TANF Executive Director

Gardnerville, United States

Position Title

TANF Executive Director

Job Type





E13 (38.37 - 57.55)


TANF Administration


Position Summary

Under direct supervision the Executive Director is responsible for directing all aspects of the Washoe Native TANF organization by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors, overall planning, transition, operation, oversight and compliance of the Washoe Tribe TANF Program in accordance with Federal and Tribal law, regulation and performance standards. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business or public administration and six years of increasingly responsible supervisory experience in administration and/or management of multi-faceted programs; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • 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.

  • Preference will be given to all Qualified Native American Indians.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Develops a strategic plan for all TANF functions.

  • Promulgates rules and regulations for the department; communicates departmental policies, procedures, regulations, guidelines, goals, and objectives.

  • Ensures the TANF Program operates in an efficient, economical, ethical, and professional manner.

  • Evaluates all programs to plan and implement priorities to meet the needs of the community.

  • Maintains positive relations with community members and agencies.

  • Communicates with local, state, regional, and outside agencies and associations; acts as a representative of the organization.

  • Achieves financial objectives by preparing the annual budget, inclusive of operational plans and objectives, and recommends staffing and expenditures.

  • Keeps leadership and other departments informed of status of activities and of significant events and problems by attending meetings, submitting reports and meeting individually as necessary.

  • Improves staff effectiveness by coaching, counseling, training and recommending disciplinary action for employees; and planning, delegating, monitoring, and appraising job tasks and results in a timely manner.

  • Determines policies and defines scope of services to be rendered within legislative regulations for public welfare agency functioning without board of directors.

  • Assumes responsibility for development and administration of standards and procedures related to personnel, supervision, performance reviews including staff development, budget and physical facilities.

  • Conducts community outreach by interpreting agency purpose and program to the community.

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with other agencies and organizations in community toward meeting community needs and services.

  • Prepares, distributes, and maintains variety of reports.

  • Inspects, monitors and evaluates agency operations and facilities to ensure agency meets standards and procedures criteria.

  • Directs or coordinates fundraising, public relations, and fact-finding or research activities.

  • Responsible for interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

  • Contributes to program effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range issues and goals that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of actions; and implementing directives.

  • Conducts annual program evaluation and assessments of program components and staff according to established policies, procedures, and regulations.

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; and conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.

  • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and equipment.

  • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.

  • Knowledge of records management and basic accounting procedures.

  • Ability to interpret all applicable laws, rules and regulations to make determination and recommendations on policies and procedures for the Tribal Council.

  • Ability to learn the inter-workings of the Tribal Government operations, organization, functions, and the relationships with other levels and forms of government.

  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate the work of subordinates.

  • Ability to express ideas effectively, orally and in writing, and to establish and maintain effective working relations with Tribal officers, employees and the general public.

  • Ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; collect and research data; design work plans and procedures; generate creative solutions and demonstrate attention to detail.

  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.

  • Ability to set and achieve challenging goals, demonstrating persistence and overcoming obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals; prioritizes and plans work activities, using time efficiently, planning for additional resources; organize or schedule tasks for other people and develops realistic action plans.

  • Ability to approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat other with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines, and accepts responsibility for own actions and follows through on commitments.

  • Ability to demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness, look for ways to improve and promote the program quality; monitors own work quality and ensuring that work is done in a timely manner; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; and the ability to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.

  • Skill in original thinking and creativity, meeting challenges with resourcefulness; generating suggestions for improving work; developing innovative approaches and ideas; presenting ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.

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

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to carry out instructions furnished in verbal or written format.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).

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. The employee occasionally is required to stand; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and operate a motor vehicle. 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.