Director of Accounting & Finance / CFO

  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
  • Dowagiac, MI 49047, USA
  • 04/06/2021
Full time Accounting Finance

Job Description

Experience a more rewarding career where your financial leadership will impact the structure of an entire government. Enjoy working for an organization rooted in diverse historic culture whose focus is serving people.  You will receive incredible support from an experienced team that is committed to helping a close-knit community thrive and grow.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi is searching for a Director of Accounting and Finance for their community in Dowagiac, MI. This is the top-ranking accounting position in this 300 employee organization, reporting directly to the CEO.

As a member of the team, you can expect:

  • Excellent Pay – Earn up to $160,000 in base salary or more commensurate upon experience.
  • Benefits package is valued at an additional $30,000 annually. Outstanding medical, dental, and vision plans (low cost), PTO (up to 4 weeks accrued in the first year), 13 paid holidays, defined pension plan, 401k, life insurance, disability, various discount programs, gym/wellness center, access to onsite medical, optical, pharmacy services, and onsite cafe.
  • Beautiful Office Environment – Enjoy working in a newer building where you have your own modern office with your staff nearby.
  • Professional Development – Attractive allowance provided each year towards training and continued education conferences.
  • Build your team - The accounting department is growing as the organization grows, and this will be an opportunity to build a team around you.
  • Visibility - You are highly visible to senior leadership for the entire organization. Take pride in such an important position.
  • Influence - You will be able to immediately impact processes and how the department runs or is structured to maximize efficiency and help operations run smoothly.
  • Positive impact on tribal citizens - This department directly impacts tribal citizens, making sure the community gets the resources they need in a timely fashion.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or equivalent field from an accredited institution whose program of study has been recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education.
  • Ten years of accounting or auditing experience and financial budgets is required.
  • Seven years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience in government/non-profit preferred
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

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Service encompasses all aspects of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indian’s governmental operations.  Every employee shares the responsibility to provide exemplary service, dignity, and respect to all Tribal Citizens, the Tribal Council, staff members and community members.  To this end, all employees have an obligation to identify and report any service problems, issues, or concerns and through designated channels, initiate, recommend, and actively participate in solutions. 

Essential Functions:

  • Establish and maintain a positive working relationship with Tribal Citizenry.
  • Assist the Finance Board in managing the Tribal finances. Attend all regularly scheduled Finance Board meetings. Provide the Board with regular reports and updates on all Tribal Government’s financial activities.
  • Provide the overall direction, coordination, evaluation, coaching, and development of staff.   This includes interviewing, hiring, orienting, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; providing timely feedback, appraising performance, and providing professional development opportunities; and rewarding and disciplining employees.  Proactively address and resolve staff concerns and explore and implement methods and procedures for improving departmental workflow and service to Tribal Citizens.
  • Provide strategic leadership and consultation to the Tribal Government and Leadership staff in all areas of accounting and financial services, policies, and programs. Establish and implement short- and long-range departmental goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures in alignment with the Pokagon Band’s vision, mission, expected outcomes and strategic initiatives.
  • Develop budget for the Department of Finance, ensure compliance with stated goals, guidelines, and objectives, and develop business case justifications and cost/benefit analyses for Department of Finance spending and initiatives.
  • Steer the development of the overall Tribal Government budget for all departments.
  • Identify, develop and implement standardized accounting policies and procedures for compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Governmental Accounting Standards.
  • Review and approve all accounting policies and procedures for compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and with requirements established by funding sources, the Band, and other governmental agencies.
  • Ensure and maintain a system of internal controls for all accounting transactions and administrative controls as related to employees, fixed assets, purchases, budgeting, and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Governmental Accounting Standards.
  • Monitor single and multi-year budgets based on statistical analysis of current and historical data; research business trends to forecast enterprise budgets; develop cost-effective recommendations.
  • Perform regular reviews and evaluations of actual-to-budget performance during the budget cycle; determine trends affecting budget implementation; prepare financial reports comparing current budget and costs to previous years; recommend and prepare reports with corrective actions, as appropriate.
  • Coordinate efforts of the financial reporting system to ensure accurate and timely information.
  • Manage and monitor Revenue Allocation Plan, Band cash and investment funds; interpret and summarize data trends of investment risks; report variances in investment expectations; regularly meet with investment managers and financial advisors to ensure all treasury functions are maximized and correspond to identify risks; regularly report outcomes to the Finance Board, Government Manager and/or Tribal Council.
  • Maintain a broad understanding of all aspects of the Band’s finances, including gaming operations and other enterprises.
  • Negotiate indirect cost rates with the Federal Government.
  • Attend Tribal Council and other enterprise meetings, as directed.