Position Summary: Under general supervision of the Prosecutor, represents the Community in adult criminal matters, juvenile delinquency matters, mental health commitment matters, juvenile proceedings involving allegations of child dependency, incorrigibility, and truancy. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.
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. Interviews complainant/victims, law enforcement officers, and witnesses, and performs legal research regarding pending cases for both Criminal and/or Civil cases as assigned.
2. Works to obtain information necessary to prepare and effectively prosecute a variety of assigned criminal, civil, juvenile and dependency cases, as a representative of the Community, before the Tribal Court.
3. Represents the Community in juvenile and adult criminal/civil matters such as bench and jury trials, adjudication, and dependency cases.
4. Reviews child protective services reports to determine appropriateness of dependency actions to be filed.
5. Works closely with the Social Services department to proactively represent the Community in dependency matters, including adoption, child support and guardianship proceedings
6. Represents the Community in juvenile and civil court for adjudications, termination hearings, adoptions, guardianship and other related Hearings.
7. Drafts legal memorandum for the Tribal Court or legal counsel.
8. Conducts adult arraignments, juvenile initials, and truancy hearings as assigned. Prosecutes Community members and others who violate various State and Federal Laws and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Codes.
9. Provides legal assistance to the SRPMIC departments and divisions such as Police, Social Services, Behavioral Health, and Child Protective Services
10. Presents legal commitment actions to the Community Court for persons to be admitted to mental health facilities.
11. Conducts legal research. Requests assistance from the Investigation Division of the Department of Public Safety and other state, local, and federal officials to obtain information necessary to appropriately represent the Community’s best interests before the Tribal Court.
12. Performs other job related tasks as assigned by the Assistant Community Prosecutor or Prosecutor.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics:
Knowledge of SRPMIC code of ordinances, policies, tribal, state and federal laws.
Knowledge of legal research methods, legal research software (Lexis Nexis or Westlaw), use of data bases, legal principles and their applications.
Knowledge of principles and practices of legal profession.
Knowledge of the history and customs of the SRPMIC.
Skill in applying and interpreting statutes, ordinances and other laws, rules, regulations and policies as they pertain to legal issues presented for review.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with a variety of victims/complainant, witnesses, the staff of the Defense Advocate’s Office, Tribal law enforcement personnel, Tribal Court Staff, Community administrators, department directors, Tribal Council members, staff and other members of the Community as well as outside entities.
Ability to analyze, appraise, and organize facts.
Ability to present statement of fact, law and argument clearly and logically, on both written and oral form.
Ability to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts, using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar in a timely manner.
Ability to adapt to changing work situations and assignments.
Ability to work cooperatively with others.
Ability to handle legal correspondence as directed by supervisor.
Education & Experience: Juris Doctor with 3 to 5 years of practical experience. Prefer experience/familiarity with executive, legislative, and judicial functions of tribal government along with experience in criminal and children’s law.
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 the position.
Special Requirements: Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug test, have had NO felony convictions, and have had NO misdemeanor convictions within the last year.
Must be willing to take and pass the Arizona State Bar Exam within one year from the time of hire.
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.
Application instructions: To apply or view full job description go to www.srpmic-nsn.gov/employment *Resumes alone will not be accepted. Please apply by closing date 01/23/20
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) is a sovereign tribe located in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Established by Executive Order on June 14, 1879, the Community operates as a full-service government and oversees departments, programs, projects and facilities.
The Community is located in Maricopa County and is bounded by the cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Fountain Hills. The Community encompasses 52,600 acres, with 19,000 held as a natural preserve.
With two distinct backgrounds and cultures, the Community is comprised of two Native American tribes: the Pima, "Akimel O'Odham" (River People) and the Maricopa, "Xalychidom Piipaash" (People who live toward the water). Today, over 9,000 individuals are enrolled tribal members. Comprised of the President, Vice President and seven elected Council members, the Community Council governs the Community.
Approximately 12,000 acres are under cultivation in a variety of crops including cotton, melons, potatoes, onions, broccoli and carrots. Commercial development is reserved along the Community's western boundary.
The Community proudly owns and operates several successful enterprises including Talking Stick... Golf Club, Talking Stick Resort, Salt River Fields, Salt River Devco, Casino Arizona, Salt River Sand and Rock, Phoenix Cement, Saddleback Communications, Salt River Financial Services, and Salt River Landfill.
The majestic Red Mountain can be seen throughout the Community and is located on the eastern boundary. The sight of the mountain symbolizes the home of the Pima and Maricopa people.