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.
- 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.
TRIBAL MEMBER AND INDIAN PREFERENCE WILL APPLY; PREFERENCE WILL ALSO BE GIVEN TO HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERANS WHO ARE MINIMALLY QUALIFIED.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org