Finance Director - Tribal Government

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The Finance Director will lead all accounting, finance, and payroll activities for the Gun Lake Tribal Government. The Finance Director will analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; organize financial reporting materials for all government operations, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure or at least 2 years experience in public accounting
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or other related field
  • Five (5) years’ in accounting/finance field with emphasis on financial modeling, budgeting, analysis, and/or audit; preferably for governmental or non-profit organizations
  • Three (3) years’ demonstrated experience leading a team in an accounting and finance related field.
  • Knowledge of governmental accounting standards, governmental fund accounting and related financial and business principles
  • Experience in accounting software like Sage, MIP, Dynamics, Blackbaud
  • Experience in grant and contract accounting, compliance, and management
  • Experience with strategic and operations planning 
  • Experience in planning and budgeting with the ability to develop and implement budgets and other financial reports or information

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintains adequate accounting and financial records and internal controls to meet prevailing federal standards and requirements; conforming to generally accepted accounting principles as they relate to Tribal Government
  • Ensures that financial reports and data produced by the Tribal Finance Department are accurate, timely and produced in accordance with GAAP and GASB.
  • Drafts the annual consolidated financial statements in compliance with current GASB standards and overseeing the external audit
  • Participate in the Tribe’s Finance and Audit Committee meetings and have an active roll in the Tribe’s investment management.
  • Assure accurate and timely preparation of all monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports required by granting agencies, federal and state agencies and for Tribal Directors
  • Lead the preparation of annual budgets for all departments.  Compile, analyze and present the annual budgets to management and Tribal Council for approval. 
  • Develop and maintain a process that allows administration to monitor program budgets for federal funding compliance and tribal council direction.
  • Assure cash flow meets spending requirements and is within control parameters of the funding agency
  • Oversees the calculation and recording of tax deposits, assures that all taxes are deposited in a timely fashion, and assures that quarterly reports for payroll taxes are prepared and processed.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with all Tribal entities, department directors, and Tribal citizens.
  • Works with department directors developing long-term financial objectives.
  • Reviews and reports on compliance with debt covenants, grants, and other related activities, as applicable
  • Maintain and ensure compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures
  • Document and maintain complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions
  • Oversee all payroll functions to ensure that employees are paid in a timely and accurate manner
  • Maintain confidentiality of all files and accounts of the Gun Lake Finance Department.


  • Demonstrated working knowledge and experience with Tribal government operations, Native American business and governmental programs, resources, services, and issues
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Services, and other state/federal funding agencies
  • Excellent negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Maintains a working knowledge of GAAP, and comprehensive understanding of GASB along with other technical accounting standard.
  • Strong background in public relations, interpersonal communication, and supervision
  • Must have the ability to take appropriate action in stressful or emergency situations
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations
  • Must be able to research financial data and develop reports, statistical documents, and other material for review and presentation
  • Must possess a strong work ethic including being service-orientated
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, self-starter, organizational, and time management skills
  • Possess effective oral and written communication skills
  • Must have a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and adjust to changing priorities in a professional manner
  • Ability to management multiple projects at once and meet deadlines
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook
  • Possess the ability to operate standard office equipment
  • Ability to work in a team orientated environment and maintain an effective team working relationship with co-workers
  • Experience in risk management and insurance related matters

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