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Assistant Attorney General

Quinault Indian Nation Taholah, WA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

EMPLOYEE REPORTS TO: Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General.
JOB SUMMARY: The successful applicant will be part of a team of experienced attorneys responsible for providing the Quinault Indian Nation with an array of legal services.
The preparation of legal action documents such as contracts, resolutions, and tribal codes.
Represent the Nation before federal, tribal, state and local governments and agencies.
Represent the Nation in its transactions and business relationships with private companies and other third parties.
Research and write legal opinions for the Business Committee and Quinault Nation Divisions, Departments and Programs, and consult with and advise Nation staff on questions of law, policy and procedure.
Review pending or proposed federal, state and local legislation and regulations affecting the Quinault Nation and make policy recommendations to the Business Committee regarding same.
Initiate and defend legal actions on behalf of the Nation in tribal, federal and state courts, and before administrative forums.
Attend Business Committee meetings, Division and Department, and Program staff meetings, and the meetings of other boards, commissions and committees in order to provide consultation and advice on the legal affairs of the Nation.
Attend staff meetings and trainings as directed and approved by the Attorney General.
Continue professional development, including continuing legal education and/or training in the areas of Indian law, or other issues relevant to job duties.
Maintain confidentiality of all records, materials and communications concerning client matters.
Perform other duties as required or assigned.
Represent the Quinault Nation at national, state and local meetings/conferences to promote and explain Quinault objectives. Act as advisor to the Business Committee, and senior staff on the development and implementation of Quinault policies. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Business Committee, other boards and commissions, and Nation staff. Consult with other government representatives and agencies, business community, and private and public organizations to explore new ideas and resolve problems.
Work is primarily performed in an indoor office setting for eight hours per day, five days per week. The position requires routine discussion, listening and observation, with regular contact with the public and employees; frequently sitting and occasionally standing and walking. Must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines. Frequently necessary to work beyond normal office hours for evening and weekend meetings or projects. Business travel within the state and to other states may be required. Necessary aptitude includes understanding instructions; reason to make judgments; numeric aptitude; problem solving and analytic abilities; initiative, ingenuity and imagination; memory and concentration. Patience and persuasiveness are needed. Requires strong verbal aptitude and public speaking ability.
Knowledge of:
 Principles of organizational structure, management, risk management, human resources, and employee relations.
 Principles of civil, constitutional, and administrative laws as well as some understanding of federal Indian Law.
 Judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
 Principles, methods, materials, and practices of legal research.
 Precedents and legal decisions impacting issues confronting Indian Nations and the general operations of the Quinault Nation.
 Statutes and codes applicable to civil proceedings and claims.
 Ability and willingness to learn the policies, operations, procedures, and functions of the Quinault Nation.
 Principles and methods of public administration and supervision.
 Working knowledge and understanding of Indian communities and their people, including traditions and customs, preferred.
Ability to:
 Research, analyze and apply legal principles, facts and precedents to problems.
 Give legal advice and counsel to other staff.
 Draft legal documents such as codes, resolutions, memorandums, statutes and contracts.
 Prepare, present and conduct effective legal arguments and appeals in trials and/or hearings.
 Present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form.
 Effectively use and provide training in legal research methods.
Minimum Requirements:
 J.D. Degree from an accredited law school;
 member of the Washington State Bar Association and in good standing, or qualify within 12 months of appointment;
 2 – 5 years’ experience as an attorney;
 Must pass a pre-employment drug test;
Position opened until filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application, letter of interest, resume and two writing samples to The Nation is a Quinault and Indian preference
employer. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, and to explore the Nation’s website at:

Quinault Indian Nation

Why Work Here?

Great benefits

We are among the small number of Americans who can walk the same beaches, paddle the same waters, and hunt the same lands our ancestors did centuries ago. The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) consists of the Quinault and Queets tribes and descendants of five other coastal tribes: Quileute, Hoh, Chehalis, Chinook, and Cowlitz . Our ancestors lived on a major physical and cultural dividing line. Beaches to the south are wide and sandy, while to the north, they are rugged and cliff-lined. We shared in the cultures of the people to the south as well as those to the north. Living in family groups in long houses up and down the river, we were sustained by the land and by trade with neighboring tribes. Superb salmon runs, abundant sea mammals, wildlife, and forests provided substantial material and spiritual wealth to our ancestors. A great store of knowledge about plants and their uses helped provide for our people. The western redcedar, the “tree of life,” provided logs for canoes, bark for clothing, split boards for houses, and more. We are the Canoe People , the people of the cedar tree. We remember our past while employing modern principles in a marriage that will bring hope and promise to our people now and in the future.

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