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Tribal Court Employment Opportunities

We are looking for professional, innovative and team-oriented individuals who want to provide our Tribal members with excellent services to each residence and location.

Position Job Type Posted Status
Judicial Advisor Full Time 2/12/2016 Open

NATURE OF WORK

The Judicial Advisor is the advisor to the Seminole Trial Court judicial staff, making recommendations on law and procedure to their assigned judge. The Judicial Advisor must follow all policies and procedures of the Seminole Tribal Court and is bound by the ethical standards established by the Seminole Tribal Court. This position reports to the Chief Judge of the Seminole Trial Court and is an exempt position.

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS

The listed duties are only illustrative and are not intended to describe every function that may be performed by this position. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed, if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Provides proactive legal assistance on various legal issues.
  • Prepares memoranda, short orders, drafts, briefs and opinions.
  • Ensures that all legal documents are effectively drafted, reviewed and interpreted.
  • Completes reports for recommendations in pending cases.
  • Attends trials and other court proceedings in order to advise the presiding Judge as needed on procedural, evidentiary, and other legal issues.
  • Attends training in court procedures and case management systems, as requested. May attend and participate in court meetings and other activities and events as requested.
  • Adheres to the Seminole Tribe of Florida laws, its standards of conduct for judicial employees, and departmental policies and procedures of the Seminole Tribal Court System.
  • Performs additional related duties as requested.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILL

  • Knowledge in the Seminole Tribe of Florida, its history, culture and organization.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Federal Indian law.
  • Working knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence.
  • Ability to prioritize and adjust to meet court system objectives.
  • Ability to function independently as well as cooperatively in a team setting.
  • Ability to discern legal issues, define problems, collect data, establish facts, and develop timely solutions.
  • Ability to interpret and follow legal procedures and a variety of instruction furnished in written and oral form.
  • Ability to think and write in clear and logical terms.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to serve the STOF tribal community with honesty and integrity.
  • Ability to travel to all STOF reservations.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

The applicant must be a law school graduate at the time of appointment and must have a minimum of 7 years legal work experience post law graduation. Experience on law review, moot court and/or publication of noteworthy article and high academic standing is preferred. Florida bar membership is beneficial, but not a requirement. Must have experience in trial court advocacy, with a tribal court preferably. Experience as a Tribal Court judge preferred. Must possess excellent research, writing and communication skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft software packages and add-ins. Attention to detail, strong organizational and time management skills. Must be able to travel to all STOF Reservations and work flexible hours including evenings, weekends and holidays.


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Translator As needed 5/8/2015 Open

JOB DESCRIPTION

The person selected shall be contracted to serve as a translator for the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Tribal Court. The translator shall be the individual listening to, understanding, and translating spoken or written statements from the English language to the Miccosukee and/or Creek language, and vice versa, in order to assist Tribal members and general public during court proceedings. This position is a contract position and will provide services at the request of the Seminole Court Clerk of Court.

SERVICES PROVIDED

The contracted translator will provided the following services to the Tribal Court:

  • Listens to, understands, and translates spoken or written statements from the English language to the Miccosukee and/or Creek language and vice versa. Interprets concepts and ideas between languages.
  • Serves as a translator in circumstances where Tribal Members must communicate with sources who do not understand the Tribal language during court proceedings. Translates both legal terminology and colloquial language.
  • Interprets languages at court proceedings and other meetings such as attorney-client meetings, preliminary hearings, arraignments, depositions, and trials and act as official translator to mediate discussions.
  • Reads aloud documents in a language other than that in which they were written, as required.
  • Shall translate court and other documents, such as briefings, written decisions and other legal documents from the English language to the Miccosukee and/or Creek language, as required.
  • Adheres to the Seminole Tribe of Florida laws, its standards of conduct for non-judicial employees, and departmental policies and procedures of the STOF Court System.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILL

  • Knowledge of Seminole Tribe of Florida’s culture, history and organizational structure.
  • Considerable knowledge of Seminole Tribe of Florida’s community resources.
  • General knowledge of legal terminology and court proceedings. Training will be available.
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy when interacting with Tribal Members, staff and Court members. Must remain neutral and maintain the confidentiality of those cases in which the services are provided.
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful environment.
  • Ability to multitask and to focus on listening, understanding and interpreting at the same time.
  • Ability to translate correspondence.
  • Ability to understand verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to serve the Tribal Community, general public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, Tribal Members, co-workers, and STOF’s officials.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Prior experience serving as translator or serving the Tribal Community, with emphasis in customer service or experience working with general public is preferred. Knowledge of legal terminology and court proceedings is beneficial. Knowledge and ability to fluently speak, read and write the Creek and/or Miccosukee language is required. Ability to focus on listening, understanding and interpreting is required. Demonstrate excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills. Being a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida is preferred. Must have the ability to travel and work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays.


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