Assistant General Counsel

Santa Fe, NM
Full Time
Job #: 119738 Exp.: 2+ Years Salary: $60,738 - $97,181 Yearly
Purpose of Position:
This Posting Will Be Used to Conduct Ongoing Recruitment and Will Remain Open Until Position Has Been Filled.

Why does the job exist?
This position for the Public Education Department (PED), is responsible for numerous areas of state and federal law such as: ESSA, FERPA, federal Impact Aid law, Inspection of Public Records Act, Open Meetings Act, State Procurement Code, State Personnel Act, Per Diem & Mileage Act, Public School Code (e.g., laws related to statutory duties of the PED and PEC, bilingual education,
truancy, capital outlay, public school funding, school personnel, and Indian Education). Additionally, this position involves reviewing state contracts, civil litigation, and drafting/editing agency rules.

How does it get done?
  • Provides comprehensive legal services as assigned by the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel. The legal services are comprehensive as determined to be necessary to carry out the functions of the Office of General Counsel. Provides advice to senior management and staff regarding complex legal and management issues. Advice is provided in the context of formal and
  • informal meetings, telephonic and electronic interactions, review of documents, and written memoranda. Performs legal research that is defensible and that supports advice given or opinions/advice stated in any number of legal documents, forms and letters. Prepares legal documents, including letters, litigation pleadings, reports, memoranda, Public Education Department rules and
  • related documents, responses to charges and complaints, joint powers agreements. Reviews responses made pursuant to the inspection of Public Records Act and review professional services and intergovernmental agreements.
  • Such tasks are generally to be accomplished through legal research, legal review of documents and other materials, discussion with PED staff, and in consultation with General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel. Employee is to inform the supervisor of new matters if they are brought to the attorney directly, communicate with supervisor about important issues that may have a larger
  • impact on the agency, and work in all tasks with a team building perspective for the Office of General Counsel, focusing on the department's interests. Employee is to brief Deputy General Counsel on final conclusions for requests and assignments when reached, to ascertain Office of General Counsel's final legal opinions and determinations regarding completing the assignments.

Who are the customers?
The attorney would provide legal services for the agency head or other employees as determined by the agency head. The position would report to the Deputy General Counsel for the Public Education Department.

Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will have experience providing legal advise to agency managers.

Minimum Qualification:
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law and two (2) years of experience in the practice of law. Must be licensed as an attorney by the Supreme Court of New Mexico or qualified to apply for limited practice license (Rules 15-301.1 and 15-301.2 NMRA). For more information on limited practice licenses, please visit:

Substitutions may apply. See Substitution Table below.

Substitution Table
No substitutions. Must possess required licensure, certification or registration and required number of years of experience

Employment Requirements:
Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico's Driver's License.

Working Conditions:
  • Executive Order 2021-046 requires all employees with the State of New Mexico to provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a COVID-19 viral test every week.
  • The Public Health Order (on Vaccination) dated August 17, 2021, requires Congregate Care Facility Workers and Hospital Workers to be fully vaccinated.
  • If you have questions about whether these requirements apply to this specific position, contact the agency contact listed on this advertisement.
  • Links to the referenced Executive Order and Public Health Order can be found on the State Personnel Office website homepage:
  • Work is performed in an office setting with exposure to Visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT), extensive computer and phone usage. Some sitting, standing, bending and reaching may be required.

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