Tribal Court Administrator

Job Summary:

Plans, directs and reviews the operations of the Grand Ronde Tribal Court, including the Trial Court, Juvenile Court, Court of Appeals, and all Court Programs with significant management responsibility for major organizational units and functions within Tribal Court.

Essential Functions:

? Plans, develops, and implements long and short range policies, goals, objectives, and priorities for the Trial Court, Juvenile Court, Court of Appeals, and all Court Programs.

? Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with others.

? Serves as liaison for Tribal Court with other governmental agencies to coordinate and implement policies, objectives and procedures.

? Serves as liaison for Tribal Court to other Tribal, Federal and State Courts for the purpose of knowledge sharing and enhancement of the Court.

? Explains, justifies and defends court activities to community agencies and the media.

? Researches, develops and manages various projects; supervises coordinators of Court programs as required by the Chief Tribal Court Judge.

? Develops and serves as Court administrator for the Trial Court, Juvenile Court and Court of Appeals.

? Develops and supervises the Tribal Member Review Board in abuse and neglect cases.

? Develops and supervises the Lawyers-for-Parents-and-Children Program in abuse and neglect cases.

? Develops and supervises the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program.

? Develops and supervises the Peacemaker Program.

? Develops and administers a deed\UCC recording system.

? Supervises the writing and publication of additional self-help guides for the Trial Court, Juvenile Court, and Court of Appeals.

? Plans and conducts studies, prepares comprehensive written and oral reports.

? Oversees all statutory functions of the Trial Court, Juvenile Court, Court of Appeals, and all Court Programs which involves interpretation of Federal Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure in addition to Tribal policies and Ordinances.

? Prepares, and monitors the entire Court budget; manages other financial control systems for the Court.

? Manages court calendar for the Trial Court, Juvenile Court, Court of Appeals and all Court Programs.

? Analyzes and evaluates pending caseloads and develops effective solutions for calendaring in conjunction with Judicial Operations Supervisor.

? Researches, develops, and implements an advanced docket system assuring proper docketing and notification of all cases in conjunction with Judicial Operations Supervisor.

? Designs and manages uniform recordkeeping systems for the Trial Court, Juvenile Court, Court of Appeals and all Court Programs; compiles and releases data on Court activities and internal functioning in conjunction with the Judicial Operations Supervisor.

? Develops, implements, and maintains management information systems.

? Administers the facilities management and property control systems for the Court in conjunction with the Judicial Operations Supervisor.

? Serves as staff to judicial committees, and performs special studies as assigned.

? Works independently in the absence of supervision using broad authority and responsibility to administer and manage major organization services.

? Analyzes situations and adopts effective courses of action.

? Performs a variety of other duties as assigned by supervisor.


? Supervises the Court staff.

? Prepares evaluations and submits Personal Action Notices as appropriate.

? Receives and submits timesheets.

? Directs, advises, guides and motivates subordinates to meet goals and objectives.

? Ensures the hiring, training, promoting, assigning, disciplining and discharging of employees are in accordance with Tribal Law, including without limitation, the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO).

? Assures staff adherence to all policies and procedures, work, safety and administrative rule, Tribal Law and State Regulations.

? Serves as a mentor, as requested, for Tribal career development.

Education, Experience, and Licenses:

? Requires a bachelor's degree in Court Administration, management, public administration, business administration or a related field.

? Requires at least four (4) years of management experience, in legal office or court administration. Requires three (3) years' experience in addressing court calendaring or court docketing procedures, interpretation of Tribal laws and ordinances or state, city, or municipal court arena.

? Requires previous experience interpreting Federal, State, and local rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure.

? OR equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

? Must maintain a valid Oregon driver's license or obtain one upon hire, qualify for the Tribe's vehicle insurance, and provide proof of personal vehicle insurance.

Qualifications, Registrations, and Certifications:

? Requires ability to supervise and delegate to others effectively.

? Requires ability to make decisions under chief judicial direction using broad authority and responsibility to administer and manage major organizational services in Tribal Court.

? Requires ability to supervise coordinators of Court programs as required by the Judge.

? Requires ability to work with highly sensitive and political court policy determinations and adoption that have critical impact or consequences.

? Requires effective communication both oral and written.

? Requires the ability to use tact and be adept in dealing with a wide variety of people.

? Knowledge of and sensitivity to Native American culture required.

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements:

? Continually requires the ability to express or receive detailed information or important instructions through oral communication.

? Continually requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm. Requires repetitive movement of wrists, hands and/or fingers. Often requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks.

? Requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time, raising objects from a lower to a higher position and/or moving objects horizontally.

? Occasionally requires lifting of up to 40 pounds.

? This position is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions which provide protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions.

? Supports a safe work environment by performing all duties in accordance with Tribal safety policies and procedures, and Emergency Management Plan.

? Due to the nature of the interactions with other employees and the public we serve, employees may be required to provide documentation of, or receive, certain health vaccinations.

? May be called upon to serve as a Disaster Reservist during Emergencies, or when the Tribal Emergency Operations Center is opened.

? Local travel is occasionally required. Travel outside of the state is infrequently required.

Background Check:

? Candidates for this position will be subject to criminal and character background checks and may be subject to fingerprinting.


The individual must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing a significant safety threat to self or others. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.