Attorney_ORA (R-8617)

Confederated Tribes of the Colville ReservationNespelem, WashingtonFull TimeRemote


CLOSING DATE: 1/29/2021



REPORTS TO: Interim Managing Attorney

LOCATION: Office of Reservation Attorney; Nespelem, Washington

Basic Functions: Provides complex legal services with minimum supervision and handles significant legal matters for the ORA as needed, including delegation of Managing Attorney’s duties as needed. This position will provide services assigned by the Managing Attorney based upon experience and expertise. This position is expected to work independently on issues assigned.




Education and Training:

  • Requires a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Requires practice before the following courts: Colville Tribal Court, all Washington State courts and the United States District Court.
  • Requires at minimum one (1) year of previous attorney work; preference given for prior experience in Indian law or natural resource law.
  • Requires a valid driver’s license and eligibility for the Tribes’ motor vehicle insurance.
  • Must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association or able to obtain admission within one year of employment.
  • Must be a member of the Colville Tribal Bar or pass the Tribal Bar and be admitted to practice in Tribal Court within 6 months of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Requires exceptional expertise in Indian Law and tribal government operations and expert working knowledge in applicable federal and state laws, regulations and rules related to tribal governmental operations.
  • Requires a working knowledge of office practices, procedures, and equipment, including filing systems, receptionist and telephone techniques, and letter/report writing.
  • Requires skill using the English language, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and proof reading/editing to prepare routine, yet professional correspondence.
  • Requires sufficient human relations skills to convey a positive image of the ORA and Colville Tribes at all times.
  • Requires knowledge of cultural competence or a willingness to learn, understand, appreciate and adapt to a Tribal Court environment and Indian culture.
  • This will include understanding how advocacy may differ within the context of the Colville Tribal Court versus Anglo-Court systems.
  • Must possess excellent research and writing skills, superior oral communication skills, and a demonstrated capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.
  • Requires the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; requires excellent legal research and writing skills in order to write correspondence, legal memoranda, and draft court documents.
  • Requires the ability to present proposals to the Tribal Council or other governing body.
  • Requires the ability to use a personal computer to produce correspondence and reports, and type/keyboard accurately.
  • Requires the highest level of confidentiality and behavior consistent with attorney ethics rules.
  • Requires ability to work with other ORA attorneys as a team to achieve common goals.
  • Requires the ability to supervise other staff attorneys or staff when needed.
  • Requires ability to review and analyze internal policies and recommend improvements.
  • Requires the ability to plan, organize and prioritize work in order to meet schedules and timelines.
  • Requires the ability to work in cooperation with others in the Tribal government.
  • This position is expected to maintain regular working hours and be in the office or on approved travel or approved leave whenever the tribal government offices are open.
  • Requires the ability to work in a high stress environment and multi-task on a daily basis.
  • Requires the ability to negotiate, draft and review contracts and MOUs or other legally enforceable agreements for the CCT, and to review and revise a wide range of policies and develop model contracts and other legally enforceable agreements for the use of program managers.
  • Performs work of a sedentary to moderately active nature.
  • Requires sufficient ambulatory ability to walk to project locations, to stand for extended periods of time, and to bend and stoop for limited periods of time.
  • Requires sufficient arm-hand-eye coordination to operate a computer keyboard and point devices at a proficient level.
  • Requires sufficient visual acuity to read technical documents and instructions.
  • Requires the ability to lift, push, and pull objects of medium weight (less than 50 lbs.) on an occasional basis.
  • Requires the ability to grasp, reach, push, and pull and move light weight work materials and supplies.
  • Requires sufficient arm, hand, finger dexterity to use a personal computer keyboard, multimedia, and other office equipment.
  • Requires sufficient hearing and speaking skills to project voice and communicate with staff, students, parents and other practitioners in small group settings and in one-on-one conversations.
  • Requires visual acuity to read printed materials and computer screens, observe students perform assignments, and observe moving objects and events.
  • Requires the ability to drive in adverse weather conditions.
  • Requires ability to maintain regular working hours and be in the office or on approved travel or approved leave whenever the tribal government offices are open.
  • May be required to be put in extended evening or weekend work hours as needed.

Special Conditions:

  • Must submit to and successfully clear an extensive criminal background inquiry with a history of no violations that affect ability to practice law within the Colville Tribal Court and maintain clearance throughout employment.
  • Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample.
  • Must have no pending disciplinary actions before any state or tribal bar association, and no finding of dishonesty in any court: tribal, state, and/or federal.
  • Must notify immediate supervisor of any involvement with law enforcement which is not work related within 72 hours.
  • Work history must demonstrate strict compliance with an attorney’s ethical obligations of competence, diligence, loyalty, honesty, and confidentiality.
  • Tribal member and Indian preference will apply.
  • Preference will also be given to honorably discharged veterans who are minimally qualified.


Note: Pursuant to Tribal Policy, if this position is safety sensitive it is subject to pre-employment drug testing. In addition, this position is subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug testing.




If required of this position, you must possess and maintain a valid Washington State driver’s license and be eligible for the Tribes’ Vehicle Insurance. In addition, this position may be subject to pre-employment background clearances. If applicable, these clearances must be maintained throughout employment.


INFORMATION: Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Human Resources Office, P. O. Box 150, Nespelem, WA 99155, 509-634-2295,

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