Chief Financial Officer - Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California

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Posted On: September 14, 2017

POSITION TITLE: Chief Financial Officer
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt
DEPARTMENT: Finance
SUPERVISOR: Tribal Chairman
GRADE: E13 ($79,808 – $119,713)

Position Summary:
Under direct supervision the Chief Financial Officer is responsible for overseeing, managing, and coordinating all activities of the central finance function performed by the Finance Office. Ensures all accounting functions and programs are maintained in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Governmental Accounting Standards. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.

Nothing in this job description provides any contractual rights regarding employment, nor should anything in this job description be read or construed as modifying or altering the employment-at-will relationship between the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California and the incumbent for this position.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Delegates authority for the receipt, disbursement, banking, protection, and custody of funds, securities, and financial instruments.
• Plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, and participates in general procedures, methods, and results of budget preparations and execution, revenue collection, grant administration, payroll administration, and accounting work.
• Determines need for funds by forecasting financial requirements.
• Forecasts financial requirements by analyzing current status; identifying economic trends; assimilating organization goals and budget requirements; and analyzing financial reports.
• Ensures the availability of funds in order to meet the financial obligations of the Tribe.
• Obtains required funds by developing investment strategies and investing surplus funds to maximize return and provide adequate security in relationship with investment advisors.
• Recommends capital structure by preparing assumptions, analyses, and reports; and advising management on investments and loans to meet short and long-term goals and objectives.
• Provides financial status by preparing and interpreting reports and meeting with financial institutions and investors.
• Guides financial actions by developing and enforcing policies and procedures.
• Ensures adherence to all financial regulations and requirements.
• Authorizes agreements by representing the Tribe with financial institutions.
• Represents the organization by communicating and interacting with governmental agencies.
• Protects assets by establishing and enforcing internal control systems and obtaining external audits.
• Disburses funds by establishing policies and procedures and authorizing payment.
• Reviews and advises management and Tribal Council about the annual budget.
• Meets regularly with financial staff members to ensure effective financial management.
• Increases management's effectiveness by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching, counseling, and disciplining managers; communicating values, strategies, and objectives; assigning accountabilities; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; developing a climate for offering information and opinions; integrating functional objectives; providing and participating in educational opportunities.
• Develops issue and discussion papers on financial situations for policy development purposes.
• Maintains professional and technical knowledge by: conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; and conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
• Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
• Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or related field, plus five years progressive work experience in portfolio or investment management or controlling centralized accounting activities for multiple fund programs and/or accounts; experience in auditing, computerized fund accounting, indirect cost negotiations, and federal program accounting required of which include three years was in a supervisory capacity; or two years as a Controller for the Washoe Tribe; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.
• Must be able to be insurable by the Tribe’s Driving Policy.
• Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.
• Preference will be given to Qualified Native American Indians.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications:
• Knowledge of traditional form of government and tribal customs and traditions.
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of management and fund accounting, finance, and business administration.
• Knowledge of the standards, policies, practices, and procedures of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Governmental Accounting Standards.
• Knowledge of the development, preparation, and control of budgets.
• Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.
• Ability to communicate effectively in the English language, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Ability to create and present effective speeches and presentations.
• Ability to analyze situations and adopt appropriate courses of action.
• Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
• Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgment.
• Ability to be persuasive and tactful in controversial situations.
• Ability to demonstrate excellence in everything, and continually seek improvement in results.
• Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
• Skill in preparing, reviewing, and analyzing operational and financial reports.
• Skill in providing leadership to, supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.
• Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.


Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee occasionally is required to stand; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Work Environment:
Work is generally performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level.

Please note: Hiring preference is provided to members of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California followed by members of other federally recognized tribes. Must pass and comply with the PL101.630-Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Protection Act. (if applicable) Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California requires any designated candidate to complete a pre-employment drug/alcohol screening, must possess a valid NV or CA. driver license within thirty (30) days of employment.

Please send resumes to HR@washoetribe.us and Debra.wakeman@washoetribe.us.

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