Job Opportunity – Chief Judge

The Nez Perce Tribe Department of Law & Justice is recruiting for: CHIEF JUDGE HR-15-122

This position requires a wide range of legal, administrative, management and budgetary skills. The Chief Judge presides over the Tribal Court, and hears, or assigns to other Tribal Court Associate and Pro-Tem judges, all cases heard in the Tribal Court. The Chief Judge handles all phases of civil and criminal litigation, drafts orders, opinions, memoranda and other legal documents, and fulfills all other duties required of the Chief Judge to assure an effective and fair Tribal Court. In addition, the Chief Judge supervises Associate Judges, and the Court Administrator/Chief Clerk.

Requires three (3) years’ experience as a judge, tribal court judicial experience preferred. More than five (5) years of tribal court Chief Judge experience and evidence of success in court administration, court staff supervision and court budget development is preferred. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a thorough knowledge of Indian law, the Nez Perce Tribal Code, and applicable federal law, including but not limited to the Tribal Law and Order Act and Violence Against Women Act. Must have a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and must be a member in good standing of a state bar.

Please list contact information of at least four (4) work-related references, two of whom must be judges. Pre-employment drug testing required. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license with the ability to be insured under the Tribe’s policy. This position closes open until filled. (Grade 28)

To apply: Recruitments for Entry Level Positions (Grade 15 and below) will require a completed Tribal application only. Recruitments for Professional Positions (Grade 16 and above) will require a completed Tribal application and resume. Please submit one application per position:
Nez Perce Tribe Human Resources Office
ATTN: Job Name & No.
P.O. Box 365
Lapwai, Idaho, 83540

Tribal Preference applies.<>

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