New Mexico First

Updated 9.8.20

General Information 

New Mexico First is a nonprofit public policy organization that advances cross-partisan research and civic engagement to address the issues that most impact our lives, from health and education to our economy, natural resources, and good governance. Our mission is to be a catalyst for positive change by engaging people in policy and enabling action.New Mexico First conducts 1) Statewide town halls on critical issues, resulting in actionable recommendations for policymakers which are supported by cross-partisan implementation teams; 2) Comprehensive policy reports and briefs for decision-makers and the public; 3) Specialized forums, hearings, or strategic retreats for communities or organizations needing consensus-based input and guidance from their stakeholders; 4) Learning series highlighting local, state, and national public policy and civic engagement issues, and 5) targeted outreach and advocacy for policy positions aligned to town hall recommendations. Each Strategic Civic Engagement and Policy Manager is responsible for managing stakeholder engagement and selected projects within assigned policy areas, in this case, health care, education, and good governance. The position reports to the president of New Mexico First. 

New Mexico First Values

  1. Meaningfully engaging New Mexicans in public policy
  2. Striving for and respecting consensus
  3. Pursuing and respecting diverse points of views
  4. Ensuring inclusion and transparency
  5. Rising above partisan politics
  6. Changing policy to improve people's lives
  7. Creating an informed citizenry that is powerfully motivated
  8. Reaching out statewide, including rural and tribal communities
  9. Partnering with others
  10. Promoting civility
  11. Democracy at its best


Strategic Civic Engagement Management 40%

  • Facilitate ongoing inclusive, cross-partisan coalitions of community members, experts, thought-leaders, lawmakers, and other stakeholders to support civic engagement in public policy efforts and consensus-backed policy change in the state
  • Provide ongoing support and technical assistance to emerging and well-established implementation teams that have formed to advance policy goals developed by civic engagement efforts
  • Design, plan and facilitate consensus-building processes to engage the collective wisdom, knowledge, and action of diverse stakeholders to advance agreed-upon public policy change
  • Participate in fund development activities to support civic engagement in public policy
  • Foster common ground that demonstrates respect for the unique views, values, and lived experiences of New Mexicans while striving to identify and advance collective action

Public Policy Management 35%

  • Analyze the policy landscape to successfully advance policy recommendations that are determined through collaborative, cross-partisan civic engagement efforts
  • Plan and manage long-term research and deliberation projects in assigned policy area(s) while drawing from the expertise of stakeholders as well provide support as needed for other policy areas
  • Plan and manage all aspects of projects in a specific policy area, whether long- or short-term, including contract events
  • Support advisory/research committees, when needed, and researching/writing briefs, reports, and op-eds that advance specific policy change in the state
  • Work with the president to write grant proposals/reports to support health policy
  • Support the president during the legislative session to advance health policy goals

General 25%

  • Support signature New Mexico First events
  • Support general communication efforts
  • Support general fund development efforts
  • Participate in internal evaluation and continuous quality improvement efforts
  • Support board committees, as assigned by the president
  • Represent New Mexico First at selected meetings/conferences in assigned policy areas
  • Support the president and other team members as needed


  • Bachelor's degree with more than seven years of related experience/related advanced education will be considered instead of experience on a year-for-year basis
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and build principled relationships with diverse stakeholder groups and foster trust from engagement and planning to implementation and evaluation of public policy efforts
  • A skilled and experienced facilitator
  • Strong knowledge of assigned policy area and coalition-building strategies
  • Strong diplomacy skills that demonstrate the ability to build principled ongoing, multi-stakeholder coalitions, as well as, professional, cross-partisan relationships with policymakers for long-term policy change
  • Broad-based knowledge of facilitation methods and processes, particularly those aimed at consensus-building
  • Strong interpersonal skills that demonstrate the ability to partner well with staff and volunteers and in a team environment
  • Mature judgment in resolving complex, nonstandard problems and making recommendations, as assignments are extremely complex and diversified in nature and work is performed within broadly defined parameters
  • Recommend coalition development, organizational and process improvements as needed and within the job description
  • Superb professional writing skills
  • Confidence in public speaking
  • Excellent relational, communication, analytical, and organizational skills as well as a reflective stance indicative of an ability to learn from experience
  • Detail- and goal-orientation toward tasks and deliverables
  • Willingness to engage in fundraising activities to support specific policy areas
  • Willingness to learn and use a variety of technology-based systems and programs
  • Willingness to travel statewide, and occasionally out-of-state


This position is part-time with the possibility of becoming full time. Commensurate with experience and depending on hours worked.

To apply, complete the following tasks. 

  1. Please send resume and cover letter with a description of how your educational and professional experience is a match
  2. Please include your salary requirements.
  3. Please include three professional references.

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