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CATAWBA INDIAN NATION
POSITIONS: Attorney General
PAY RANGE: Salary range: $125,000+
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Attorney General is responsible for protecting all Tribal assets, defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting, and advising all Tribal entities in their pursuit of progress on behalf of Tribal citizens, and managing and providing legal services and representation to the Tribe, its Tribal Government, and its Tribal Entities. In addition, the Attorney General will work on developing Tribal Codes and supervising outside counsel. The Attorney General must have the ability to work closely and develop relationships with partner agencies in and outside of the tribe, organize and establish priorities, manage multiple projects effectively, and meet deadlines.
This position supports the CIN Mission by being a leader in the Legal Services Department that seeks to protect the interest and sovereignty of the Catawba Indian Nation and promote collective and individual self-sufficiency of the Catawba people. The Attorney General reports to the Tribal Administrator. This position is subject to the CIN Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.
- Provide legal counsel and representation to the General Council, Executive Committee, the Nation’s departments, commissions, boards, and other entities as required to carry out the business of Tribal Government and achieve the Nation’s overall objectives
- Enhance and protect the Nation’s sovereignty, jurisdiction, and authority
- Provide a broad range of legal services including, but not limited to contract law, employment law, administrative law, gaming law and regulation, cultural resources protection, economic development law, environmental law and natural resources, and tribal jurisdiction
- Draft and review legal documents, including, but not limited to, Tribal ordinances, leases, policies, letters, Tribal resolutions, Tribal policies and procedures, and briefs
- Provide contract review and drafting
- Work collaboratively in a team environment to support the functions of the Legal Department
- Assist in the establishment and development of the Tribal Public Safety Department, Tribal Courts, Tribal Victim Services, and other related justice services
- Attend conferences, educational courses, and training to maintain professional growth and development and improve professional competence
- Monitor and stay informed on Tribal, state, and federal legislation and issues and other legal developments, issues and cases that could affect the Tribe and its entities
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Must possess Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA accredited law school
- 8-10+ years of relevant experience in Federal Indian Law and Tribal Law, with knowledge and experience in contract law, employment law, administrative law, gaming law and regulation, cultural resources protection, economic development law, environmental law and natural resources, and tribal jurisdiction
- Experience in oversight and management of an in-house legal department
- Must be a member of the South Carolina and North Carolina State Bars and licensed to practice law in the States of South Carolina and North Carolina or eligible to become licensed in these states within twelve months of hire
- Must have a comprehensive understanding of tribal sovereignty and tribal jurisdictional matters
- Ability to conduct legal research that is accurate and thorough and provide accurate and useful legal advice
- Ability to organize and establish priorities, manage multiple projects effectively, and meet deadlines
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to attend Tribal meetings, conferences, and trainings as required
- Ability to work evenings and/or weekends as required
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; bend so as to open/use lower drawers or cabinetry; to talk, hear, and see. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
Catawba Indian Nation exercises INDIAN PREFERENCE
Native American Indian preference shall apply to this position pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (24 U.S.C. 450, et seq.), 25 CFR 271.44 and other relevant laws (title 25, U.S. code, Section 472 & 473).
Background checks and drug screening are requirements for employment.
Completion or submission of an application and/or resume does not guarantee an interview or an offer of employment. We only contact candidates selected for interviews and do not hold applicants for future vacancies. Applications must be submitted for current posted positions.
To apply, submit CIN Employment Application and Resume no later than 5:00 p.m., 01/08/2024 to The Catawba Indian Nation, Attention Human Resources, 996 Avenue of the Nations, Rock Hill, South Carolina, 29730. All requested information listed above must be submitted by the deadline. CIN Employment Applications are available from website https://www.catawba.com/careers and the above location.