Paralegal A - IPRA Division

Government Counsel & Accountability Division

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Apply by 06/19/2024

Salary

$19.24 – $30.78 Hourly

$40,018 – $64,029 Annually

This position is a Pay Band 60

Posting Details

The New Mexico Department of Justice (NMDOJ) has broad statutory authority over civil and criminal legal matters and proceedings involving the state. As a public agency, the NMDOJ is subject to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). Receiving, evaluating, and processing requests for public records is a core function of the Compliance and Special Projects Division.

This posting will be used for ongoing recruitment and may close at any time. Applicant lists may be screened more than once.

Why does the job exist?

This position exists to support the NMDOJ’s responsibilities under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). Working closely with an IPRA Attorney and executive personnel, the IPRA Paralegal intakes records requests, searches for responsive records, reviews and redacts public records, corresponds with requestors, tracks production of requests, and manages closures of requests.

Responsibilities

How does it get done?

Under the guidance of an attorney:

-interpret policy and procedures, conduct searches for public records, perform legal research, analyze and recommend courses of action related to requests;
-review and evaluate records for responsiveness to requests or exceptions to production;
-redact exempt material from video, audio, pdfs, or other record formats;
-maintain electronic records related to requests; and
-correspond with requestors, NMDOJ personnel, and outside parties as needed.

Who are the customers?

The New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) enables the public’s access to the records of governmental bodies. A core function of the Compliance and Special Projects Division is to fulfill the NMDOJ’s duties under IPRA in service of all New Mexicans and their interest in knowing the goings-on of their government.  This position will support attorneys fulfilling the NMDOJ’s duties under IPRA.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and history of working in the legal profession with some or all of the following experience and skills:

-prior work in a legal support role that includes working closely with attorneys, familiarity public records, drafting and reviewing legal documents, independently researching legal issues, drafting and preparing legal correspondence;
-excellent written and verbal communication skills;
-proficiency in current and new technology, especially related to working with and editing digital files formats including pdfs, audio file formats, and video file formats.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualification

Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies and two (2) years of experience drafting and preparing legal correspondence, conducting legal research and maintaining a case management/tracking system. Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.

Substitution Table

These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:

Education Experience Education Experience
1 High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 4 years of experience OR High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 4 years of experience
2 Associate’s degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 2 years of experience Associate’s degree or higher in any field AND 4 years of experience
3 Bachelor’s degree or higher in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 0 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 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 as some statewide travel maybe required. Employment is subject to criminal background check and is conditional pending results of criminal background check. Be of good moral character and not have been convicted of a felony offense by a court of this state, any other state or the United States.

Working Conditions

Office setting, exposure to Visual/Video Display terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and telephone usage with extended periods of sitting, including during public meetings and hearings. Must be able to lift 25 lbs, and some sitting, standing, bending and reaching may be required. Some occasional travel, including overnight travel, may be required in and out of state.

Supplemental Information

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