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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.




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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.


VISITOR INFORMATION SPECIALIST
External & Internal

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#18-19-13
Job Title: Visitor Information Specialist
Visitor Center Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $11.28
Opening Date: October 09, 2018
Closing Date: October 26, 2018

GENERAL PURPOSE

The Taos Visitor Center rely on motivated individuals who enjoy interacting with people and providing excellent customer service to visitors from around the region and the world. Visitor Center staff inform, equip and engage visitors by providing general information, directions, and history about Taos and the surrounding areas, and by encouraging visitors to take advantage of tourism-related opportunities. Visitor Center staff enhance each visitor’s experience and serve as the “front-line” in educating visitors about the history, culture and offerings of Taos.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Marketing and Tourism Director, Visitor Center Supervisor, Coordinator or designee.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Functions as a team player with all members of the Visitor Center staff to support meetings, conferences, social events, and deliver visitor services; performs administrative duties; provides information to inquiring parties via phone, email and in-person; maintains various program and activity files (paper and electronic), records and documents; may participate in familiarization tours of area. 

Performs general administration duties; organizes and maintains front desk, lobby and main work area; monitors email messages, storeroom and office supplies; participates in the maintenance of the office and all office equipment; operates computer using various administrative programs; maintains databases for various programs and services; verifies accuracy of printed forms. Records and enters vacation guide requests by phone or mail. Ability to conduct correct cash transactions. Enters merchandise and records sales. Provide assistance to vendors.

Welcomes visitors to the Visitor Center and to the community in person, online, and by phone; assists visitors who need information, directions and advice; prepares information packets; answers all telephone inquiries courteously and efficiently; monitors voicemail and returns calls promptly; checks and makes record of all voicemail inquiries; assures that daily information boards are updated with current information and events.

Operates point of sales system through in person, telephone and/or internet sales utilizing cash and credit card transactions; responsible for opening and closing procedures of cash bank; processes and balances daily deposit.

Maintains and stocks visitor information displays; contacts entities whose information is provided in  displays to replenish information as needed; maintains and updates Visitor Center information resource book; assists with storage, inventory and transporting supplies to and from Visitor Center; organizes and maintains information storage rooms; makes and provides copies of Visitor Center handouts.

Obtains visitor information via internet daily in order to keep current on area activities and events.

Records daily traffic (walk in visitors); enters daily telephone, mail and online inquiries into computer database; compiles visitor inquiry statistical information, traffic statistics (walk in visitors), etc.; prepares welcome bags, relocation packets, and visitor information packages and processes fulfillment mailings for the Visitor Center.

Refers visitor issues or complaints to Visitor Center Supervisor, Coordinator or his/her designee.

Performs general custodial and janitorial duties throughout facilities, grounds and restrooms as related to the acceptable presentation of the facility including cleaning of restrooms, windows, throwing trash, cleaning floors and the general upkeep of the Visitor Center. Remove bio-hazard materials (blood, vomit, fecal matter, mucus, etc.) for the safety and wellbeing of the public. Follow protocol for dealing with bodily waste in the facilities and grounds; applies ice melt, picks up litter, collects and disposes of solid waste and recyclables from buildings and grounds including sidewalks, parking lots, and patios.

Follows practices and procedures of well-defined policies and work is reviewed periodically by Visitor Center Supervisor or his/her designee. Errors may result which affect one work group. Immediate supervisors must remedy errors related to accuracy and generally assume full accountability. Impact may vary in severity.

Assists other departments as needed. Performs other duties as required.      

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school; AND Two (2) years of front of the house experience in the hospitality, tourism, or retail sales industry; performing above or related duties; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Considerable Knowledge of telephone etiquette; interpersonal communication theory, methods and skills; principles of salesmanship; hospitality industry practices; of purposes, principles and practices of public relations concepts; Taos area history and lodging, scenic, recreational, arts, culture and historical sites.

Working Knowledge; personal computer operations and various program applications such as internet, Microsoft Office Suite, Quick Books etc.; various office machines of modern office practices and procedures, of grammar, spelling and punctuation; of modern filing systems related to alphabetical and numeric, paper and electronic files; Some knowledge of New Mexico history, art, culture, scenic, recreational and historical sites; administrative procedures.

Skill in use of office equipment, i.e. personal computer, phone, fax, adding machine, copy machine, scanner, digital camera, postage machine, label machine, binding machine, printer; math skills; English and grammar skills; diplomacy and cooperative problem solving.

Ability to counsel visitors, i.e., empathetic, patience; listen; exercise independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with visitors, supervisory personnel, fellow employees, businesses and nonprofit organizations; assist in providing information for comprehensive records and files; maintain database; work independently and deal effectively with stress caused by work load and time deadlines; detailed, disciplined, energetic, responsive, proactive self-starter who is able to exercise initiative; organize and express ideas clearly; understand instructions; read maps and provide directions to visitors; ask and answer questions accurately and concisely; dissect a question and provide information accordingly;  operate automobile or van; balance needs of physical visitor presence and incoming telephone calls.

Special Qualifications:
Bilingual skills preferred. 
Must possess a valid state of New Mexico driver’s license.  

Work Environment:
Incumbent of the position generally performs in a hospitality lobby setting with appropriate climate controls, occasionally exposed to chemicals. Incumbent of the position may be exposed to indoor and outdoor work and may be subject to changing weather extremes. Occasionally exposed to wet and /or humid conditions or airborne particles. Tasks require a variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, and reaching and must repeatedly lift and move 50 lbs. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various other pieces of office equipment. Essential functions require communications such as talking, hearing and seeing. Rapid work speed required to perform keyboard operations. Periodic exposure to airborne and blood-borne pathogens. Eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity exist. Common agility, coordination and balance exist. Mental application utilizes memory for details, listening, patience, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel may be required in normal course of job performance.

Schedule:
Schedules are determined based on facility/programming needs and may change.
Regular weekend work and some holiday work is required.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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 Visitor Center 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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SENIOR PLANNER
External & Internal

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#18-19-14
Job Title: Senior Planner
Planning Department
Classification FLSA: Exempt
Bi-Weekly Salary: $1,499.20 - $1,884.80
Opening Date: October 16, 2018
Closing Date: October 30, 2018

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

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

Supervision Received

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

Supervision Exercised

None

Essential Functions

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

Typical Knowledge

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

 Typical Skills

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

Minimum Qualifications Graduation from college with a bachelor's degree in land-use planning, urban planning, community or regional planning, engineering or architecture, public administration, economics, or a closely related field

AND

     Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience performing above or related duties;

OR

      An equivalent combination of education, certifications and public or private planning experience.

Special Qualifications:
Must possess a valid State of New Mexico driver's license and attend Defensive Driving Training every 24 months during employment. Preference given to candidates with GIS, addressing and Floodplain Management experience or certifications. May be required to obtain FEMA Floodplain Manager Certification within one year.

Work Environment:
Tasks require a variety of physical activities not generally involving muscular strain.  Physical demands may occur in activities related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, etc. Talking, hearing and seeing required in the daily performance of job duties.  Common eye, hand and finger dexterity required to perform some essential functions.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, listening, patience verbal instructions, emotional stability and discriminating thinking and creative problem solving.  Periodic travel required in course of performing portions of job functions.  Frequent local area travel required in the normal course of performing job duties.

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 Planning Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above.



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