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Administrative Office of the Courts

Business Unit: 21800

Attorney Senior for the Children's Court #10111530-21800, Full-time, TERM, in Santa Fe, NM

# of Positions: 1

Opening Date: 01-13-2021 - Close Date: 02-17-2021

Job Pay Range: $30.995 - $50.367 per hour

Target Pay Range/Rate: $30.995 - $38.774 per hour

The Administrative Office of the Court is recruiting for a full-time, TERM, Attorney Senior for the Children's Court #10111530-21800 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Acting under administrative direction of the AOC General Counsel this position is dedicated to managing the Court Appointed Attorney Program serving parties in abuse and neglect cases, and to improving child welfare court systems. Finalist(s) may be subject to criminal background check.

● The Attorney – Senior for the AOC Children’s Court is responsible managing the Court Appointed Attorney Program serving parties in abuse and neglect cases, and to improving child welfare court systems.
● Manage, develop, and implement child welfare reforms and/or juvenile justice reform.
● Manage the federal grant and its strategic priorities as they align with the Children’s Court Improvement Commission.
● Review cases, perform legal research, identify, analyze and assess the impact of applicable law.
● May train, supervise, mentor, and evaluate performance of legal staff.
● Draft recommendations and propose disposition for assigned cases.
● Manage court appointed attorneys in abuse and neglect cases.
● Helps to manage the Court Appointed Attorney Fund.
● Assists the Court to resolve pending appeals by reviewing motions, docketing statements and briefs.
● Develop strategies for improving Children’s Court resources, policies, and procedures
● Drafts memoranda of law, proposed opinions and orders for administrative appeals of record and de novo appeals.
● Analyzes briefs, records, and legal authorities cited.
● Evaluates court processes specifically related to Children’s Court proceedings, and formulate, recommend and implement policies and procedures to ensure uniform compliance with statutory and constitutional provisions, case law and Supreme Court Rules.
● Assists management on personnel issues and ensures compliance with applicable employment laws, rules, regulations, court and AOC policies and procedures.
● Assists with Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) and Invitations to Bid (ITB’s).
● Prepares and makes oral presentations, training or continuing education at national, state and local conferences.
● Researches proposed legislation, provide testimony and participate in developing strategies for passage of legislation.
● Oversees and assesses the appropriateness of mediation or a dispute resolution process for a case and conducts mediation or a dispute resolution process subject to the applicable standards of confidentiality.
● Facilitates settlements until an agreement is reached or until settlement does not appear to be possible.
● Communicates, supports, and develops working relationships with associated parties.
● Prepares curriculum or workshop materials for training and educational programs.
● Ensures compliance with statutory deadlines and budgetary limitations.
● May serve on statewide or local committees.
● Other duties as assigned.

The successful applicant should demonstrate knowledge of United States and New Mexico constitutions, federal law, New Mexico case law, statutes, rules, policies and procedures; rules of Criminal and Civil procedures, rules of Appellate Procedure, rules of evidence, the Code of Judicial Conduct, and rules of Professional Conduct. Knowledge of Children’s Court procedures, Children, Youth, and Families Department services and functions; Court jurisdiction and operations; legal research; judiciary processes and policies, administrative, civil and criminal law and procedures. Principles of legal analysis and writing, legal proofreading and editing; court case management systems; supervisory techniques, mediating and managing conflict. Employment law; and conflict-resolution principles and techniques. Ability to balance practical and legal considerations, develop procedures, comprehend and explain complex issues and solve problems.

The following functions are representative, but not all-inclusive of the work environment and physical demands an employee may expect to encounter in performing tasks assigned to this job. Work is performed in an office or court setting. A valid driver's license and travel may be required. The assigned work schedule may include nights, weekends, holidays and overtime. The employee must regularly interact positively with co-workers, clients, the public, and judges and justices.

* This job description is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions performed

● Medical/Dental/Vision/Rx, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance Programs, employee assistance program (EAP) []
● State paid life insurance, supplemental and dependent life insurance
● Optional flexible spending accounts for medical, day-care, and travel expenses
● Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Leave, up to eight (8) weeks
● Ten (10) paid holidays
● Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
● Lifetime Defined Benefits Retirement Plan []
● Flexible work schedules and alternative work locations*
● Free health care, Rx, lab work at facility (Stay Well Health Center) in Santa Fe, NM
● Bilingual compensation*
● Training and career development opportunities
● Higher education opportunities and educational leave
● May qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
● May receive overtime holiday or shift differential pay*
● May receive physical fitness leave*

*these benefits vary by job classification or need*


  • Education: Must be a graduate of a law school meeting the standards of accreditation of the American Bar Association; possess and maintain a license to practice law in the State of New Mexico.
  • Education Substitution: None.
  • Experience: Five (5) years’ of experience in the practice of applicable law.
  • Experience Substitution: None.
  • OR
  • Experience: If assigned the supervision of one (1) legal staff employee, five (5) years’ of experience in the practice of applicable law, of which one (1) year must have been as a supervisor.
  • Experience Substitution: None.
  • Supervisory Substitution: Leadworker duties may be considered on a prorated basis for supervisory experience at a rate of one (1) year equals six (6) months’. Leadworker assigned duties may include the development of employee performance plans and appraisals, discipline and approval of time for assigned staff.
TO APPLY: Please submit a New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment or a Resume and a Resume Supplemental form and proof of education to:

Application forms:
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Resume Supplemental Forms:
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Administrative Office of the Courts
Attn: Moses Suleiman
237 Don Gaspar, Room 25
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Fax: 505-827-8091

Proof of education is required.