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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 CADET
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# 17-18-21
Job Title: Police Cadet
Taos Police Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $18.85
Opening Date: May 18, 2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of entry level routine law enforcement duties in a training capacity related to enforcing the laws, maintaining the peace, and protecting the citizens of Taos.  As a non-certified law enforcement officer, performs duties only in the immediate supervision of a senior officer or field-training officer.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of a Lieutenant or Sergeant or assigned certified officer.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Attends police officers standards and training academy to receive instruction and training in the various aspects of law enforcement as required to receive law enforcement certification.

May accompany patrol officers during regular shift; 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.

Performs in-office functions to provided administrative support and learn administrative process prior to receiving P.O.S.T. certification.

Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school; AND No experience necessary;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge of Taos and its street systems; requirements related to certification as a law enforcement officer; interpersonal relations; hazards associated with a career in law enforcement; motor vehicle operation.

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 21 years of age.  Must be clear of a prior criminal record.
Must possess a valid New Mexico State Driver's License.  Must successfully complete State of New Mexico Law Enforcement Certification within 1 year of employment.

Work Environment:

Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment, but subject to all seasonal and weather extremes. Constant travel.  Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty.  Physical readiness essential to effective job performance.  Various levels of mental application required, i.e., memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, creative problem solving.  Continuous use of motor skills. Ability to lift up to and above 90 lbs.

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 Town of Taos Preliminary Police 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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POLICE OFFICER I – CERTIFIED PATROL OFFICER
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#17-18-22
Job Title: Police Officer I – Certified Patrol Officer
Taos Police Department
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Hourly: $19.85-$24.85
Opening Date: May 18, 2018
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 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 Preliminary Police 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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HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
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# 18-19-01
Job Title: Human Resources Administrative Assistant
Human Resources Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $13.72-$15.01
Opening Date:  July 11, 2018
Closing Date:   July 17, 2018

Supervision Received:
Works under the general supervision of the Human Resources Director or designee.

Supervision Exercised: 
None

GENERAL PURPOSE
This position performs a variety of general administrative, technical and complex clerical duties as needed to provide administrative and systems support to the Human Resource Department; including  maintenance, record keeping, applicant recruitment and processing, compensation and benefits administration, training administration and labor relations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES, FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Initial point of contact for the Human Resources Department; answers phone calls, inquiries from the public; schedules appointments for HR staff; tracks open position status throughout its entirety; prepares orientation packets; receives and distributes mail; tracks, orders and maintains Town office supply and promotional item inventory; responsible for office equipment upkeep; maintains employment records, archive files, volunteer files and I-9 documentation files per recordkeeping, retention requirements and destruction schedules

  • Prepares monthly department briefing and agenda items; uses agenda software and maintains training on system as needed;

  • Schedules and maintains calendars for department; serves as department timekeeper; makes travel arrangements and completes travel requests and reconciliation;

  • Prepares and submits requisitions, vouchers and budget management documents to Finance.  Obtains quotes and places orders for department and Town office supplies and equipment; Prepares procurement card reconciliations to track expenditures compared to budget and keeps accurate balances of budgeted line items for Director’s review.  Administers and maintains contracts for department operations; performs general clerical and secretarial duties as needed to increase the efficiency of department functions;

  • Operates and maintains database driven systems.  Develops, posts and advertises position vacancy announcements; assures proper internal and external distribution of recruiting announcements; responds to public inquiries; accepts and screens applications; establishes or certifies rosters of eligible applicants; issues invitations for interview; prepares packets for interviews; prepares correspondence related to the interview and selection process; may participate in screening interviews and may participate as a facilitator of interview selection panels; administers manual and dexterity tests to applicants; schedules and monitors results of post-offer medical examinations; .

  • May assist with the new hire processes including but not limited to: contacting selected applicant(s) to sign all pre-employment paperwork; notarizing signatures on appropriate documents; coordinating pre-employment drug/alcohol screening, medical examination and background check of potential hires.   Coordinating with contracted drug testing and medical (for physical) facilities to schedule appointments and ensure test results are returned on a timely manner.   Coordinating the verification of background checks with designated Judicial and Police Department staff.  Ensuring all pre-employment requirements are met; obtains HR Director’s approval to hire based on successful completion of pre-employment process.   Extending formal job offer; coordinating hire date with appropriate department director and new employee(s).  Requesting computer access and logins.  Organizing and performing new employee orientations; ensuring all required documents are complete and submitted to the appropriate agency in a timely manner for processing. 

  • Creates and maintains personnel and medical folders for new employee(s).  Assures the accuracy of all file content, hard copy and electronic; updates individual files/records to reflect various personnel actions, i.e., discipline, recognition, wage adjustments, advancements, credential achievement, reclassifications, etc.  Assures the integrity of confidential records and monitors access to ensure compliance with Town “need to know” policies and Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) regulations.

  • Assists with special projects and prepares a variety of information for decision-making purposes.  Performs various logistical duties to assist in research and completion of a variety of studies, reports and assignments; assists in the collection of wage and benefit data; responds to inquiries regarding Town pay practices and completes compensation surveys; responds to requests from the public related to income and employment verifications;

  • May assist or coordinate assigned activities related to employee recognition, training and incentive programs; schedules employee training; may assist with scheduling the open enrollment process for employee benefits; may assist in making benefit presentations and conducting employee benefit orientations; may assist to monitor and document risk management practices, programs and incidents.

  • Coordinates with HR Risk Manager on the Town Safety training program; schedules monthly safety training classes; updates, records and files participation records for monthly safety training classes for all employees; submits documentation of all training hours completed for the municipality to self-insurers fund on an annual basis.  Communicates annual safety training requirements and provides updates on the number of training hours completed periodically to all department directors throughout the year, and as requested. 

  • Recommends new approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvement in the  efficiency of the department and services performed;

  • Attends training for professional development;

  • May provide assistance, as needed, to other Human Resources positions on an as needed basis.

  • Other duties as assigned

MANDATORY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

Read, write, speak and comprehend the English language

Working knowledge of automated Human Resource Information Systems (i.e. Incode and/or any other automated systems), general office maintenance and practices; filing systems (alpha and numeric), recording and filing procedures and methodologies; letter composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation; operation of personal computer; operation of standard office equipment; basic mathematics; basic accounting or bookkeeping; interpersonal communication skills and telephone etiquette; basic public relations; human resource management methods and practices; the legal environment related to human resource management (i.e. FLSA, FLMA, EEO, ADA, ADEA, OSHA, IRCA), retirement, and compensation laws and guidelines (i.e. ERISA, COBRA), employee classification, compensation and benefits, recruitment, selection, training, and labor relations; Town departmental operations including applicable laws and regulations; federal and state laws as they apply to personnel management practices; budget development and fiscal accounting principles, practices and procedures; risk management and safety practices.

Skill in multitasking; identifying and solving problems; the operation of PC Computer, calculator, fax machine, copy machine, telephone. 

Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; work independently in meeting various time deadlines and work pressures; perform basic mathematical calculations; maintain strict confidentiality related to sensitive administrative information; operate personal computer (windows) in utilizing various MS Officer programs (Access, Word, Excel, etc.) to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; operate standard office equipment; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public.

Ability to work nights and weekends if required

Ability to qualify as a notary public

Must hold a NM Driver’s license or be able to obtain one with 45 days of employment and maintain insurability status pursuant to the Town’s insurer requirements.

Must possess a high level of customer service at all times.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience
One (1) year directly related experience
Associate’s Degree or greater in a related field
OR an equivalent combination of education and experience

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
In performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees of the Town of Taos are expected to conform to the following:
Uphold all principles of confidentiality and respect of all colleagues to the fullest extent.
Adhere to all professional and ethical behavior standards inherent to the Public Sector.
Interact in an honest, trustworthy and dependable manner with all citizens and employees of the Town of Taos and community.
Commit self to providing excellent customer service to ensure high operational and public service standards are met and maintained for the Citizens of the Town of Taos.
Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the primary functions of this job. This position works in an office where normal   conditions exist should exist and the noise level in the work environment can vary from low to moderate. Limited overnight travel may be required from time to time.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to: walk, sit, use hands and fingers, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.  May be required to stand for long periods.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

MENTAL DEMANDS
There are a number of deadlines associated with this position. The employee must also multi-task and interact with a wide variety of people on various and, at times, complicated issues.

APPLICATION STANDARDS AND 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 Human Resources 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 announcements closes or is filled.

 

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