Community and Economic Development Director

Position: Community and Economic Development Director

Accountable to: General Manager

Salary Range: TBD/DOE

Classification: Management, Regular, Full-time





The Burns Paiute Tribe both a comprehensive plan and a community and economic development strategic plan identifying a number of strategic priorities to improve the economic vibrancy and overall quality of life. The Community and Economic Development Director (CEDD) provides a leadership role for the planning, coordination and implementation of the strategic priorities identified in the plans. Working under the direct supervision of the General Manager, the CEDD is accountable for successful execution of the strategic direction while ensuring the Tribal culture and heritage is sustained and enhanced.


The strategies identified in the current strategic plan include (subject to change as updates are made):


  • Heritage and Cultural Development
    • Cultural Tourism
    • Pass-through Visitors Services
  • Business Development
    • Entrepreneurial Development
    • Local/Regional Tourism – Casino Development
    • Attracting Government Jobs
    • Health Care Expansion
  • Value-added Industry
    • Land Acquisition
    • Value-added Agriculture
    • Value-added Fisheries
    • Value-added Forest Products

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Ensure the implementation of the strategic direction established by the Tribal Council pursuant to adopted economic and community development strategic plan(s).
  2. Work with Burns Paiute Tribal staff, community volunteers and various entities to carefully plan and complete projects identified within the strategic plan(s) by developing “concept to completion” strategies and acquiring the necessary resources (e.g., funding, design, technical assistance, etc.) to achieve defined outcomes.
  3. Develop and maintain strong, collaborative partnerships with other organizations involved in economic and community development (examples include, but are not limited to, the Harney County Economic Development Department, Harney County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation, Business Oregon and other tribal economic development entities).
  4. Research grant and other funding opportunities that align with economic and community development priorities; prepare funding applications and provide administrative support for successful awards.
  5. Work with other Tribal program staff to develop new opportunities for expansion of services offered to both Tribal members and non-tribal members, as appropriate.
  6. Develop and maintain up-to-date marketing and statistical information to promote the area, its economic attributes, its quality of life and its heritage.
  7. Evaluate potential Tribal enterprises and develop such enterprises as feasible.
  9. Regularly track progress; prepare and present updates to the General Manager and Tribal Council regarding the status of strategic priorities and projects; prepare and present recommendations for alternative courses of action when needed.
  10. Negotiate business development agreements to be approved by the General Manager and/or Tribal Council that result in project development and success.
  12. Prepare project cost/benefit analyses, including their economic and social impacts on the community.
  13. Coordinate with business assistance groups to assist existing and start-up businesses, including entrepreneurs.
  14. Continually research innovative methods that could be used to help meet Tribal community and economic development goals. Prepare recommendations for the potential use of such methods for the General Manager and/or Tribal Council.
  16. Attend relevant training to network and learn about successful methods and best practices in community and economic development.
  17. Perform other duties as may be prescribed by the General Manager.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business, planning, economics or related field, supplemented by training in economic development and significant professional, progressive experience in rural community and economic development is required.
  • Demonstrated skill in grant writing/management and contract development/management.
  • Successful experience in capital project planning, funding and development.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with ability to effectively communicate with staff, Tribal members, federal, state, local government officials, media and the general public.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Special consideration will be given to the candidate who holds a master’s degree and/or designation as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).

  • Special consideration will be given to the candidate with demonstrated Tribal economic and community development experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Tribal funding, financing and enterprise programs preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of business principles preferred, especially those related to small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

Indian Preference:

Indian preference will be given to candidates showing proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe. In the absence of Indian applicants meeting the qualifications as listed above, all applicants not entitled to or who fail to claim Indian Preference, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, political preference, age, religion, or national origin.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual assigned to this position.


Please submit application & resume to:

Burns Paiute Tribe, Human Resource Department

100 Pasigo St.

Burns, OR 97720



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Burns Paiute Tribe

Welcome to the Burns Paiute Tribe.


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  +1 (541) 573-1910 Tribal Council
  100 Pasigo St. Burns Or 97720

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