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Job Title: Chief Financial Officer(Contractual)

Department: (3) Tribal Management

Sub-Department: Office of Management &Budget

Job Class: E-14

Reports To: Tribal Manager

FLSA Status: Exempt

BG Classification: G3

Salary Start: DOE

Prepared Date: February 2019, March 2021


The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is the Tribal Governmental focal point for financial planning, control, and

execution. The CFO is primarily responsible for the design, implementation and operational oversight of the

Tribal Governments financial systems, functions and controls for all resources of the Tribal Government.

The CFO is also responsible for ensuring adequate internal controls are established to safeguard the assets of

the Tribe.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance required.

• Must demonstrate at least three (3) years’ experience in leading a team in an accounting related field.

• Must have at least three (3) years of governmental accounting experience.

• Must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License and be insurable by the GTB insurance carrier.


• Direct the financial operations and supervision of accounting, payroll, purchasing, property,

investments and debt management.

• Review, revise, and administer financial accounting and reporting systems to ensure adequate

recording, reporting, and effective fiscal internal controls.

• Develop and recommend policies and procedures for recording financial information and improving

accounting procedures.

• Ensure proper accounting procedures are periodically reviewed and properly implemented. Working

knowledge of GAAP, and comprehensive understanding of GASB along with other technical

accounting standards.

• Coordinate annual external audit as required by 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F.

• Monitor and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

• Review, revise and implement tribal financial investment policies and procedures.

• Prepare, submit, and negotiate the annual Indirect Cost Proposal.

• Prepare and implement the annual tribal government budget.

• Allocate and re-program resources within the Office of Management & Budget Department as required

to accommodate changing conditions.

• Establish accountability and responsibility within department and achieve an equitable distribution of

appropriate organizational resources through changes in the structure and alignment of functions.

• Redefine and prioritize departmental requirements and resources.

• Approve internal policies and operational changes within authority granted.

• Arrange meetings with supervisors and Tribal Council to determine and coordinate the implementation

of plans designed to meet departmental goals and objectives.

• Assess the value of services and achievement of program goals and objectives through visits and

discussions with Tribal Council and other interested groups.

• Perform regular, detailed audits to ensure accuracy in financial documents, expenditures and


• Oversee ledger reconciliation and manage accounts payable/receivable.

• Participate in budgeting processes, monitor bookkeeping activities regularly.

• Must organize and update financial records as needed (digital and physical), analyze transactions and

prepare reports.

• Review and negotiate loan and lease documents.

• Assist in the review and negotiation of contracts and contractual agreements.

• Ensure the processing of the HUD LOCC drawdowns.

• Is responsible for dealing with any IRS and State Payroll reports or payment issues.

• Responsible for submitting RTM monthly changes to the State of Michigan and processing the annual

RTM letter for the tax form.

• Establish necessary internal controls and safeguards to protect Government-owned resources against

fraud, waste, and abuse.

• Serve as acting Purchasing Manager when Purchasing Manager is on leave.

• Assist staff on preparing departmental actions that ensure uniformity and consistency in carrying out

policy and operational activities.

• Adhere to sound business principles in managing activities that generate income; monitor internal

controls in all activities to maintain financially stable operation.

• Ensure that departmental budgetary goals are achieved providing programs that are cost effective and,

insofar as possible, financially self-sufficient.

• Participate in negotiations with BIA & IHS to secure the tribal share of annual funding via the annual

funding agreements.

• Ensure that grant report submission activities of the Grant Management Staff are accurate; to assure

that the grantor financial reports conform to GTB program financial statements.

• Ensure that a monitoring system is being maintained that assures all narrative and financial reports are

submitted to the appropriate funding agency by the prescribed deadlines

• Assist in determining the annual allocation of BIA and IHS Self-Governance compact funds to

individual programs for each fiscal year budget.

• Serve as Acting Revenue Director.

• Participant in the Emergency Management Program and update Emergency Action Guidelines (EAG).

• Other duties assigned.


• Must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

• Excellent time management and organizational skills are critical.

• Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated patience, tact, and respect.

• Exceptional detail and follow-up skills.

• Work requires advanced proficiency in computer literacy: Windows Microsoft office products (Word,

Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), Adobe, Adobe Pro, Internet, Shared folders, Accounting software and

other data base applications.

• Demonstrated ability to manage a complex budgetary environment, train and manage accounting and

purchasing staff, and communicate with various federal, state and private agencies.

• Must have in-depth knowledge of bookkeeping, auditing and budgeting procedures.

• Must be able to monitor daily transactions and recommend ways we can improve our financial health.

• Must stay informed on industry developments and changes in regulations.

• Advanced proficiency in leadership and management skills and techniques.

• Ability to quickly evaluate alternatives and decide on a plan of action.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance required.

• Certified Public Accountant(CPA) preferred.

• Must have working knowledge of GAAP, and comprehensive understanding of GASB along with other

technical accounting standards.

• Work experience in Native American Tribal Governments preferred.

• Must be familiar with business plan development models.

• Must be familiar with Tax agreements between States and Tribes.

• Must have governmental accounting experience.

• Advanced knowledge of business, budgeting, accounting, purchasing and planning.

• Advanced knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, rules, procedures, and administration is required.

• Must demonstrate at least three (3) years’ experience in leading a team in an accounting related field.


• Directly supervise OMB staff

• Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the staff work production.

• Plans work, sets priorities for completion, and assigns work to staff.

• Evaluate staff’s performance and advise, counsel, and instruct them on work and administrative

matters according to established policy and procedure.


General office equipment; calculators, computers, copiers, fax, phone systems, etc.


Work requires sitting, lifting, reaching, walking, and lifting to fifty pounds. Also requires manual dexterity

to operate office equipment, keyboarding, copiers, etc. Regularly requires verbally expressing or exchanging

ideas of important instructions accurately, loudly, or quickly.


The employee uses judgement in identifying and selecting the most appropriate procedures to use, or in

determining which of several established alternatives to use. Some deadlines involved, so there is time

pressure on occasion.


A good deal of work is performed in an office environment, but it is important to realize that some of the

work is on the floor and in the offices of the various properties and that you are expected to go on-site on a

regular basis.


Native American preference will apply. Must be willing and able to pass a background investigation and a drug and alcohol urinalysis as a condition of employment. Adherence to strict company policy regarding confidentiality is a must. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Management retains the right to add or to change the duties of the position at any time. Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents in lieu of stated minimums require prior approval of the Director of Human Resources

Covid-19 mitigating policies are in effect. 

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