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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: $17.85- $22.85 (DOE)
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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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 April 03, 2017.

VA#16-17-05
Job Title: Recreation Specialist I
Recreation Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $8.59
Opening Date: September 12, 2016
Closing Date: September 30, 2016

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 Youth and Family Center Director, Recreation Supervisor, 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.

MINIMUM 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 education, experience and 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 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above.

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LIFEGUARD I
(Internal & External)

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following two (2) part-time positions.

VA#16-17-03
Job Title: Lifeguard I
Aquatics/Recreation Department
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Hourly: $8.59
Opening Date: August 30, 2016
Closing Date: September 07, 2016

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

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

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

SUPERVISION  EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

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

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

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

Special Qualifications:

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

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 Aquatics 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 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above.

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FIREFIGHTER I
(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#16-17-02
Job Title: Firefighter I  
Fire Department
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Hourly: $12.69 - $13.46
Opening Date: July 26, 2016
Closing Date:  August 9, 2016 or until filled

GENERAL PURPOSE
Performs a variety of working level, technical duties as needed to protect life and property. Performs fire suppression, emergency aid, hazardous materials, and fire prevention duties. Maintains fire equipment, apparatus, and facilities.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED
Works under the close supervision of the Fire Chief or designated shift supervisor.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED
None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Receives continuous classroom and field training in a wide range of fire prevention, E.M.S., and fire fighting techniques, principles, and procedures; receives specialized training in salvage and rescue operation, emergency medical aid, civil defense, hazardous materials, disaster, downing, and other related emergency situations; participates in drills.

Responds to fire alarm signals; perform as member of fire fighting team; responds to emergency calls by riding fire truck to scene of fire; manipulates various sized appliances, hoses streams; lays and connects water hose, hooks up pump, holds nozzle and directs water stream; raises and climbs ladders and utilizes other specialized equipment such as chemical fire extinguisher, SCBA's, encapsulated chemical suits, power saws; operates extension ladders in actual rescue situations and in regular training: uses various hand tools such as rope, axes, etc.

Searches in adverse conditions at fire scene, natural disaster, auto accidents etc.; rescue victims from fire and other danger situations; operates hydraulic rescue tool to achieve forcible entry.; renders first-aid and practices trauma management; perform basic life support to accident and fire victims; removes bodies and performs salvage operations.

Receives instruction on policies and procedures to conduct fire prevention inspections on various types of facilities; conducts inspections and advises residents or owner of necessary action to conform to standards; assists in performing fire scene investigations to determine ”point of origin” and cause of fire; prepares and submit a variety of reports related to inspection activities and suppression.

Performs general maintenance necessary to upkeep department building and equipment; sweeps and cleans station floors and rooms, makes beds, washes walls, floors, and windows; performs various maintenance tasks; i.e. paints, services equipment, cleans, polishes, tests, and repairs firefighting apparatus and breathing apparatus; services, maintain, and repairs fire trucks.

Assists in performing building inspections and pre-fire planning; attends public gatherings to insure observance of fire safety requirements, standards and regulations; conducts tours for interest groups.

Prepares various department records and reports; inspects fire hydrants; may instruct Boy Scout merit badge classes; participate in various public fire safety programs and presentations to educate regarding Fire prevention.

Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire facilities and equipment; clean and washes walls and floors; cares for grounds around station; makes minor repairs; washes, hangs and dries hose; washes, cleans polishes, maintains and tests apparatus and equipment.

Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school, AND six (6) months of full time work experience as a Fire Fighter; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge of fire fighting methods, techniques, and procedures; firefighting types and varieties and their most appropriate and effective use; equipment maintenance and care; state and town codes, laws, and regulation, and ordinances related to fire prevention; fire vehicle equipment and apparatus; emergency driving techniques associated with heavy firefighting apparatus; emergency medical techniques and procedures and first-aid; Interpersonal communication skill.

Some Skill in emergency medical aid unit, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses, and other standard firefighting equipment, ladders, first aid equipment, radio, carpenter tools, painting equipment, cleaning equipment.

Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing: make quick and accurate decisions in emergency situations; develop effective working relationships with local elected officials, town merchants, subordinates and the public.

Special Qualifications:
Must possess a valid New Mexico Commercial Driver's License endorsement or certification of Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention Program (EVAP/ class E). Must be New Mexico State Fire Fighter certified, Level 1, NFPA 1001 standards. Must be Wildland Firefighter Certified, S-130, S-190, I-100. May be required to be SARA, Title III Certified (HAZMAT).

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 Fire 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: September 6, 2016
Closing Date: Open Until Filled with first Review of Applications on 9/20/2016

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 position is filled.

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