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Advocate Attorney, Senior (Part-Time) - 7952 


Job Title: Advocate Attorney, Senior (Part-Time)

Department: Executive

Division: Advocate

Status: Exempt/Full-time

Salary: $52,217.57/annually

Position Summary:

Under limited supervision, provides quality legal representation of tribal or non-tribal members in complex civil and/or criminal matters in accordance with tribal, state, county, federal or other applicable laws.

The work is normally reviewed upon completion to ensure compliance with general organization/department goals, policies and procedures. Major work activities are covered by procedures or guidelines permitting flexibility in selecting methods to utilize and procedures to follow, determination of work priorities, and the planning and coordination of projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Improves staff effectiveness by coaching, counseling, training and recommending disciplinary action for employees; planning, delegating, monitoring, and appraising job tasks and results in a timely manner.
  • Evaluates applications; counsels current and prospective clients on legal matters.
  • Interviews clients, gathers evidence, and analyzes pertinent information in civil, criminal, and other cases to formulate defense and prepare for legal action.
  • Conducts research, interviews clients, and witnesses and handles other details in preparation for trial.
  • Prepares legal briefs, develops strategy, arguments and testimony in preparation for presentation of case.
  • Handles specific cases assigned by supervising attorney.
  • Presents cases in tribal courts and courts of other jurisdictions.
  • Interprets laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals.
  • Confers with colleagues to establish and verify basis for legal proceedings.
  • Maintains all appropriate documentation as required.
  • Improves paraprofessional and support staff effectiveness by coaching, counseling and training.
  • 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.
  • 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 Tohono O’odham Nation’s government operations and functions.
  • Knowledge of the economic, educational, health and social problems of Native Americans.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of legal research.
  • Knowledge of legal strategies, their development and presentation.
  • 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 presenting complex information.
  • Skill in coaching, counseling and training others.
  • 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 travel long distances through out the Tohono O’odham Nation.
  • 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 criminal and civil cases.
Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and ten years work experience in the legal field.
  • Three years supervisory experience of paralegal staff and/or attorneys.

Licenses, Certifications, Special Requirements:

  • Must posses an Arizona State Bar Association License.
  • Upon recommendation for hire a criminal background check 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 Sells  
Open Date 8/9/2022  
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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