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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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Please include the Authorization for Release of Information and Background Check Form ,with a completed employment and mailed or hand delivered to:

Human Resources Director
Town of Taos

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


POLICE OFFICER I – CERTIFIED PATROL OFFICER
(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, HMO & PPO 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#15-16-04
Job Title: Police Officer I – Certified Patrol Officer
Taos Police Department
Classification FLSA: Non-Exempt
Hourly: Starting at $19.85
Opening Date: May 06, 2016
Closing Date:  May 19, 2016 or 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 or obtain one within 30 days.  Must maintain firearm proficiency.  Must maintain law enforcement certification by completing annual training requirements.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the education, experience and 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 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 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above or until the position is filled.

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TOWN ATTORNEY
(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, HMO & PPO 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#16-17-04
Job Title: Town Attorney
Legal Department
FLSA Classification: - Exempt
Salary: DOE
Opening Date: November 11, 2016
Closing Date: November 18, 2016 or until filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

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.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

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

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Provides broad policy guidance and direction to contracted attorneys and professional consultants, when applicable. Provides for general supervision to Paralegal/Legal Assistant and other assigned executive support staff as needed.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Acts as the Town’s principal legal advisor; creates, revises and conducts the ongoing legal processes of the town and may delegate projects and cases to subordinate contracted attorney(s) and consultants, when appropriate and where appropriate; attends Town Council meetings to apprise and advise town officials on agenda items and procedural issues as well as the status of litigation and legal matters assigned to the office; attends various advisory and commission meetings to provide legal assistance , including all meetings of the Town Planning and Zoning Commission and Town Historic Preservation Commission;  maintains personal criminal prosecution caseload for the Town; prepares complaints and represents the Town in the prosecution of municipal ordinances in municipal and district court;

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 the Town Legal Office budget, funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

Conducts legal review of proposed legislation to update or amend Town codes and ordinances; prepares ordinances and resolutions requested by departments for consideration by the Town Council; 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; issues official legal notices and warnings, such as threats of disconnection, liens, etc.

Prepares reviews, updates and maintains all Town of Taos contracts by all departments and all leases, conveyances, right-of way and other agreements for the use of Town property.

Maintains and periodically updates, as needed, all telecommunications, solid waste, utility and cable franchise agreements.

Reviews and investigates claims; determines legitimacy of claims and authorizes the processing of claims in cooperation with the 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.

Prosecutes criminal cases as needed; represents the town in prosecution of various criminal and  civil cases; conducts extensive research, reviews criminal investigation reports; files formal complaints; institutes arrest proceedings; prepares case materials; participates in various examination processes such as discovery and briefings; researches and writes briefs; appears in court and presents evidence and argument.

In criminal proceedings before municipal and district court, the Town Attorney 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  the 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, affordable housing, economic development (including Special and Business Improvement Districts, Tax Incentive Finance Districts, Arts and Cultural Districts, Main Street programs, Downtown Improvement Districts), Historic Preservation, 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 all other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university; plus other advanced training in business administration, or public administration; and membership in the New Mexico State Bar; AND Should have Eight (8) years of progressively responsible legal experience, of which three (3) years 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 municipal government and its operation; case law related to a variety of municipal 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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the education, experience and minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Legal Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application 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 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above or until the position is filled.


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