Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California CARSON ONE STOP-CHEVRON STATION-TRAVEL PLAZA in Gardnerville, Nevada

Job Description

Position Summary:

Under direct supervision the General Counselis responsible for providing legal advice on matters affecting the Washoe Tribe of Nevada andCalifornia. Prepares legal research and writings as required; reports to Tribal Council the findings of all assigned tasks. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.

Preferred Skills

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serves as General Counsel for the Tribal Government.
  • Provides general legal counsel to the Tribal Council, Tribal Chairperson, Administration, Community Councils and all Tribal Departments.
  • Serves as counsel for all Tribal Council meetings; and on request for Tribal Health Board meetings, Community Council meetings, and meetings of standing Tribal Council committees.
  • Advocates for and defends the interests and trust assets of the Tribe and negotiates inter-governmental agreements with Federal, State and local governments.
  • Drafts, advocates for and secures Federal and State legislation to protect and further Tribal interests.
  • Drafts and revises Tribal ordinances, regulations, procedures, plans and policies, on behalf of the Tribal Council or Tribal departments.
  • Prepares response for any legal correspondence.
  • Creates strategic plan for environmental protection and land acquisitions including assist in plans to respond to environmental threats.
  • Conducts legal research and draft memoranda or reports on a variety of legal issues.
  • Researches and reads all pending litigation and regulations affecting the Tribe and submits comment letters when necessary.
  • Represents the Tribe in litigation or manages outside counsel, including contract disputes, insurance disputes and jurisdictional questions.
  • Ensures compliance with civil regulatory ordinances of the Washoe Tribe.
  • Performs constitutional analysis and drafting of memos on various constitutional questions.
  • Prosecutes violations of Tribal civil ordinances and regulations.
  • Assists in commercial activities for WDG and reviews contracts.
  • Assists Gaming Commission with licensing procedures, licensing forms, Minimum Internal Controls and other issues as needed.
  • Attends BIA Probate Court proceedings as needed.
  • Reviews lease and land assignment issues.
  • Provides legal assistance for non-profit entity Washoe Land Conservancy.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • Supervises work of Legal Secretary.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree of Juris Doctorate or Bachelor of Law Degree from an accredited law school and five years increasingly responsible experience representing clients in the legal field.
  • Must be admitted to the bar of the States of Nevada and/or California.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.
  • Must be able to be insurable by the Tribe’s Driving Policy.No felony convictions, nor misdemeanor convictions, which involve a crime of moral turpitude.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.
  • Preference will be given to qualified Native Americans.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications:

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances and requirements.
  • Knowledge of tribal laws and codes, modern tribal courts practices, judicial procedure, and rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of business writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and negotiate legal actions.
  • Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict timelines.
  • Skill in the preparation and trial of legal cases and corresponding documents.
  • Skill in supervising assigned staff.
  • Skill in operating business computers, including various database, spreadsheet, and word-processing 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.

Posted On: Thursday, 8th June 2017

Department: Legal

Location: Gardnerville Gardnerville, NV

Pay Rate: $89,975-$143,959

Job Type: Full Time Exempt