Job Title:         General Manager

Department:   Administration

Reports To:    Council

Job Status:    Regular Full Time

Type:             Exempt (Salaried)

Grade:          O; DOE


Under the direction of the Nooksack Tribal Council, the General Manager is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the organization by working with the Council and other management to establish long-term goals, strategies, plans and policies. The General Manager is also responsible for the overall operations of departments, programs and services provided by the Nooksack Tribal Council for the Tribal membership.

The General Manager will supervise the implementation of all management functions of the administration including, but not limited to, Accounting, Human Resources, Planning, Social Services, Housing, Family Services, Enrollment, Education, Information Services, Granting Writing and Program Development, Natural Resources, Risk/Emergency Management, Veterans, Health, Law Enforcement, General Services and Tribal Gaming Agency.



  1. Establish credibility throughout the organization and with the Council as an effective developer of solutions to organizational challenges and opportunities.
  2. Develop an overall strategic plan for the organization, using counsel from the Council and staff.
  3. Effectively implement and communicate goals, objectives, policies and procedures in accordance with strategic plans.
  4. Achieve financial objectives by providing leadership in the preparing and administering of the annual program budgets, presenting budget recommendations with justification to Council.
  5. Review activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives and revised objectives; and plans in accordance to current conditions.
  6. Assign, plan, and measure performance results of department/program directors and ensure they are completing the same with their respective staff.
  7. Hold regular meetings with department/program directors to foster increased communication and interaction between departments.
  8. Effectively communicate the Nooksack Indian Tribes values, strategies and objectives to internal and external audiences.
  9. Direct on-gong research and planning to obtain information and community input regarding the social and economic needs of the community served.
  10. Provide administrative and technical assistance to the Directors and act as professional staff to the Council.
  11. Establish a culture of continuous improvement where employees are encouraged to achieve their highest potential.
  12. Prepare and present progress reports on the status, activities, and plans for the current and future programs to the Tribal Council.
  13. Maintain awareness of governmental changes affecting the activities of the Nooksack Tribe, communicating and implementing required changes.
  14. Ensuring Tribal Councils directives and timelines are followed through on and progress is reported back to the Tribal Council.
  15. CEO of NBC II, NBC III, and MCI Board:
    1. Provide for the efficient and effective utilization of the resources of the Tribe in a manner that protects the long-term interests of the Tribe;
    2. Promote the economic development of the Tribe;
    3. Manage the general affairs and business of the corporations;
    4. Perform all duties related in good faith;
    5. Attend annual meetings of the corporate boards {120 days following the close of the fiscal year);
    6. Attend regular board meetings;
    7. Maintain financial records of the boards;
    8. Annually provide to Council the operating conditions of the corporations;
    9. Submit a business plan of the corporations to Council for review and approval by January 31st of each year;
    10. Other duties assigned – should the boards seek approval of bylaws.


·         Indian Preference Policy applies to this and all positions with the Nooksack Indian Tribe.


The following qualifications are required for the incumbent to have, in order to be considered for the position.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Tribal administration, public administration, business administration, or related field;


  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience at a Director or higher level managing multiple, diverse departments, specifically related to the area of responsibility;


  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience administering Tribal programs and working in a Tribal Government environment;


  • Proven fiscal skills including effective oversight of budgets in excess of $25 million.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Tribal Administration, public administration, business administration, or related field;


  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience at a Director or higher level managing multiple, diverse departments, specifically related to the area of responsibility;


  • Minimum of eight (8) years administering Tribal programs and working in a Tribal Government Environment;


  • Proven fiscal skills including effective oversight of budgets in excess of $25 million.


  • Exceptional leadership skills exemplified by the successful development of staff and effectiveness of programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of budget preparation, indirect cost proposal, and grant writing.
  • Ability to effectively analyze situations and develop appropriate courses of action.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • The ability to make sound judgments; take initiative; be flexible; and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to maintain composure under pressure and treat staff and community members with dignity and respect at all times.
  • Knowledge and experience in preparing and controlling budgets and other management type functions.
  • Must possess good communication skills (writing, spelling, listening, and speaking).
  • Must have follow-through and able to complete tasks or ensure tasks assigned are completed on time and within budget.
  • Proficiency in computer applications (word, excel, database)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in the areas of creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, group planning and decision-making processes.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver clear, concise, timely, and persuasive reports, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Advanced knowledge of Tribal sovereignty issues and agreements that exist between federally recognized Indian Tribes and applicable Federal and State agencies.
  • Advanced knowledge of government funded grant and contract reporting and management.


  • Must pass alcohol/drug test at time of hire and throughout employment.
  • Must pass criminal background check at time of hire and periodically thereafter.


  • Must have and maintain throughout employment a valid Washington State Driver’s License and meet the insurability requirements of the Tribe.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (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.):

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods and frequently required to talk and hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.
  • Must be able to bend and reach.
  • The majority of the work will be in an office environment with little exposure to noise or outside weather conditions.
  • The employee may occasional lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
  • May have to walk/drive between office locations under a variety of conditions.


The following qualifications are preferred/helpful for the incumbent who has these skills/knowledge or abilities for this position.

  • Master Degree from an accredited college or university in Tribal, Public, Business administration or a related field preferred.

About Nooksack Indian Tribe

We are a tribe of approximately 2,000 members, located in our ancestral homeland in the northwest corner of Washington State. Our name comes from a place name in our language and translates to “always bracken fern roots,” which illustrates our close ties to our land and the resources that continue to give strength to our people. Our tribe is located in Deming, Washington, just 15 miles east of Bellingham, 12 miles south of the Canadian border, nestled amongst majestic mountains, lush forest, and the meandering and dynamic Nooksack River. Here in this scenic locale, we maintain a Tribal Council and Tribal Government. Both our Council and Government work to create a better future for every Nooksack and ensure our tribe’s sovereignty.