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Job Title: CEO, Little Creek Casino Resort
Closing Date: 12/23/2011
Location: Shelton, WA

The Squaxin Island Tribe is seeking a creative, dynamic and experienced resort and gaming professional to take the established Little Creek Casino Resort (LCCR) to the next level. LCCR is located in Shelton, Washington.

About The Squaxin Island Tribe
A culturally and economically strong community of self-governing, resilient people united by shared values and ancient traditions, the People of the Water are committed to economic independence and sustainability. A strong and stable Council environment makes Little Creek an ideal place for long-term career opportunities. Revenue generated from the resort and other enterprises provides funds to support education, health care, public safety and other essential services for the Squaxin Island Tribe's members. To learn more about the tribe, please visit:

Little Creek Casino Resort Background
LCCR opened its doors in September 1995 with table games, bingo, keno, pull tabs, a fine dining restaurant, café and lounge. Over the years under the direction of the Tribal Council and through changes to the Tribal-Washington State Compact, it has grown into a resort that includes a smoking and smoke-free casino with just under 900 (lottery based slot-type) machines, various table games, pull tabs, keno, bingo and poker. The facility houses the award-winning Creek Side Buffet, the Starlight Lounge featuring live entertainment, food and beverages, the Island Grille restaurant, Squaxin Island Seafood Bar and the Water's Edge Cafe. The complex also has the 22,500 square-feet Skookum Creek Event Center featuring concerts, top of the line shows and entertainers. The event center has super-suites with seating from 15 through 30 per room and seating for 1,600. Little Creek's award-winning hotel has accommodations with 190 luxurious, oversized rooms, various suites, super-suites, an indoor pool, gym, and Jacuzzi. Additionally, it has 20,000 square-feet of conference and meeting space. Little Creek's new golf course was designed by Gene Bates, and opened in the fall of 2011. Other exciting projects are in the pipeline for the future. Please visit: for more information.

Reporting to and serving at the pleasure of the Tribal Council, the CEO leads, manages, directs, develops and supervises the entire Little Creek Casino Resort operation.

Key Responsibilities
Translate Tribal Council's vision and objectives into reality, thinking creatively while maintaining open communications and encouraging frank discussions about casino resort development, performance, goals and objectives.

Further Develop the Resort
Manage and provide oversight for all LCCR facilities, properties and operations, and maintain and create strong working relationships with neighbors, utilities and financiers, as well as local, regional and other governmental entities.
Communicate and update Council on matters relating to development on the property.

Provide leadership and manage directors in all departments; develop and implement a successorship program for all senior management; hire and train employees; plan, assign and direct work; assess performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems with both personnel and the public.

Stay current on all regulatory matters involving the enterprise, develop and implement risk assessments and implement mitigating measures and develop strong working relationships with regulators, agencies and governmental entities as required.

Maintain inter-tribal relations amongst gaming tribes in Washington; contribute to the inter-governmental dialogue regarding gaming in the State of Washington and serve as an advocate of the Squaxin Island Tribe in tone and content.

Other duties as required and necessary for the smooth and successful operation of the enterprise.

Desirable Qualifications
Competitive candidates will meet or exceed the following qualifications:

Ten years or more successful and senior executive management experience in a resort including gaming and hospitality setting; experience must include:

  • resort
  • golf
  • spa
  • facilities operations
  • casino management
  • property development
  • renovation and
  • new construction

Degree in relevant field.

Broad knowledge of relevant finance and budgeting issues, business plans and forecasting.

Significant experience in and knowledge of highly regulated gaming environments.

Strong familiarity with marketing and public relations.

Extensive and successful experience in Indian Country or working closely with a board of directors or governing commission.

Strong and excellent communication skills both written and oral, and ability to communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of people, organizations, public officials and agencies and the public.

A license or ability to obtain:

  • Class III gaming license issued by the Washington State Gambling Commission and
  • Gaming License certification issued by the Squaxin Island Gaming Commission.

Annual compensation for this position is $250,000 plus, depending upon qualifications. Performance incentives may be negotiated. Tribal employment includes a health care package, retirement and vacation benefits.

How to Apply
The recruitment will remain open until December 23, 2011, though it will be to the applicant's advantage to apply expeditiously. Only qualified candidates will be contacted by the recruiter. Applicants should email a letter of interest and a current resume to:

Judith Brighton, IS&C
(760) 536-3486

The Squaxin Island Tribe is an equal opportunity employer.

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