General Manager

Job Title: General Manager
Department: Burns Paiute Tribal Council
Reports to: Burns Paiute Tribal Council
FLSA Status: Full time/permanent (+ benefits after probationary period)
Opens: October 12, 2023
Closes: Open until filled
Salary: GS 14-15 + (DOQ)



The General Manager (GM) provides the planning, organization, coordination, monitoring, and direction necessary to ensure effective administrative operations and programs of the Burns Paiute Tribe (BPT) based on existing Tribal goals, strategies, and objectives, in compliance with all applicable Tribal and Federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures. The GM reports to and is supervised by the Tribal Council.  The GM is responsible for the implementation of the Tribal Council’s legislation, budget and programmatic priorities. Furthermore, the GM ensures the organization’s structure (table of organization) properly aligns with these goals, strategies, and objectives, including all related Human Services and program delivery requirements. Finally, the GM ensures that the staff is competent and receives any-and-all necessary training required to effectively do the work required by their jobs. It is the GM’s responsibility to maintain the highest service level possible within the staffing and financial limits of the BPT.


  1. Ability to promote the Burns Paiute Tribe’s mission, vision, values, goals, and objectives to establish unity amongst staff. Must be able to provide constructive assistance in the resolution of interpersonal and interdepartmental misunderstandings, conflicts, etc.
  2. Attend Tribal Council meetings to assist Council in acting on legislation, budget, grant and policy matters that come before the Council for approval, and to receive Council direction in their implementation.
  3. Ensure development and any appropriate and necessary updating of a five-year strategic plan for the BPT and gain Council approval of the plan.
  4. Coordinate the development, understanding, support, updating, and evaluation of annual tribal goals, strategies, and objectives based on the Council-approved BPT Strategic Plan.
  5. Periodically evaluate and make necessary changes in the organization structure and operations to ascertain proper alignment with Tribal goals, strategies, and objectives. Ensuring that all staff is trained, competent, and effectively working to pursue and meet the goals, strategies, and objectives.
  6. Knowledge and understanding of the meaning and significance of Indian Treaties, federal Trust responsibilities, Tribal-state relations, Tribal Self-Determination and sovereignty with the ability to work harmoniously with the Burns Paiute Tribal community and workforce.
  7. Continuously evaluate Tribal policies, regulations, and procedures. Propose and make any needed changes after gaining Council approval as appropriate.
  8. Ensure preparation and gain approval for an annual Tribal budgetary process and budget sufficient to pursue and meet Tribal goals, strategies, and objectives, including making any needed changes in and/or complying with associated policies, regulations, and procedures.
  9. Provide oversight and general supervision to all departments by working collaboratively with 2ndlevel managers to prepare and implement operational and program budgets plans.
  10. Monitor compliance with all applicable Tribal and federal policies, regulations, and procedures. Take corrective action as may be necessary and appropriate.
  11. Assist staff in identifying and pursuing funding resources for Tribal programs and services, including capital projects and enterprises that align with the strategic direction of the BPT.
  12. Oversee and provide guidance for the preparation, submission, negotiation, implementation, and monitoring of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements between the BPT and other entities. Ensure that all grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements are managed in compliance with applicable Tribal and federal policies, regulations, and procedures.
  13. Oversee the planning, development, and completion of all capital projects, including land acquisition.
  14. Oversee and provide guidance in managing employee performance and other personnel matters in accordance with the Employee Policy Manual, Tribal Governance Law, the Constitution of the BPT, and other applicable Tribal and federal laws, regulations, and guidelines.
  15. Organize and hold regular work sessions to inform and keep Council members  up to date on Tribal strategic issues, goals, achievement, the status of projects, and other information needed to help ensure the quality of their deliberations and effectiveness of their decisions.
  16. Ensure provision of needed support services to the General Council and Tribal Council, including any Council-appointed committees.
  17. In coordination with the Tribal Council, help ensure and support the development of appropriate and needed relationships with other tribes, government agencies, and organizational entities.
  18. In coordination with the Tribal Council, serve as an official spokesperson (point-of-contact) to the media regarding Tribal plans, events, issues, etc. Ensure that any staff authorized to have media contact are adequately informed about the topic to be addressed and can communicate effectively.
  19. Perform other duties as may be prescribed by the Tribal Council.



The Tribal Council outlines overall Tribal objectives in accordance with applicable Tribal and federal law, and the implementation of those Tribal objectives is a primary function of the GM.  Subject to the Tribal budget and terms and conditions associated with the funding sources for Tribal programs the GM selects techniques, methods, and procedures for accomplishing Tribal objectives, keeping the Tribal Council informed on the progress made and challenges encountered in achieving Tribal objectives.

The General Manager shall provide informed analysis, recommendations, and suggestions to the Tribal Council regarding the attainment of Tribal program management and objectives.



  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, or related field, REQUIRED plus ten (10)   or more years of successful administrative/management work experience managing at least 50 employees (tribal preferred), including strategic planning, policy analysis, organization change, budget development and financial management, performance management system development, public relations and Tribal Council relations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of organizational development and management principles and techniques.
  • Ability to guide the Tribal Council in identifying governance issues and opportunities and propose alternative solutions/options for policy and other decisions.
  • Demonstrated skill in grant writing/management and contract development/management.
  • Successful experience in capital project planning, funding, and development.
  • Possess a clear understanding of the importance of tribal natural/cultural resource preservation and methods to achieve it.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with staff, tribal members, federal, state, and local governmental officials, the media, and general public.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of federal Indian law, including tribal sovereignty, federal trust responsibility, tribal-state relations, tribal self-determination, and tribal history.


  • Must submit to and pass a drug test.
  • Must submit to a criminal background check
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must provide three (3) years of driving record to determine eligibility for coverage under Tribal automobile insurance policy.



The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.  Other duties may be assigned.



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




Return completed Burns Paiute Tribe Applicationcover letter, resume, and education transcripts to:


Burns Paiute Tribe
[email protected]


Burns Paiute Tribe
100 Pasigo Street
Burns, OR 97720




Application for employment available at 100 Pasigo Street, Burns, OR 97720 Monday – Friday 8-5 pm, or request one via email: [email protected]