Tribal Finance Director

Kootenai Tribe seeks an experienced, savvy Finance Director to help guide our tribal enterprises through future business opportunities. A supportive work environment, great salary & benefits and a fun outdoor oriented community are part of the job.

Job Summary:

The Finance Director has primary responsibility for ensuring the financial integrity of the Tribal government organization by recommending, implementing, and enforcing sound fiscal management policies and procedures. The Finance Director trains and supervises the Finance Staff to operate fiscal management systems and serves as the Tribe’s principal liaison with external organizations concerning financial accountability.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs the Tribe’s accounting and financial management activities, as well as its fiscal relationships department directors, funding agencies, financial institutions, the IRS, creditors, and vendors.
  • Coordinates with the CFO to develop and recommend fiscal management policies for Tribal Council approval. Establishes and maintains accounting and financial management systems and procedures, including those related to treasury, planning, budgeting, cash flow management, payroll, purchasing/procurement, property management, risk management/insurance, taxes and internal controls; coordinates audits.
  • Develops internal auditing functions to meet audit requirements; develops and implements strategies for limiting financial liability and risk exposure; develops and maintains essential computerized/electronic financial management systems.
  • Trains, supervises, evaluates and coordinates the work of Finance Department who perform the full range of accounting and financial management functions of the Tribe (ex; bank account reconciliations, cash deposits and receipts, contract management, payroll processing, procurement/purchasing, travel arrangements, loans, advances, reimbursements and insurance claims processing, manages employee benefits including 401k and personnel insurances.).
  • Works cooperatively with the Tribal Council, CFO, Department Directors, Program Managers, and Enterprise Managers to develop and implement sound plans, budgets and financial management systems for the delivery of high- quality, cost-effective services to the Tribal membership.
  • Assesses the financial condition of the Kootenai Tribe and makes quarterly financial/operating reports to the Tribal Council; provides monthly financial reports to Department Directors and Program Managers and works with them to ensure accurate record keeping by fund.
  • Assists preparation of annual indirect cost proposal and negotiates rate with the Department of the Interior.
  • Prepares fixed asset and depreciation schedules.
  • Prepares annual statement of federal expenditures report making sure that all funds are reconciled to the report. Follow up on any grants that should be closed out by the end of that fiscal year.
  • Creates Request for Proposal (RFP) for audit services. Evaluates proposals and makes a recommendation to the Tribal Council.
  • Ensures that all items on the external auditors check list are completed prior to the auditors arriving to complete fieldwork.
  • Shall be available for local and out of the area travel as required for job related training. Shall attend all required meetings and functions as requested.
  • Other position related job duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Other Requirements:

  • Must support the Kootenai Tribe’s vision, mission, and core values; desire and ability to support and advocate for tribal rights.
  • Must possess bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field and five years management-level experience in accounting/financial management with three years’ experience managing governmental fund accounting systems or equivalent combination of education experience, CPA preferred.
  • Ability to manage time well and work under stressful conditions.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to read, analyze and interpret common technical journals, financial reports and legal documents; ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from regulatory and funding agencies, creditors and vendors, and members of the Tribal staff and community; ability to communicate effectively with governing boards and members of the management team regarding financial management issues and financial condition of the Tribe.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), federal compact, contract and grant management procedures and OMB Circulars and other regulations governing financial management practices of Tribal governments.
  • Demonstrated ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and communicate findings and conclusions to Tribal Council. 
  • Demonstrated abilities to both initiate and follow through on complex financial management tasks, manage time well, meet deadlines and respond effectively to sometimes frustrating and unforeseeable complications in the performance of assigned duties.

Salary Dependent on Experience + Bonuses