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    The National Indian Gaming Commission is reopening its announcement for an Associate General Counsel for one additional week. The Agency is committed to drawing from the biggest pool of candidates possible. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the Agency was unable to advertise the opening as extensively as it normally would. If you applied during the previous opening, there is no need to reapply. Your application package will still be reviewed.



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    The Office of General Counsel within the National Indian Gaming Commission is looking for a supervisory attorney capable of exercising judgment while performing challenging legal assignments, with a broad knowledge of the field of Federal Indian law and regulations as they pertain to Indian gaming and in relation to the operations of the IGRA, and federal, state, and tribal laws and regulations.

    The Commission’s primary mission is to work within the framework created by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) for the regulation of gaming activities conducted by tribes on Indian lands to fully realize IGRA’s goals: (1) promoting tribal economic development, self-sufficiency and strong tribal governments; (2) maintaining the integrity of the Indian gaming industry; and (3) ensuring that tribes are the primary beneficiaries of their gaming activities.

    This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission. Incumbent works under the general supervision of the General Counsel to carry out the duties of the Office of the General Counsel.

    In performing the function of Associate General Counsel, the incumbent assists the General Counsel in managing and directing attorneys and support personnel within the Office of the General Counsel and in reviewing their work in the provision of legal services, counsel and advice.

    The incumbent reviews proposed opinions, rules, regulations, and decisions which may be considered controversial or precedent setting.

    Incumbent evaluates proposed or recommended legal strategies and principles, identifies significant underlying legal issues, analyzes adequacy of legal positions, determines possible consequence of the action on current NIGC and Administration policy, recommends approval or alternatives to the General Counsel and, when delegated, exercises final authority for acceptance or non-acceptance.

    Incumbent edits letters, opinions, decisions, regulations, and any other document for the signature of the General Counsel or Chairman of the NIGC. Quite often, new or altered approaches in resolving issues discussed in various reports etc. are applied based on final editing. To arrive at these decisions, the incumbent does considerable research and drafting in those areas requiring the highest level of legal proficiency.

    Incumbent supervises staff attorneys, including developing and reviewing research and written product, establishing deadlines and ensuring they are met; oversees administrative matters of the Office of General Counsel employee leave, payroll, and travel; and recommends hiring, discipline, and other personnel actions to the General Counsel.

    The precedent-setting nature of much of the work handled by the Office of the General Counsel requires that the incumbent alert the General Counsel to the possible ramifications of actions proposed by NIGC attorneys. In this role, the incumbent monitors developments in the body of Indian gaming law, both within the Federal government and in the private sectors which would potentially effect the mission of the NIGC. Incumbent keeps informed of legal developments in Indian gaming law and other Federal laws applicable to the NIGC and developments involving actions and enactments of Indian tribes in gaming where conflicts with state and local governments is likely to arise.

    Incumbent must also perform the normal legal duties assigned to staff attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel such as reviewing management contracts and other gaming-related agreements, reviewing tribal gaming ordinances; drafting legal opinions and regulations; appearing as an attorney of record in administrative hearings before the Commission or providing oversight to staff attorneys in that role; and assisting the Department of Justice in litigation in which the positions and actions of the NIGC are challenged.

    Incumbent also participates in conferences with officials of the Commission and the Department of the Interior, as well as other Federal, state and tribal agencies, furnishing guidance on legal matters, resolving legal questions or justifying legal positions taken.

    This position is in the excepted service and not subject to competitive service procedures. Competitive Civil Service status is not acquired under this appointment. New appointees to the excepted service must serve a two year trial period. Merit Promotion procedures do not apply. 

    The NIGC has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework with supervisory approval.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0905 Attorney

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518026200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.