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Job Title: Chief Financial Officer
Opening Date: 12/7/2010
Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Red Cliff Tribal Office/Bayfield, WI


  • Directing and managing the Tribal government’s accounting practices.
  • Financial planning and advisement.
  • Reporting in coordination with the Tribal Treasurer and Director of Tribal Operations to the Tribal Council.
  • Enforcement of and compliance with all applicable internal and external policies, laws and regulations.
  • Ensuring that work is performed in accordance with the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, laws and policies applicable to Tribal governments.
  • Monitoring the financial management and accounting practices of Tribal entities operating within the Tribal government structure.
  • Planning, coordinating, and preparing for year end audits; developing responses to audit recommendations in a timely manner.
  • Developing and fostering relationships with government agencies, banking and lending institutions, investment managers, other Tribes, insurers, the financial community by performing the above stated duties personally or through subordinates.
  • Performing related work pursuant to the duties and responsibilities stated above in conjunction with the philosophy, mission and goals of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.


  • Requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business
    Administration or a closely related field. (CPA, Master’s Degree preferred).
  • Requires a minimum of five (5) years or progressively more responsible financial, accounting and supervisory experience with last three years at the executive management level.
  • Requires advanced knowledge of governmental and business accounting and auditing standards and practices.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in governmental accounting and experience with Tribal government and funding agencies required.
  • Requires independent decision making skills supported by excellent analytical skills and professional judgment.
  • Must have the ability to direct and supervise multiple projects simultaneously as well as the finance department staff.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be familiar with accounting, management and office software systems. Familiarity with MIP accounting software preferred.
  • Knowledge of Native American culture, Tribal Governmental operations.
  • Familiarity with Federal and State appropriation processes so timely recommendations can be made.
  • Knowledge of indirect cost allocations, proposal submission and negotiations with appropriate agency representatives.
  • Valid driver’s license, adequate transportation and must be eligible for Tribe’s vehicle insurance.
  • Native American preference will be observed in the hiring process.
  • Position subject to pre-employment drug testing and criminal history background check.

For more information or to submit your resume:
Richard Wygonik, Personnel Manager
Red Cliff Band Lake Superior Chippewas
88385 Pike Rd., HWY 13
Bayfield, WI 54814
715-779-3700 ext 267 Phone
715-779-3704 Fax

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