SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY
invites applications for the position of:
Senior Counsel (Enterprise)

An Equal Opportunity Employer
SALARY: $135,463.00 - $199,810.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 02/05/20
 
CLOSING DATE: 03/06/20 11:59 PM
 

DEFINITION:

Under general supervision from the General Counsel, serves as lead attorney in handling and/or monitoring outside counsel assigned to handle complex commercial transactions for SRPMIC enterprises.  Assists the SRPMIC enterprises with day-to-day legal needs, including serving as a liaison between SRPMIC enterprises and SRPMIC government administration and departments.  Prepares and negotiates contracts, commercial leases, legal memoranda and other documents on behalf of the SRPMIC enterprises, and attends enterprise board meetings.  Regularly consults with other Office of General Counsel (OGC) attorneys to resolve complex legal issues and disputes.  Manages assigned caseload, ensures that applicable laws are followed, and that tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced.  This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.
 

EXAMPLES OF TASKS:

Essential Functions:  (Essential functions, may vary among positions, but may include the following tasks, knowledge, abilities, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in this classification).

1.  Works directly with Enterprise Boards, officers and staff on legal issues and matters to ensure compliance with all SRPMIC laws, regulations and policies; and all other applicable laws.  Attends Enterprise Board Meetings. 

2.  Assists the Deputy and General Counsel in resolving complex legal issues impacting the SRPMIC enterprises, including commercial transactions, legislation, taxation, economic development and tribal sovereignty.  Confers with the other OGC attorneys and provides guidance in drafting appropriate legal opinions and responses to complex legal issues facing the SRPMIC enterprises.          

3.  Upon request of the General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel, assists with responding to issues at the direction of the Community Council.

4.  Assists in the management of outside legal counsel hired to serve as counsel for the SRPMIC enterprises.  Consults with the Deputy and the General Counsel in the preparation of a scope of work for services contracted.  Drafts contracts and engagement letters and provides direction and guidance to outside legal counsel.  Monitors and tracks the accuracy of billable hours charged against the SRPMIC as assigned, and reviews and approves invoices for payment.  Monitors all litigation involving the enterprises in tribal, state or federal forums. Informs the Deputy or the General Counsel of significant developments in litigation.         

5.  Manages assigned legal caseload, and ensures that applicable laws are followed and that SRPMIC sovereignty is protected.  Reviews, analyzes and interprets laws, rules, regulations and related legal documents and advises supervisor, General Counsel, Community Manager, and Council on legal matters affecting SRPMIC.  Reviews and drafts ordinances, policies, contracts and other legal documents at the request of the General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel. Maintains and preserves legal files.      

6.  Provides legal guidance to the SRPMIC Council, departments and enterprises on matters regarding the Community's sovereignty, jurisdiction, taxation and other required areas as assigned by the Deputy or General Counsel.  Negotiates contracts, agreements and other transactions on behalf of the SRPMIC.    

7.  Performs other job related duties and special assignments that enhance and/or facilitate departmental operations.      
 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics:
  • Knowledge of the history, culture, laws, rules, customs and traditions of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
  • Knowledge of Community, State and Federal laws, rules, regulations and policies, including Federal Indian law.
  • Knowledge of legal research methods, legal research software, and use of data bases.
  • Knowledge of commercial business transactions.
 
  • Skill in employee supervision, including planning, scheduling, training and performance evaluation.
  • Skill in interpreting and applying statues and ordinances.
  • Skill in evaluation of staff performance and conducting timely performance evaluation.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with SRPMIC administration, Community Council members, Community members and appropriate outside entities.
  • Skill in communicating with, and instructing others, using both technical and non-technical language as appropriate to provide legal counsel and explanation to those for whom the subject matter is unfamiliar and/or difficult to understand.
  • Skill in negotiation of complex contracts or agreements.
 
  • Ability to analyze difficult and complex legal issues and apply legal principles.
  • Ability to adapt to changing work situations and assignments.
  • Ability to exercise resourcefulness in addressing new problems.
  • Ability to present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically.
  • Ability to produce excellent written documents.
  • Ability to set priorities to meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze and draft proposed legislation.
  • Ability to get along well and cooperate with others.
  • Ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents and to present information in a clear and logical form, both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:  Graduation from accredited college or university with a Law Degree (Juris Doctor).
 
Experience: Seven (7) years of experience as a practicing attorney involving commercial transactions or economic development in Indian country.  Experience that has provided knowledge of social and economic conditions of tribal governments is essential.  Knowledge and experience providing legal advice and mentorship in the areas of commercial transactions, leasing, federal Indian law and tribal government legal matters are required.   
 
  • Preference given to applicants with prior experience advising other governments in commercial transactions and representing tribal governments.     
 
Equivalency:  Any equivalent combination of experience and education that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered when filling this position.
 
 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Membership in a State Bar and the ability to practice in Federal District Court is required.  If not a member of the Arizona State Bar, must be admitted to practice in Arizona within one year of employment with the Community.  Must attend a minimum of 15 hours annual continuing legal education as related to job and approved by supervisor.

Prior to hire as an employee, applicants will be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Will be required to pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check. Employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
 
"SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer" Preference will be given to a qualified Community Member, then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate.
 
In order to obtain consideration for Community member/Native American preference, applicant must submit a copy of Tribal Enrollment card or CIB which indicates enrollment in a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe by one of the following methods:
1) attach to application
2)  fax (480) 362-5860
3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.
 
Documentation must be received by position closing date.
The IHS/BIA Form-4432 is not accepted.
Your Tribal ID/CIB must be submitted to HR-Recruitment-Two Waters.