JOB TITLE: Chief Executive Officer


Supervisor: Tribal Council

Status: Exempt

Salary: Grade 12


This position will function as the Chief Executive Officer of Tribal Government under the direction of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Council. The incumbent ensures effective and efficient management of governmental functions and programs, acts as a governmental liaison with other agencies and performs all other duties delegated by the Council in order to accomplish administrative and organizational goals. Manages program and organizational growth, planning and implementation of new initiatives, programs, projects, financial objectives, cultural changes and business goals for government operations as defined by the Tribal Council.


1. Oversight and administration of Tribal Government operations in accordance with the approved comprehensive budget approved for the Tribal Government and the approved organizational chart.

2. Provides leadership and direction to promote collaborative and coordinated planning amongst Tribal Government department programs, services and activities to achieve goals and objectives identified in the Tribeís Strategic Plan.

3. In concert with Human Resources Department and department heads, is responsible for the development of staffing plans and established work planning and scheduling; directs and approves all open requisitions; controls allocation and use of personnel to ensure appropriate staffing for business needs.

4. Approves and submits proposals for new initiatives considered feasible to Tribal Council for consideration and allocation of funds.

5. Directs the development, management and reporting process of budgets in conjunction with NHBP Human Resources Director, Chief Planning Officer, and Chief Financial Officer.

6. Directs, coordinates, supervises, coaches and evaluates the overall performance of Executive or Director level staff. Responsible for development, discipline as needed.

7. Responsible for the implementation of governmental business policies and procedures that affect business operations reporting to the incumbent.

8. Coordinates or participates as a member of standing or ad hoc committees with responsibility for the development of operating policies and procedures for government operations.

9. Determines methods and procedures for project accomplishment, staffing requirements and allotment of funds to various government projects.

10. Responsible for oversight and administration of Tribal Government operations relative to risk management and safety.

11. With Tribal Council approval, acts as governmental liaison with community organizations, outside agencies and other governments as required.

12. Reviews reports and records of Tribal activities to ensure that progress is being made to specific program objectives; modifies and changes methodology as required to redirect and attain government business objectives.

13. Participates in Tribal Member activities and other Tribal Member events that support Tribal sovereignty, culture and customs.

14. Acts as liaison with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Indian Health Services (IHS) to ensure successful development and administration of BIA and IHS contracted programs and operations.

15. Administration of grants not managed by Chief Planning Officer or other staff.

16. Collaboration and participation in Tribal Council committees, as required

17. Ensures all departments and staff members remain in compliance with applicable federal and program regulations, in conjunction with the NHBP Human Resources Director.

18. Development, implementation and administration of Council goals and objectives in conjunction with Human Resources Representatives.

19. Works closely with key staff to develop and implement the multi-year Tribal Strategic Plan and annual updates.

20. Works with the NHBP Human Resources Representatives to plan staff meetings.

21. Development, implementation and supervision of central governmental record-keeping office, excluding personnel and medical records.

22. Presents written monthly reports to Tribal Council.

23. Successful candidate will have willingness and ability present to Tribal Council clear and conscience goals and objectives. After a 60 day period, candidate will re-evaluate goals and objectives.

24. Other duties as assigned.


An individual must be able to demonstrate the ability to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications.

1. Bachelorís degree in Public Administration, Business, Planning, Management or

related field.

2. Seven to ten years experience in Tribal Government operations or other Tribal employment.

3. Seven to ten years demonstrated experience in a leadership position, including management of multiple departments.

4. Demonstrated capability to interface and maintain effective relationships with Tribal Council, outside agencies, governmental and program partners, departments and employees in a team-oriented environment.

5. Must possess strong administrative, organizational and communication skills as demonstrated through past work experience.

6. Ability to read, analyze and interpret various reports and documents, including financial records and legal information.

7. Extensive experience working with the BIA and knowledge of IHS rules and regulations.

8. Must have the ability to plan, coordinate and direct staff engaged in various professional, technical and clerical functions.

9. Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both verbal and in writing.

10. Extensive knowledge, understanding and ability to work with and promote Native American culture, language, traditions and communities.

11. Good working knowledge with computers, internet research, word processing and other office equipment required.

12. Must be experienced in community development, planning and budgeting.

13. Ability to pass an extensive background investigation, including but not limited to personal and professional financial history, nationwide criminal record search, and other relevant background information deemed necessary by Tribal Council.

14. Ability to pass a pre-employment drug test.

15. GSA certifiable.

16. Valid Michigan driver license with good driving record and provide proof of automobile insurance.


Masterís degree in Public Administration, Management or related field.

Equivalent experience is accepted for all positions in lieu of required degree:

Masterís Degree Ė 12 plus years of experience in the specific field


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. Must be able to focus on computer screens for extensive periods of time. The employee is frequently required to walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand; reach with hands and arms and climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Incumbent will work under standard office conditions. Must be able to travel between tribal facilities and outside the service area for meetings, trainings and conferences. Requires mobility, frequent walking, standing, sitting stationary and carrying of light items. Must be able to work flexible hours when necessary or as directed. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


This position may contain information that is security sensitive and thereby subject to additional provisions.


Indian preference will be applied in the selection of qualified applicants in accordance with the NHBP Indian Preference in Employment Code, which affords employment preferences to NHBP Tribal citizens, spouses of HNBP citizens and members of other federally recognized Indian Tribes.


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