Finance Director - The Suquamish Tribe

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Job Summary:

The Finance Director is responsible for the oversight of the annual budgeting and planning process for the Suquamish Tribal Government in conjunction with the Executive Director and Tribal Council. The Finance Director performs a variety of supervisory, administrative, technical and professional work in the development, management and implementation of the Suquamish Tribe’s day-to-day financial operations. The Director will plan, direct, and coordinate activities of the Finance department, and collaborate with Tribal, Federal, State, and local governments on funding activities. The Director will ensure the implementation of a robust financial management system including the creation and enforcement of necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance departments’ overall policy and procedure manual, and effectively perform complex financial and accounting duties in accordance with OMB rules and regulations and generally accepted account principles.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

Responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of all fiscal operations of the government including planning, organizing, and controlling financial resources and expenditure processes.
Works closely with the Tribal Council, Executive Director, and Tribal government staff in preparing budgets based on BIA, IHS, grant, and tribal funding. Is responsible for development of a master budget which is conducted on fund accounting basis and preparing regular budget reconciliations by fund source, financial statements, and other information as requested.
Provide necessary leadership and strategic support to the Tribal government and the Tribal Council to facilitate achievement of budget priorities, goals, and objectives.
Confers with Tribal Council on financial matters, legislation, and policies, making recommendations for action, fiscal options, and consequences of fiscal alternatives, on all matters impacting the Tribe’s finances.
Is responsible for management of day-to-day accounting functions including; transaction approval, investment of tribal funds, and daily cash management. Works closely with the Tribe’s banking institutions in order to maintain compliance.
Develops and monitors the budget and works with Executive Director and Department Directors to facilitate proposals and amendments for consideration by the Council within the established financial policies.

Performs monthly analysis of budgetary performance and addresses significant variations with applicable departments or divisions.
Conducts research and makes recommendations on revenue options, financial organization, and fiscal policies.
Director will also initiate as required the RFP process for Broker of record who negotiates on behalf of the tribe for self-funded medical, dental, vision insurance, and responsible for retirement planning and administration.
Prepares indirect cost proposals for approval by the Executive Director and submits to Interior Business Center in a timely manner.
Responsible for preparation of the Tribe’s Financial Statements including timely completion of an annual audit as required by OMB and for maintaining accurate records of all expenditures by fund source.  Works closely with the Tribe’s external auditors on emerging accounting standards.
Responsible for negotiation of annual BIA and IHS Self Governance funding agreements.
Participate on the Financial Investment Committee and the Health Benefits and Employee Benefits Committee.

Secondary Functions:

Present financial information to Tribal membership when required, including participation at budget hearings, public hearings, and the annual General Council meeting.
Model and facilitate effective problem solving and conflict resolution techniques.
Experience selecting, training, developing, and evaluating the work of technical and office support staff.
Establishes and maintains current position descriptions for staff, and develops performance standards to facilitate proper evaluation of performance of staff.
Develop, maintain, monitor, and enforce relevant Finance Policies and Procedures.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated ability to perform all accounting functions and direct staff in performance of accounting tasks.
Knowledge of computerized accounting systems and ability to support staff in use of computerized accounting software
Ability to plan, lead and coordinate work and projects of a technically demanding nature, under strict deadlines, and under limited supervision. 

A systems-mindset with an aptitude for long-term financial planning is required.
Ability to prepare multiyear financial plans, including capital improvement plans and makes recommendations about available funding.
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly about financial management with internal and external stakeholders using strategic financial planning methods aligned with the budget priorities set by Tribal Council.
Maintains a high degree of sensitivity to the needs of others and the ability to communicate technical issues in a clear and understandable manner.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with all levels of staff, public officials, auditors, contractors and membership.
Ability to professionally and effectively represent the department and the Tribe at local, regional, and national meetings with government agencies, contractors, vendors, regulatory and legislative organizations, and the general public.
Demonstrated experience managing and/or supervising personnel with diverse professional backgrounds.
Knowledge and skills to analyze technical data and prepare clear and concise financial or written reports within the department’s responsibility.
Ability to foster teamwork by working cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
Demonstrated ability to manage grant funds and provide necessary reporting on all fund sources.
Ability to understand ethical behavior and business practice standards aligned with the values of the organization.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of governmental accounting and budgeting, applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances is critical.
Theory, principles, practices, and techniques associated with financial and economic analysis is required.


Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or Accounting, Finance, or Public Administration from an accredited university with 5 years’ experience in accounting with experience in high level supervisory or management capacity, or a demonstrated combination of experience and education which provides a comprehensive knowledge of all functional areas of the position.
Must have current Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and maintain CPA certification.

Minimum five years’ experience in Tribal, Federal, State or Local Government, with considerable knowledge of Indian Tribes, Federal Indian policies, and Tribal governments preferred. Must be capable of being bonded and have no misdemeanor or felony convictions.
Proficiency in the use of computer programs for:
·         Accounting
·         Word processing
·         Databases
·         Spreadsheets
·         E-mail
·         Internet

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Responsible for the direct supervision of the Controller, Grants and Contracts Coordinator, Accounting Technicians, Finance Clerk, Staff Accountants, Travel Coordinator and other staff as assigned.

Interpersonal Contacts:

Extensive contact with Tribal Government Departments Internal/External and outside Vendors.

Job Conditions:

The principal job site shall be in the Finance office at the Suquamish Tribal Center, Suquamish Village Square, Suquamish WA. The work environment includes cubicle office setting, which would have appropriate lighting and heat, adequate ventilation and equipment necessary to the position.  Much of the work is sedentary.

Specific Job Requirements:

Valid Washington State Driver’s License or ability to obtain one within thirty (30) days of employment;
Federal/State and Tribal Background check required Pre-Employment Drug Testing required
Random Drug Testing


1.      This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.
2.      The employee will be required to follow any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.
3.      Tribal/Indian Preference Applies

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The Suquamish Tribe
Lori Crowell
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