Careers for Paralegals, Legal Assistants and Other Staff

If you are responding to an advertisement or are generally expressing interest in the firm, please send a letter of interest, including salary requirements, and a résumé by email to Kelly Brewer at:

Current Openings

Human Resources Director

Sutin, Thayer & Browne, a large law firm with headquarters in Albuquerque, seeks a full-time human resources director to oversee personnel needs and administer employee benefits packages. Qualified applicants will have at least 10 years’ directly related experience, preferably in a law firm or other professional services organization. The firm offers a competitive salary and generous vacation/benefits package. Please submit application materials to Kelly Brewer at Confidentiality assured. No phone calls.

Purpose of Job: Supply the firm with efficient, cost-effective staffing for lawyer and non-lawyer personnel and administer benefit plans and packages for all employees.

Relationships: Report to CEO and designees.

Primary Competencies

  • Compensation and benefits.
  • Training and development.
  • Human resources.
  • Recruitment and hiring.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruit, interview and hire personnel as needed, including temps.
  • Coordinate orientation for all new employees, including temps.
  • Assist others in managing employee performance.
  • Maintain confidential personnel and benefit files.
  • Hear and resolve employee grievances; counsel employees and supervisors.
  • Assist supervisors in disciplinary actions and terminations.
  • Plan and execute ad hoc evaluations for non-lawyer.
  • Propose and implement annual salary increases and bonuses for non-lawyer personnel.
  • Maintain current job descriptions and requirements for non-lawyer personnel.
  • Recommend and implement workload balancing for staff, especially secretarial.
  • Conduct and analyze exit interviews.
  • Administer background checks.
  • Track records of the firm’s benefit plans, including medical, dental, vision, life, 401(k), flexible benefit plan, HRA administration, COBRA administration, profit-sharing and others as added/needed.
  • Shop for, propose and help implement plans for personnel benefit plans.
  • Maintain appropriate and user-friendly databases for all information pertaining to plans.
  • Interact with brokers and vendors to establish meetings, reports, open enrollment sessions and planning.
  • Help employees solve benefits issues.
  • Respond to government and organizational surveys as needed.
  • Facilitate policy development, assuring internal consistency and external compliance with government regulations and employment and wage and hour laws.
  • Supply backup for support and records management departments.
  • Provide human resources support and benefits support for all the firm’s needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum10 years in human resources management and benefits administration.
  • College degree preferred, preferably in human resources administration.
  • Experience supervising and managing a professional staff.
  • Knowledge of federal and New Mexico employment regulations
  • Knowledge of compensation, classification and wage structures.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and training skills.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Good judgment and common sense.
  • Experience in Word, Excel and other applicable computer programs.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with people in potentially stressful situations.
  • Ability to consistently meet daily, weekly, monthly and annual deadlines.
  • Knowledge of Firm policies/procedures and benefit plans, or ability and willingness to learn.
  • Knowledge and support of diversity efforts.
  • Understanding of human nature and group dynamics will come in handy, as will a sense of humor.

We will remove this posting when we fill the position.