Human Resource Director

Job Title: Human Resource Director
Reports to: General Manager
Department: Administration
FLSA Status: Exempt
Opens: September 2022
Closes: Open until filled
Salary: From $70,000; negotiable DOQ



The Burns Paiute Tribe is a community of 210 people dedicated to the healthy development of our families. While maintaining the endurance of cultural values and the protection of our vital natural resources, community members enjoy a healthy lifestyle with ample opportunity for vocational and recreational activities. Thanks to the Tribe’s early emphasis on health, wellness and education, our social and justice programs are minimal since the issues that require the need for those programs have all but been eliminated. Tribal leadership is strong, fair and a great model to be followed by future generations of Burns Paiute leaders. The Burns Paiute Reservation is located in rural eastern Oregon and is primarily comprised of the descendants of the Wadatika Band of Northern Paiutes. The traditional homelands of the Burns Paiute include 5,250 square miles of land in central-southeastern Oregon, Northern Nevada, northwestern California and western Idaho. The Burns Paiute still maintain aboriginal title to much of our aboriginal territory. We are a relatively “young” community with over 50% of our population being under the age of 18.


Responsible for formulating and administering personnel policies that create a fair, safe, lawful, and productive work environment conducive to productivity. This encompasses organizational planning, development and implementation of all policies relating to equal employment opportunities, wage, and salary administration, implementing disciplinary and grievance procedures, workforce planning, change management interventions and strategies, performance management, staffing, training/development, compensation, and oversight of employee benefit plans and programs. The Human Resource Director builds partnerships with employees at all levels of the organization to create a culture that values all employees and enhances the productivity and quality of employment. The Human Resource Director provides a neutral place and foundation for effective communication and services for successful employment and personal lifestyles. Integrity, sensitivity, and quality characterize the services provided, and service delivery emphasizes strategic and progressive Human Resource practices. Tribal sovereignty must be promoted through Tribal and Indian preference and Tribal Human Resource policies in lieu of state or government agency employment laws when applicable.



  • Create policy and direct and coordinate Human Resource Management activities, such as employment compensation, employee relations, performance appraisal, and employee services, by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors
  • Write directives advising department managers, directors, and supervisors of the Burns Paiute Tribe’s organizational policies regarding equal employment opportunities, training, and development and performance appraisals.
  • Confer with the General Manager and Department Directors to ensure Human Resources staffing and career development plans support the strategic plan of the Burns Paiute Tribe.
  • Oversees recruitment and job placement activities of the organization.
  • Formulate compensation guidelines and policy in concert with the General Manager and Director of Finance.
  • Confer with directors, managers, and supervisors to determine training needs. Recommend appropriate instructional methods, such as contracted on-site instructions, or other external workshops or seminars.
  • Maintain all personnel files.
  • Consult legal counsel to ensure that Tribal policies comply, when necessary, with Federal Law. Provide information to employees concerning Tribal Laws, regulations, and procedures governing employment with the Burns Paiute Tribe and the need for compliance.
  • Develop and maintain a Human Resources information system that meets top management and the organizations informational needs.
  • Conduct orientation and on-boarding of new employees.
  • Conduct all exit interviews and ensure all policies and procedures are followed when an employee exits the organization.
  • Oversee the analysis, maintenance and communication of records required by law or Tribal policies. Implement appropriate procedures to maintain confidentiality of protected information.
  • Meet with directors, managers, and supervisors to discuss personnel issues, concerns or actions to be taken. Alternately represent management and/or act as employee’s advocate in problem solution. May inspect any operation or administrative departments or workstations to ensure that required changes are implemented.
  • Oversee issuance of Human Resource policies & procedures to operational and administrative managers.
  • Review and approve revisions of the Tribal Policy & Procedures Management Manual and recommend to the General Manager for final approval.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related discipline or an equivalent combination of formal training, education, and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills may be acquired.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant and progressively more responsible experience in a broad range of Human Resource professional fields.
  • Strong computer skills utilizing HRIS, MS Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and other systems.
  • MIP Payroll & Human Resource Management system and implementation experience is a plus.
  • Valid Oregon Driver’s License or ability to obtain driver’s license.



  • Skills in resolving problems impacting people, process and program issues.
  • Ability to effectively influence individuals of varying backgrounds and learning styles.
  • Ability to operate independently where appropriate, and to understand when to escalate issues to the General Manager for review, guidance and/or resolution.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with peers, subordinates and superiors through contributions provided in team settings, working groups, and committees.
  • Effective leadership/management skills with success in motivating and positively impacting teams.
  • An understanding of humanistic management and the ability to “manage” cultural differences.
  • Unparalleled problem-solving and multi-tasking finesse; relentless customer service and tenacious desire to succeed.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple and changing priorities.
  • Ability to remain calm and centered in stressful or demanding situations.
  • Provide the highest level of integrity to maintain and safeguard employee and employer confidentiality.



  1. Attendance and Dependability: The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work. Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner and is conscientious, about assignments.
  2. Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Company.
  3. Relationships with Others: The employee works effectively and relates well with others Including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Company. The employee exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others and works, to maintain constructive working relationships.



Indian preference will be given to candidates showing proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe. In the absence of Indian applications 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.



  • Submit to, and pass, a drug test
  • Agree to a criminal background check
  • Sign confidentiality clause
  • Be insurable to operate tribal vehicles (3-year clean driving record)
  • Valid Oregon Driver’s License or ability to obtain driver’s license.




Human Resources Manager
Burns Paiute Tribe
100 Pasigo Street – Burns, OR 97720


Fax: 541-573-2323


Email: [email protected]v