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CALSS TITLE: Tribal Economic Development Director

Department: Tribal Economics

Reports To: Tribal Council Chairperson

FLSA Status: Exempt

Prepared By: Tribal Chairman

Prepared Date: March 28, 2018

Initial Approval: March 28, 2021

Approved By: Tribal Council

Approved Date: March 28, 2021

Release Date: March 28, 2021

Amended Date: March 28, 2021


Under the direction of the Tribal Council, the Economic Development Director will oversee the strategic planning process, development and growth of profitable new business opportunities and the Corporation’s acquisition strategy. The Economic Development Director is responsible for all aspects of managing and motivating the business Development of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla; also ensure business growth through directing and managing the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla business development strategy.

The Economic Development Director will have to work with all levels of the organization to foster the strategic plan, business development and acquisition activity. In addition, the successful candidate will have a strong understanding of marketing, financial modeling and developing infrastructure in support of a new business and be able to foster the leadership, policy direction, program management and administration and oversight for assigned program functions subject to applicable Federal, Tribal and Sate laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: The duties listed are not all inclusive and may be modified at the sole discretion of the employer.


· Develop a comprehensive business development strategy that is aligned with the Senior Management’s and Board of Directors vision on direction for the corporation.

· Implement business development plan with assistance of project managers, General Managers and Home Office Staff.

· Develop and lead the Business Development strategy in sourcing, managing and implementing new business acquisitions and opportunities.

· Screens potential business deals by analyzing market strategies, deal requirements, potential, and financials; evaluating options; resolving internal priorities; recommending equity investments.

· Locates or proposes potential business deals by contacting potential partners; discovering and exploring opportunities.

· Develops the strategic plan of the corporation, adhering to direction set by Tribal Council.

· Assess the Tribal Resources for Economic Development.

· Plan and organize work.

· Prepare comprehensive narrative and statistical reports.

· Direct the maintenance of a variety of reports, records and files related to assigned activities.

· Work with people from diverse cultures, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and must always maintain cultural sensitivity.


· Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management or Marketing; MBA preferred.

· Minimum seven (7) Years of demonstrated business development experience.

· Prior experience in strategic planning, business development, acquisition sourcing, government contracting and due diligence.

· Strong MS Office skills including Excel modeling, Word and Power Point and Project Management.

· Knowledge of Federal, State and Tribal laws pertaining to operation of an enterprise an Indian trust land. Knowledge of Torres Martinez Tribal laws and compacts preferred.

· Demonstrated ability to plan and direct others to accomplish complex major activities and report on operations and activities which are very broad in scope.

· Strong interpersonal written and verbal communications skills.


Continuously throughout employment, must possess a valid California Class C Driver’s license and maintain insurability under the Tribe’s insurance policy/


· Office and Field environment

· Driving a vehicle to conduct work

· Ability to work in various temperature conditions

TMDCI Member/Indian Preference Policy:

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC. §472 and §473) and pursuant to the Tribe’s TERO Ordinance, if applicable. Tribal Member given preference must be qualified.

Notice of Drug Free Workplace Act Requirements:

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians are required to implement the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. §741). As such, it is unlawful for employees to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use a controlled substance on the job site. Employees that are reasonably suspected of violating this Act may be subject to drug testing as a condition of employment. A drug screening test will be given to all applicants prior to employment.