Judicial Vacancy Announcement – Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch

Sells, Arizona
Tohono O’odham Judicial Court

Closing date: Monday, August 2, 2021
Position: Judge (one position)
Term: One term ending January 31, 2023

Length of Employment:
The Nation’s judges are appointed by the Tohono O’odham Legislative Council and serve six-year terms until a successor is appointed and sworn in. A Nation’s judge is eligible for reappointment to additional terms in office.

1) Possess a juris doctorate degree and be licensed to practice in any state, be a member in good standing with a state bar association, and have at least three years of experience as a practicing attorney;
2) Possess an associate’s degree and be an enrolled member of the Nation, and have served as a judge for at least six years or have at least ten years of work experience and training in a judicial or law-related field.
NOTE: See 6 T.O.C. Chapter 1, Subsection 1103(C) at http://tolc-nsn.gov/docs/Title6Ch1.pdf for additional requirements and disqualifications.

See full vacancy description here.

Application requirements:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials electronically.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, three writing samples, and three reference letters along with the completed application forms available at http://tolc-nsn.gov/ to:

ATTN: Leander V. Mase, Chairperson
Judiciary Committee
Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch
Post Office Box 837
Sells, Arizona 85634
(520) 383-5260 leander.mase@tonation-nsn.gov

Job Opportunity – Navajo Superior Court Position

The Office of the Governor will review applications and interview selected applicants for the vacancy, and Governor Doug Ducey will appoint the new judge pursuant to Article VI, Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution.

Requirements: Applicants must be at least 30 years of age and less than 65 years of age, of good moral character, admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, a resident of Arizona for the past five years, and a resident of Navajo County for the past year pursuant to Article VI, Sections 22 and 37 of the Arizona Constitution

The judicial application form can be downloaded online at the Office of the Governor’s website: https://azgovernor.gov/judges.

Job Opportunity – Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison

Rapid City, South Dakota

Job Summary:

This position will have both internal and external facing responsibilities to advance the mission of GPTCHB through excellence in regulatory tracking, policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, research and related projects.  This position oversees the interactions of the GPTCHB with tribal, federal and state governments and agencies in addressing all issues affecting health care in the Great Plains Area, and will assist with efforts to advocate for Indian health.  This position will be responsible for tracking and responding to federal health policies and regulations as they impact Indian Country.  The Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison will establish and strengthen ties and relationships with tribal councils, chairpersons, officials, staff, and tribal members in the OHC Service Area. The incumbent must have a strong understanding of health care delivery, the federal trust relationship with Indian Tribes as well as the legal, policy and political frameworks impacting Direct Service and Self-Governing Tribes as well as compacting and contracting Tribes, and this position is expected to understand the intricacies of how tribal political bodies, including the Councils and their Committees, and the tribal executive branches work. 


  • Minimum education required is graduate or doctorate degree in Law, public policy/government, public administration or other relevant field; Juris Doctorate preferred.
  • A minimum of five (3) years’ of experience in the Indian health care delivery system working with American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments with demonstrated experience with policy analysis and development, research, project management and community engagement, and federal policy advocacy, working with Congress and the Administration.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to be detail oriented. Computer and technical skills (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Experience that indicates the ability to interact effectively with leaders among American Indian communities, government agencies, scientific and academic communities, medical and health-related organizations, nongovernmental groups and the public at large is required.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal and background check, and a pre-employment drug screen.

Essential Functions:

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key partners, networks, coalitions, organizations, and other GPTCHB partners critical to the achievement of the organization’s legislative agenda; convene and regularly communicate with an array of tribes and national, regional, and tribal organizations focused on a broad range of policy priorities.
  • Build relationships with Congressional and Administration contacts that are necessary to further the overall mission and responsibilities of GPTCHB, including interaction with tribal partners, federal partners, national and regional organization partners, constituent inquiries, and correspondence.
  • Attends meetings of groups and individuals affected by the GPTCHB programs and build positive partnerships.
  • Assist in development of strategies for GPTCHB discussions and negotiations with represented tribal governments to create mutually beneficial agreements and partnerships.

The GPTCHB is a tribal organization which follows tribal preference laws. It is our policy to give preference to qualified Indian/Tribal candidates overqualified non-native candidates in hiring decisions, if all other qualifications are equal.

See the full job description and apply here.

Job Opportunity – Associate Attorney

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP
Washington, D.C.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, Portland, OR, Oklahoma City, OK, Sacramento, CA and Anchorage, AK is seeking an Associate Attorney for its Washington, DC office. Hobbs Straus specializes in Federal Indian Law and has worked for almost 40 years to realize positive change in Indian Country. Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending tribal rights, expanding opportunities for tribes, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Qualifications for candidates include: (1) superior research and writing skills; (2) strong academic performance; (3) strong communication skills; and (4) a commitment to tribal representation. We are looking for candidates with 0-3 years of legal experience. Prior experience in the field of Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred.

To apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to Ms. Robin Branthover at rbranthover@hobbsstraus.com.


Job Opportunity – Associate Attorney

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP
Oakland, CA

Apply by: 07/11/2021, 11:30pm MST

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP represents American Indian tribes and organizations. We provide comprehensive services to our tribal clients involving all aspects of tribal government and tribal rights, and provide services on such matters as governmental programs, policies and legislation, business development and financing, real estate and land use, business transactions, protection of Indian children, cultural resources and governmental affairs.

The firm’s partners have devoted their entire careers to the furtherance of Indian and tribal rights and their 150 years of collective experience representing California Indian tribes is highly valued by our clients. In addition to the partners, all of our associates are highly experienced, sophisticated attorneys. We believe in collegiality, mutual respect and maintaining a level of staffing that allows the firm to quickly provide needed services to our tribal clients who utilize us as general counsel for their governmental and commercial entities while at the same time allowing us to maintain a healthy work-life balance. This is an excellent opportunity for an attorney seeking professional growth and stable employment in a practice that will fully utilize their training, knowledge and experience in federal Indian and tribal law.

We are seeking an attorney with experience in representing tribal interests.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school;
  • Status as an active member in good standing of the bar of CA or willing to sit for the next CA bar exam;
  • Ability to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area;
  • Two or more years experience working with Indian tribes or tribal entities;
  • Proven skills in effectively communicating with tribal clients, opposing counsel, and federal/state/local agencies:
  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing abilities;
  • Experience drafting transactional and governmental documents; and
  • Ability to work well independently and as a member of a team.

Duties and Responsibilities include all the duties that typically are required of tribal attorneys

We offer very competitive compensation and full benefits

Interested candidates should send their resumes to: hiring@jmandmplaw.com

Michael Pfeffer
1970 Broadway Suite 825, Oakland – CA, United States (USA), 94612

Job Opportunity – Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) Manager

Ak-Chin Indian Community  

Title: Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) Manager

Closing date: 05/19/21 11:59 PM Arizona Time

Under the direct supervision of the Ak-Chin Indian Community Council, the Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) Manager is responsible for the oversight and administration of the PRC program which includes supervision of staff, budget development and accountability, and advocate for all eligible program users.

Examples of duties:

  • Responsible for all PRC program operations, functions and services guided by an adherence to program policies and procedures and manages the program that meet the Ak-Chin Indian Community mission, vision and values.
  • Provides supervision and guidance to all PRC staff including scheduling, performance management, and providing training and opportunities for professional growth.
  • Prepares programmatic, fiscal, and statistical reports and data as requested.
  • Works collaboratively with Tribal leadership and other Tribal/Community entities.
  • Assists with determining provider agreement rates for PRC outpatient and inpatient services.
  • Ensures the processing of Medicare-Like rates for appropriate claims.
  • Develops the annual budget and closely monitors expenditures, variances and high cost/chronic care case management.
  • Provides guidance on day-to-day services including eligibility determination, maintaining billing and payment records, authorizing services, claims processing and identifying alternate resources.
  • Prepares CHEF claims in coordination with the PRC Specialist.
  • Ensures an office culture of respect, enthusiasm to assist program recipients, teamwork and positive attitudes; effectively and efficiently addresses staff and program recipient issues.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality, meets HIPAA compliance and IHS regulatory requirements as well as all other tribal, state or federal applicable regulations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
See full job description and apply here.

Job Opportunity – Attorney-Advisor

DHS Headquarters
Office of the General Counsel

Open & Closing dates
05/17/2021 to 05/16/2022

Washington, DC

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Regulatory Affairs Division (RLD), and reports to the Associate General Counsel or Deputy Associate General Counsel. The primary purpose of this position is to support the management and development of the Department’s regulatory actions and by providing legal counsel on DHS and component regulatory matters.

• Review DHS and component regulatory actions for compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, Executive Orders 12866 and 13563, and related statutes and Executive Orders.
• Ensure that DHS and component regulatory actions are consistent with Departmental policies and procedures.
• Provide written and oral advice to DHS senior leadership on legal issues regarding regulatory actions and initiatives. Etc…

Basic requirements

  1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or
  2. The second professional law degree (LL.M.) AND
  3. Specialized professional legal experience in excess of two years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position or two years of judicial clerkship.

GS-14 or GS-15:

  1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or
  2. The second professional law degree (LL.M.) AND
  3. Specialized professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The quality of the individual’s background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization.

To See full job description
USAJOBS – Job Announcement

Agency contact info
Lori Pollacci

Job Opportunity – RFP for Outside Legal Counsel Services

Diné Development Corporation—RFP for Outside Legal Counsel Services

Diné Development Corporation (“DDC”), a corporation wholly owned by the Navajo Nation, is seeking proposals for outside counsel services to serve as general and special counsel to DDC and its subsidiaries. DDC’s headquarters are located in Scottsdale, Arizona.  DDC owns several subsidiaries that conduct federal contracting business in the areas of information technology and environmental services. DDC is soliciting responses for some or all of scope of legal services described in the “Scope of Legal Services” section of the Request for Proposals (RFP). A copy of the RFP can be obtained by emailing Kyla.Dubberstein@KutakRock.com.   The deadline for proposals is 12:00pm on June 1, 2021.  

Job Opportunity

RFOLD currently has one open position and is seeking applications by COB Monday May 17, 2021. Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter stating why you are interested in the position and why you believe you should be selected to Keith Weiner at Keith.Weiner@fema.dhs.gov with a copy to Cynthia Morrison at Cynthia.Morrison@fema.dhs.gov. The duty station for this position is Washington, D.C., however, due to the unique nature of RFOLD, other FEMA fixed facilities may be considered. The DACC for FO-Central will report to Mr. Keith Weiner, Associate Chief Counsel for RFOLD.

(1) IC-15 CORE Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, Field Operations (Central)

The Regional and Field Operations Legal Division (RFOLD) is seeking an extremely organized, competent, personable, and collaborative person to be the next Deputy Associate Chief Counsel for Field Operations – Central (DACC for FO-Central). The DACC for FO-Central will be the first level supervisor to approximately eight Deployable Field Counsel (DFC) attorneys and act as primary POC for the provision of field legal services to about a third of FEMA’s regions. Along with the other DACCs-FO and the OCC Cadre Coordinator, the DACC-FO Central will manage the deployment of our 95-strong cadre to disasters throughout the Nation and its territories.

FEMA’s Deployable Field Counsel team serve as the on-scene, attorneys who deploy to the Joint Field Offices across the Nation from Guam to the United States Virgin Islands. The DFC serve as the principal legal advisors to the Federal Coordinating Officers (FCOs) and field staff. Issues frequently involve complex Public Assistance projects, Individual Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation issues; reviewing documents and correspondence related to major and emergency disaster declarations; reviewing procurement/contracting matters; collaborating with headquarters counsel with respect to personnel law issues; working with headquarters litigators regarding litigation; and serving as an ethics official. The legal issues faced by the DFCs in the field are broad, and include nearly every agency program and operational function. As one of the leaders of this team, the DACC for FO-Central position is faced with unique challenges that are not faced by most OCC supervisors. You must lead and help your team to succeed in an often high stress environment and, yet, rarely have in-person contact.

Candidates must have at least five years of legal experience including at least four years of specialized experience that is directly related to the position being filled.  At least two of the four years of specialized experience must be at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the GS-14 level.  This is a CORE position.

Job Opportunity

The Mission Support Legal Division (MSLD) is seeking two Attorneys for detail to the Personnel Law Branch (PLB). Both details are located at FEMA HQ, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC, although full-time telework is authorized at least through August 31, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Detail #1 is at the GS/IC-14 level and requires favorable adjudication of a Tier 5 background investigation for a Top Secret clearance (critical-sensitive), which must be initiated as soon as possible. Therefore, the detail will not start until approximately the end of July to allow time for adjudication of the background investigation prior to the commencement of the detail. A temporary promotion is not authorized. The detailee will primarily provide legal support to the Office of the Chief Security Officer (OCSO), providing legal advice on all matters related to security (e.g., policy review, legal issues associated with personnel and physical security, as well as issues arising from the Security Compliance Division, and Fraud Investigations and Inspections Division) in disaster and steady-state contexts. The incumbent may also be assigned work supporting the Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer (OCCHCO) and other program offices in reviewing disciplinary actions and policy review, as well as assisting with personnel litigation. The detailee will report to the PLB Principal Deputy. The detail will be a minimum of 90 days (CORE) or 120 days (PFT).

Detail #2 is at the GS/IC-13, or 14 level. The incumbent will primarily support the Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer (OCCHCO), as well as serving all FEMA programs from which personnel litigation arises, will perform some disciplinary and adverse actions and policy review and may be assigned or assist with litigation before administrative forums (labor arbitrations, MSPB, EEOC, state unemployment and FLRA). The incumbent reports to the PLB-West Branch Chief. The detail will be 120 days, but an extension of 60 days will be requested. The detail will begin as soon as practicable after the announcement closes and a selection is made.

Candidates must have strong writing and communication skills and the ability to work independently, and represent the agency at a high level both internally and externally. Candidates must possess at least three years of professional legal experience, at least one of which includes advising clients and reviewing policies, procedures, technical manuals and other publications for legal sufficiency. For Detail #1, experience with providing advice to a federal security office will receive positive consideration. For Detail #2, experience with oral advocacy before courts or administrative tribunals, drafting memoranda of fact and law, motions, pleadings, litigation reports, and specific labor and employment experience will receive positive consideration. Please note this in your application. Due to the nature of FEMA’s operations, successful candidates should show the ability to work remotely. In addition, as a FEMA employee, the incumbent is subject to being deployed to support FEMA disaster operations.

If you would like to be considered for one of these details, please send a resume, clearly stating for which detail it is to be considered, to:
Detail #1: Leigh Hoburg by COB Wednesday, May 12 via email at Leigh.Hoburg@fema.dhs.gov.
Detail #2: Ashley Darbo by COB Monday, May 17 via email at Ashley.Darbo@fema.dhs.gov.
If applying for both details, applicant must submit a resume for each.