Kenaitze Indian Tribe
  • Executive Office
  • Kenai, AK, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Executive Director

Dept./Program: Executive Office

Division: Executive Office

Reports To: Kenaitze Indian Tribal Council

Supervises: Director of Operations, Communications Manager, Tribal Self-Governance Coordinator, Policy Analyst and Executive Assistant

Revision Date: 6/19/2017

Employment Status: Full Time

FLSA Status: Exempt Executive

Schedule: 40 hours/week

Job Summary

Plans for and administers programs providing services to Tribal members and other eligible Native Americans in accordance with the Tribe's stated purpose and in such a manner that optimum results are achieved in relation to the resources and goals of the Tribe; understands thoroughly and abides by the Tribe's stated purpose, values, and vision.

Essential Functions

Key areas of responsibility include: General Administration, Financial, Personnel, Program Development, Public Relations and Tribal Council Relations.

General Administration

  • Serves as professional advisor to the Tribal Council
  • Recommends appropriate polices for consideration
  • Carries out the assigned directives from the Tribal Council
  • Reports Tribal Council accurately and fully regarding Tribal programs
  • Interpret the needs of the programs and presents professional recommendations on all problems and issues considered by the Tribal Council
  • Responsible for succession planning throughout the tribal organization
  • Assures the work environment is conducive to recruitment, training & retention of qualified candidates
  • Assists the Tribal Council in developing and conducting community information programs
  • Ensures that all available fund raising opportunities are exploited and maintained
  • Leads and Influences the success of the Dene' Philosophy of Care.
  • Protects the Tribe and its employees from legal or regulatory threats and constraints
  • Is responsible for the overall success and efficient operation of all Tribal services
  • Responsible to maintain awareness of trends outside of the organization that effect the organizations future, to present those, to present those trends in an annual planning retreat along with recommendation for changes in services or policy that are considered necessary to handle threats to manage risk and take advantage of opportunities
  • Responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan.

Financial Management

  • Oversight for Tribal budgets related to programs and resources and is accountable for these programs and resources once approved by the Tribal Council
  • Oversees all financial operations of the Tribe


  • Hires, supervises, directs, mentors and develops/improves skills of their direct reports in the performance of their duties

Program Development

  • Recommends and/or provides in-put on proposed new programs

Public Relations

  • Interprets the function of the Tribe to the community through direct involvement and through public relations programs, including personal contact, literature and the media
  • Maintains productive working relationships with relevant Federal and State agencies as well as tribal and other native organizations
  • Represents the Tribe as directed

Tribal Council Relations

  • Develops and recommends to the Tribal Council, specific, written, long and short range plans for the development of Tribal programs and services
  • The strategic planning process is in partnership process in partnership with Tribal Council
  • Maintains appropriate relations with the Tribal Council and Tribal Committees, and keeps them informed
  • Responsible to recommend an agenda for each Tribal Council meeting and to prepare a thorough, timely set of materials and presentations that supports effective and informed decision making at each meeting
  • Interprets trends in the field(s) of service in which the Tribe is engaged by maintaining professional involvement in the field as a whole
  • Works in conjunction or coordination with the Tribal Council for orientation.


  • The Tribal Council will counsel and advise the Executive Director, giving the benefit of its judgment, expertise and familiarity with local setting
  • Consult with the Executive Director on all matters that the Council is considering
  • Delegate responsibility for all executive functions
  • Share all communications and provide support in all decisions and actions consistent with polices and standards of the Tribe and it's Constitution
  • Hold the Executive Director accountable for the supervision of the Tribal Government
  • Evaluate of the work of the Executive Director

Working Conditions

Lifting Requirements

Light work Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.

Physical Requirements

Stand or Sit (Stationary position)

Walk (Move, Traverse)

Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)

Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)

Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)

See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)

Pushing or Pulling

Repetitive Motion

OSHA Categories

Category III Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue and as part of their employment, incumbents are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid

Equipment and Tools

List Equipment used for job: Computer, fax, scanner, copier, and other office equipment.

Drives KIT or Personal Vehicle: Personal





Comments: Regular travel is required.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Public Administration or related field


  • Seven (7) to Ten (10) years of supervisory and management experience
  • Experience with Tribal government functions
  • Experienced in Strategic Planning
  • Experience with self-governance and social welfare/self-sufficiency programs
  • Experience working with Tribal Council and Boards, key administrators, and managers, reviewing and establishing goals, coordinating functions and operations
  • Experience working with public agencies, private consulting firms, talking with civic leaders, business and community organizations, and public officials
  • Experience with grants and contracts, grant reporting, and grants management


  • Valid Alaska Driver's license

Special Skills

  • Effective problem solving, negotiation, and strong leadership skills
  • Ability to recognize and resolve conflict
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Adaptable to a changing environment
  • Ability to utilize social media effectively
  • Ability to supervise staff in a manner that motivates and enables them to do their job effectively and efficiently
  • Knowledge of Kenaitze Indian Tribe's history, governance structure, subsistence, Tribal enrollment, and cultural heritage, as well as factors impacting sovereignty and self-governance
  • Knowledge of legal, political, social, cultural and economic issues of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe
  • High degree of personal integrity, objectivity, and sensitivity to the issues and needs of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe
  • Ability to attend public meetings and give public presentations
  • Willing to work a flexible schedule which frequently includes nights and weekends
  • Software skills including Microsoft Office products
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