• Court Administrator

    Job Locations US-NM-Jemez Pueblo
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/8/2018 11:11 AM)
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  • Overview

    The Pueblo of Jemez is a federally recognized sovereign Native American nation in central New Mexico with a 2014 population of 3,719.  The Pueblo of Jemez government provides services to its citizens and protects them. It ensures that proper infrastructure are set up and well maintained for the people to be happy, safe and healthy. Current operations include health and human services, education services, police protection, emergency medical services, judicial services, public works, natural resources management, social services, housing and community development - most of which are funded by federal and state governments compacts, contracts and grants.


    As a member of the Tribal Court, the Court Administrator manages and administers the activities, programs and staff of the Pueblo of Jemez’ Tribal Court.


    • The Court Administrator plans, organizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of professional, technical support and operational staff; recommends selection of staff; trains staff and provides for their professional development; administers discipline as required.
    • Develops and implements procedures, goals, objectives, policies and work standards; assures compliance with other court and county policies and procedures; makes revisions as necessary.
    • Prepares and manages the court’s budget; acts as a good steward of the Pueblo’s fiscal and judicial system resources.
    • Coordinates and reviews scheduling of criminal, traffic, civil, and juvenile cases for effective case flow for hearings.
    • Answers and resolves questions or complaints pertaining to office administration, case flow management, correspondence from programs, agencies, private sector, and other people; assists Court staff and Judges for support, concerns, issues to communicate and/or resolve.
    • Communicates with Jemez Law Enforcement and Tribal Sheriff/ Aides on issues/concerns pertaining to defendants, citations, transport, and complaints.
    • Reviews the Court Clerk’s civil fact sheet prior to drafting Orders; composes civil orders as per Court for Governors review prior to final signatures; inputs the civil disposition onto the software for case management.
    • Maintains, reviews & ensures the final criminal dispositions with supporting forms are accurately written as per judgment on criminal and juvenile cases; conducts bi-weekly Court Staff meetings to communicate concerns, issues, information or case staffing.
    • Ensures the accuracy of all court records and documents; provides for secure storage and appropriate access.
    • Seeks and administers grants and other special funding to augment Court services.
    • Coordinates with Governors to set and review cases for hearings; attends meetings in reference to specific cases as required by the Governors/Judges, Tribal Administrator for clarification purposes, contract compliance and accountability; attends meetings in the implementation and/or revisions pertaining to Court policies & procedures, Tribal Codes, SORNA, Social Services issues, and etc.
    • Communicates & coordinates with other tribal Programs as to Court cases on clients/defendants or other issues.
    • Conducts training/orientation for new Tribal Officials on the court procedures of criminal, civil and juvenile cases, service of documents, and filing of complaints.
    • Contributes to the overall quality of the department's service provision by developing and coordinating work teams and by reviewing, recommending and implementing improved policies and procedures.
    • Makes presentations to the Tribal Council regarding departmental activities and issues.
    • Represents the Pueblo with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.


    To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


    Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice, or a closely related field; AND five (5) years of managerial experience in court operations. 


    Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:

    • Valid New Mexico Driver’s License.

    Knowledge and Skills

    Knowledge of:

    • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the management of employees.
    • Principles and practices of employee management and supervision, including selection, work planning, organization, performance review and evaluation, and employee training and discipline.
    • Principles and practices of developing teams, motivating employees and managing in a team environment.
    • Office management practices and procedures in a court setting.
    • Fiscal management, including budget development and administration.
    • Legal records management.
    • Applicable laws, codes and regulations.
    • The use of specified computer applications involving the design and management of various databases, spreadsheet, and word processing files and the development of special report formats.
    • Correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
    • Judicial system, legal practices and terminology.
    • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained.

    Skill in:

    • Planning, organizing, supervising, reviewing and evaluating the work of others.
    • Training others in policies and procedures related to the work.
    • Developing and implementing strategic planning strategies, goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards.
    • Developing and administering budget and other fiscal activities.
    • Developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most cost effective and efficient manner.


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