Indian Preference: Consistent with Public Law 93-638 and other federal laws recognizing the inherent right of the Tribe to exercise Indian Preference.
Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) job descriptions are a management tool to help organize duties and provide employees with the employer’s expectations with regard to a specific job classification. The duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is a reasonable assignment for the position. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.
Incumbent will provide a broad range of legal services to the Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal departments and entities, including consultation, research, drafting, representation in administrative proceedings.
Developing Tribal resources and infrastructure, defending and preserving Tribal Sovereignty, and reaching and expanding Tribal self-sufficiency through the exercise of inherent sovereign rights. This position provides a broad variety of legal services in support of the goals of the Tribal Council and all of the Tribal departments.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Provides legal services for Tribal Council including drafting resolutions, correspondence, contracts, agreements, amendments to tribal codes, policy and procedure, employment law decisions, legal memoranda, intergovernmental agreements, pleadings and documents. May conduct litigation in Tribal, State and/or Federal courts.
- Oversees and works with outside legal counsel on numerous projects including land into trust acquisitions, employee benefits, housing tax matters, litigation. Works with state and federal agencies on areas impacting tribal government, commercial and community issues. Negotiate contracts in collaboration with senior management.
- Provides legal guidance to Tribal Council on state / federal government issues, and works with lobbyists at state and national levels regarding national and state legislation affecting the Tribe's interests;
- Provides legal counsel to all tribal departments and review, Independent Contractor agreements, employment agreements, policies, documents as required or requested. Works cooperatively within the office and other agencies as needed.
Cultural Competency: Tobe respectful and responsiveto the health beliefs, practices, and cultural and linguistic needs of KIC Tribal Members. Developing cultural competence is an evolving, dynamic process that takes time andoccurs along a continuum.
Commitment: To serve Tribal Members and set a high standard for yourself in your performance; strive for results and success; convey a sense of urgency and bring issues to closure; and stay persistent despite obstacles and opposition.
Customer Service: Meet/exceed the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; identify, understand, and monitor the needs of both internal and external customers, always talk and act with customers in mind; and recognize working colleagues as customers.
Effective Communication: Ensure important information is passed to those who need to know; convey necessary information with respect, clearly and effectively orally or in writing
Responsiveness and Accountability: Demonstrate a high level of conscientiousness; hold oneself personally responsible for one's own work; and do the required fair share of work.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledgeable and understanding of key legal issues germane to our tribe, primarily tort law, contract law, statutes, regulations and corporate compliance matters;
- Knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA);
- Skill in negotiation and interpersonal communication;
- Skill to operate software programs;
- Ability to rationally manipulate complex information, present information in an organized manner and engage in conversation about this information with senior management;
- Ability to develop both tactical and strategic solutions to business challenges;
- Ability to communicate professionally over the telephone and in person in a positive and clear manner;
- Ability to manage multiple tasks, including telephone, computer operations and in-person visits simultaneously;
- Ability to take verbal instruction and complete assigned project by established deadline;
- Ability to be flexible in order to perform at the highest level as a team player;
- Ability to utilize maximum degree of professionalism and diplomacy with those who may be experiencing a high degree of stress both mentally and/or physically (both public and co-workers);
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and able to prioritize assignments;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of all KIC operations and staff.
- Must be able to work in an office environment in a stationary position the majority of the work day.
- This position needs to occasionally move about inside the office environment to access office equipment, attend face to face meetings on site and off site as needed, zoom meetings, teleconference calls, etc. Routinely lifting and carrying items and boxes up to ten (10) pounds.
- Use of a personal computer to communicate via email, video conferencing and similar activities. Large portion of time will be spent in front of computer screen, researching and reviewing various documents for final disposition to internal / external customers. Traveling occasionally, to out-of-town meetings and functions may be required.
The environment involves the usual risks and stress of an office environment within a public service facility. Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
- Must be either admitted to practice law in Alaska or admitted to practice in another state and eligible for an Alaska Bar Rule 43 waiver. Individual is licensed and able to manage any necessary litigation / court appearances for the Tribal Organization preferred.
- Possess current valid State of Alaska driver's license with a record acceptable to KIC’s Insurance carrier.
- Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school.
- 3 + years preferred experience in a Tribal Organization, employment law, civil litigation, grants, federal government contracts, business law, and tax law.
- Must have a background in communicating and interacting effectively in cross-cultural situations and working with a diverse employee population with preference in a Tribal Organization.