WDC Executive Director

Gardnerville, United States

Position Title

WDC Executive Director

Job Type





E13 (79808.0 - 119713.0)


Washoe Retail Enterprise (WRE)


Position Summary

The Executive Director for the WDC researches and creates opportunities to improve the economic life and general wellbeing of the Washoe Tribe and its members, using the Mission statement and values of the Tribe as a guiding resource. Under the WDC Board of Directors (BOD) approved authorities, the Executive Director will have oversight of the existing economic enterprises, and will collaborate with existing and future potential business partners to identify economic development opportunities and relationships, creating recession resistant projects, which produce sustainable income, business capacity, and workforce capability for the Tribe.

Duties: Review and approve submissions from the Operations Manager. Create strategic plans to achieve the highest possible profitability and sustainability for any economic and environmentally appropriate development opportunities undertaken. Conduct financial performance and profit planning analysis for the Enterprise, while making recommendations that will enhance growth and profitability. Establish the Tribe’s Brand through marketing and outreach. Engage with Federal, State and local governments, and be publicly visible in the community.

Administrative: Communication with all direct reports and team members is imperative. Responding to emails in a timely manner: returning telephone communication: meeting deadlines for report submission, including weekly summaries, entity BOD meetings/minutes and monthly Tribal Council reports. Maintain weekly reports to the BOD, and participate in the monthly WDC BOD meeting.

Financial: Create annual budgets and perform monthly reviews to determine adjustments needed for financial projections. Evaluate the financial and market feasibility of potential development and joint venture proposals. Collaborate with Washoe CFO and Tribal Administrator on relevant competitive analysis.

Development: Conduct market studies to determine the best business trends and ventures. Stay informed of local, state and federal legislation that is pertinent to the Tribal businesses. The Executive Director will work closely with the Tribal Grants Department to monitor for any Grant monies that may be appropriate for economic development opportunities. Participate and collaborate with local Development Associations and the States of Nevada and California Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Identify marketing strategies to support growth, including technical workforce development. Encourage sustainable Tribal Business capability. Promote training and succession planning for Membership.

Workforce: Support the Operations Manager and relieve for vacations as necessary. Facilitate Annual Performance Reviews for direct reports, including salary increase requisitions. Create succession-planning programs to support Team Member growth. Implement disciplinary action when necessary. Schedule required training to ensure compliance and ensure necessary OSHA certificates and other trainings are current.
Minimum Qualifications
  • • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Master’s Degree preferred) or related field and at least eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience in strategic business planning and marketing; or a combination of education and experience

  • • Certified Economic Development Professional, CEcD or Black/Green Belt 6-Sigma certification.

  • • Must possess and maintain a valid California/Nevada driver’s license (OR) obtain one within 30 days of employment

  • • Must meet standards required for Insurance of company vehicles

  • • Must successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen.

  • • Must successfully meet standards for a background investigation.

  • • Preference is to Qualified Native American Indians.

  • Fiscal Classifications

  • 1. How many Direct Reports (and total oversight)? ------------------------------- 1(45+)

  • 2. Payroll Responsibility ------------------------------------------------------------ 1.5M annually

  • 3. Inventory Oversight -------------------------------------------------------------- $4m

  • 4. Financial Expectation/Budget $ ------------------------------------------------- + $6m

  • 5. Community Outreach ------------------------------------------------------------ Fed. State. Local. ED

  • 6. Communication Structure ------------------------------------------------------- TC. WDC. TA

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