SUMMARY: This is professional legal work involving responsibility for providing counsel and related legal services to the Social Service Division. The work is performed under the general direction of the Commissioner/ Deputy, who reviews work through conferences and reports for results obtained. The incumbent does related work as required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
Acts as legal consultant to the Social Services Division;
Represents the Division in all proceedings including actions such as child abuse and child neglect; as well as adult protective proceedings;
Reviews petitions prior to submission and court orders drawn for resultant proceedings for content, completeness and accuracy;
Researches, analyzes and applies legal principles, facts, evidence and precedents and to prepare and present statements of law and fact;
Prepares caseworkers and witnesses for court appearances;
Prepares legal briefs, memorandums, arguments and testimony on behalf of the Division;
Prepares all legal actions for negotiations and trials;
Executes clear, logical and persuasive arguments in written and oral form on all legal matters;
Assists Social Services Division by interpreting laws, rulings, and regulations.
Gathers evidence in family court cases to formulate defense or to initiate legal proceedings in Federal/State/Tribal Courts.
Communicates and maintains effective relationships with other attorneys as appropriate to maintain Division operations;
Must maintain high ethical and professional standards of conduct while managing an assigned caseload, performing quality legal work and working under pressure of deadlines;
Must maintain an acceptable attendance record;
Must be reliable and prompt when reporting to work;
Required to attend job related, in-service, meetings and training to maintain professional and technical knowledge, this may require traveling;
Must adhere to tribal law and other applicable laws, as well as Tribal Personnel policies and procedures;
May provide legal services as necessary to the Tribe including assistance to the SRMT Child Support Enforcement Unit (CSEU).
The above duties and responsibilities are not an all-inclusive list, but rather a general representation of the duties and responsibilities associated with this position.
Will promote SRMT in a positive manner at all times.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Staff Attorney is responsible for (1) paralegal.
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, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Due to the sensitive nature of information and personal files maintained within Social Service Division, we must maintain strict confidentiality at all times.
EDUCATION and /or EXPERIENCE: Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school, Active membership in New York State bar association and a member in good standing required, at least two years’ experience as a practicing attorney preferable in the areas of family law, and is eligible for admission to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Court Bar Association,
Familiarity with the basic principles of federal Indian law including such topics as tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA); Ability to communicate the law and complex ideas in a manner understandable to laypersons; Experience with program or operations in the Social Services fields; Knowledge of Social Services, Medicaid and Social Security Law; Will be expected to effectively collaborate and share knowledge with others as a team participant in order to ensure a productive work environment; Provide training to staff of the Department regarding legal and court mandates and requirements.
Thorough knowledge of the applicable New York State and Federal Law, rules, and regulations, NYS Family Law, the Indian Child Welfare Act, the office of Children and Family Services regulations and Family Court procedures; Thorough knowledge of the county, state, and federal laws as they apply to social welfare; Thorough knowledge of investigative methods and practices; Working knowledge of the policies, procedures and requirements from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement including requirements of TitleIV-D of the Social Security Act and 45 CFR Part 309/310.
OTHER SKILLS and/or ABILITIES: An equivalent combination of education and experience as defined by the above;Good knowledge of the general functions and administrative activities of the Tribal Social Services Division and other Tribal service agencies; Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality of all court proceedings; Ability to work with minimal supervision, organize well and handle multiple projects in a timely manner; Strong oral and written communication skills; Knowledge of computer operations and software programs typically used in a legal setting including, but not limited to Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, email, internet, and Westlaw; Ability to solve problems, multi-task, prioritize, organize and effective leadership in court related matters; Must be dependable, reliable and trustworthy.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to express ideas and use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
The successful candidate must pass a criminal background check, as well as, a State Central Registry clearance prior to employment.
Job Closing Date: January 27, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.
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.
Additional Salary Information: New York State Occupational Wages North Country - Job Code: 23-1011
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is the duly elected and federally recognized government of the Akwesasne Mohawks that deals exclusively with the United States and the State of New York in all government-to-government relations. Its vision encompasses the shared desire to improve and enrich the lives of tribal members, while leading the Akwesasne community into the future with confidence and the stre...ngth of traditional Mohawk core values.
The SRMT provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits including medical/dental plans, short term/long term disability coverage, 401k plan with discretionary company contribution, paid time off, group life insurance coverage, resources and more!