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Tribal Administrator

Job title:
Tribal Administrator
General Manager
$31.25 - $41.87 FLSA Exempt
40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, with some weekend and evening work
Reviewing Applications
Jan 19, 2018, 23:59 PM

Under the direction of the General Manager, with oversight by Tribal Council, the Tribal Administrator is expected to perform day-to-day government administration and planning, and assist in community development on behalf of the Tribe.  The Tribal Administrator will serve as the acting General Manager during the absence of the General Manager.  The Tribal Administrator enhances administration and management of tribal programs so that they effectively meet the needs of the Samish Indian Nation and assure that the Tribe is well positioned for future changes.

Full-time regular status at completion of six-month probationary period

  1. Develops and maintains systems of communication that keeps the tribal membership informed of projects, events and activities
  2. Assists the GM & Controller in developing the annual Indirect Cost Proposal
  3. Ensures that all Federal contract and grant program funding agreements include prior approval from Council and calculation of indirect cost shortfalls and appropriate levels of program support
  4. Provides oversight and supervision of the Education Department
  5. Assures that the Samish Indian Nation Departments are informed of Tribal Council priorities, and provides Tribal Council updates on needs and opportunities of the Departments
  6. Oversee the development of systems and tools for assessing members needs and assuring that information is used across programs in conjunction with Department heads
  7. Coordinates with Departments to ensure that baseline measures and outcomes are identified, implemented, tracked and monitored in each program
  8. Compiles and analyzes program related data to report to GM and Tribal Council for planning and evaluation
  9. Monitors state and federal level policy and regulatory changes that impact tribal operations  
  10. Review and analyze Tribal policies and procedures for compliance with federal and state requirements and make recommendations for revision as appropriate
  11. With guidance from the Tribal Council, General Manager and input from Department Heads, organizes tribal response to local, state and federal initiatives and issues
  12. Provide support to General Manager and other Department managers by attending public/governmental/special interest meetings when requested
  13. Actively promotes activities and structures that will insure effective and efficient organization and coordination within Administration
  14. Maintains positive relations with staff, community members, Tribal Council, local, state, regional and federal entities, and others to accomplish tribal objectives and preserve/promote good public relations
  15. Other duties as assigned

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position 

  1. Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Non-profit Administration, or other relevant field and 4 years senior level management experience in Government Administration or in the Non-Profit Administration grants management arena; or eight to ten years senior level management experience in Government or Tribal Administration, Non-Profit Administration and grants management
  2. Must possess integrity, have a high energy level and have organized work habits
  3. Must have proven leadership/supervisory skills
  4. Must have excellent budgetary skills
  5. Must possess excellent oral and written communication/facilitation skills
  6. Must be able to delegate appropriately, set realistic priorities, and coordinate efforts of senior management
  7. Must demonstrate critical thinking and exceptional written communication
  8. Must have intermediate or higher MS Office software skills

Desired Qualifications:

1.  Knowledgeable of Northwest Indian tribes and Tribal Administrations

2.   Master’s Degree in Public Administration or Organizational Development

3.   Senior Level experience in Tribal Administrative Management


Physical Demands: Long periods of sitting (60% of time); occasional bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, carrying, and pushing (20% of time); and occasional standing and walking (20% of time). Occasionally lifts/carries up to 20lbs. Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to use office equipment with frequent repetitive motion such as writing, typing, cash-handling, and phone use. Must possess the ability to view print on a computer screen and/or paper document; the ability to speak and hear exchanging information with end users by telephone Mental/Visual Demands: Frequent mental and/or visual attention to task is required. Occasionally work requires heavy concentration. Frequent interruptions. Tasks involve eye-hand coordination. Working Environment: Work environment is mainly indoors with heat and some air conditioning. Must sit or stand at desk for the majority of shift. Unavoidable hazards/risks: Work requires minimal risks which require safety precautions (using some cleaning chemicals for light cleaning). Protective clothing or equipment may be required (goggles, gloves, masks, boots, etc.)

Samish Indian Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applications from all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ancestry.  Samish preference and Indian preference will be applied to the selection for this position as defined in Title 25, US Code Section 473.

CONFIDENTIALITY:  This position develops, maintains, and is responsible for safeguarding the computer/electronic and hardcopy file folders containing sensitive and proprietary information about the Tribe and its members.  The incumbent must maintain confidentiality of all work and files pertaining to enrollment, clients, survey results, and all other material that may identify individuals by name (either directly or by reference), as set forth by the Tribal Council in the Personnel Manual.  Any violation in this matter may result in immediate termination of employment.

Please state your eligibility for Indian preference in your cover letter.  Indian preference must be documented prior to interview or hiring.  BIA Form 4432 or tribal enrollment ID may be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

All persons who are offered employment with the Samish Indian Nation must give permission for a thorough background check of previous work performance, motor vehicle history, credit history and criminal history, as well as a pre-employment drug screen. The Drug Free Workplace Policy has not changed since the passing of WA State I-502. While Initiative 502 legalized marijuana within Washington State, employers maintain the right to decide on their tolerance policy. Because we receive federal grant dollars from the federal government, we still consider marijuana as an illegal substance and its use and possession completely prohibited.


This position is a “covered position” under the Tribe’s Indian Child and Family Violence Act Policy and all applicants must undergo a fingerprint background investigation in order to be hired for this position.  The Tribe will not hire, permit anyone to work or volunteer in a covered position if the person has ever been found guilty or entered a plea of no contest or guilty to any offense under federal, state, or Tribal law which involves violence, threat of violence, sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, prostitution, crimes against persons, or offenses committed against children.