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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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Human Resources Director
Town of Taos

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


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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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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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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LEGAL ASSISTANT/PARALEGAL
(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#14-15-18
Job Title: Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $13.19 – 15.14 DOE
Opening Date: December 16, 2014
Closing Date: December 22, 2014

Performs a variety of legal secretarial, routine administrative and full performance complex duties designed to expedite legal services provided through the department of the Town Attorney. 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Town Attorney.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Prepares and processes contracts and agreements; gathers general information independently from various departments to effectuate and generate comprehensive and complete legal documents; responds to discovery requests by completing forms and documents; assigns contract numbers and tracks original documents; may monitor contract status and disposition; may coordinate with Finance procurement officer on contracts as needed.

Performs routine research under special direction from the Town Attorney; searches case material, legal opinions, and other formal documents; prepares subpoenas, collects case information from individuals and officers; processes requests for certified driving records and affidavits.

Prepares and/or types a variety of civil and criminal legal documents such as information, summons, subpoenas, resolutions, zone changes, ordinances, annexations, agreements, grants, deeds, court pleadings, motions, orders, briefs, warrants, complaints, depositions, commitments, contracts, affidavits, letters, easements, and memorandums from  written drafts,  or standard forms; may compose such documents as directed; prepares case documents and appellate proceedings; assures timely filing with appropriate court;

Prepares and maintains calendar for references by attorney and other personnel; contacts witnesses, victims, police departments; and attorneys to obtain pertinent information; schedules court dates and times; calendars meetings, conferences, seminars, trials, preliminary hearings, etc. with officers.

Prepares case folder for trial by completing the required documents such as information’s, summons, subpoenas, pre-trial reports, etc.; files pleadings with court; maintains a file of all pertinent material related to individual cases, documents and information; monitors court dates; monitors case progress until final disposition, notifies court of any conflicts with defendant, officers or legal counsel.

Participates in the preparation of the departmental annual budget; performs initial organization of budget detail; monitors department fiscal activity to assure compliance with established budget guidelines; receives and processes departmental bills for payment; prepares requisitions and balances account records.

Compiles court files; maintains legal filing system; maintains records of briefs filed by the department; receives and processes claim documents filed against the town.

Performs general clerical functions for Legal department and as a back-up to the Executive administrative assistant; serves as receptionist; receives callers to the office and over the phone; answers written and oral inquiries for routine information and handles them independently; schedules appointments; explains departmental policy and procedures; provides copies of documents as legally provided for; proofreads ordinances, briefs and other material for accuracy, completeness, and punctuation; assists to monitor departmental purchases; sorts and distributes mail, schedules staff meetings, prepares agenda and types minutes.

Participates in risk management document management; receives and processes risk management and tort claims; performs tracking of cases and incidents; monitors insurance status on town property and assures properties are properly insured.

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 Attorney and/or Town Manager.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school with course background in general office skills; plus two
(2 years of business or legal secretarial training, paralegal certification preferred; AND

Four (4) years of experience as a legal secretary or in some other comparable position providing exposure to legal terminology, methods, and procedures; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Working knowledge of court document maintenance procedures; civil and criminal procedures; modern office practices and procedures; legal terminology, grammar, spelling and punctuation; modern filing systems related to alphabetical and numeric files; criminal and traffic code; the legal procedures of trials and courts; effective public relations and interpersonal communications.  Some knowledge of administrative procedures; basic accounting and bookkeeping; general legal research methods, sources, and procedures; basic principles of supervision.

Considerable Skill in taking and transcribing dictation from hand written notes or from recording equipment.  Some 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 exercise initiative, independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; maintain strict confidentiality related to sensitive administrative information; operate personal computer (windows) in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain comprehensive records and files; perform secretarial, stenographic and machine dictation involving legal terminology and format; maintain filing and record keeping system;  work with the public and develop effective working relationships; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;  operate a calculator, copy machine, computer, and other types of standard office equipment.

Special Qualifications:

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 Legal  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.

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