The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians - Executive Director

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Posted: May 4, 2018

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
Arlington, Washington
Executive Director
Spring 2018

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians is seeking a skilled, seasoned and people-first
administrator for the position of Executive Director. The position is located in
Arlington, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

About The Region
The City of Arlington is located in northern Snohomish County approximately 10 miles
north of Everett and 40 miles north of Seattle, and is half way between Seattle and
Vancouver, British Columbia. Arlington is situated at the forks of the Stillaguamish River,
bordered by the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Puget Sound and Olympic
Mountains to the west. For more information about the region, visit
https://vimeo.com/143888107 or http://www.snohomish.org/.

About the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
Many centuries ago, long before the area was settled, long before forests and
grasslands were replaced with asphalt, our ancestors celebrated the journey of life and
lived from the resources this land provides. As children played and learned about nature,
adults would hunt, fish, and hand craft items for daily survival. Festively, they would
periodically gather to celebrate and give thanks for all they had. We, their descendants,
still reverently celebrate the rich culture and history that is ours. The Stillaguamish Tribe
Of Indians, with over 300 members, is a sovereign, federally recognized native tribe
committed to serving our members, preserving our culture, and continuing the
stewardship of our native lands.

The Stillaguamish Tribe's trust lands are located in Snohomish County, Washington.
The Tribe was granted a 64-acre (26 ha) reservation by the federal government in 2014,
which includes the Angel of the Winds Casino Resort, currently under expansion.[5]
The Tribe's constitution, approved by the Tribal council on January 31, 1953, provides
for the administration responsibilities of Tribal government to be handled by the
popularly elected six-member Stillaguamish Tribal Council. The Tribal Council is
composed of a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and two
Members. In addition to the traditional administrative departments, the Tribal
government and enterprises also include the following: Cultural Resources, Education,
Daycare, Tribal Court, Elders Services, Enrollment, North Intertribal Vocational
Rehabilitation Program, Natural Resources, Housing, Family Resources, Health
Services (including methadone clinic and behavioral health), Transportation, Police,
Wellness Clinic, Massage, Legal, Tribal Gaming Administration, Taxation, Tobacco &
Fuel, Planning/Lands, ICW, Grants, Business Development and Outdoor Media.

Role
Under the direction of the Stillaguamish Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED)
is responsible for articulating the policies and strategic vision of the Board to the Tribe’s
organizational components. This includes planning, organizing, coordinating and
managing program support as well as facilitating and assisting in the development of
departmental goals, objectives and budgets. The position supervises departmental
Directors and Managers and is responsible for supporting tribal programs to ensure
timely, consistent and effective execution of these functions. The ED and the Chief
Operating Officer (COO) have authority and responsibility to implement the legislative
actions and annual budgets as approved and directed by the Board of Directors, and the
ED will represent the Tribe with external partners and stakeholders in local, state and
federal sectors.

Key Responsibilities
Reporting directly to Tribal Council, the Executive Director will:
• Plan and execute the goals and objectives identified by the Tribal Council.
• Confer with Tribal Council and others on various operating, planning, financial
and administrative matters, ensuring open communication among all staff.
• Attend regularly scheduled Tribal Council Meetings to interface and build
relationships with citizenry, to support staff presentations, and to share updated
programmatic, grant, or services information as necessary.
• Work collaboratively with senior leadership staff in both the fiscal and operations
areas to forecast, plan and prepare the annual budget and oversee Tribal
operations, including the development of Tribal programs, plans, and budgets to
ensure resources are aligned with the strategic plan, and all Tribal assets and
resources are safeguarded through financial and management best practices.
• Coordinate effort to update and standardize job responsibilities, policies and
procedures, creating accountability and optimal organizational efficiency.
• Work with all staff to increase efficiencies, streamline operations and improve
processes, and proficiently modify or change methodology as required to meet
identified project/program goals and objectives.
• Ensure all applicable laws, regulations and protocols are observed in all matters
at the federal, state, local and Tribal levels.
• Other duties as required by Council.
Desirable Qualifications
Competitive candidates will meet or exceed the following criteria:
• Graduate degree in Public or Business Administration; extensive and senior-level
experience may substitute for education.
• 15+ years’ demonstrably successful experience in executive management in the
Tribal sector, including administrative and supervisory responsibility of staff over
30.
• Strong familiarity with all aspects of senior management including but not limited
to
o Finance, forecasting and budgeting, with oversight experience of budgets
over $150M.
o Experience overseeing governmental operations.
o Demonstrated expertise with all matters pertaining to personnel
management including creating and implementing SOPs.
o Strong familiarity with legislative and regulatory environments, and up to
date knowledge of current laws, regulations and trends.
o Knowledge of complex funding mechanisms and opportunities in Indian
Country.
o Proven track record of strong and positive intergovernmental
relationships.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral and strong listening skills.
• Training and demonstrable experience in areas including: staff
assessment/development, mentoring, facilitation, conflict resolution, and team
building.
• Proven ability to work effectively with people at all levels of the organizational
chart, with a patient, collaborative, transparent and mission-focused
management style.
• Track record of creating effective working relationships with elected officials,
boards or commissions, and demonstrated ability to translate vision into action
plans.
• Familiarity with the juncture between economic development and government
operations.
• Awareness of, and personal respect for cultural traditions in Tribal settings.
Compensation
Annual compensation for this position is $133K DOQ. Tribal employment includes a
generous health care package, retirement, and paid vacation and holiday benefits.
[Valid state driver’s license (or ability to get one) and successful drug test are
prerequisites for employment.]

How to Apply
The recruitment will remain open until May 23, 2018, though it will be to the applicant’s
advantage to apply expeditiously. Only individuals that meet the desirable qualifications
will be contacted by the recruiter. Applicants should email a letter of interest and a
current chronological resume to:

Judith Brighton
(360) 280-5936
EM: judithb@whitenergroup.biz

Qualified Native American candidates will be given preference.

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