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Chief General Counsel – New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department – Santa Fe, NM

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is seeking to fill the General Counsel position. The General Counsel represents CYFD in all legal matters and manages the Office of General Counsel. Duties include but are not limited to: supervising the Office of General Counsel attorneys and support staff; overseeing litigation being handled by Risk Management and other outside counsel; negotiating high-level IT and service array contracts; reviewing and approving staff attorneys’ legislative analyses; and providing advanced legal counsel to Cabinet Secretary, Deputy Secretary and executive staff.

The position requires a broad range of legal experience. Examples of applicable legal experience include civil rights, administrative law, legislative processes, New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA), labor and employment law, immigration law, Native American law, disability rights law, education law, and general civil litigation. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, paid vacation, and a retirement package. New Mexico licensure required.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $80,000.00 – $110,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
The majority of employees are currently teleworking. Employees who go into the office observe all COVID-safe procedures including social distancing, wearing masks, and cleaning protocols.


  • Law Practice: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Legal Research: 5 years (Preferred)


  • NM Bar License (Preferred)

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Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply

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