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Grants & Purchasing Clerk

posted by Debra Williams-Baker   [ updated by DA Walsh ]

Socorro County

Job Description


Job Title:          Grants & Purchasing Clerk                                                           Job Code:              

Division:          Finance                                                                                      Effective Date:     10/23/18

Department:     Finance                                                                                      Last Revised:       




Performs a variety of technical professional and complex administrative duties related to writing, securing and coordinating the compliance of various county-managed grants.




Works under the general supervision of the Finance Director.








1.        Oversees day-to-day, county-wide, procurement and purchasing operations; evaluates ongoing effectiveness of existing procurement system to assure efficiency and effectiveness; assures compliance with state laws, rules and regulations. Determines procurement exceptions and emergency procurements

2.        Ensures completion of all accounts payable duties of the Budget & Finance Clerk

3.        Determines “sole source” vendor qualifications; negotiates with vendors, suppliers, and service providers for price breaks and volume discounts, expedited delivery dates and other needs in order to assure effective county operations.


4.        Receives and reviews purchase requisitions submitted to the finance department; reviews for accuracy and quality standards; evaluates appropriateness of quantity; examines method of pricing; determines method and procedure for soliciting quotes, such as telephone, written quote, or formal bidding; assures effective utilization of purchasing authorization system; selects vendors and suppliers; issues purchase order numbers; assures strict compliance established procurement code and determines the application with various sections in relation to specific purchases.


5.        Confers with department and division personnel regarding purchasing needs, specifications, quality, quantities, and delivery requirements of materials, services and products; may conduct coordinating meetings between division or department personnel and prospective suppliers to facilitate understanding of need and supplier capabilities; assists in the development and writing of Requests For Proposal(s).


6.        Initiates bidding procedures; responsible for purchasing, RFP creation and distribution; publishes or announces RFP’s; documents and secures received bids; manages public bid opening processes and events; documents receipt of bids; controls the integrity of bid processes and bid openings; reviews and evaluates bids for compliance with RFP’s and related specifications; documents the results of formal bid openings; may initiate and conduct negotiations with bidders to obtain a best and final offer for the county; composes acceptance or rejection letters to bidders.


7.        Assures proper use of codes and budget line item numbers; verifies proper supplier or vendors are utilized; makes recommendations related to product and supplier substitutions in order to save on cost or improve delivery.


8.        May travel to vender locations to investigate their ability to deliver the quality and quantity of products or materials in a timely fashion, build effective working relationships, and negotiate agreements or follow-up on problems related to specific orders and purchases.


9.        Provides general assistance to various departmental functions, i.e., budget development, conducting financial analysis; applying internal control guidelines and assisting various county departments


10.     Maintains county cell phones; monitors plan minutes, use and balances; coordinates replacement of cell phones; monitors billings to prevent over-charges; monitors general use for compliance with established county cell phone policies.


11.     Registers all County Vehicles, inputs vehicles into Fixed Asset FAMP system, maintains vehicle procurement and registration files, and reports active vehicles to the New Mexico Association of Counties annually.


12.     Assist in annual financial audit; create audit reports, gather documents, meet and work with auditors to understand accounts payable and procurement transactions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

13.     Develops and oversees procurement training for department heads; trains incoming department heads on procurement policy, trains department heads and employees on the use of the Tyler system for requisitioning and reporting, trains department heads on use of the Bank of America Works P-Card system.

14.     Assists in the management of the county asset control program; participates in the development of county-wide asset management system; assures that all equipment and assets are properly identified and assigned to proper departments; assures integrity of asset accountability by performing periodic asset audits and directs the maintenance of related records as needed.


15.     In the absence of Finance Director, has authorization to perform related duties as required; Journal Entries, program reporting, and fiscal officer signatory if required by departments for fund requests.

16.     Coordinates and schedules public hearings and various meetings with grant end-users, grantors, county commission; may facilitate various meeting processes consistent with the public review and education process; may serve as a subject matter expert in relation to grant application content, goals and objectives.


17.     Monitors county secured federal and state grants for compliance with grant specifications and conditions, including reconciling and financial reporting; assures county compliance with Procurement Code; assures county receipt of disbursements of funds; develops periodic reports and reviews of program impact and progress; distributes reports to finance director, county manager, county commission, affected departments and grantor agencies as necessary; acts as project manager by tracking expenses, coordinating with contractors, architects and others with interest in grant administration and compliance.


18.     Implements the creation of financial forms for grants necessary for the day-to-day accounting of program expenditures; reviews utilization of funds to assure conformity to grant budget and authorized expenditure areas; reviews and reports impact upon county operations and grant opportunities.


19.     Operates personal computer for the development and maintenance of grant fiscal records and history; creates and maintains budget spreadsheets; prepares reimbursement requests and secures grant disbursements as needed to assure availability of funds; maintains project information as needed to verify and validate draws against grants; maintains various files and records of grant documentation.


20.     Monitors payments made to contract vendors for services provided in connection with grant funding; reviews claims for payment under the grant and assures compliance with procurement code and grantor terms and conditions as well as contract terms and conditions specified by the county; verifies that vendor performance meets quality standards and expectations of the county and the end users.


21.     Attends various administrative and county meetings and makes presentations or participates in public discussion as needed to communicate intent, purpose and opportunity related to grants and related funding opportunities.



22.     Performs other related duties as assigned.




1.             Education and Experience:

                 A. High School Diploma (associates degree in finance, accounting, public administration or similar field preferred but not required)


                B.  Four (4) years of experience in bookkeeping or accounting, grantsmanship or related field;


                C.        An equivalent combination of education and experience.


2.       Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Considerable knowledge of  practices and methods of bookkeeping and accounting; functions and responsibilities of the office of County Treasurer; interrelationships of the various county offices; computer operation, data entry, and professes related to the Finance Office, etc.; various practices in fund accounting as governed by GAAP, GASB, FASB, etc.; general office maintenance (i.e., record keeping, filing, indexing, etc.). 


Working knowledge of basic principles of supervision; New Mexico Taxation & Revenue laws and regulations; various purchasing processes and procedures; principles common to effective and efficient procurement activities; cost analysis procedures; market pricing and cost control methods; personal computer operation and applicable software utilized in data base management activities; group processes and communication techniques; problem solving techniques and conflict resolution; basic bookkeeping and records management;  statistical analysis methods; standard office practices and procedures;  technical writing techniques;  interpersonal communication skills.  Operation of standard office equipment; mathematics and advanced accounting; interpersonal communication skills and telephone etiquette; public relations.  Grants and special funding environment available to the county;  various federal programs receiving short or long term financial assistance;  grantsmanship and related information network; general office maintenance and practices; computer accounting applications and various software financial programs (MS Word, Excel, Power Point); operation of standard office equipment; operation of standard office equipment; must have a rudimentary working knowledge of budget management or business management in order to understand and regulate grant money usage and dissemination; interpersonal communication skills and telephone etiquette; basic public relations; excellent public speaking skills. Knowledge of FEMA program management and/or compliance is preferred but not required.


Skill in the art of cooperative problem solving; in dealing with public and public relations issues; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and County residents; the operation of PC Computer, calculator, fax machine, copy machine, telephone.


Ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to county fiscal operations; deal tactfully with controversial issues; perform basic mathematical functions quickly and accurately; understand financial terminology; read and understand county legal documents; operate a variety of types of office equipment as personal computer, adding machine, calculator, typewriter, etc.; communicates effectively, verbally and in writing; write clearly and legibly; operate standard office machines; perform complex record keeping functions; exercise initiative and independent judgment and to react resourcefully under varying conditions; work independently and deal effectively with stress caused by work load and time deadlines; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, managers, executives, professionals, vendors, co-workers and the general public; work independently; meet multiple deadlines; effectively multitask; schedule and effectively coordinate computer project and workload demands; understand complex computer programs; develop and implement strategic planning and provide necessary documentation to support grant requirements; utilize ingenuity and innovative techniques for preparation of funding applications; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; perform basic mathematical calculations.  Develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public. Must be self-directed, take the initiative, and participate as a team player to effectively coordinate grant projects from inception to completion.


3.             Special Qualifications:


Must pass FEMA/NIMS and ICS courses as required for the position, within a time frame designated by administration. Preference in hiring may be given to applicants possessing Certified Purchasing Manager credentials (CPM).  Must possess State Certified Procurement Officer Designation as required by NMSA 13-1-95.2.


4.             Work Environment:


Typical office setting with typical climate controls.  Tasks require a variety of physical activities such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, and not generally involving muscular strain.  Job functions normally require talking, hearing and seeing. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity required for most essential functions.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel is a requirement of the position.


posted Oct 16, 2018, 9:41 AM by Debra Williams-Baker

Socorro County

Job Description


Job Title:          Homemaker                                                                               Job Code:              238

Division:          Operations                                                                                 Effective Date:    08/16

Department:     Senior Services                                                                          Last Revised:      08/16


Rate as Senior Services Technician




Performs home management, housekeeping, cooking, and various non-medical personal care services as necessary to the individual’s needs in their home. The caregiver is responsible for observing, documenting, and reporting care performed. The home maker must have the ability to communicate and to have clear boundaries with confidential client information. The caregiver will be assigned in a manner that promotes quality, continuity and safety of a client's care.




Works under the general supervision of the Director of Senior Services.







1.       Personal Care: bathing, oral hygiene, grooming, dressing, skin care etc.

2.       Light Transfers & Mobility: standby assistance, transferring, and repositioning.

3.       Support Services: arrange and schedule transportation, assistance with making or taking telephone calls, run errands, shopping (only with client), doctor's appointments etc. (no banking or financial transaction assistance).

4.       Meal Preparation & Eating: cooking, prepping, assisting, and feeding

5.       Assisting in self-administrations of medications: Open medicine bottles & prepare water. NEVER PHYSICALLY GIVE CLIENT MEDICATIONS

6.       Household Services: sweep, mop, dust, vacuum, wash dishes, empty trashes, make bed, clean and sanitize bathroom, laundry; Basic routine maintenance of the client's home.

7.       Minor maintenance of equipment: Cleaning and sanitizing wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, bath seat etc.

8.       Cognitive Assistance: Reminding the client of appointments, tasks, etc.

9.       Observe the client and promptly report any significant changes to the Coordinator.

10.    Complete and submit required paper work (Insurance, DL, TB Test, and CPR & First Aid Training) in a timely manner.

11.    Responsible for basic chores on behalf of the qualified individual including

12.    Meal Preparation & Eating: cooking, prepping, assisting, and feeding

13.    Observe the client and promptly report any significant changes to the Director.

14.    Complete and submit Timesheet’s in a timely manner. Complete and submit required paper work (Insurance, DL, TB Test, and CPR & First Aid Training) in a timely manner.

15.    Complete all other related duties as assigned by the Director

16.    Reports immediately to appropriate organizations, such as 911, Adult Protective Services, or law enforcement, dangerous or unsafe observances.

17.    Informs customers of other Aging Services opportunities and services.

18.    May assist with preparing lunches for home deliveries.

19.    May assist with office paperwork

20.    May complete other errands.



1.            Education and Experience:


A. Six (6) months of work experience in a position related to custodial tasks, caregiving or maintenance.



B.  An Equivalent combination of education and experience.


2.            Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Knowledge of defensive driving techniques and traffic laws; vehicle maintenance needs and mechanical operations; related technology, such as two-way radios, GPS units, or other mobile devices; food handling.

Ability to exercise good defensive driving techniques; work effectively during periods of inclement weather and/or adverse conditions; exercise good analytical judgment; follow operating policies and procedures; relate to customers of diverse backgrounds; follow written and oral instructions; work independently; perform moderate record and data keeping tasks; provide conflict resolution; communicate clearly and professionally with internal and external customers.


3.            Special Qualifications:


Must be 18 Years of age or older

Completion of all trainings, including but not limited to, CPR & First Aid (within 30 days of hir e), HIPAA, Incident

Management and other required trainings as stated on the NM Standards.

Negative TB skin test.

Must be able to read and follow direction.

Clear Criminal Record Background Check and an Adult/Child Abuse Screening

Must have proof of Vehicle Liability Insurance and a valid NM Driver's License.

Must pass FEMA/NIMS and ICS courses as required for the position, within a time frame designated by administration


4.            Work Environment:


Working with the aging population, lifting household items, and regularly lifting wheel chairs & other mobility devices in and out of vehicle. Walking on a variety of terrains while carrying items or assisting clients. Standing, walking, bending, sitting, stretching, regularly lifting 25-75 lbs. Exposure to all types of weather. Common eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and guided problem solving; travel required. Irregular and extended hours may be required.

Clinical Supervisor

posted Aug 28, 2018, 2:59 PM by Debra Williams-Baker

Socorro County

Job Description


Job Title:          Clinical Supervisor                                                                      Job Code:            

Division:          Program Services                                                                       Effective Date:    08/18

Department:     Community Alternatives Programs                                               Last Revised:       




Under the direction of the Socorro County DWI/ Alternatives Program Coordinator, assists in overseeing and supervising treatment staff and regulating overall clinical performance of the program. Performs a variety of full performance level, licensed professional duties related to the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of groups and individuals. Works with the Director to identify problems and implement new programs or techniques to improve treatment facilities.




Works under the general administrative and managerial direction of the Community Alternatives/DWI Program Director




Will oversee treatment staff, programing, and facilities located within the program.




·        Ensure compliance with all Local, State, Federal rules, and regulations and to do so within the allocated budget for the program

·        Responsible for overseeing and developing the program's treatment facilities through tasks such as hiring, evaluating, scheduling, and supervision of treatment staff.

·        Plan, develop, coordinate and supervise the delivery of client care services.

·        Keep the program Director informed about treatment program, and any new developments that may occur.

·        Will provide professional recommendations to improve or facilitate change of the treatment program.

·        Diagnosis Alcohol Drug/Addiction and establishes a treatment plan. Provides therapeutic mental health and substance abuse treatment services; counsels and advises individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug or other problems related to addition; completes intakes, assessments, and levels of recommended care according to various assessment tools.

·        Assesses and diagnosis clients; determines what kind of treatment to offer, making treatment plans with measurable objectives; assists with accessing additional services for clients; works with outside agencies to obtain services for clients.

·        Provides ongoing analysis of treatment and education and develops programming to be consistent with best practices for evidence-based treatment modalities; counsels with individuals, families, couples, or groups; engages in prevention programs; assists with coordinating preventative treatment programs.

·        Provides written and verbal communication with the courts, allied agencies, and case managers on client’s progress in treatment; documents treatment plans and case progress.

·        Complies with all rules and regulations set forth by any outside agency or programs that may be used to assist with treatment.

·         Performs other related duties as required.




1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from college with a Master’s degree with course background in Addiction Counseling;


B. Six (6) years of responsible experience performing above or related duties;


C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.


2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Working knowledge of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V; abnormal psychology, mental health, alcoholism and drug abuse; methods of treatment for mental health disorders and/or alcohol and drug abuse problems; agencies and organizations that provide services to persons with mental health disorders, alcohol, and drug abuse; principles and techniques of behavior assessment and modifications; psychotherapeutic techniques and methods; crises intervention techniques, ethical issues related to counseling and patient rights; Diagnostic Services Manual for Mental Disorders; professional treatment standards and appropriate client and staff boundaries; relationships between various factors affecting program services, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; county operations and inter-relationships of county departments; general office maintenance and practices; business and technical writing; interpersonal communication skills; public relations. Some knowledge of the art of negotiation and conflict management.  Some skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and County residents. Skill in the operation of PC Computer, calculator, fax machine, copy machine, telephone.

Licensed Alcohol Drug/Addiction Counselor

Ability to tactfully and effectively work with treatment agencies and with other organizations that interface with the alcohol treatment of mental disorders and substance abuse service systems; exercise initiative, independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; operate personal computer (windows) in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public.





 Must be a Licensed Alcohol Drug Addiction Counselor (LADAC). Must pass a background investigation and complete training, maintain job knowledge through continuing education related to alcohol and drug abuse.




Incumbent of the position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls. Tasks require variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and lifting (30 lb). Essential functions generally require communications such as talking, hearing and seeing. Rapid work speed required to perform keyboard operations. Common eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity exist. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and some creative problem solving. Periodic local travel is essential to job performance. Some exposure to threat of injury and stress associated with youth and adult legal offenders.

Detention Officer

posted Apr 18, 2011, 11:11 AM by Delilah Walsh   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 7:11 AM by DA Walsh ]

Performs a variety of entry level law enforcement duties related to the security, safety, order, operation and maintenance of county jail facilities, including incarceration and detention of prisoners.

Works under the close to general supervision of the Corrections Captain, Sergeant or Detention Administrator.


1. Corrections: Receives ongoing on-the-job training; attends academy training sessions receiving instruction in the duties, responsibilities, liabilities and physical environment associated with the correction officer functions; assists with processing of inmate grievances.

2. Supervises inmates in county jail in accordance with established policies, regulations and procedures while assuming responsibility for all needs (physical, medical, etc.) of the prisoners during detention; issues medications as prescribed by physicians.

3. Performs various tasks associated with inmate admissions; books prisoners; reviews offense status and classification (violent, non-violent, etc.) to determine appropriate level of security and confinement; performs releases and required by court order; conducts strip searches.

4. Observes conduct and behavior of inmates to prevent disturbances and escapes; searches inmates and cells for contraband articles; patrols assigned areas for evidence of forbidden activities, infractions of rules and unsatisfactory attitudes or adjustment of prisoners, and reports observations to supervisor; performs inmate supervision during recreation and meal periods.

5. Inspects locks, grills, doors and gates for tampering; conducts cell “shake-downs” and inspections; employs various forms of discipline as needed to maintain order among prisoners, if necessary.

6. Supervises prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prisons, work details, or other points, traveling by automobile or public transportation as required; locks prisoner(s) in cell after searching for weapons, valuables or drugs.

7. Secures all valuables and/or belongings and follows standard procedures designated for the disposing or maintaining of the same; orders and serves meals to prisoners and provides or obtains medical aid if needed; administers medication as prescribed by doctor.

8. Prepares arrest records including reports, bookings, releases, fingerprinting and mug shot photography (identifying the prisoner and charge against him/her); assists in the maintenance of various records and information reporting materials and data base.

9. Supervises trustees or prisoners on general work details inside and outside of jail; performs general maintenance of jail facility and environs; repairs safety and security devices; cleans and sanitizes cells; maintains inmate recreation area and equipment.

10. May participate in extradition transports; moves inmates to and from various interstate locations.

11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

1. Education and Experience:
A. Graduation from high school plus successful completion of Academy training leading to the acquisition of a Correctional Officer Certification;
B. No experience necessary.

2. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Some knowledge of the fundamentals of proper search and seizure; federal, state and local laws and regulations related to jail activities; dispatch communication equipment; basic principles of psychology and sociology; elementary first aid techniques and procedures.

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain working relationships with inmates, the public and other departments; restrain physically violent prisoners; react quickly to various situations under conditions of stress.

3. Special Qualifications
Must have successfully completed the Corrections Academy and be certified as a Correctional Officer.
Must work on-call 24 hours.
Must receive 40 hours annual training to maintain certification.
Must pass a background investigation.
Must possess a valid New Mexico Driver’s License and undergo periodic State DMV license status verification.
Must pass FEMA/NIMS and ICS courses as required for the position, within a time frame designated by administration

4. Work Environment:

Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment. Occasional travel. Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty. Physical readiness and conditioning may be a condition of job retention. Various levels of mental application required, i.e., memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, creative problem solving. Continuous use of motor skills. Periodic exposure to the presence of blood borne or airborne pathogens.

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