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    The incumbent will serve as a staff Attorney-Adviser providing legal advice and guidance to the to the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). 

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    As an Attorney-Advisor with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs, Branch of Tribal Government Services, located in Washington, DC, you will provide legal counsel to the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).  Your specific duties will include: 

    • Working as part of a team that leads coordination of the practice of Indian education law nation-wide;
    • Participating in negotiated rulemaking on the BIE’s accountability system and other regulatory actions, including advising on proposed federal regulations;
    • Advising BIE on funding issues, including under the Tribally Controlled Schools Act, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, and the Johnson O’Malley Act of 1934;
    • Representing BIE in school audit appeals before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and in federal court litigation;
    • Advising BIE on program issues, including under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Family Education Rights and Privacy Act;
    • Advising BIE on the applicability of federal civil rights laws to tribally controlled schools and colleges;
    • Assisting BIE with Congressional and legislative affairs, including drafting and reviewing response letters to congressional offices and reviewing draft testimony;
    • Advising BIE on school reform efforts, facilities issues, school accreditation requirements, and proper exercise of its leasing and fundraising authority;
    • Advising BIE on proposals for tribal alternative accountability plans, grade expansion requests, satellite school requests, and requests to convert federal schools to tribal control;
    • Drafting, negotiating, and reviewing interagency agreements, cooperative agreements, and other agreements for BIE; and
    • Actively coordinating with the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Justice and with tribal governments, tribal education departments, tribal school boards, and tribal school officials.

    This work requires knowledge of federal Indian law and/or the following areas of law and applicable regulations: 25 USC §§ 2000-2021; Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. § 5301 et seq.); Tribally Controlled Schools Act (25 U.S.C. § 2501 et seq.); Elementary and Secondary Education Act (reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act); Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); criminal jurisdiction, school discipline, and juvenile justice; tribal consultation; and 25 CFR Parts 30-47. Significant experience with IDEA is preferred but not required. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Minimal travel

    Supervisory status


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