Sault Tribe
  • - ACFS
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • Negotiable
  • Salary
  • Year Round - Full Time
  • Yes



Under the direction of the Child Placement Program Director and the General Counsel, the Tribal Attorney – ACFS represents the interests of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Indian Child Welfare cases in state courts.  The position is also responsible for performing the duties of the Prosecutor's Office related to child welfare and related cases in the absence of the Tribal Prosecutor.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Prepares intervention packets, pleadings, motions, and other legal documents.
  • Prepares legal briefs, develops strategy, arguments, and testimony in preparation for presentation of case.
  • Represents the Tribe in state court proceedings involving tribal children.
  • Performs factual research and investigation.                                                                                 
  • Performs legal research.                                                                            
  • Monitors legal proceedings.          
  • Monitors and evaluates proposed tribal, state, and federal legislation affecting child welfare.     


ADDITIONAL REPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Attends Child Welfare Committee Meetings.
  • Provides occasional backup for Tribal Prosecutor in child welfare and other cases.
  • Travels for court proceedings.                                                                  
  • Attends continuing legal education training.
  • Assists to draft amendments to Tribal Code.         
  • All other job related duties as assigned.                                                    




Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, customers, Executives, Board of Directors, outside vendors/service providers, children and families and outside attorneys and various experts.




Position is light with lifting of 20 pounds and frequent lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds. Physical factors include constant use of hearing, near/midrange/far vision; frequent sitting and occasional standing, walking, carrying/lifting/pushing and pulling, stooping, reaching, manual handling and use of color/field of vision, driving, typing and bending. Working conditions include occasional exposure to extreme heat. Potential hazards include frequent computer use and client contact.




Education: Graduate with J.D. from accredited law school required.


Experience: Two years of experience working as a practicing attorney preferred.


Certification/License: Admission to Michigan Bar required Will be required to undergo and successfully pass background check.  Must maintain good moral character standing.  Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must have knowledge of Indian Child Welfare Act. Must have knowledge of State child welfare laws. Must have knowledge of Sault Tribe Child Welfare Code. Must have knowledge of Federal Indian law. Must be able to travel. Must be able to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisory personnel, coworkers and the general public. Must be able to work with minimal to no supervision. Must have excellent communication skills and be able to communicate clearly in person, in writing, and by telephone and email. Must be able to work in a high stress environment and handle difficult situations. Must have organizational skills and be able to plan, prioritize and manage work load to meet goals in a timely manner. Must be able to prepare clear, concise, thorough, meaningful, and grammatically correct written reports, letters, memoranda, policy and procedural drafts, and other written documents. Must maintain confidentiality. Native American preferred.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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