UPDATED JOB: Navajo Attorney Position


The Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Human Services and Government Unit (HSGU), is seeking an energetic and motivated staff attorney with 0 to 8 years of legal experience. HSGU primarily provides legal advice and representation to the Navajo Nation Executive Branch’s Divisions of Education, Health, Human Resources, General Services, Public Safety, and Social Services regarding a wide range of legal issues. From time to time, HSGU also provides legal advice to the legislative and judicial branches of the Navajo Nation. Some litigation and travel is expected. Salary is negotiable within the range of $54,000 to $87,000, depending on experience.

Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from an A.B.A. accredited law school. Legal experience concerning federal Indian law and Navajo law preferred. Ability to speak Navajo is a plus, but not required. Current Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah and Navajo bar licensure is preferred, though not required. A successful applicant who is not currently licensed must take the Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah bar examination and the Navajo Nation bar examination at the next available opportunities. Applicants must have strong research, analytical and legal writing skills and work well with clients, who are employees of the Navajo Nation government.

Please direct applicant packets consisting of (1) Letter of Interest with current address, telephone numbers, and e-mail address; (2) Navajo Nation employment application; (2) resume; (3) recent legal writing sample; (4) copy of bar membership certificates, if any; and (5) law school graduation documents to Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Attention: Paul Spruhan, Assistant Attorney General, Human Services and Government Unit, P.O. Box 2010, Window Rock, AZ 86515, and to the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management, P.O. Box 7080, Window Rock, Arizona, 86515. Please visit www.nndpm.navajo.org/services.htm to obtain a copy of the Navajo Nation employment application. Applications will be accepted beginning June 21, 2010. For any questions, please contact Paul Spruhan at 928/871-6275.

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice complies with the Navajo Preference in Employment Act. This position is open until filled.