NMLA seeks Staff Attorney as Director of Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (Deadline: March 31st, 2020 or until position filled)

NMLA seeks Staff Attorney as Director of Low Income Taxpayer Clinic


The Director of the New Mexico Legal Aid LITC is responsible for the successful completion and coordination of income tax controversy casework, including litigation, for the Clinic team, as well for outreach, client education and grant reporting.  All cases involve federal or New Mexico income tax, including IRS audits, IRS and NMTRD administrative appeals, and U.S. Tax Court cases.  Typical issues: child-based tax credits, offers in compromise, innocent spouse, tax-related identity theft and cancellation of debt income.  Almost every case requires extensive representation.  Based in Albuquerque, we serve all of New Mexico and are the largest and oldest LITC in the state.


The NMLA office in Albuquerque handles a wide range of creative, challenging and complex work. We seek highly motivated candidates who are passionate about and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve our client communities, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases.  


Candidates must have excellent writing and analytical skills, be quick learners, be committed to extensive service for clients, and be able to handle a demanding caseload while building collaborative relationships with clients, staff and the community.  Participation in the ABA LITC Listserv expected as well as frequent monitoring of administrative, statutory and case law tax developments.


Requirements: Six to ten years’ experience as licensed attorney preferred. Income tax course work and practice experience preferred. Admission to practice in New Mexico and before the U.S. Tax Court, if not at hire then soon after. Travel to the annual LITC conference in Washington, D.C. and to occasional outreach events.  Participation in the ABA Tax Section a plus.



The position is a covered position in the staff union.  It is partially grant-funded by the Taxpayer Advocate Service; continued employment is dependent on successful grant applications and reports. 

Applicants may be subject to a background search. Please do not let this deter you from applying. NMLA is committed to a strong workforce and recognizes that persons with imperfect pasts may still be able to perform admirably. 


Send a current resume, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org


Salary: DOE – union scale, excellent benefits, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: March 31, 2020 or until position filled.


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