The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians leadership is supported by a highly competent and experienced management team, which now seeks to recruit an outstanding Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to round out the leadership of the organization.
Within the Tribe’s governance structure, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), reporting directly to the Chief Administrative Officer, will direct all financial and related administrative activities of the Tribe to support the fiscal responsibilities of government activities and profitable growth of the Tribe’s business enterprises, while ensuring that effective and efficient management and accounting controls are in place. The CFO provides strategic and tactical leadership and direction to the financial affairs of the Tribe, including communication with the Business Committee and General Council regarding accounting, analysis and forecasting, compliance, auditing, employee benefit plans, risk management, insurance, taxes, treasury, and finance considerations for economic diversification. In addition, the CFO directs the organization’s financial planning and accounting practices as well as its relationship with lending institutions, owners, and the financial community.
• Provide sound, timely, and concise counsel and recommendations to the Business Committee, General Council (as appropriate), senior management, and other key managers so that the financial implications of decision-making may be understood and given proper weight in deliberations. The expectation is that the CFO will be completely objective in a “devil’s advocate” role with the confidence to push back in all decision-making processes.
• Assume full management responsibility for all Tribal Finance Department services and activities including finance, budgeting, accounting, debt, and project management reserve, as well as develop and maintain the capital structure of the enterprise.
• Develop and operate a system of strong central management, analysis and accounting controls to safeguard the organization’s assets through the efficient monitoring of financial performance, measuring and analyzing results, and initiating corrective actions thereby enabling its operations to be managed for maximum fiscal efficiency for its government activities, profitable growth for its business enterprises and increased owner’s value.
• Safeguard the physical and financial resources of the organization from loss through effective and economic risk management programs.
• Establish and manage enterprise’s budgeting, accounting, and financial reporting practices; develop and establish controls necessary to assure the accuracy and security of all records and funds; evaluate performance of accounting procedures and financial controls; identify variances from approved or authorized practices and initiate actions to ensure established controls are maintained; oversee the complete, accurate, and timely preparation of annual and monthly financial reports and statements.
• Direct the financial and business analysis activities of the organization, participate in the development and implementation of long-range strategic and operating plans for its government and business enterprise, and provide operational management support.
• Direct development, implementation, and operation of information systems (Lawson, ERP) throughout the organization to improve efficiency and transparency by standardizing the approach to MIS and provide strong business systems procedures and controls.
• Select, train, develop, organize and motivate a highly qualified and effective team, capable of providing optimum staff support for the organization. The development includes technical abilities as well as leadership and interpersonal skills.
• Contribute to the overall organizational planning and policy-making efforts of the Tribe and the determination of its goals, objectives, and strategies as a member of the senior management team, Investment Committee, and Benefits Committee.
• Manage constructive, effective, and efficient relationships with the external auditors, as well as other financial relationships such as the rating agencies, regulatory organizations, and financial institutions.
• Ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) including accounting standards issued by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
• Ensure compliance with Federal and/or State Grants including A133 audit requirements.
• Ensure satisfaction of the Tribe’s tax obligations and compliance with all applicable Federal and State tax laws including coordinating with the Tribe’s outside accounting firm(s) in the preparation of tax returns for the various LLC and partnerships owned by the Tribe seeking to minimize the effective tax rates when applicable.
• Represent the Finance Department to other departments, elected officials, Board, stakeholders, and outside agencies; explain and interpret Finance Department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant, and controversial issues as well as review and approve all capital expenditures against pre-established budgets approved by the General Council of the Tribe.
• Direct and analyze studies of general economic, business, and financial conditions and their impact on the organization’s policies and operations.
• Evaluate a variety of business opportunities/activities presented by Economic Development/Diversification and other departments within the enterprise for reasonableness and financial soundness.
• Oversee the administration of the Tribal Citizen Group Health program.
• Oversee the planning and execution of business travel arrangements for all Tribal business enterprises, Tribal government, and casino entities for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Direct and supervise Tribal Finance, Risk Management, and Travel department personnel. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.