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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: C7004 / Assoc Dir,Public Law
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under limited supervision, directs and coordinates the programs, policies, and services of a specified legal research, education, and/or information center within the Institute of Public Law. Plans, establishes, and administers the center's goals, objectives, workscope, funding, and staffing. Provides guidance and leadership in the provision of a wide range of professional services within the field of legal specialty represented by the center.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  2. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
  3. Oversees all facets of the daily operations of the organizational unit, ensuring compliance with the University, state, and federal laws, policies, and regulations.
  4. Provides and/or oversees the provision of legal analysis within area of expertise; plans, develops, writes, and coordinates publication of a wide range of legal and associated informational materials pertaining to the center's goals, objectives, and programs.
  5. Identifies, plans, and organizes financial and operating resources necessary for the fulfillment of program requirements; develops and writes grants and funding proposals, as appropriate.
  6. Represents the center and its on-going programs to a wide range of external government agencies, private, and community organizations, funding agencies, media sources, and other relevant constituencies.
  7. Develops and manages annual budgets for the organization and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  8. Plans, coordinates, and oversees the unit's public affairs and oversees communications efforts, to include public relations, community outreach, and internal publications and communications, as appropriate.
  9. Sponsors, leads, facilitates, moderates, and/or presents lectures to national and regional conferences, seminars, and/or symposia within area of professional expertise.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in Jurisprudence; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure Member of NM State Bar, or member of other state bar.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Proposal and grant writing skills.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to perform comprehensive legal research and analysis based on advanced knowledge and expertise within the field.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Knowledge of legal advocacy and courtroom principles, procedures, methods, and techniques.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Knowledge of conference management principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must obtain a NM membership within twelve (12) months of date of hire.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017