Senior Trial Attorney

(This is an at-will position.  The elected District Attorney has final discretion on hiring and retaining for this position, including which qualifications and performance standards will apply.)                               

Salary Range:

$59,802-$74,753/ Annually

(Hiring salary depends on experience and budget availability)


Licensed attorney to practice law in New Mexico plus a minimum of four (4) years as a practicing attorney in criminal law or three (3) years as a prosecuting attorney.

Preferred Qualifications:                                 

Five (5) to seven (7) years or more of relevant prosecution experience.

knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:                     

This position requires comprehensive and current knowledge and skills in the areas of criminal prosecution, rules of evidence and rules of criminal procedure; public relations; organization and supervision; basic computer skills including working knowledge of office systems; fully effective trial skills; ability to draft legal documents; ability to work effectively with other criminal agencies; ability to communicate effectively; ability to research/analyze information and situations. Works independently with minimal consultation with supervisors (except for higher profile or complex cases).  Significant prosecutorial discretion on cases within assigned case load.

Job Duties:                             

Incumbent may handle all levels of crimes.  May undertake special projects such as community education projects and law enforcement training.  Leads or assists in trial teams; performs other non-prosecution duties as assigned; supervises or mentors other attorneys and/or staff, performs training for staff; performs other related job duties.

Distinguishing Characteristics:                       

This is an advanced level position of the attorney series.  The incumbent may demonstrate the ability to progress to the next level by acquiring relevant experience.

Working Conditions:              

Work is performed in office, courtroom and community environments.  Some physical effort and travel may be required.  Incumbent may be required to work under stressful situations and/or conditions.

Application Deadline:            

Friday, July 28, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

Submit Application to:           

3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office

C/O Whitney Safranek, Human Resources Administrator

845 N. Motel Blvd., Suite D

Las Cruces, NM 88007