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Attorney General

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Tohono O'odham Nation


Sells, Arizona

Skills And Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
? Knowledge of the Tohono O’odham culture, customs, and traditions.
? Knowledge of applicable federal, state, tribal laws, regulations and requirements.
? Knowledge of applicable criminal, civil and traffic laws, statutes and ordinances and other applicable
regulatory laws.
? Knowledge of the economic, educational, health and social problems of Native Americans.
? Knowledge of tribal laws and codes, modern tribal court practices, judicial procedure, and rules of evidence.
? Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
? Knowledge of modern court practices and administration with emphasis on court development and systems.
? Knowledge of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s government operations and functions.
? Skill in supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.
? Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs.
? Skill in gathering, analyzing, and organizing information.
? Skill in preparing, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting complex legal documents and publications.
? Skill in working effectively under pressure.
? Skill in presenting complex information.
? Skill in providing superior customer service to external and internal customers.
? Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
? Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees and the
general public.
? Ability to maintain privileged confidential information.
? Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
? Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules including nights, weekends and holidays.
? Ability to exercise independent judgment and negotiate legal actions.
? Ability to interpret and apply applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements
to complex criminal and civil cases.
? Ability to advise departmental directors on complex criminal and civil matters.
Minimum Qualifications:
Juris doctorate from an accredited law school, a licensed attorney admitted to practice before the highest court of a state of the United States, three years of supervisory experience and ten years of experience in the practice of law. If appointed, must be admitted to State Bar of Arizona within 18 months. Subject to background investigation.

Required Education:

Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school

Duties And Responsibilities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
? Formulates and communicates overall administrative and operating policies and procedures in accordance
with the strategic objectives of the Office of the Attorney General.
? Increases senior professional's effectiveness by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching,
counseling, and disciplining professionals; communicating values, strategies, and objectives; assigning
accountabilities; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; developing a climate for offering
information and opinions; integrating functional objectives; providing and participating in educational
? Prepares and reviews contracts, agreements, leases, rights of way and similar documents in order to
maintain the best legal interest of the Nation; including environmental compliance issues.
? Presents recommendations for Resolutions and Ordinances to the Nation’s Legislative Council.
? Provides legal advice and services on legal rights, obligations and privileges of the Nation.
? Studies federal legislation, federal regulations, constitutions, statutes, decisions and ordinances of judicial
? Examines legal data and conducts research on assigned legal matters; drafts legal memorandums
summarizing results and legal conclusions.
? Represents the Nation in court hearings; represents departmental directors and supervisors in personnel
grievance hearings.
? Negotiates contracts, purchases and other agreements maintaining the best legal and financial interests of
the Nation; approves all contracts above established amounts.
? Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; reviewing case histories and
rulings; attending and presenting workshops, conferences and seminars; establishing networks; conferring
with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
? Coordinates, directs and evaluates the activities of contract lawyers retained by the Nation; determines
whether outside counsel should be retained.
? Ensures the efficient operation of the Office of the Attorney General.
? Achieves financial objectives by preparing and administering budgets; modifies budgets as needed.
? Maintains documentation and confidentiality of all privileged information.
? Contributes to a team effort.
? Performs other job related duties as assigned.

Salary And Benefits:

$184,196.00, plus benefits 

Additional Info:


Preference in filling vacancies will be given to (1) enrolled members of the Tohono O'odham Nation, (2) enrolled members of other tribal nations or tribes, (3) other candidates.

Application Process

Interested applicants should email a completed application form (available at, resume, letter of interest, and three writing samples. Writing samples must include at least one pleading or substantive memorandum filed in court. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please provide all application materials to:  

 ATTN:   Julianna Saraficio, Legislative Assistant   

   Tohono O'odham Legislative Branch        


               (520) 383-5260 (office)

Contact Info:

Julianna Saraficio

Contact Email:

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