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Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Operations

New Mexico Environment Department

The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) mission is to protect and restore the environment and to foster a healthy and prosperous New Mexico for present and future generations. We implement our mission guided by four tenets: 

  1. Science: Using the best available science to inform our decision-making in protecting public health and the environment;
  2. Innovation: Employing creative engineering and technological solutions to address environmental challenges;
  3. Collaboration: Engaging communities and interested stakeholders in environmental decision-making outcomes; and
  4. Compliance: Ensuring meaningful compliance with state regulations and permits; leveling the playing field through enforcement.

The Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Operations (DCS-O) is appointed by the Governor and serves at the pleasure of the Governor, and works closely with the Cabinet Secretary, Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Administration (DCS-A), Division Directors, Chief Information Officer and other senior leaders at NMED and other state agencies. The DCS-O maintains a robust portfolio while supporting Department priorities, goals, and deadlines.

This position focuses on leadership and oversight of the Administrative Services Division (ASD), Office of Information Technology (OIT), and Office of Public Facilitation (OPF) that collectively include 67 fulltime equivalents (FTEs). The DCS-O oversees the development and management of the Resource Management Division budget and coordinates the department’s annual appropriation request, which is approximately $160 million across all funding sources. The DCS-O also oversees the development of the Resource Management Division Strategic Plan and is responsible for ensuring fiscal solvency of Special Revenue Funds.

The DCS-O oversees programs that impact internal operations including employee recruitment, retention and recognition; working environment improvements; telework implementation; operational process benchmarking; strategic planning; performance metrics and reporting; risk management; and employee health and safety. Additional responsibilities include overseeing Union matters; overseeing Boards and Commissions; addressing building related matters; approving personnel actions; approving grant related documents; and serving as the Secretary’s designee to decide delegated docketed matters. The DSC-O also typically serves as the Secretary’s designee to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC). To carry out these responsibilities, the DCS-O coordinates closely with colleagues at the Governor’s Office, General Services Department, State Personnel Office, Department of Finance and Administration, Department of Information Technology and Legislative Finance Committee.

The ideal candidate must have demonstrated leadership experience in business acumen, leading people, managing change, driving results, and building coalitions. The ideal candidate must demonstrate exceptional customer service while working in structured and unstructured environments and managing multiple projects with competing deadlines. The ideal candidate must possess exceptional communication skills, both oral and written, knowing how to effectively communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders. Finally, the ideal candidate should have a passion for the protection of human health and New Mexico’s natural environment.

The Governor’s Office and Department expect to fill this position as soon as possible. The salary for this position will be discussed with interested, qualified candidates.

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The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is located on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol in Room 400.

490 Old Santa Fe Trail Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 476-2200
Toll free: (833) 520-0020

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