Gila River Indian Community

Job: Deputy Director (DOE) (Amended)

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14-12 Deputy Director, Defense Services (DOE) (Amended) Defense Services Office, 165A S. Bluebird Road, Sacaton, AZ

Job Title: Deputy Director (DOE) (Amended)
Closing Date: 08/29/2014

Job Number: 14-12
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Department: Defense Services Office
City: Sacaton
Location: Defense Services Office
Area of Interest: Legal
Salary Type: Depending on Experience
Salary/ Hourly Rate: $96,251 Salary
Tribal Driving Permit Required: No

Medical EPO or PPO Self-Funded Plan utilizing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Network
Prescription Program
Dental Plan is provided through CIGNA with no deductible for preventive services or $50 (individual)/$150 (family) deductible for basic and major services
Vision plan benefits are provided through SightCare of Arizona and carry a $10 co-pay for exams, zero co-pay
Life and AD&D Basic, dependent, and/or voluntary benefits provided through CIGNA Group Insurance. GRIC pays the full cost for your basic Life and AD&D

Other Voluntary Benefits
Aflac offers various supplemental benefit plans
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Short Term Disability
Long Term Disability
Employee Assistance Program
12 Paid Holidays
Vacation Leave
Sick Leave

Main functions would consist of providing direct supervision and mentorship for Defense Attorney I and Defense Attorney II position. Stand in for Director in case of absence for some administrative functions. Serve as a knowledge resource to office because of advanced knowledge/experience. Handle felony level cases and serious misdemeanor cases while training other attorneys how to handle these Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) enhanced sentencing cases as well. It is expected that because this position s experience, this person will attend all TLOA related meetings to help in forming a better criminal justice system within the Community.

Provides supervision and training to the Defense Attorneys; oversight of the coordination and management of the departments duties in providing representation to defendants of the Community s court system.
Ensuring tribal, state, and federal governmental regulation compliance; also the ethical practice in respect to the Community, Tribal Courts, judicial system and clients.
Review, evaluate, and provide recommendations on proposed code and legislative changes with practical impact on civil rights of Community members.
Administer, maintain and update employee records, including conducting timely employee performance evaluations on staff.
Coordinate and assign cases based on workload; review case files to ensure compliance with departmental policies and procedures and evaluate work performed.
Review and analyze statutes, case law, and practices to keep staff updated on current legal and defense service trends.
Directs the implementation of department plans and programs; leading and directing special operational and organizational studies/projects.
Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively to provide quality seamless customer service.
Serve as lead defense attorney of cases with court-wide impact and as the technical authority on complex legal defense cases; oversight of appeals process.
Provides the Director with recommendations in the development and implementation of department strategic goals and objectives related to the department s missions.
Assists with conducting staff meetings, provide reports/updates, and presentations before Council and other Tribal Officials.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of Community codes, state statutes, criminal law, procedures and appellate process.
Knowledge of and experience in application of principles of jurisprudence and legal analysis, including a background in and knowledge of Federal Indian Law.
Knowledge of legal principles, practices, methods and techniques.
Knowledge of extensive research techniques; court decisions of U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Courts of Appeal, U.S. District Courts and the State of Arizona.
Ability to identify and evaluate pertinent facts and regulations, policies and precedents.
Ability to analyze, appraise, research and organize facts, evidence, and precedents and present them in oral and written reports.
Ability to effectively plan, supervise and coordinate the work of others.
Ability to apply critical thinking and effectively problem solve using a high degree of independent judgment and personal initiative.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, Community Officials and the general public.
Ability to perform all physical requirements of the position; agree to maintain a drug-free workplace.

Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school; member of the State Bar of Arizona in good standing; and six (6) years experience as a licensed attorney with criminal litigation or defense representation, including a minimum of three (3) years supervisory management experience. Prefer Tribal experience.

Submission of one (1) acceptable legal writing sample (5-20 pages).

Must pass background check

Background checks are required for positions that involve regular contact with or control over Community Children in accordance with The Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, 25 U.S.C. Sections 3201 through 3210 and C.F.R. Part 63 and positions that have regular contact with the Elderly.

Supervisory, Salaried Position
Reports to Director or designee

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 472 and 473). The Gila River Indian Community is also committed to achieving the full and equal opportunity without discrimination because of Race, Religion, Color, Sex, National Origin, Politics, Marital Status, Physical Handicap, Age or Sexual Orientation. In other than the above, the Gila River Indian Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are claiming Preference in one or more of the following categories please attach a copy of the required documentation to the completed Employment Application.

Preference for Community Members (with proof of enrollment)
Preference for Native Americans (must meet membership requirement of a federally recognized Tribe.)
Preference point for Spouse of Community Member (with proof of spouse enrollment)
Preference point for Veteran (must meet statutory requirements)

DEADLINE: Employment Applications are available at all District Service Centers, the Human Resources Department, and online at All Employment Applications and copies of required documents, i.e., Transcripts, Certificates, diploma and Motor Vehicle Record, must be received in the Human Resources Department by 5:00 pm on the closing date. Late Applications or documents will not be considered.


To avoid delays, application can be mailed or faxed to:
Gila River Indian Community
Human Resources Department
Post Office Box 97
Sacaton, Arizona 85147
Fax: (520) 562-9809


If a Tribal Driving Permit is required on this posting, please provide a current 39 month Motor Vehicle Report (mvr) and it must not be over 60 days old. Please refer to to obtain a Motor Vehicle Report.

If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department @ 520-562-9808. Thank you for your interest with the Gila River Indian Community.

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