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Legal Counsel - 7558 


Job Title: Legal Counsel, Gaming

Department: Executive

Division: Gaming

Status: Exempt/Full-time

Salary: $115,276.93/annually

Position Summary:

Under general direction, provides legal advice and representation to the Gaming Office; representing the Gaming Office in all legal proceedings, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation’s Gaming Office.

The major work activities are generally undefined except in terms of achieving overall

organization/department goals. Specific policies, procedures and guidelines are virtually nonexistent except for executive directives and accepted professional standards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares and reviews contracts, agreements, leases, rights of way and similar documents in order to maintain the best legal interests of the gaming operation.
  • Provides legal advice and services on legal issues.
  • Studies gaming federal legislation, federal regulations, statutes, ordinances and decisions of judicial bodies.
  • Examines legal data and conducts research on assigned legal matters, draft legal memorandums summarizing results and legal conclusions.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; reviewing case histories and rulings; attending workshops, conferences and seminars; establishing networks; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • Maintains documentation and confidentiality of all privileged information.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned and contributes to a team effort.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the Tohono O’odham culture, customs, and traditions.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, tribal laws, regulations and requirements.
  • Knowledge of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), Arizona Tribal-State Compact and Tohono O’odham Nation, Federal and State laws, rules, regulations and ordinances pertaining to gaming operations.
  • Knowledge of tribal laws and codes, modern tribal court practices, judicial procedure, and rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of applicable criminal, civil and traffic laws, statutes and ordinances and other applicable regulatory laws.
  • Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of modern court practices and administration with emphasis on court development and systems.
  • Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs.
  • Skill in gathering, analyzing, and organizing information.
  • Skill in preparing, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting complex legal documents and publications.
  • Skill in working effectively under pressure.
  • Skill in providing superior customer service to external and internal customers.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Ability to maintain privileged confidential information.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
  • Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and negotiate legal actions.
  • Ability to interpret and apply applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements to complex questions of law.
  • Ability to prepare, review, analyze and interpret complex legal documents and publications.
  • Ability to gather, analyze and organize information.
  • Ability to persuade and inform others.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with short deadlines.
Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and eight years’ legal work experience in a gaming enterprise field, or an equivalent combination of training, education, and work experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of this position.

Licenses, Certifications, Special Requirements:

  • Must possess an Arizona State Bar License.
  • Must obtain permission to practice in the Courts of the Tohono O’odham Nation.
  • Must be certified by the Arizona Department of Gaming and/or Licensed by the Tohono O’odham Nation before hire.
  • Upon recommendation for hire a criminal background check with NO prior convictions of any felonies is required to determine suitability for hire, including a 39-month Motor Vehicle Record.
  • May require possessing and maintaining a valid driver’s license, (no DUIs or major traffic citations within the last three years).
  • If required, must meet the Tohono O’odham Nation tribal employer’s insurance requirements to receive a driver’s permit to operate program vehicles.
  • Based on the department’s needs, incumbents may be required to demonstrate fluency in both the Tohono O’odham Language and English as a condition of employment.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and sit; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Location Glendale/Tucson  
Open Date 4/4/2022  
Close Date  
About the Organization The Tohono O'odham Nation is a federally-recognized tribe that includes approximately 28,000 members occupying tribal lands in Southwestern Arizona. The Nation is the second largest reservations in Arizona in both population and geographical size, with a land base of 2.8 million acres and 4,460 square miles, approximately the size of the State of Connecticut. Its four non-contiguous segments total more than 2.8 million acres at an elevation of 2,674 feet.  

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