Skate Park and Taos Ice Arena; basic legal environment related to safety and risk management practices and principles.

Some Skill in monitoring activities and enforcing safety rules to maintain a safe recreational environment; maintaining records and preparing reports; the use of office equipment, i.e., personal computer, phone, fax, cash register, adding machine, scanner, digital camera, copy machine, etc.; various hand tools used in the maintenance of recreation facilities and equipment; common hand tools; painting tools, floor cleaning equipment, leaf blower, power sprayer, skate sharpener; gardening tools, blower, weed eater, scissor lift, post hole digger, sledge hammer, palm sander, ladder, torch to burn weeds; the art of cooperative problem solving; basic math skills; English and grammar skills; audio visual equipment.

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

Special Qualifications:

Must possess American Red Cross Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automatic Electronic Defibrillator AED, and Community First Aid certification or be able to obtain within a specified time frame. 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Recreation Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application to: Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until the position vacancy is filled.

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DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND TOURISM
(Internal) & (External)

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#14-13-03
Job Title: Director of Marketing and Tourism
Executive Department
Classification: FLSA Exempt
Salary: DOE
Opening Date: August 01, 2014
Closing Date: Open till filled

The candidate performs a variety of complex and high level professional, management and administrative duties related to promoting the Town and region as a tourism destination and developing and overseeing the implementation of sophisticated multi-media marketing campaigns to promote tourism.  Incumbent performs management functions for the Town Manager, the Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development and the Lodgers Tax Advisory Board (LTAB), including drafting policy proposals, programs, events, LTAB agendas, reports and business items; developing, conducting and evaluating tourism and special events, including concerts, festivals, cultural and historical celebrations and tours; attending and participating in meetings on behalf of the Town, and completing other promotional, informational and event related  assignments as deemed appropriate by the strategic plan or the Town Manager.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

The Tourism and Marketing Director works under the general supervision of the Town Manager, or as assigned by the Town Manager.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

May provide functional supervision to assigned administrative support staff, volunteers and other assigned staff as may be assigned on either an on-going or a project-by-project basis, and as requested, supervises the Visitor Center and its staff and shall carry out the directions of the Town Manager on specific programs/projects related to tourism, marketing, promotional and public events, economic development and other Town matters, as well as with liaison organizations with which the Town interacts in the Taos community. Serves as staff to and coordinates the functions of the Lodgers Tax Advisory Board and its subcommittees.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Oversees the operation, staff and programs of the Taos Visitors Center; including staffing, volunteers, budgeting, and development and display of promotional materials.

Develops, implements and evaluates the Taos strategic marketing plan and initiatives, as approved by the Manager and Town Council, to sustain and increase Town tourism; including serving as a key facilitator in a SWOT analysis, as it relates to tourism.

Develops, implements and monitors an integrated multi-media marketing, advertising, and public relations strategy and tactics, identifies target demographics, monitors competition, and implements adjustments as needed.

Oversees the development, review and distribution of fulfillment pieces, web site(s), social media, media releases, etc. as they relate to tourism, marketing and events for the Town.

Develops and manages advertising, marketing, and tourism budgets, including the Visitor’s Center and tourism-related special events, monitors and approves expenditures for all programs, campaigns, media buys and events under the responsibility of or as assigned to the incumbent.

Obtains and tracks tourism-related statistics, such as occupancy, web hits, readership, unique visits, event attendance, Lodgers Tax collections, etc. and prepares and circulates monthly, quarterly and annual reports identifying tourism sector performance, trends, marketing and event ROI.

Develops and maintains appropriate local, regional and national media connections and develops and maintains industry and governmental networking, communication and cooperation.
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Conceives, plans, develops, promotes, tracks the impact of, evaluates, creates budgets for, recruits talent, vendors and contractors, coordinates logistics, sponsorship, financing, liaisons with promoters and producers, and coordinates the public safety elements of Town and regional special events, concerts, tours, celebrations, traditional, historical and cultural events that promote tourism, business development or enhance the downtown and general quality of life of the community.

Coordinates with existing community organizations for such traditional annual events as the Pow Wow, Rodeo, Fiestas, Solarfest, etc.

Represents the Town in cooperative national, state, regional and industry promotional efforts

Develops and maintains a positive relationship with tourism industry businesses in the Town and region individually and collectively, such as hotels, ski resorts, outdoor adventure providers, bed and breakfasts, museums and galleries, wineries and breweries, restaurants, transit providers, travel agencies, tour operators.

Incumbent operates personal computer and various software applications, i.e., Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, Power Point, Outlook, Project, Visio, etc.) Adobe (Illustrator, PhotoShop, PageMaker, Scheduler Plus, or other advertising, scheduling and project development, management and tracking software, etc., as needed to establish databases, communication documents, illustrations and publications.

Performs all other duties as required and assigned by the Town Manager.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, journalism, public relations, economics, or an applicable field. A Master’s Degree in a related field is desirable, AND Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in marketing, advertising, journalism, public relations and/or related positions of which three (3) years of experience shall be in a government, corporate community, resort or tourism-based community, or as your primary job duty have been responsible for handling assigned accounts for a government or a government funded tourism campaign, preferably as the account principle or project leader for campaign design and implementation; OR Graduation from a state or industry recognized certificate program in tourism, hospitality, public information, marketing, graphic design and layout, journalism, writing, or other applicable technical area, AND Five (5) years of high level professional experience working independently or as the lead person in marketing, advertising, journalism, public relations and/or related positions in designing and implementing marketing, tourism or public relations/information campaigns for a government or government agency, government funded program, or a resort or corporate community. OR An equivalent combination of education and experience that is deemed by the Town to enable the incumbent to perform the required duties at an acceptable level to ensure success.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of purposes, principles and practices of municipal government; public affairs issues management; advertising, marketing and public relations practices; public or platform speaking, proposal development, creative writing and presentation skills; organizational politics; negotiation techniques; strong interpersonal group motivation and communication skills; principles of salesmanship; hospitality industry practices; desktop publishing; lead tracking and event booking software. Knowledge of food and catering industry and alcohol service requirements.  Knowledge in photography and typography.

Skill in the use of office equipment, i.e. personal computer; phone, fax, adding machine, copy machine, scanner, digital camera, etc.; math skills; English and grammar skills. Skill in the art of diplomacy, networking, coalition and consensus building and cooperative problem solving.

Ability to draft and implement policies, ads, marketing campaigns, proposals, reports, documents and agreements; analyze a variety of program issues and problems and make recommendations; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with professionals, executives (public and private) department heads, co-workers and the public; work independently and deal effectively with stress caused by work load and time deadlines; maintain confidentiality when required; detailed, disciplined, energetic, responsive, proactive self-starter who exercises initiative and independent judgment and is able to act resourcefully under varying conditions; text and email, use social media and  operate automobiles .

 Special Qualifications:

  1. Professional affiliation with and/or certification/licensing by applicable national trade associations is highly desirable as a demonstrated measure of professional commitment.

  2. Continuing education in the profession through active and regular participation in industry association, governmental or educational institution professional development programs.

  3. Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico driver’s license or be able to obtain license within 30 days; also maintain insurability under Town insurance, defensive driver certification every 24 months and a clean driving record throughout employment as a condition employment.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS - If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Finance Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, letter of interest, and resume to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until the position vacancy is filled.

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SENIOR PLANNER

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#14-15-09
Job Title: Senior Planner
Planning Community and Economic Development Department
FLSA Classification: - Exempt
Salary: DOE
Opening Date: August 27, 2014
Closing Date: Opened until filled

General Purpose

Provides a variety of professional and administrative duties designed to expedite services provided through the Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development.

Senior Planner requires professional planning experience of high complexity, variety and autonomy under the general guidance of the Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development.  Planners at this level are expected to be well-versed in all aspects of current and long-range planning, zoning, and community development and be willing to work with and assist other staff members in accomplishing the Department’s general policies and goals for implementing planning, zoning, community and economic development, code enforcement, building, marketing and tourism and land use.

Supervision Received

Works under the general supervision of the Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development.

Supervision Exercised

None

Essential Functions

  • Performs advanced professional work related to variety of planning assignments
  • Interprets, applies, and assists the public with applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances and regulations
  • Initiates actions necessary to correct deficiencies or violations of regulations and codes
  • Manages complex planning studies, development applications, commercial site plan review, zoning applications and business registration, sign and building permit review
  • Develops project budgets, consultant proposals and contracts, administers bidding process and verifies contract expenditures and compliance
  • Reviews and processes comprehensive plan amendments, re-zonings, annexations, site plans, plats, variances, special/conditional use permits, building permits, administrative permits, certificate of occupancies/completions, historic district design review, certificate of appropriateness, sign permits, flood plan management requests, and other planning-related applications
  • Writes, or assists in writing, a variety of ordinances, updates to land development/code enforcement regulations, updates to the Comprehensive Plan and master plans, and other planning efforts
  • Develops strategies to promote economic and community development, tourism, and land use consistent with the community’s goals
  • Recommends priorities, schedules, and funding sources to implement public improvements and priorities
  • Conducts research and prepares statistical reports on land use, physical, social & economic issues
  • Works in regional program areas relating to natural/water resources planning, community development, hazard mitigation, tourism, economic development, transportation, and flood plain management
  • Performs field inspections to gather data relevant to the development review process, code enforcement, and/or verifies that development projects comply with approved plans
  • Schedules and conducts meetings with the Planning and Zoning Commission, Historic Commission, community groups, the general public, advisory boards and elected officials
  • Presents reports and other findings to staff, the Development Review Committee, the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Town Council
  • Serves as a liaison to economic development, the Main Street District, Arts and Cultural District, Marketing and Tourism and other special areas and committees
  • Attends a substantial number of evening and weekend public meetings and informational forums
  • Works as a team member, as well as independently
  • Provides Code enforcement under the direction of the Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development, may coordinate cases with or provide reports or information to the Town Attorney, Town Manager or other Town officials and may prepare and present cases to the Municipal Court or to the District Court as appropriate
  • Provides training to other Town employees regarding code enforcement and compliance issues, including Animal Control.

Typical Knowledge

  • Well-developed knowledge of code enforcement, planning principles and practices related to local government planning and zoning, economics, land use, open space, recreation, water and resource planning, parking and transportation, and community organization as applied to urban planning, planning and zoning and subdivision law, theory and application
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more planning specializations, such as economic development, marketing and tourism, recreation and open space, transportation planning, floodplain management, affordable housing, GIS/addressing, land use, urban design,code enforcement, grants and contracting, historic preservation, neighborhood organization, and resource (water) or environmental planning
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection
  • Knowledge of  effective verbal, writing, and public participation techniques
  • Knowledge of and experience in community remediation and redevelopment, and knowledge of relevant federal programs
  • Knowledge of the process for enforcing code compliance 
  • Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, including Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, spreadsheets, electronic permitting, data and database management, and GIS
  • Some knowledge of principles of supervision, time management and workflow management

Typical Skills

  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills to present research findings to various boards, committees, and the public
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with elected/appointed officials or other decision-makers
  • Ability to develop, exercise judgment, and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, subordinates, and the public
  • Ability to interpret codes accurately and effectively; enforce regulations with fairness, tact, and impartiality
  • Ability to keep detailed records and follow through on cases, code enforcement complaints, deadlines, and other department priorities
  • Ability to write comprehensive reports and present findings
  • Creative problem-solving skills necessary to gather relevant information to solve less well-defined practical problems
  • Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions
  • Ability to facilitate community workshops and other public forums
  • Working knowledge of legal system and procedures affecting planning, zoning, code enforcement and related operations of the Town
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
  • Ability to keep information confidential
  • Ability to perform other related duties as required

Minimum Qualifications Graduation from college with a bachelor's degree in land-use planning, urban planning, community or regional planning, engineering or architecture, public administration, economics, or a closely related field AND Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience performing above or related duties; OR An equivalent combination of education, certifications and public or private planning experience.

Special Qualifications:
Must possess a valid State of New Mexico driver's license and attend Defensive Driving Training every 24 months during employment.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Planning Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, letter of interest, and resume to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until the position vacancy is filled.

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PLANNER I AND II

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#14-15-10
Job Title: Planner I and II
Planning Community and Economic Development Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: DOE
Opening Date: August 27, 2014
Closing Date: Opened until filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of entry level professional and technical duties for implementing current and/or long range planning, zoning, code enforcement and building programs of the Town related to the development and implementation of land use and related municipal plans and policies.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Director of Planning, Community and economic Development

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

May provide close supervision to Planner(s) I and Planning Technician(s) while in training or on a project-by-project basis.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Develops 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 technical and professional advice; makes presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups and the public. Provides information on land use, zoning, sign, business registration and subdivision applications, ordinances, codes, plans and related planning, building, zoning and code enforcement programs, services or regulations to architects, engineers, developers, contractors, owners, community groups and interested persons.

Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes; conducts technical research studies and prepares statistical reports and recommendations for drafting or revising local legislation and plans, projecting trends, monitoring socio-economic data, etc.

Assists in the development and implementation of growth management, land use, economic development, utility, housing, transportation, facilities, solid waste or other plans and codes to meet the Town's needs and any inter-governmental agreements or requirements.

Evaluates land use proposals for conformity to established plans and ordinances; evaluates proposals' development impact as they relate to the adopted plans of the Town and make recommendations.

Evaluates land use applications and site plans for compliance with applicable local, state or Federal laws. Monitors assigned land use applications through the approval states, and prepares reports and related data as required.

Provides staff support to the Planning Commission as needed and assigned. Prepares planning reports and supporting data, including recommendations or various land use proposals.

Evaluates environmental data and recommends mitigation measures to reduce adverse impacts of development.

Assists town staff in the enforcement of local ordinances and in interpreting town codes and master plans

Assists in designs for parks, streetscapes, landscapes and other municipal projects.

Prepares and updates a variety of maps and graphics and maps for reports, plans, publications or meetings.

Serves when assigned as a member of a planning task force composed of Town, Town or State groups.

Prepares and writes grant applications or application components relating to geography, maps, plats, site plans, etc.

Assists in maintaining the centralized database of permit, application and development information

Responds to local citizens inquiring about local planning and zoning regulations and ordinances

Coordinates and manages planning consultant contracts, as assigned.

Performs any and all related duties as directed or required

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from college with a bachelor's degree in urban, community or regional planning, GIS engineering, architecture, public administration or a closely related field; AND One (1) year of responsible performing above or related duties; OR An equivalent combination of educationand experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Some knowledge of legal system and procedures affecting planning, zoning and related operations of the town;  principles and practices related to local government planning and zoning, economics, sociology and community organization as applied to urban planning;  planning and zoning and subdivision law, theory and application;  the relationship between factors affecting urban planning policy, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; local government structure and operations, including the budgetary procedures and fiscal management; research methodology, statistical analysis and evaluation of research data;   land use, zoning, federal, state, and local laws;  interpersonal communication skills. 

Skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving

Ability to  interpret codes accurately and effectively; enforce regulations with fairness, tact, and impartiality; communicate effectively verbally and in writing;    prepare and present technical reports;  operate personal computer and various applications (i.e., GIS, AutoCAD, WordPerfect);   performs advanced mathematical calculations;  develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, subordinates, and the public.

Special Qualifications:

GIS proficiency highly desirable.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Planning Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, letter of interest, and resume to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until the position vacancy is filled.

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TRANSIT OPERATOR I (FIVE) TEMPORARY
External

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following (five) temporary positions with a sunset date of April 17, 2015.

VA#14-15-08
Job Title: Transit Operator I
Public Works Department
Classification: FLSA Non-Exempt
Hourly: $10.85- $11.18
Opening Date: September 10, 2014
Closing Date: Opened until filled

Performs a variety of working level, semi-skilled duties in the operation of a town mass transit vehicle as needed to transport passengers to and from various destinations within the Town limits and specified route.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Transit/Recycling Superintendent.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

essential functions

Drives bus/van on designated route within city limits of the Town of Taos to pick up and deliver passengers to specific destination stops; assists elderly and special needs passengers onto and debarking from vehicle; enforces and ensures adherence with Town safety methods and policies; assists passengers with required safety restraints during trip; contacts appropriate party(s) of unusual/problem situations for assistance. 

Completes daily log sheets of route times, passenger counts, and fare types to provide statistical information on route usage; accepts fare payments both currency and voucher, completes daily records of total discounted fares; greets all passengers upon entry and exit; answers general questions and provides information about the Town to Tourists and passengers; picks up and delivers disabled passengers within specified route variances upon request.

Performs pre-route and post-route inspections; performs routine maintenance of vehicle (i.e.; checks oil, transmission fluid level, belts, radiator); daily, performs physical and visual vehicle inspections; daily, inspects exterior lights and tires for proper operating conditions; checks radio for proper operation; cleans interior and exterior; decorates vehicle according to type of festivity for proper identification of city event(s).

Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school; AND One (1) year
experience in a field directly related to above duties; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Some knowledge of basic principles and techniques for traffic flow directions; State and Federal laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines regarding public transportation services; streets, locations and addresses in the Town of Taos.

Skill in the operation of Passenger conversion bus; 3-way radio; various hand tools, money canister.

Ability to establish and maintain effective rapport and gain confidence of passengers; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; see close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Special Qualifications:

Must be certified in CPR and First Aid; Must possess a valid state of New Mexico Commercial Driver’s license Class “B” (w/P endorsement). Must successfully pass background check and physical test. Must be 21 years of age.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Public Works Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until the position vacancy is filled.

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CODE ENFORCEMENT/ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
(Internal) & (External)

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#14-15-11
Job Title: Code Enforcement/Animal Control Officer
Planning Community and Economic Development Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $12.69 - $13.46
Opening Date: September 10, 2014
Closing Date: Opened until filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of working level technical duties as needed to assure compliance with town codes, ordinances, regulations and other legal issues related to business licensing, weeds, pests, snow, hazards, waste, building, zoning, planning, signing and animal control, to include handling animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Planning, Community & Economic Development Director and may consult with Chief Building Official on projects/issues as needed.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Code Enforcement: Responds to complaints of potential code violations relating to signing, building occupancy, nuisances, hazardous sidewalks or other conditions, housing conditions, construction, land use, zoning, animals, noise, dumping, clearing, grading, filling, polluting, or other code related matters; researches problems and complaints regarding commercial and residential buildings, building construction and code compliance; determines nature of the allegation and apprises callers of possible investigation schedule; assists in the resolution of complex and sensitive customer service issues, either personally, by telephone or in writing; maintains records and documents of customer service issues and resolutions.

Advises property owners, builders, contractors, architects, or developers as needed to apprise appropriate parties of concerns and potential violations; searches tax records; obtains facts necessary to determine proper course of actions; coordinates and monitors solutions.

Maintains a variety of logs and records related to inspection and enforcement activities; prepares recommendations for amendments and additions to codes or regulations that relate to the position.

Periodically patrols or inspects an assigned area to monitor for violations of local codes; conducts field investigations and property inspections to determine extent of violations; gathers evidence; questions or interrogates complainants, witnesses and suspects; compares facts to code requirements; makes findings; and issues warnings, correction notices, or citations; verifies business licenses, monitors sign compliance, monitors compliance with animal ordinances, verifies school zone standards for granting of liquor licenses, monitors property use for zoning compliance; cooperates with board of health in monitoring health and safety practices of business operations;  prepares various  investigative reports;  initiates legal proceedings where appropriate and coordinates the same with town legal staff;  may administer preliminary sanctions as allowed by ordinance or code;  initiates appeals process and conducts hearings.

Prepares and provides written and oral reports to Town Manager, Town Council, boards, committees, and public interest groups as required to explain code enforcement activities and program needs; gives testimony in a court of law as an expert witness.

Animal Control: Performs a variety of working level, surveillance and apprehension duties related to the enforcement of local animal control laws and ordinances; patrols town; observes for unlicensed dogs and apprehends the same; removes dogs to animal shelter for impoundment until ownership can be determined; utilizes specialized equipment such as "catch-all poles" and tranquilizer guns and serums; picks up strays and delivers to shelter compound; removes dead or injured animals from town streets; investigates animal abuse or cruelty complaints and writes reports;  issues citations for violation of various ordinances;  prepare for prosecution gives testimony in court as required; investigates citizen complaints concerning ordinance violations through field investigations.  Contact animal owners to inform them about their pets.

Delivers public education programs as needed to inform public of local ordinances and problems; attends meetings at local schools to educate children regarding animal control ordinances; educate the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and regulations; may coordinate and provide information to local shelter.

Issues animal licenses; cites owners of loose/unlicensed dogs if known; participates in dog licensing clinics;  collects license fees; keeps records and files of redemption, sales, licenses, etc.; delivers money to shelter administrator.

Assists veterinarians with rabies clinics; follows specific procedures for dog-bite cases and other animal bites; quarantines dogs guilty of biting to observe for rabies and other diseases; makes court appearances as necessary.

Responds to citizen complaints; answers questions and inquiries via phone and radio.

Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school, plus one (1) year of specialized training provided through in-service professional workshops, technical college  or university studies; AND One (1) year of experience performing above or related duties; preference for experience related to local government ordinance enforcement  and investigation; law enforcement civil and/or criminal investigation, issuance of citations or some other related field; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Some knowledge of liability issues which arise out of investigative procedures; effective interpersonal  communications;  town and state codes, ordinances, and laws related to multiple aspects of planning, property rights, boundaries, subdividing and zoning, signing, animal control etc.;   legal system and securing sanctions for violations;  various investigative techniques;  report writing;  public relations and customer service principles and processes; local animal control ordinances;  local geography;  the operation of motorized vehicles;  basic animal care;  basic procedures and cautions used in dealing with disturbed animals.

Skill in the art of diplomacy, active listening and cooperative problem solving. Must possess skill in computer, vehicle, measuring tape, hand stapler, radio - 10 code, camera, tape recorder, noise meter, etc.

Ability to enforce regulations with firmness, tact, and impartiality; keep operating records and maintain various written reports; read maps and locate property; deal effectively with stress related to public safety employment and animal control; be firm and courteous with the public;  develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees and the public;  use discretion and good judgment;  follow written and verbal instruction;  operate a two-way radio;  understand common radio code;  learn quickly the laws, ordinances and regulations governing animal control;  work in an environment where exposure to all weather conditions would be expected in the performance of the job; perform moderate amounts of physical labor establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public;  comprehend and interpret complex regulations related to zoning and other town ordinances.

Special Qualifications:

Must possess a valid New Mexico driver’s license or be able to obtain license within 30 days; also must maintain insurability under the Town’s insurance, defensive driver

certification every 24 months and a clean driving record throughout employment as a condition of employment.
           
Preference given for certification through the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA).  Must be able to obtain and maintain National Animal Care & Control Association certification with successful completion of Level I and Level II training (must be 18 years of age to attend NACA course) within 3 to 6 months of hire and maintain certification throughout employment as a condition of employment.   May need to attend continuing education/training thru various providers, such as, Stray Hearts Animal Shelter and New Mexico Humane Society in the use and application of various animal control/capture equipment and techniques.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Planning Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application to: Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until the position vacancy is filled.

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POLICE OFFICER I - CERTIFIED PATROL OFFICER
(Internal) & (External)

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following two (2) 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, 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#14-15-13
Job Title: Police Officer I –Certified Patrol Officer
Town of Taos Police Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $15.85 - DOE
Opening Date: September 17, 2014
Closing Date: Open until filled

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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS - If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Taos Police Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete a Town of Taos Police Department employment application to: Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.

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