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Taos County Employment Opportunity: DWI Screener/Tracker/DWI Court Clerk

Internal and External

 

JOB TITLE: DWI Screener/Tracker/DWI Court Clerk

ENTRY LEVEL: $13.81 per hour 

CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time/Government Funded/Non-Exempt (FLSA)

DEFINITION: Performs a variety of technical administrative duties as needed to screen clients perform UA tracking, monitor and assure multiple DWI and Alcohol related Domestic Violence offender compliance with court ordered judgments and penalties as a DWI court clerk and ADE Compliance Tracking.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school with course background in general business, general office practice and procedures; plus one (1) year of specialized training related to above duties;

AND

B. Two (2) years of responsible experience performing above or related duties;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Working knowledge of the juvenile and adult justice system; various processes of the courts and legal documents utilized in various court-ordered judgments and sentencing; relationships between various factors affecting program services, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; DWI/Teen Court; legal and court terminology; court processes and procedures; case management and processing; county operations and inter-relationships of county departments; general office maintenance and practices; business and technical writing; interpersonal communication skills; public relations.

Some skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and County residents. Skill in the operation of PC Computer, calculator, fax machine, copy machine, telephone.

Ability to follow complex instructions; work under stressful working conditions created by strict time frames; learn legal and court document formats; learn criminal and civil law as it applies to court processes; manage angry individuals and unpleasant situations; exercise initiative, independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; administer a large work program; analyze a variety of financial problems and make recommendations; operate personal computer (windows) in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; prepare and present budget estimates; direct, motivate, develop, and evaluate subordinates; communicate effectively verbally and in writing;  develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be able to type 30 wpm; Must possess a valid New Mexico Driver’s License; May be required to communicate orally and in writing in the Spanish language.

TAOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, AGE, SEX, ANCESTRY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SPOUSAL AFFILIATION OR GENDER IDENTITY.

The last day to apply for this position is Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

This job announcement gives only a brief description of the position.  A complete job description can be obtained at the Taos County Administration Office, 105 Albright Street, Suite J, Taos, NM 87571 or by calling (575) 737-6312 


Taos County Job Description

Job Title: DWI Screener/Tracker/DWI Court Clerk
Job Code: 420
Division: DWI Program 
Effective Date: 07/01
Department: DWI Program
Last Revised: 06/2013
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Paygrade: 12

 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of technical administrative duties as needed to screen clients perform UA tracking, monitor and assure multiple DWI and Alcohol related Domestic Violence offender compliance with court ordered judgments and penalties as a DWI court clerk and ADE Compliance Tracking. 

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED 

Works under the general supervision of the DWI Coordinator, DWI Probation Supervisor and Magistrate Chief Clerk;

 

SUPERVISION  EXERCISED

Provides functional supervision over DWI Screening and Alcohol related Domestic Violence Defendants/Cases etc.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Screening and Assessment:  Performs comprehensive, screening and assessment, case management and compliance monitoring for DWI and Alcohol related Domestic Violence defendants within the county; receives case information as provided by the justice system; determines participant requirements and obligations as prescribed by the courts.

Receives client documentation and offender file and begins paperwork processing related to a violation if the client is on probation, payment of fines, issuance of warrants, non-compliance penalties, and treatment options; conducts client interviews to communicate performance plans.

Provides client education related to various court ordered services and client services; provides client referrals to various local service providers including counseling, mental health treatment, community service, etc.; receives screening and intake fees, UA fees and makes deposits; assures client timely payment of fines.

Monitors client compliance with established performance plans; tracks client attendance at prescribed agencies, monitors service hours, etc.; assigns community service projects; may petition the court for extensions based upon client progress upon the request of the compliance officer; communicates with compliance officers, judges and court personnel related to case detail; obtains warrants as needed to assure compliance upon the request of the compliance officer; upon satisfaction of court judgment and sentence, closes cases and confirms closed status with courts.

Administers random urine tests to females and males (unsupervised) and monitors payment of urine tests to verify all client compliance and enforce conditions of client performance plans for and; initiates sanctions and penalties for non-compliance.

Performs clerical tasks; receives, logs and files incoming alcohol related domestic violence cases; sets up case files and enters offender data into ADE database (Microsoft Access); utilizes court software odyssey and maintains cross reference recovery system; opens mail, sorts and processes; receives and processes fax documents; under strict guidelines as may be approved by the magistrate court clerk; keeps track of and dockets payments made through the mail.

Receives telephone calls and refers to appropriate person; answers questions about trial or hearing schedules, and assists public in resolving questions regarding various civil processes and papers; provides information about court procedures and schedules; sets appointments. 

Maintains fiscal records of the court and compliance program as needed as required by law; writes receipts for money orders/checks mailed or paid in person; posts payments decisions and other information in computerized ledger; maintains account of checks returned; maintains court docket for cases as may be required.

Reviews citations; monitors payment records of defendants to assure conformity to judgments and payment schedules; prepares pleadings for failure to appear; utilizes legal processes such as late letters, late notices, summons, bench warrants, warrants of arrest, orders to show cause, and information; accepts money for bail forfeitures, fines; issues receipts.

Performs other duties as required;

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school with course background in general business, general office practice and procedures; plus one (1) year of specialized training related to above duties;

AND

B. Two (2) years of responsible experience performing above or related duties;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Working knowledge of the juvenile and adult justice system; various processes of the courts and legal documents utilized in various court-ordered judgments and sentencing; relationships between various factors affecting program services, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; DWI/Teen Court; legal and court terminology; court processes and procedures; case management and processing; county operations and inter-relationships of county departments; general office maintenance and practices; business and technical writing; interpersonal communication skills; public relations.

Some skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and County residents. Skill in the operation of PC Computer, calculator, fax machine, copy machine, telephone.

Ability to follow complex instructions; work under stressful working conditions created by strict time frames; learn legal and court document formats; learn criminal and civil law as it applies to court processes; manage angry individuals and unpleasant situations; exercise initiative, independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; administer a large work program; analyze a variety of financial problems and make recommendations; operate personal computer (windows) in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; prepare and present budget estimates; direct, motivate, develop, and evaluate subordinates; communicate effectively verbally and in writing;  develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be able to type 30 wpm; Must possess a valid New Mexico Driver’s License; May be required to communicate orally and in writing in the Spanish language.

 

4. Work Environment:

Incumbent of the position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls.  Tasks require variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and lifting (30 lb).  Essential functions generally require communications such as talking, hearing and seeing.  Rapid work speed required to perform keyboard operations.  Common eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and some creative problem solving. Periodic local travel is essential to job performance. Some exposure to threat of injury and stress associated with youth and adult legal offenders.

 

Disclaimer:  The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons.  Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice.  This job description supersedes earlier versions.

Taos County Employment Opportunity: Adult Detention Sergeant 

Internal and External

JOB TITLE: Adult Detention Sergeant 

ENTRY LEVEL: $15.82 per hour 

CLASSIFICATION: Classified/Non – Exempt (FLSA) 

DEFINITION: Performs a variety of first-line supervisory law enforcement duties related to the security, safety, order, operation and maintenance of county jail facilities and the incarceration and detention of prisoners.  Acts as a shift supervisor and officer-in- charge (OIC).

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school or equivalent;  plus completion of detention officer training; 

AND

B. Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience performing above and related duties;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

Considerable knowledge of the criminal justice system; care and inmate management; general supervision techniques applied in a detention environment;  general law enforcement practices and procedures;  law enforcement; principles, methods and techniques of effective supervision; legal environment associated with law enforcement; local, state and federal laws and regulations; criminal codes and jail standards; departmental standard operating procedures; fundamentals of proper search and seizure; inmate classification methods and guidelines, federal, state and local laws and regulations related to jail activities; New Mexico Criminal Code, New Mexico Jail Standards, courtroom security methods and processes, court processes and protocol, computer operations and related software; basic principles of psychology and sociology; complex records management systems and legal guidelines; cell extraction methods and procedures; ground fighting methods; elementary first aid techniques and procedures and CPR.  Working knowledge of computer operation and related software; basic psychology and indicators related to violent or suicidal tendencies.

Skill in the use of specialized equipment including tasers, PBCT/baton, pepper spray, restraining devices, etc.

Ability to deal effectively with work related stress related workplace liabilities; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; manage physical aggression in detainees;  direct and maintain confidentiality in managing sensitive legal issues and cases; restrain physically violent prisoners;  react quickly to novel situations under conditions of stress;  operate a variety of types of office machines;   personal computer or terminal operation; write legible reports;  develop effective working relationships with elected officials, legal professionals, law enforcement agencies; subordinates, and the public.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be 21 years of age.
Must possess a valid New Mexico driver’s license.
Must be willing to work on-call and shift assignments.
Must be willing to undergo various physical, mental and background examinations prior to hiring.
Must complete “Defensive Driving” course.
Must complete “Safe Physical Management & Passive Restraint” course.
Must be a certified Detention Officer and maintain annually required training hours.

 

TAOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, AGE, SEX, ANCESTRY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SPOUSAL AFFILIATION OR GENDER IDENTITY.

The last day to apply for this position is Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

This job announcement gives only a brief description of the position.  A complete job description can be obtained at the Taos County Human Resource Office, 105 Albright Street, Suite J, Taos, NM 87571 or by calling (575) 737-6309.


Taos County Job Description

Job Title: Adult Detention Sergeant
Job Code: 217
Division: Operations
Effective Date: 11/30/2010
Department: Adult Detention
Last Revised: 10/09
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Paygrade: 16

 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of first-line supervisory law enforcement duties related to the security, safety, order, operation and maintenance of county jail facilities and the incarceration and detention of prisoners.  Acts as a shift supervisor and officer-in- charge (OIC).

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the close to general supervision of the Adult Detention Lieutenant or Security Chief.

 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Provides close supervision to Adult Detention Officer(s) II, I or cadet while in training or on a project-by-project basis.  May be assigned to function as a Training Officer.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Oversees all detention activities and inmate services on assigned shift; supervise the work activities of assigned personnel; assists in assigning work schedules; provides input regarding personnel job performance; trains and orients detention deputies. 

supervises various facility functions including booking, housing, building maintenance, kitchen operations and laundry operations; screens, inspects and distributes mail; acts as liaison between courts and inmates and inmate families; responds to questions and issues pertaining to court processes.

Supervises subordinate staff and assures compliance with established policies, procedures and practices; maintains order, discipline, and protocol for both jail staff and inmates; 

Supervises inmates in county jail in accordance with established policies, regulations and procedures while assuming responsibility for all needs (physical, medical, etc.) of the prisoners during detention.

Performs various tasks associated with inmate admissions; books prisoners, takes finger prints; reviews offense status and classification (violent, non-violent, etc.) to determine appropriate level of security and confinement; maintains records related to commitment and work release time; readies inmates for work release engagements and court appearance.

Observes conduct and behavior of inmates to prevent disturbances and escapes; searches inmates and cells for contraband articles; patrols assigned areas for evidence of forbidden activities, infractions of rules and unsatisfactory attitudes or adjustment of prisoners, and reports observations to supervisor; performs inmate supervision during recreation and meal periods. 

Inspects cells, locks, grills, doors and gates for tampering; employs various forms of discipline as needed to maintain order among prisoners, if necessary.

Supervises prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prisons, or other points, traveling by automobile or public transportation as required; locks prisoner(s) in cell after searching for weapons, valuables or drugs.

Secures all valuables and/or belongings and follows standard procedures designated for the disposing or maintaining of the same; orders and serves meals to prisoners and provides or obtains medical aid if needed; administers medication as prescribed by doctor.

Prepares arrest records including reports, bookings, releases, fingerprinting and mug shot photography (identifying the prisoner and charge against him/her); assists in the maintenance of various records and information reporting materials and data base.

Supervises trustees or prisoners on general work details inside or outside of jail; directs and performs general maintenance of jail facility and environs; repairs safety and security devices; cleans and sanitizes cells; maintains inmate recreation area and equipment.

Performs other related duties as required.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school or equivalent;  plus completion of detention officer training; 

AND

B. Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience performing above and related duties;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

2. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of the criminal justice system; care and inmate management; general supervision techniques applied in a detention environment;  general law enforcement practices and procedures;  law enforcement; principles, methods and techniques of effective supervision; legal environment associated with law enforcement; local, state and federal laws and regulations; criminal codes and jail standards; departmental standard operating procedures; fundamentals of proper search and seizure; inmate classification methods and guidelines, federal, state and local laws and regulations related to jail activities; New Mexico Criminal Code, New Mexico Jail Standards, courtroom security methods and processes, court processes and protocol, computer operations and related software; basic principles of psychology and sociology; complex records management systems and legal guidelines; cell extraction methods and procedures; ground fighting methods; elementary first aid techniques and procedures and CPR.  Working knowledge of computer operation and related software; basic psychology and indicators related to violent or suicidal tendencies.

Skill in the use of specialized equipment including tasers, PBCT/baton, pepper spray, restraining devices, etc.

Ability to deal effectively with work related stress related workplace liabilities; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; manage physical aggression in detainees;  direct and maintain confidentiality in managing sensitive legal issues and cases; restrain physically violent prisoners;  react quickly to novel situations under conditions of stress;  operate a variety of types of office machines;   personal computer or terminal operation; write legible reports;  develop effective working relationships with elected officials, legal professionals, law enforcement agencies; subordinates, and the public.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be 21 years of age.
Must possess a valid New Mexico driver’s license.
Must be willing to work on-call and shift assignments.
Must be willing to undergo various physical, mental and background examinations prior to hiring.
Must complete “Defensive Driving” course.
Must complete “Safe Physical Management & Passive Restraint” course.
Must be a certified Detention Officer and maintain annually required training hours.

 

4. Work Environment:

Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment, but subject to occasional travel.  Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty.  .  May be exposed to: foul-mouthed, offensive, crude, rude and tasteless language; offensive, abrasive, argumentative or aggressive behavior; a boisterous environment with unclothed persons extremities in plain view.

Physical readiness and conditioning may be a condition of job retention. Tasks require variety of physical activities, occasionally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, turning, stooping, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing and seeing.  Must be able to occasionally lift 100+ pounds. Occasional physical and muscular stress and potential injury related to dealing with aggressive, violent and combative offenders. Mental application utilizes memory for details, ideas and written and verbal communications, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, guided and creative problem solving.

Occasional local travel required in performance of daily work assignments.  

 

Disclaimer:  The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons.  Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice.  This job description supersedes earlier versions.

 

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