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ICWA Director

Responsible for the overall operations of the ICWA department and personnel. Supervision of the ICWA Program involving case management oversight entered into on behalf of the compacted villages in the AVCP region.

Required – Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a Human Services field of study or in a related field with a Master’s degree preferred. Work experience and training which provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the position can be substituted on a year-for-year basis. Three (3) years of successful experience as a Program Manager, including staff supervision, management networking, communications and staff development, grant writing and reporting and fiscal management.

Tribal Court Development Coordinator

Provides direct services to the villages in enhancing or creation of tribal courts under the directive of the center Director, including tribal court program planning, program reporting, assistance with training and technical assistance, tribal court reporting software troubleshooting and training of the software to tribal court staff. This position will research and draft policy and legal documents for the tribal court use, will assist member tribes and work directly with the Assigned Court Assessment Team under the guidance of the federal partners. Other duties include providing clerical and office support for the Tribal Justice Center (TJC). The Tribal Court Development Coordinator will work with the Director to seek funding sources for the tribal courts in conjunction with the tribes.

High school diploma or GED is required. A Bachelor’s or an Associate’s degree from an accredited university is preferred. A minimum of two to three (2-3) years of progressive experience in working with tribes is required.

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Tribal Prosecutor

Nature of Practice: The Tribal Prosecutor represents the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Tribal Court in criminal prosecutions, Wellness Court hearings, exclusion proceedings and civil code violations. The Prosecutor reports to and is supervised by the Director of the Office of Tribal Attorney. The Prosecutor also drafts ordinances and may provide advice and recommendations to the Police Department and other departments of the Tribe, as well as the Swinomish Indian Senate and its Committees, on legal policy issues. The work involves a creative, holistic, and interdisciplinary approach developed in conjunction with other Tribal departments to achieve restorative justice. The Prosecutor is supported by a legal assistant in the Office of Tribal Attorney. The Office of Prosecuting Attorney is paperless– all files are maintained electronically.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidate must have graduated from an accredited law school; be licensed to practice in Washington State or have the ability to become licensed through reciprocity, or be eligible for and register for the next scheduled Washington Bar Exam; have excellent written, oral, research and analytical skills; have sufficient experience to independently run a prosecutor’s office; have strong interpersonal communication skills; have negotiation and litigation experience; have an ability and desire to thrive in a dynamic, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural work environment; have experience engaging in creative problem-solving and a dedication to problem-solving approaches; have a commitment to restorative justice; be willing to work in a team setting, including with defense counsel; and view the prosecutorial role as a minister of justice rather than simply an advocate. Experience in a therapeutic court and/or tribal court preferred. Strong preference for an attorney with experience in criminal and Indian law, a demonstrated commitment to working with Native or other minority communities, and/or experience as a supervisor. Willingness and ability to independently work in a paperless office strongly preferred. Native American hiring preference will be in effect during the selection of candidates.

Location: Tribal offices are located in the Swinomish Village on the beautiful Swinomish Indian Reservation at the southeastern end of Fidalgo Island in rural Skagit County, Washington, across the Swinomish Channel from La Conner, W A. The Tribal offices are located 90 minutes north of Seattle, and 90 minutes south of Vancouver, Canada.

Salary: Negotiable depending upon experience. The position is full-time. Compensation includes medical, dental & vision, 401 (k) retirement plan, and other fringe benefits.

Application: The Tribe would like to hire an attorney for this position as soon as possible, with initial review of applications on September 13, 2016. Please submit the following: Swinomish employment application (available at or via email), cover letter expressing the reasons for interest in the position and salary requirements; current resume, writing sample and the names of at least three professional references to:

Elizabeth Miller, Paralegal
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
11404 Moorage Way
La Conner, Washington 98257
Tel: (360) 466-7369
Fax: (360) 466-5309


2017 Summer Law Clerk

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Project Manager/Senior Project Manager

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