Fee to Trust Land Manager
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 Fee to Trust Land Manager provides assistance to the Director of Land Management in the form of research, processing Fee to Trust applications, investigation of facts and the processing of Realty Transactions for the Mille Lacs Band. This includes processing realty transactions as well as maintaining the filing system in Laserfiche associated with these transactions and other realty processes as needed.
• Associate’s Degree in resource or land management and/or business administration with three years’ experience required;
• Bachelor’s degree in resource or land management and/or business administration with one year experience required.
• Must be familiar with the Fee to Trust application process.
• Knowledge of probate processes, Leasing & Right-of-Ways, Land Acquisitions, NEPA, zoning and recording in Real Estate in Indian Country preferred.
• Knowledge of Real Estate principles including Federal, State, Tribal Laws, Band policies and statutes.
• Must be a Notary Public or the ability to become a Notary within a 6-12 month period.
• No supervisory experience necessary but must be able to manage and coordinate projects and work with other departments and manage contracts during the acquisition process. During the vacancy of the Director of Land Management, Land Management staff will report to Land Manager.
• Certification in BIA TAAMS (Trust Asset and Accounting Management System) or the ability to be certified within a 12-month period. Certification requires a Federal background check. Knowledge of title records, basic principles of Real Estate transactions.
• Ability to research and comprehend federal regulations.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills required. At least 70% of the job will require preparing written documentation related to various realty processes.
• Understanding of and sensitivity to Native American Culture.
• Must pursue knowledge expansion of the development of legal description reading and drafting, surveying and land records management.
• Strong computer skills in a Windows environment, including Excel, Power Point, Word, Laserfiche, TAAMS and GIS applications.
• Must be able to work under pressure, manage multiple demands on time, and complete projects within timeframes and budget.
• Excellent organization skills including data management.
• Must have a current valid driver’s license
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a Pre-employment drug & alcohol test.
• Background investigation required that shows no theft or fraud above a misdemeanor, no felony drug conviction and no sexual or crimes-against-a-person conviction at any level.
• A staff person with direct contact with or access to children in care must disclose the arrest, conviction, and applicant background information if that staff person:
(a) has a conviction of, has admitted to, has an adjudication of delinquency for, has been charged and is awaiting trial for, or a preponderance of the evidence indicates the person has committed:
- a crime against a child;
- an act of physical or sexual abuse;
- a felony;
- the same or similar crimes as those in this subsection listed in the laws of another state or of the United States or of any Tribal law;
(b) has a conviction of, has admitted to, has an adjudication of delinquency for, has been charged and is awaiting trial for, or a preponderance of the evidence indicates the person has committed any misdemeanor offense under Federal, State, or Tribal law involving crimes of violence; sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, contact or prostitution; crimes against persons; or offenses committed against children. The Licensing Committee may evaluate the nature and time of a misdemeanor assault charge as well as other types of misdemeanor crimes not specified in this section to determine whether employment is appropriate.
8 MLBSA § 1212(a-b).
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Supervises Land Management staff in the vacancy of the Director of Land Management.
• Review current realty transactions and prepare information sheets regarding the transactions to help establish priorities.
• Fee to Trust management (strategy development, application submission and follow up).
• Reconcile existing realty transactions, including review of title work and fixing issues with title.
• Verify title status of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation property at an interdepartmental level.
• Oversee the management of all records relating to these activities including the land database.
• Develop long-term plans for the management of Band-owned lands.
• Help manage realty transactions including contracts, timeline and research on each transaction and prepare reports.
• Manage file system for acquisitions including entry into Laserfiche and paper files.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Typical hours are Monday through Friday 8- 5, however, occasional participation in evening or weekend meetings may be required.
• Significant and frequent stress
• Work is both in and outdoors.
• Work in the field often requires walking and climbing over rugged terrain under adverse conditions and prolonged exposure to hot and cold weather.
• Threat, risk or personal danger exposure as little to moderate.
• Local travel is required, with out of state work very limited.