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Executive Director Position Description

Position Title: Executive Director

Reports To: Executive Committee and Board, Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) and Arizonans for Tribal Government Gaming (ATGG)

Pay Rate: Per annum - depending on experience

Benefits: Full health, dental and vision benefits, 401K pension and other incentives

FLSA Status: Exempt


Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (Director) is responsible for overall management and operation of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) with oversight of day-to-day operations and the development and implementation of the Association’s strategic plan and policies.

The Director shall be responsible for supporting the directive received from the Executive Committee and Boards of the associations and perform duties and responsibilities to accomplish the purpose and goals as outlined in the Strategic Plan of the associations.

The Director is supported by the Deputy Director and other staff and will maintain effective communication to relay the responsibilities assigned.

In order to educate and promote the associations to reflect the importance of Tribal Gaming’s impact, the Director will interact with Tribal, federal, state, city and local municipalities, businesses, chambers of commerce, associations, attorneys, etc., interacts with other personnel and organizations, in regard to matters affecting AIGA Member Tribes.

To create partnerships, the Director is involved in oversight of memberships, trade shows, seminars and training programs, gathering and providing technical assistance relating to the gaming industry when beneficial to Member Tribes and Tribal Nations, whenever such assistance, coordination of meetings of Member Tribes, partners and the public, distribution to gaming community, the federal, state, tribal and local governments and the general public regarding issues in the conduct and regulation of gaming in Arizona and Indian country. The Director will be supportive of the protection of and advocate for Indian Tribal sovereignty.

The Director will be working with association lobbyists to support relationships with federal, state and local governments. The Director will be responsible for preparing monthly, annual, and special reports documenting the activities of the association.

The Director, in coordination with legal counsel shall be responsible for contracts management including negotiating agreement terms that reflect the needs of AIGA, coordinates with legal advisors to finalize agreement terms; maintains effective systems of internal controls monitors progress of agreements and maintains agreement documentation to ensure fulfillment of agreement terms including receipt and expenditure of funds.

The Director will assist in the development of current and long-term organizational goals and objectives and ensures the policies and procedures for AIGA operations are current to support the associations. The Director establishes plans to achieve goals set by the Board of Directors and implements policies, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

At all times, the Director will preserve and protect the integrity of gaming conducted in Arizona and Indian country and perform other duties as requested by the Executive Committee.

Management: Maintains effective systems of internal controls to account for all receipts and expenditures of funds. Manages corporate funds to maximize the earnings under the federal regulations. Develops options available to the Board for using corporate resources to support research and education.

Dependability: Seeks increased responsibility while remaining conscientious, thorough, accurate, and reliable with respect to achieving the organization’s goals, and the needs of the constituents, and the AIGA staff. This includes being available and responsive to issues and concerns as they arise.

Continuous Learning: Able to stay informed of current industry trends; learn and apply new concepts and demonstrate career self-reliance; identify own areas of opportunity and set and monitor self-development goals.

Willingness to Serve: Able to demonstrate a high level of service delivery to do what is necessary to ensure Member satisfaction; deals with service failures and prioritize member needs.

Flexibility: Able to remain open-minded and change opinions on the basis of new information; perform a wide variety of tasks and change focus quickly as demands change; manage transitions effectively from task to task; adapt to varying member needs and situations.

Quality: Able to maintain high standards despite pressing deadlines; establish high standards and measures; do work right the first time and inspect materials for flaws; test new methods thoroughly; reinforce excellence as a fundamental priority.

Integrity: Able to be tactful, maintain confidences, and foster an ethical work environment; prevent inappropriate behavior by coworkers; give proper credit to others; handle all situations honestly.

Respect: Able to adapt behavior to others’ styles, interact with people who have different values, culture, or backgrounds, be of service to difficult people, optimize the benefits of having a diverse workforce. Able to develop rapport with others and recognize their concerns and feelings; build and maintain long-term associations based on trust and help others.

Policies, Process, Procedures: Able to act in accordance with established guidelines; follow standard procedures in crisis situations; communicate and enforce organizational policies and procedures; recognize and constructively conform to written rules or practices.

Team Centered: Able to share due credit with coworkers; display enthusiasm and promote a friendly group working environment; work closely with other stake holders as necessary; support group decisions and solicit opinions from groups ; display team spirit.

Equipment and Software Knowledge: Able to operate various types of office equipment including, but not limited to: personal computers, printers, copy machines, FAX machines, telephone, typewriter, and other departmental related systems. Proficiency in MS-Word and other word processing and document preparation programs; Internet software; spreadsheet software and word processing software.


Must have a Master’s Degree in Public Administration or Business Administration or a Bachelor’s Degree and four years’ experience in related field.


Must have minimum of five years’ experience working with Tribal Governments, especially Tribes with a gaming


Must possess Tribal Gaming related experience in development or operations.


While performing the duties of this job, the Director is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. The position requires extensive computer use so the employee must have sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The Executive Director must be able to travel to attend conferences, training and other events as required to acquire and maintain proficiency in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.


The work environment is a small, busy office located in Tempe, AZ. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Reasonable accommodations in the work environment may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The Executive Director should be a visionary and a strategic leader who can work effectively at the intersections of academia, research, operations, regulatory agencies, and tribal governments. S/He will bring an analytical, intellectual understanding of gaming issues and its impact on tribal operations and governments. Leading candidates will be broadly informed leaders with a high level of intellectual curiosity and the capacity to encourage others to explore new terrain.

Successful candidates will be able to engage and convene others in a process of exploration and dialogue. The

Executive Director needs to be an interdisciplinary and creative thinker who can be innovative as well as pragmatic. S/He will be an open-minded, confident professional who enjoys exploring issues while also recognizing the ownership of ideas is less important than the result of the collaborative effort. The Executive Director will be a facilitator who will have the strength of character and conviction to work with a strong, engaged Board that is dedicated to the mission of AIGA.

Strong written and oral communication skills are critical to ensure that the Executive Director will be effective and persuasive in presenting AIGA and its mission to its affiliates and various government agencies and the public.

The Executive Director must be knowledgeable to equally represent all levels of the population that are supported by Tribal Gaming and be equally adept at developing relationships with various groups and neighborhood associations as well as with leaders engaged in the national conversation of Tribal Gaming and the health and well-being of Tribal members.

Successful candidates will have strong organizational, administrative, and financial management skills.

The Executive Director will be comfortable in a hands-on role and willing to do the essential tasks required to meet the goals of AIGA.


Must possess a current Arizona driver’s license and be able to meet the AIGA insurance standards

Must pass a gaming background check

Must be able to pass random drug testing

The team member is expected to adhere to all AIGA policies, ethics standards and applicable federal/state/local regulations.

All interested applicants should send their resumes to admin@azindiangaming.org with AIGA Executive Director noted in the Subject line. Resumes should be received by close of business day July 8, 2020.