Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Óomish Yáamish Peacemaker Court has jurisdiction over matters within its jurisdiction filed directly with the Court, those transferred from state court, and those referred to it by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Pechanga Tribal Court (“Pechanga Tribal Court”). The Peacemaker is an officer of the Óomish Yáamish Peacemaker Court. The purpose of the Peacemaker Court is to provide a forum for the use of traditional and customary Pechanga law and methods of peacemaking to resolve disputes in a fair, informal and inexpensive manner. As an officer of the Óomish Yáamish Peacemaker Court, the Peacemaker will support and defend the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, and its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide a forum to resolve legal issues as an alternative to a traditional “western-style” court including child custody, guardianship of minors, domestic violence, and facts of birth.
- Use tribal cultural teachings and customs, including present day religious teachings in order to resolve disputes.
- Preside over the meetings with both parties to resolve the dispute at a time and place agreed upon by the Peacemaker.
- Assist parties in drafting agreements and/orders to be signed by all parties as needed.
- Direct the issuance of subpoenas at the request of parties for individuals whose presence is reasonably necessary to resolve the dispute or as deemed necessary by the Peacemaker in the absences of a party’s request.
- Conduct peacemaking sessions on child custody and visitation disputes.
- Use accepted methods of traditional peacemaking and other techniques to assist the parties in reaching agreement.
- Must make the determination if a case cannot product an agreed-upon resolution through the peacemaking process, and transfer the case to the Pechanga Tribal Court as appropriate.
- Must act in accordance with all provisions of the Pechanga Band of Luiséno Mission Indians Óomish Yáamish Peacemaker Code and meet all applicable deadlines. Must comply with the American Bar Association Model Code of Judicial Conduct or the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians’ Rules of Judicial Conduct when adopted. If a tribal member, Peacemakers are subject to the provisions of the Tribal Official Code of Conduct Ordinance of 2015.
- Must interview individuals of many different ages and education levels, review legal files and other records, prior to compiling factual data.
- Perform other job related duties and special projects as assigned.
- The duties and responsibilities listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Must be a minimum of thirty-five (35) years of age.
- Must never have been convicted of a felony.
- Must be of good moral character and integrity.
- Must have received, or is willing to complete within 45 days of selection, a minimum of 60 hours of applicable Peacemaker, mediation or similar training and which must include training on tribal, federal and state jurisdiction, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.
- Must be familiar with the provisions of the Óomish Yáamish Peacemaker Code, Pechanga Family Code, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Court Procedures, federal law applicable to the Reservation, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians customs and traditions, and any other relevant tribal law, resolutions or executive orders.
- Must be willing and able to take the Peacemaker Oath of Office.
- Applicants must be in “good standing” with the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
- Must be able to avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest.
- Must possess and maintain a valid drivers’ license, and qualify for employer insurability,
- throughout the course of employment.
- Must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation.
- This position must comply with the Pechanga Tribal Government’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy. This includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident or injury, and random testing.
The list of duties and responsibilities above is not an exhaustive list. In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed above, the employee will be required to perform other job-related duties, as assigned, that are consistent with the employee’s job position and qualifications.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Must maintain strict confidentiality of all matters.
- Must have knowledge of legal terminology
- Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint is required.
- Must possess strong oral and written communication skills.
- Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.
- Must be able to manage multiple projects and prioritize workload.
- Good interpersonal skills: tact, patience, flexibility, and ability to maintain professional demeanor at all times.
Following selection and prior to assuming the duties of a Peacemaker, each Peacemaker shall be administered and must abide by the Peacemaker Oath of Office.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The Pechanga Tribal Government may, upon request and in its sole discretion, grant an accommodation it deems reasonable and necessary to enable an employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit for extended periods of time, and talk or hear. They must be able to speak the English language, speak clearly so listeners can understand and understand the speech of another person. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or grasp objects; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move files up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those and employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The Pechanga Tribal Government may, upon request and in its sole discretion, grant an accommodation it deems reasonable and necessary to enable an employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.
This job operates in an office and courtroom environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office and may be moderately noisy during courtroom hearings.