Staff Attorney

Job Closing: Feb 16, 2018

Division:  Legal Department   

Job Code:  23-1011   

Status:  Full-time, permanent, exempt   

SUMMARY:  The Staff Attorney will be responsible for providing legal advice on a wide array of legal issues as assigned.  The Staff Attorney shall report to the General Counsel.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Research and writing and legal analysis as assigned
  • Draft ordinances, codes, resolutions, policies and procedures and other governmental and administration documents as required.
  • Negotiate, draft and review contracts.
  • Prepare and reviews legal documents and correspondence for the Tribe.
  • Research records, court files and other legal documents when required.
  • Represent the Tribe in tribal and state courts, at tribunals and before administrative bodies when required.
  • Answer questions and perform tasks related to the receipt, review and processing of official documents.
  • Displays a courteous and helpful demeanor with colleagues and community members.
  • Promotes the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in a positive matter.
  • Other duties as assigned by General Counsel.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  J.D from an accredited law school with license to practice law in the State of New York or another state.  If the Attorney is admitted in another State and does not have a New York Bar, then the Attorney shall be required to obtain a New York Bar license within a year of engagement.

A minimum of two (2) years of experience practicing law required.  Experience practicing Tribal and/or Federal Indian Law preferred.  Knowledge of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Tribal Government, history, culture and contemporary issues in the area of federal Indian Law also preferred. 

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral or schedule form.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:  Thorough knowledge of the principles and current practices in the field of Tribal governmental.

Ability to deal with fairly complex interrelationships and personality types.

Excellent writing, negotiation and research skills required. 

Must be at least 18 years of age, have and maintain a valid driver’s license with a clean drivers abstract in accordance with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Fleet Policy.

Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Status Card or letter) by email to human.resources@srmt-nsn.gov or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 412 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.

NATIVE PREFERENCE POLICY

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.

DRUG TESTING POLICY

The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.

BACKGROUND CHECK

Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.

ELIGIBILITY LIST

A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.

INTERVIEW

Testing in the applicable skills may be required as part of the interview process.