Economic Development Director

Gardnerville, United States

Position Title

Economic Development Director

Job Type





E13 (38.37 - 57.55)


Washoe Development Group


Position Summary

The Economic Development Director is to improve the economic life and general wellbeing of Tribal Members along the lines of mission statement and values of the Tribe through the development of new businesses, profit centers and through the constant improvement of the existing Tribal enterprises. Responsibility will include all of the Tribe’s existing economic enterprises, real estate projects, and is able to maintain confidentiality.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree Preferred) in Business Administration or related field of study and four years of increasingly responsible experience in strategic business planning and marketing; or a combination of education and experience.

  • Certified Economic Development Professional through the International Economic Development Council (CEcD) preferred.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.

  • Must be able to be insurable by the Tribe’s Driving Policy. Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Formulate the strategic direction of the economic and real estate activities of the Washoe Tribe. Lead the Tribe in management, expansion of existing and new enterprises from conception to close.

  • Evaluate the Tribe’s resources, assets and economic potentials. Create a long term strategic development plan in line with community and Tribal values to enhance those resources to their fullest potential.

  • Conduct market studies to determine the best businesses trends and ventures the Tribe should pursue in order to achieve the highest possible profitability and sustainability.

  • Research and study existing and emerging businesses trends. Actively pursue entrepreneurs and venture capitalists interested in partnering with the Tribe.

  • Conduct due diligence and investigations of prospective economic ventures or expansions including investments, investors and projects.

  • Supervise existing and future Tribal enterprises. Make recommendations and changes that will enhance their growth and profitability.

  • Evaluate the financial and market feasibility of potential development and joint venture proposals.

  • Conduct financial performance and profit planning analysis of existing business operations.

  • Responsible for the preparation of industry, marketplace and competitor analysis as part of the business planning function.

  • Keep informed of laws and legislation that affect the operations of Tribal enterprises.

  • Promote a culture of high performance, collaborative teams and continuous improvement that values learning, success and a commitment to growth and quality.

  • Develop the Tribe’s existing development entities into a unified, stand-alone enterprise.

  • Lead the enterprise in managing the existing businesses, and real estate development efforts from conception to closing.

  • Work with the Tribal Council, the Tribal Communities, Tribal members and Administration staff to develop, adopt and publicize a clear phased process for Tribal consideration of new economic/business development initiatives. Define the way in which the Council and staff communicate, gather information, evaluate and make decisions on new business initiatives.

  • Supervise economic development staff and make recommendations for the acquisition of additional personnel needed to advance economic growth.

  • Ensure that all personnel within the enterprise receive timely and appropriate training and professional development.

  • Establish and monitor staff performance and professional development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals and administer salary adjustments.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • Knowledge of traditional form of government and tribal customs and traditions.

  • Knowledge of current laws and legislation regarding small business enterprises.

  • Knowledge in strategic business planning and marketing.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to confer and advise subordinate employees concerning the development and implementation of additional work procedures and policies.

  • Ability to work under stringent timelines.

  • Ability to implement policy, statutes, and funding constraints of the tribe.

  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds with knowledge of Indian community and sensitivity to Indian needs.

  • Ability to be strongly self-motivated towards the completion of meticulously performed assignments.

  • Ability to create and present effective speeches and presentations.

  • Ability to represent the organization in a professional manner, building respect and confidence.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Skill in developing, writing, and submitting funding proposals.

  • Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.

Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; and drive using personal or employer’s vehicle. The employee occasionally is required to stand; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment
  • Work is generally performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level.