Division Director for Civil Rights

Consumer & Civil Rights Division

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Open until filled

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $111,000.00 – $140,000.00 per year

Job Description:

The New Mexico Department of Justice is seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to join our team as the Division Director for Civil Rights. The Director will be responsible for overseeing and managing legal matters related to civil rights enforcement and protection. Their primary focus is promoting equality, combating discrimination, and upholding constitutional and statutory rights. The Director will work closely with the Attorney General, Chief Deputy Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General for Affirmative Litigation and collaborate with a team of attorneys and legal professionals to develop and execute strategic litigation initiatives.

Responsibilities

  • Provide legal counsel and guidance on civil rights laws, regulations, and policies to government agencies, departments, and officials.
  • Oversee and manage civil rights investigations and enforcement actions.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of policies and regulations aimed at protecting civil rights.
  • Develop and implement outreach initiatives to raise awareness about civil rights, educate the public on their rights and protections, and promote inclusivity and diversity.
  • Oversee and manage civil rights litigation, including working with other attorneys, developing case strategies, and representing the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General in court or administrative proceedings.
  • Collaborate with other government agencies, civil rights organizations, community groups, and stakeholders to address civil rights issues effectively.
  • Advocate for civil rights issues by engaging in public policy discussions, testifying before legislative bodies, and promoting legislation or regulations that enhance civil rights protections.

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school.
  • Admission to the New Mexico state bar and in good standing or the ability to acquire a limited law license.
  • 6 years of experience in litigation, with a demonstrated focus on affirmative litigation and 3 years of management experience preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of civil rights law, and other relevant legal areas.
  • Proven track record of developing and executing successful litigation strategies.
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate a team of attorneys and legal professionals.
  • Outstanding legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, equality, and public interest law.
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