New Mexico State Judiciary Job Opening

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Administrative Office of the Courts

AOC Communications Officer-#00000756-21800, Full time, At-will

Opening Date: 01-07-2019 - Close Date: 02-08-2019

Job Pay Range: $30.387-$47.480 hourly

Target Pay Range/Rate: $30.387-$47.480 hourly

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS (AOC) The Administrative Office of the Courts exists to enable the courts of New Mexico to accomplish their mission through: • Ensuring that the courts have adequate, equitably distributed resources. • Ensuring that the courts have and use current technology. • Providing a fair and equitable statewide human resources system. • Developing and implementing improved court processes and supporting courts in their use. • Collecting and providing information on and for the courts. • Managing and accounting for the collection of revenue. • Ensuring sound financial, budgeting and procurement practices in the management of court resources. • Providing administrative support for the magistrate courts. • Maintaining liaison with the legislative and executive branches of state government.


  • GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES Develops and coordinators the New Mexico Judicial Branch communications, public education, and information programs. Supervision is received from the AOC Director and Supreme Court Chief Justice.
  • EXAMPLES OF JOB DUTIES • The AOC Communications Officer plans, develops, coordinates and implements a comprehensive communication program to enhance internal and external communication of the Judicial Branch’s strategic plan, programs, policies and initiatives, including news media relations, public activities and public education training for staff and Judges. • Collaborates with a wide range of individuals in the development and implementation of plans for effectively sharing information with the general public, legal community and the Legislative and Executive branches of government. • Establishes and maintains positive, effective operating relationships with a variety of stakeholders including media representatives, public officials and public agency representatives, special interest groups, and the public. • Serves as a liaison between the Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts and other Judicial Entities or public agencies; responds to media inquiries by gathering information and referring the media to the appropriate resources; and completes special assignments in support of the New Mexico Judicial Branch. • Plans, researches, prepares and disseminates public information, news releases, public service announcements, and promotional and educational materials. Represents the Administrative Office of the Courts and the New Mexico Supreme Court, makes presentations in a variety of settings including public meetings, legislative meetings, classrooms, public events, and community groups, and collaborates with court administrators, judges and public education committees to determine the public education needs. Coordinates and conducts community events. Works with the Bar Association to provide workshops and round table discussions for the media about courts statewide. • Responds to emergency incidents, serves as spokesperson to the press, public, and other public agency representatives, coordinates with local, state and federal Public Information Officers as needed and serves as a representative or liaison to other public agencies. • Provides strategies for dealing with difficult issues publicly and for garnering positive press attention. Assists in the development and maintenance of the New Mexico Judicial Branch web site, develop general informational materials such as the Annual Report, Strategic Plan and Newsletter. • In collaboration with other staff, responds to AOC public records requests and inquiries. • Assists in the development, planning, and communication of new legislation, coordinates legislative activities, engages in legislative policy analysis, tracks legislation and analyzes progress; provides legislative updates to appropriate management and staff, and review and develop pertinent legislative proposals and determine impact to the Judiciary
  • COMPETENCIES/QUALIFICATIONS The successful applicant should have advanced knowledge of the principals and practices of public and court administration, and general local government functions, and the practices of public and media resources and relations, exhibit excellent oral, written, technological and communication skills. The position requires demonstrated leadership skills, strong interpersonal skills, and organization. Ability to conceptualize, develop, and implement major media campaigns, marketing programs, and various special projects; manage social media accounts and website content; development of professional publishing such as reports, and newsletters and video productions. Ability to transform visionary ideas into effective practice.
  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in English, journalism, mass media communications, public relations, advertising, marketing, public administration or a related field. Education Substitution: None. Experience: Seven (7) years’ experience in public information, marketing, mass media, public relations, or related field. Experience Substitution: Additional relevant education may substitute for experience at a rate of thirty (30) semester hours equals one year of experience. Other: Completion of post-offer background check may be required. Completion of state Defensive Driving Training and valid New Mexico driver’s license may be required. Must be able to respond to call back duty after normal working hours, or on weekends and holidays.
  • WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS 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, field or court setting. A valid drivers’ license is required and travel may be required in the course of work. The assigned work schedules may include days, nights, weekends, and holidays and overtime may be required. The employee must regularly interact positively with co-workers, clients, the public, judges and justices; work under severe time constraints and meet multiple demands from multiple sources. This job description is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and not a comprehensive listing of all functions performed.
  • BENEFITS • Medical/Dental/Vision/Rx, Life Insurances, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance Programs, flexible spending, employee and assistance program. [] • Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Leave. • Ten (10) holidays. • Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan. • State Retirement Plan []
  • The State of New Mexico is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. The state provides reasonable accommodations to the known disabilities of individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act. For accommodation information or if you need special accommodations to complete the application process, please contact the Administrative Office of the Courts Human Resources Division at 505/827-4810. Applications and resumes including a supplemental application must be submitted to apply. Applications may be found online at
TO APPLY: Please submit a New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment or 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: Nathan Hale
237 Don Gaspar, Rm 25
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Fax: 505-827-8091

Proof of education required.