Purpose of Position
This position will be used for on-going recruitment and will remain open until is filled.Why does the job exist?
This position will conduct rulemaking, permit, and adjudicatory hearings on behalf of the New Mexico Environment Department, Water Quality Control Commission, and Environmental Improvement Board, and provide recommended decisions to the final decision maker(s), a mission-critical position that is central for decision-making for NMED cases. This position also manages the Office of Public Facilitation within the Department.How does it get done?
This position will conduct administrative rulemaking, permit, and adjudicatory hearings on behalf of the New Mexico Environment Department, Water Quality Control Commission, and Environmental Improvement Board, and provide recommended decisions to the final decisionmaker(s), with an emphasis on the health and safety of New Mexicans. Conducting hearings will require docketing, scheduling, issuing procedural orders, deciding motions, eliciting testimony, questioning witnesses, interpreting regulations and statutes, issuing findings of fact, conclusions of law, and hearing officer reports, and facilitating final decisions by the decisionmaker. This position will also issue subpoenas, review all testimony presented in hearings and determine facts, administer oaths and affirmations, explain the issues and applicable laws to all parties involved, and ensure proper administrative coverage for Water Quality Control Commission and Environmental Improvement Board meetings. The ALJ will also devote a substantial portion of time assigning and directly supervising work of two (2) full time equivalent employees within the Office of Public Facilitation.
Who are the customers?
The ALJ acts on behalf of the Secretary of Environment, the Water Quality Control Commission, and the Environmental Improvement Board. This position ultimately protects public health through consistent and effective administration of the Governor's COVID Public Health Order and environmental protection regulations.
Preferred qualifications include a Master's Degree in the applicable areas of study, along with seven (7) years experience in conducting administrative hearings, three (3) of those years which must be supervisory. In addition, a thorough knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations and expertise in the rules of evidence is preferred, along with leadership skills that demonstrate the ability to help people develop and perform as highly as possible and carefully consider personal variables when making decisions.
Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, Social Services or Labor Relations and six (6) years of experience in conducting administrative hearings, employment placement, claims adjudication and/or investigations Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.
These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:
- High School Diploma or Equivalent and 10 years of experience OR High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 10 years of experience
- 2 Associate's degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification and 8 years of experience Associate's degree or higher in any field And 10 years of experience
- 3 Bachelor's degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification and 6 years of experience
- 4 Master's degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification and 4 years of experience
- 5 PhD degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification and 2 years of experience
Education and years of experience must be related to the purpose of the position.
If Minimum Qualification requires a specific number of "semester hours" in a field (e.g. 6 semester hours in Accounting), applicants MUST have those semester hours in order to meet the minimum qualifications. No substitutions apply for semester hours.Employment Requirements
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license. Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course Certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive Defensive Driving Course Certification as a condition of continued employment.
Office setting, exposure to Visual/Video Display terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and telephone usage with extended periods of sitting. Must be able to lift 25 lbs). Must be willing to travel within the state to attend meetings and hearings sometimes lasting multiple days.
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