Finance Director

Job Locations US-NM-Jemez Pueblo
Posted Date 2 months ago(9/9/2020 10:10 AM)
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Responsible for management, oversight and administration of the Pueblo’s accounting, finance, payroll and tax functions; advises executive leadership on financial management and strategic planning; develops, modifies and enforces accounting process and procedures; and, safeguards organization’s assets by implementing internal control.



  • Plans, organizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of professional, technical support and operational staff as it pertains to the Finance department ; recommends selection of staff; trains staff and provides for their professional development; administers discipline as required; conducts performance evaluations.
  • Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the department; acts as a good steward of the Pueblo’s fiscal resources.
  • Oversees and manages the daily operations of the Pueblo’s accounting, finance, payroll and tax functions. Ensures timely month-end closing.
  • Manages cash, budgeting, compliance, internal controls, credit/collection, audits, investments, financial and strategic planning.
  • Advises executive leadership on financial management and strategic planning issues and initiatives. Analyzes and reviews statements, budgets, grants, contracts, and cash flow; provides data-based information for decision making purposes.
  • Develops short and long-term investment policies for operating cash requirements and growth.
  • Presents financial results to council members on quarterly basis.  Makes presentations to the Tribal Council regarding departmental activities and issues.
  • Develops and analyzes financial reports; reviews with directors and managers on the monthly basis. Assists directors and managers in developing, modifying and monitoring program budgets.
  • Develops Accounting policies and procedures that adhere to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), relevant OMB circulars and AICPA accounting standards and pronouncements.
  • Establishes and maintains systems and controls which verify the integrity of all systems, processes and data.
  • Assists with implementation of changes improvement of automated financial and management system for the organization.
  • Responsible for coordination and preparation of information needed for various audits (including but not limited to single audit).
  • Develops negotiation of annual indirect cost rate proposals.
  • Prepares annual Tribal funds budget, reports and supplementary documentation as required. Responsible for hosting annual budget hearings
  • Represents the department and the Pueblo and acts a liaison with other departments and representatives of other organizations and agencies; participates on a variety of task forces and committees; oversees the best interests of the Pueblo in the areas of service provision and resource utilization.
  • Represents the Pueblo with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.


Education and Experience:

Master’s Degree in accounting, finance, or a closely related field; AND ten (10) years of management-level accounting and financial management experience, At least five (5) years of Controller and or Director experience. 


Required Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of:

  • Strong general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, tax, and bank working knowledge. 
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the management of employees.
  • Principles and practices of developing teams, motivating employees and managing in a team environment.
  • Principles and practices of generally accepted accounting standards and practices, with an emphasis on governmental and fund accounting, including methods of financial reporting and financial statement preparation.
  • Techniques of financial strategic planning.
  • Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of financial, and claims auditing.
  • Records management principles and practices.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.
  • Principles and techniques of making effective oral presentations.

Skill in:

  • Planning, organizing and administering a comprehensive financial management and reporting program.
  • Planning, organizing, supervising, reviewing and evaluating the work of others.
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining complex federal, state and local laws related to the areas of responsibility.
  • Overseeing and coordinating the conduct of comprehensive financial and claims audits and studies.
  • Using tact, discretion and prudence in dealing with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Training others in policies and procedures related to the work.
  • Developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards.
  • Developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most cost effective and efficient manner.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
  • Making effective oral presentations to large and small groups.
  • Strong management skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and work with a goal of accuracy.
  • Solid time management skills and ability to meet deadlines in a complete manner.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously


  • New Mexico Driver’s License.
  • CPA License preferred.


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