Closing Date: 15th December, 2021


The National Indian Gaming 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.

The Office of General Counsel within the National Indian Gaming Commission is looking for an 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 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), and federal, state, and tribal laws and regulations.

This position is in the excepted service and not subject to competitive service procedures. Competitive Civil Service status is not acquired under this appointment.

This position may work remotely or be located in Washington, DC or one of our field offices. If you reside within the local commuting area of Washington, DC or one of the field offices, the expectation is that you would report to the office. If you do not live within the local commuting area of one of our offices, then the position would be remote.

NIGC has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for situational telework with supervisory approval. We are currently utilizing maximum telework flexibility due to COVID-19.

This position requires a public trust background investigation.

Major duties at the full performance level (GG-13) include but are not limited to:
  • represent Commission interests in administrative and federal litigation regarding Indian gaming matters;
  • research and prepare memoranda, litigation reports, briefs, and opinions involving the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act;
  • review and recommend the approval or disapproval of tribal gaming ordinances and management contracts;
  • review transactional documents such as management contracts, loan agreements, security agreements, promissory notes, and consulting agreements to determine their compliance with federal law;
  • deliver oral opinions and written memoranda, draft regulations, and procedures to the Chair and the Commission;
  • participate in conferences with officials of the Commission, Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, and other Federal, state, and tribal agencies furnishing guidance and counsel on legal matters, resolving legal questions, or justifying legal positions taken;
  • provide trainings and technical assistance for tribal governments and regulators;
  • identify and understand the interrelationships between the work processes of the Commission and the various public and private groups interested in these operations; and
  • assist attorneys of higher grades and top-level administrative personnel in the analysis and interpretation of various federal laws, orders, rules, and regulations relating to issues before the Commission.

At the GG-12 level, assignments will be specifically designed to prepare you for advancement to the next higher level without further competition. Advancement to the next higher level is not guaranteed, and depends on: (1) a demonstrated ability to successfully perform at the next higher level, to the satisfaction of the immediate supervisor; (2) the availability of sufficient work at the next higher level to warrant advancement; and (3) having satisfied all legal and regulatory requirements for advancement.

Salary Range Information:
  • Washington, DC - GG-12: $87,198 - $113,362; GG-13: $103,690 - $134,798
  • Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK - GG-12: $77,488 - $100,739; GG-13: $92,143 - $119,787
  • Rapid City, SD - GG-12: $77,488 - $100,739; GG-13: $92,143 - $119,787
  • Phoenix, AZ - GG-12: $80,275 - $104,361; GG-13: $95,457- $124,095
  • Portland, OR - GG-12: $82,694 - $107,507; GG-13: $98,334- $127,835
  • Sacramento, CA - GG-12: $84,452 - $109,792; GG-13: $100,424 - $130,552
  • St. Paul, MN - GG-12: $83,309 - $108,306; GG-13: $99,065 - $128,785
  • Remote - GG-12: $77,488 - $100,739; GG-13: $92,143 - $119,787 (The salary listed for the remote location is the salary for the Rest of the US not listed within a specific pay locality. Your final salary would be determined by your location.)

First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.

Conditions of Employment
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit. You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire. You must be a U.S. Citizen. Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

To qualify for this vacancy, you must meet both the basic and specialized experience requirements.

Basic Requirement:
To meet the basic qualification requirements for this position, you must:
Possess a JD or higher-level law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and active bar membership in a state, US territory, or the District of Columbia.

Specialized Experience:
You must have at least one (1) year of professional legal experience following law school graduation which included demonstrated knowledge or experience in any combination of the following: federal Indian law, gaming law, finance, regulatory investigations, regulation drafting, contracts, or administrative law. Demonstrated experience, interest in and understanding of federal Indian law is preferred.

You must have three (3) years of professional legal experience following law school graduation. At least one (1) year must have included demonstrated knowledge or experience in any combination of the following: federal Indian law, gaming law, finance, regulatory investigations, regulation drafting, contracts, or administrative law. Demonstrated experience, interest in and understanding of federal Indian law is preferred.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

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