Administrative Office of the Courts: Attorney Associate: Domestic Violence Coordinator

Posted on 10. Apr, 2012 by in Jobs

Administrative Office of the Courts
Attorney Associate (Term)
Opening Date: 04-09-2012 – Close Date: 04-23-2012
Job Pay Range:
Target Pay Range/Rate: LL: Target Pay: $31.33 per hour
The State of New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is recruiting for a part-time (3/4 time) Attorney Associate (Term) position. Post of duty is Santa Fe, NM. Summary: Under general direction, as assigned by a supervising attorney, the attorney will serve as the statewide point of contract for violence against women issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.
This position is funded by a VAWA federal subgrant. The grant focuses on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence and specifically requires that the attorney: serve as the statewide point of contact for the AOC on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence issues; work with an advisory team made up of court and community stakeholders; travel to a minimum of four local areas across the state to enhance collaborations among the courts and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence related stakeholders; work to improve communication within courts and between courts and other key stakeholders, including researching and responding to all contacts (phone calls, e-mails, meetings, etc.) regarding court-related DV, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence issues and identifying standardized best practices, procedures and policies; act as the AOC’s representative on the New Mexico Intimate Partner Violence Death Review Team; attend statewide DV, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence meetings; serve as legal resource to courts, including researching and responding to inquiries from judges, hearing officers, commissioners, court executive officers and other court personnel on DV, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence issues; serve as AOC liaison to executive and legislative branches, including researching and responding to court-related executive branch and legislative branch inquiries on DV, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence issues; enhance court-related functions to support best practices on DV, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence cases, including sharing information and collaborating on training and supporting IT functions; support ongoing court efforts for addressing language access issues, focusing specifically on DV, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence issues; and work to improve coordination between New Mexico state courts and tribal courts and tribal violence against women entities. Finalist(s) may be subject to criminal background checks.
  • Education: Must be a graduate of a law school meeting the standards of accreditation of the American Bar Association and possess and maintain a license to practice law in the State of New Mexico.
  • Education Substitution: None.
  • Experience: Three (3) years of experience in the practice of applicable law, or as a law clerk.
  • Experience Substitution: None.
  • Other: Completion of a post offer background check may be required.
  • Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of United States and New Mexico constitutions, federal law, New Mexico case law, statutes, rules, policies and procedures; Code of Judicial Conduct; Rules of Professional Conduct; court jurisdiction and operations; manual and computerized legal research; principles of legal analysis and writing, legal proofreading and editing, standard English usage and grammar; and computer software applications (e.g., legal research, word processing, databases, court case management system, e-mail and internet).
  • Skill & Ability: Proficient skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing with diverse individuals and groups; interpreting and assimilating information of legal significance; identifying legal issues; performing legal research; discerning the content and relative importance of cases, statutes, and other sources of law; applying law to complex and novel scenarios; maintaining confidentiality and using discretion when dealing with sensitive information; maintaining professional demeanor and composure; providing information to members of the bar and public in a courteous manner without giving legal advice; drafting orders, recommendations, and opinions which address all legal, policy and factual issues clearly, efficiently and effectively; organizing and establishing priorities and managing time and resources effectively on multiple projects; working well both independently and collaboratively; using initiative and independent judgment with minimal supervision; receiving and following directions; applying relevant policies and procedures; using computers and computer software applications including word processing, databases, court case management system, e-mail and the internet; displaying teamwork, diligence, resourcefulness and adaptability while working in an environment subject to frequently changing priorities, high stress, and exposure to conflicting demands; meeting objective productivity and work-quality requirements; and researching, comprehending, explaining and resolving complex issues constructively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; approach problems creatively; determine when to seek assistance and collaborate with other staff; persuade others using tact and diplomacy; accept constructive criticism and guidance; learn quickly and retain information; prepare and deliver presentations; maintain accurate files and records; and train, motivate and mentor others; plan and assign work, apply relevant policies and procedures to assigned work; provide meaningful employee feedback and performance evaluations; provide effective coaching and constructive criticism, mediate and manage conflict.
  • EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED: Program Management : In addition to the tasks required by the grant the attorney will also: manage and administer the VAWA Grant and all tasks associated with the grant; analyze court administrative operations, policies and procedures to ensure procedural consistency and compliance with established law and Supreme Court Rule(s); provide timely delivery of service and meet project and grant reporting deadlines; communicate, support and develop working relationships with associated parties; prepare curriculum or workshop/meeting materials for training and educational programs; develop, revise and implement forms, policies and procedure’s manuals; make recommendations regarding best practices; assist other courts in the development of such programs; develop and prepare budget(s) and budget expenditures; administer grant projects/program(s);ensure compliance with grant and statutory deadlines and budgetary limitations; research, prepare and complete applications to secure grants; and complete required grant funds evaluation reporting and requests; monitor program(s) database (data development, collection, entry and generation of reports); create, evaluate, maintain and analyze statistics; and draft and publish periodic or annual reports.
  • WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS The following functions are representative of the work environment and physical demands an employee may expect to encounter in performing tasks assigned to this job. Work requires the extensive use of computers and is performed in an office or court setting. The employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time, talk, hear, read typed and/or handwritten material; perform repetitious hand, arm and finger motions as well as use manual/finger dexterity. May also be required to stand, walk, kneel/stoop, move, lift, pull and carry up to twenty-five pounds; travel (valid driver’s license required), work overtime and/or flexible hours, weekends, and holidays; and may be exposed to fluctuating building temperatures, hostile or violent situations and contagious health conditions. The employee is expected to be punctual and to adhere to a work schedule.
TO APPLY: Submit a Judicial Branch Application for Employment, or a Resume and Resume Supplemental Form, and proof of education by 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 23, 2012, to:

Application forms:
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Word Perfect Format
Adobe PDF Format 

Resume Supplemental Forms:
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Administrative Office of the Courts
Attn: Donna Sanchez
237 Don Gaspar, Room 25
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Applications may be faxed to (505) 827-8091.
Proof of education is required.
Application may be obtained at the Judiciary Web Site, under Job Opportunities.

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