Closing Date: 1st November, 2022

Description:

Purpose of Position
This posting may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

THIS POSTING WILL BE USED FOR ONGOING RECRUITMENT AND MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME. APPLICANT LISTS MAY BE SCREENED MORE THAN ONCE.

Why does the job exist?
The Attorney - Supervisor will:
  • Supervise the work of full-time attorneys in the assigned jurisdiction(s);
  • Recruit, retain, train, advise & mentor the attorney staff;
  • Serve as legal advisor & to advocate for the Human Services Department (HSD);
  • Assist the non-supervisory attorney staff to provide & arrange all essential legal services required by the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED);
  • Handle the most complex legal work & represent CSED in administrative, district appellate court hearings;
  • Serve as an expert legal advisor to HSD/CSED & to provide direction to other attorneys.

How does it get done?
The Attorney - Supervisor is responsible for:
  • Ensuring that court dockets and hearings are adequately handled;
  • Providing training, advice and mentor-ship to all non-supervisory attorneys within their assigned jurisdiction;
  • Meeting regularly with Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) managing & staff attorneys to discuss how to improve and streamline the legal process & exchanging ideas regarding how to better serve CSED customers;
  • Maintaining regular communications with General Counsel & Regional Managing Attorney regarding contested cases, complaints, disciplinary actions and other issues;
  • Attending child support hearings in assigned jurisdiction(s) to observe CSED attorneys and staff in court and/or administrative hearings;
  • Providing any advice or assistance in the event there is a shortage of coverage that cannot be resolved due to absences, illnesses, etc. of non-supervisory attorneys;
  • Assisting at the court or administrative hearings by meeting with customers, opposing counsel and/or representing the agency at the hearing;
  • Consulting with Regional Managing Attorneys and Deputy General Counsel to discuss the need for legal representation at Fair Hearings when child support is at issue;
  • Assisting CSED Regional Managing Attorney and Deputy General Counsel.

Who are the customers?
  • Human Services Department (HSD);
  • Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED);
  • Citizens of New Mexico;
  • Others who request HSD CSED services, including other states and countries pursuant to the Hague treaty.

Ideal Candidate
The Ideal Candidate has experience:
  • Supervising;
  • Working for entities with a high-volume caseload;
  • Practicing family law:
  • Working in child support enforcement.;
  • Representing governmental entities in court/administrative proceedings;
  • Working with pro se parties.

Minimum Qualification
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law and five (5) years of experience in the practice of law. Must be licensed as an attorney by the Supreme Court of New Mexico or qualified to apply for limited practice license (Rules 15-301.1 and 15-301.2 NMRA). For more information on limited practice licenses, please visit http://nmexam.org/limited-license/

Substitutions may apply. See Substitution Table below.

Substitution Table
No substitutions. Must possess required licensure, certification or registration and required number of years of experience

Employment Requirements
Must possess and maintain a valid Driver's License.

Working Conditions
Executive Order 2021-066 requires all employees with the State of New Mexico to provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including proof of a booster dose of vaccine by January 17, 2022, or within four weeks of becoming eligible for a booster dose) or proof of a COVID-19 viral test every week.

The Public Health Order (on Vaccination) dated December 2, 2021, requires Congregate Care Facility Workers and Hospital Workers to have received a primary series of vaccination by October 6, 2021, and a booster dose of vaccine by January 17, 2022, or within four weeks of becoming eligible for a booster.

Links to the referenced Executive Order and Public Health Order can be found on the State Personnel Office website homepage: www.spo.state.nm.us

Work is performed in an office setting with exposure to Visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT), extensive computer and phone usage. Some sitting, standing, bending and reaching may be required.