Job Posting – Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel (Government)

Closes 04/13/13
Salary $106,539 – $157,148 annually

Under general supervision of the Deputy General Counsel, provides legal review
and advice to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC or
Community) government.  Ensures that applicable laws are followed so that
tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced.  Provides assistance to
avoid or prevent expensive legal disputes and litigation and protects the
Community’s legal interests.  This job class is treated as FLSA exempt.



  1. Reviews legal documents as directed by supervisor, may
    be assigned as counsel for civil litigation involving the Community and its
    departments.  Advises supervisor and/or Community Council on legal
    matters affecting SRPMIC.  Reviews law, rules, regulations, contracts,
    intergovernmental agreements, grant documents and related legal documents as
  2. Provides legal guidance on personnel, program and other related issues to various administrative departments of the SRPMIC.  Drafts legal documents and
    assists in drafting ordinances, regulations, and policies.  May provide
    functional, project specific supervision to support staff.
  3. Works with a broad range of clients such as Council members, government employees, boards, and committees and other officials many of whom are Community members.
  4. Represents SRPMIC on committee meetings, conferences, consultations or other external or intergovernmental meetings related to the various interests of the Community, as directed.
  5. Conducts legal research and provides written legal advice related to Community interests in areas related to tribal sovereignty, tribal jurisdiction, taxation,
    membership, health and human resources, law enforcement, human
    resources/personnel matters, civil litigation, estate planning, business law
    and/or other areas as directed by supervisor.
  6. Assists in the preparation of legal and technical correspondence for the President,
    Vice President, Community Manager, and General Counsel as directed
  7. Keeps abreast of federal law, regulations, administrative and court decision
    affecting Indian law and interacts with the BIA, OST, and other federal, state
    or local agencies impacting the Community.
  8. May supervise non-attorneys, law clerks, interns, and/or externs, as


Education and Experience:  Graduation
from an American Bar Associated accredited college or university with a Law
Degree (Juris Doctor) and at least three (3) years of experience as a licensed
attorney representing Native American tribes in legal affairs.  Experience
that has provided knowledge of social, political, and legal status conditions
of tribal governments is essential.

Equivalency:  Any equivalent
combination of experience and education that will allow the applicant to
satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered when filling
this position.

Special Requirements:  Must be a
member in good standing with a state bar association or if currently not a
member of the Arizona Bar must take and pass the Arizona Bar Exam and be
admitted to the Arizona Bar within one (1) year from the date of hire.  In
addition, candidates must have the ability to practice in Federal District
Court if required.  Must attend a minimum of 15 hours annual continuing
legal education as related to job and approved by supervisor.

“SRPMIC is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer” Preference will be given to a
qualified Community Member, then a qualified Native American and then other
qualified candidate.

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