Commissioner of Finance

Position Title: Commissioner of Finance
Location: Finance
Reports to: Band Assembly
Opening Date: June 5th, 2019
Closing Date: June 19th, 2019

Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies

The Commissioner of Finance plans, directs, monitors, and reviews the overall financial activities and operations of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to ensure the Band’s financial resources are adequately protected, that adequate financial controls are in place, and all financial processes are conducted within sound financial and accounting policies and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Commissioner of Finance also assists the Secretary-Treasurer with the investment management of the Band’s financial assets pursuant to statute as authorized by Band Assembly. The Commissioner of Finance must uphold an oath to faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office to the best of his/her judgment and ability while maintaining the highest level of ethics and integrity.


Bachelors level degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, or similar discipline is required, Master’s degree preferred. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license is required.
Prior experience in Tribal Government environment preferred.
Seven (7) to ten (10) years of executive level experience in Tribal government accounting and/or government accounting, finance, and tax administration.
Minimum of five years of supervisory experience is required.
Minimum of two years of state and/or federal contracting or grants management experience.
Mastery of the theories, principles and practices of accounting, financial reporting, and investment management.
Knowledge of relevant federal laws, ordinances, regulations, etc. relating to accounting and financial reporting.
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
Working knowledge of grant application and compliance procedures including 2 CFR 200 “Super Circular” and other federal compliance requirements.
Knowledge and understanding of Public Law 93-638 and Indian Self-Determination Act.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
Experience in administering Gaming Revenue Allocation Plans.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to prepare and present clear and concise reports or information both orally and in writing.
Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgement.
Excellent personal computer skills in a Windows environment, including spreadsheet, Word, publishing, calendaring, and general office support applications.
Strong knowledge of Band statutes, regulations, policies, and governance principles.
Proven leadership and supervisory qualities.
Must have the ability to maintain the utmost level of confidentiality.
Ability to develop and implement sound accounting and control policy and procedure.
Ability to manage effectively through planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, monitoring and problem solving to support achievement of department strategic and operation goals.
Prior experience in long range and strategic planning.
Knowledge of computer based accounting systems, including payroll, fund accounting, general ledger, and fixed asset accounting.
Ability to adapt quickly to shifting priorities and balance competing priorities and demands placed on the resources.
Ability to build consensus and resolve conflicts.
Knowledge of investment management principles and trust accounts.
Effective public speaking skills.
Ability to present information and persuade others to act.
Experience in and sensitively to Native American culture.

• Development, interpretation, and application of Band policy, procedures, and regulation relating to the financial reporting, control, and investment management.
• Decisions related to compliance with grant financial guidelines and control.
• Selection of investment strategies, vehicles, and asset managers.

Section 4. Authority and Responsibility

Directly and through others supervise subordinate staff. Determine personnel needs.
Prepare, submit, revise, and manage a department budget.
Develop investment strategies and policy while assisting the Secretary-Treasurer with the management of Band financial assets pursuant to statute as authorized by Band Assembly. Recommend asset management strategies and asset managers.
Manage Band borrowing and debt service.
Develop and implement a long-range financial plan.
Plan, direct, and control the annual operating and capital budgeting process. Work closely with Executive Branch management staff to prepare the biennial budgets and ensure delivery of the budgets to Band Assembly in accordance with Band statutes.
Work closely with executive management of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and other tribal enterprises as needed.
Manage the annual single audit process.
Establish and maintain sound relationships with financial institutions, including commercial and investment banking.
Manage the Band’s risk management providing the appropriate levels of coverage and balance between risk transfer and risk retention.
Oversee tax administration for the Band.
Oversee the preparation and submission annually of the Indirect Cost Proposal to the Federal government.
Oversee grants management operations under OMB department to ensure financial reporting is complete prior to deadlines, follow up with awarding agency requests, and monitor grant compliance.
Ensure disbursements from the Minor’s Trust Fund are timely, accurate, and in accordance with plan documents.
Ensure that internal controls are in place and followed while providing an appropriate segregation of duties between OMB staff to mitigate fraud risk.
Ensure timely processing of all daily operations of the OMB department.
Analyze and determine the financial impact of operational policies, Band initiatives, proposals, and procedures that affect Band government. Must be able to explain the consequences of various courses of action to Band Assembly and the Chief Executive and propose recommendations.
Develop, implement, and maintain computerized accounting systems, subsystems, and procedures.
Execute contracts, drafts, loan agreements, stock transfers, and other documents necessary to provide for the functioning of the Band.
Perform financial analysis of projects and proposed statute changes.
Monitor construction project accounting.
May represent the Band at federal, state, and other tribal level negotiations, meetings, and other functions relating to OMB and financial reporting and management.
Ensure enforcement of the Band’s rules and regulations regarding accounting and financial reporting.
Position is responsible for modeling high standards of honesty and integrity in all matters. The Commissioner of Finance is required, as a condition of employment, to conduct himself/herself (both on and off the job) in a manner that brings credit to the Band government.
Propose new and revise existing Band policies, laws, and regulations related to accounting and financial reporting.
Ensure compliance with Band statutes, federal laws, and program guidelines.
Provide the Executive branch, the Legislative branch, the Judicial branch, and Band at large information on the Band’s financial activity and position.
Adhere to Secretarial Orders on the release and/or disclosure of financial operations of the Band.
Ensure all Commissioners receive detailed monthly budgetary reports.
Provide backup assistance when needed to other OMB functions.
Other duties as assigned

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Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to:
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Human Resources Specialist
43408 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Fax # (320)532-7492
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