Posted 10/6/2020

Executive Director

The Absentee Shawnee Economic Development Authority, (ASEDA, Inc.) is a federally charted tribal corporation dedicated to sustaining, expanding, and attracting business that benefits the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, (AST) and its tribal members.  The ASEDA Board is seeking to hire an Executive Director to manage the ASEDA organization, oversee its multiple ongoing projects, business operations, manage staff, and launch projects that have been identified as important to the growth of the AST.  This position will be responsible to develop strategies to enhance, create, and build the AST economic development and revenue diversification activities, including the complex analysis of data related to planning, financing, tax incentive packaging, marketing, and business assistance programming.  More importantly, this position would be responsible to develop long and short-term economic and community development goals.

A complete job description is below.  Candidates are required to submit a cover letter and a resume electronically, to Mr. Tim Burg at tburg@shawneeforward.com.

The selection process will be made by the ASEDA Board with input from the AST Executive Committee.

The Absentee Shawnee Economic Development Authority, (ASEDA) is an organization dedicated to sustaining, expanding, and attracting business that benefits the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, (AST) and its tribal members.

Our organization is seeking to hire an Executive Director to manage the ASEDA organization, oversee its multiple ongoing projects, its business operations, manage its staff, and launch projects that have been identified as important to the growth of the AST.
The ideal candidate will possess the business skills, characteristics, and abilities to take ASEDA to a higher level of success and strategic action as a vital component of the AST’s immediate, short term and long range goals.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to manage the organization’s governance needs, which include board meeting, timely and efficient communications with the ASEDA Board Members, and the AST Executive Committee, and all of the necessary documentation that is required to support a professional economic development operation.

He or she will demonstrate the polish and professionalism to operate effectively among a diverse constituency, the ability to understand and work with the Tribal leadership, being respectful of the culture of the AST, and be responsive to the ASEDA Board of Directors, along with the AST’s Executive Committee.

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and creative problem solver with the ability to identify objectives, determine plans to meet those objectives, and lead the organization in achieving them.

With the assistance of the ASEDA Board, and an outside consultant, the successful candidate will develop a long range plan of work that the ASE DA Board and Absentee Shawnee Tribe will be supportive of.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates must also have a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience working in public or private sector economic development. Having proven Tribal experience is a plus.

A Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation is desirable. The degree requirements may be waived if a candidate has additional years of experience in the economic development field, with a CEcD designation and a minimum of a high school diploma.

The candidate compensation will be commensurate based upon their experience, level of expertise and their proven success at leading and managing an organization and its staff.

Candidates are required to submit a cover letter and a resume electronically, to Tim Burg at
tburg@shawneeforward.com.

The selection process will be made by the ASEDA Board with the input from the AST Executive Committee.

Job Description

President and Chief Executive Officer, (CEO),
Absentee Shawnee Economic Development Authority, (ASEDA, Inc.),

a federally chartered tribal corporation.

Job Summary: The ASEDA, Inc. is a federally charted tribal corporation dedicated to sustaining, expanding, and attracting business that benefits the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, (AST) and its tribal members. The ASEDA Board is seeking to hire a CEO to manage the ASEDA organization, oversee its multiple ongoing projects, business operations, manage staff, and launch projects that have been identified as important to the growth of the AST. This position will be responsible to develop strategies to enhance, create, and build the AST economic development and revenue diversification activities, including the complex analysis of data related to planning, financing, tax incentive packaging, marketing, and business assistance programming. More importantly, this position would be responsible to develop long and short-term economic and community development goals.

Reports to the ASEDA, Inc. Board of Directors.

The Chief Executive Officer of ASEDA is responsible for;

  • Facilitating the creation and retention of jobs, expanding tribal business operations, pursuing new business opportunities as they arise, and generate strategies for business development both on and off Tribal land.
  • The CEO will use their expertise to lead ASEDA in all areas of economic development, project implementation, and planning while maintaining oversight in the organization’s administrative and financial operations.
  • The CEO will act as a representative in business and economic development activities for the tribe which includes community and intergovernmental relations.
  • The CEO will devise team strategies and policy recommendations to ensure that Tribal goals and long-range economic objectives are met.
  • Working collaboratively with the ASEDA Board and the Absentee Shawnee Tribe’s Executive Committee, the CEO will develop business plans, financial strategies, develop financial funding packages for new and existing business projects. The overall goal of these endeavors is to achieve a higher rate of return for Tribal business operations.
  • The CEO of ASEDA shall act as the lead individual who provides plans, schedules, coordination, implementation, and monitoring of the various economic development programs for the AST.
  • As organizational funding allows, the CEO will hire, supervise, and train three executive­level positions who will work specifically in the areas of Finance, Community/Economic Development, along with Government and Private Contracts.
  • With the guidance of the CEO, these three staff members will provide reports that create a vision for each of these three areas, for a three, five, and ten-year growth structure.
  • Perform other duties assigned by the Board of Directors.

Project Management:
The role of the ASEDA CEO shall include but not be limited to;

  • Undertaking feasibility studies, (Financial, Marketability, and Political), of business development projects, (including both Tribal and private sector projects), which will provide consistent and/or significant revenue to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe.
  • Focus on projects that create and retain jobs, expand the tax base, includes projects that are creative and niche in what they provide to Tribal members, that include recreational and entertainment venues, and offer other quality developments that are not currently being undertaken by the AST.
  • The CEO will participate in the AST management teams to develop strategies and policies so that the goals of ASEDA Inc. are known and part of the overall AST planning process.
  • The CEO creates, recommends, implements, and supervises the economic development strategic and operational plans for ASEDA Inc.
  • The CEO defines and articulates ASEDA goals, successes, and failures with the leadership of the AST Executive Committee and the ASEDA Board members.
  • The CEO proactively pursues, and as necessary administers grants, contracts, leases, and other financially related programs or incentives that promote economic development, revitalization, infrastructure improvement, and development programs that benefit the tribe and its members.
  • The CEO collaborates with area partners, and advocates for a comprehensive workforce development strategy, that will assist current and prospective employers in the areas of recruitment, training, and retention of employees.
  • The CEO shall perform, direct staff, or seek assistance from consultants in developing market research, business development plans, and the analysis of the impact of such programs as they relate to the economic development goals of ASEDA Inc.
  • The CEO shall perform or direct staff in the areas of data collection, validation of that information, complete reviews, and presentation of any financial pro forma, by working with tribal financial staff, financial institutions, auditors, and governmental agencies.
  • Under the supervision of the CEO, staff shall coordinate their activities and programs of work in collaboration with Tribal and other government or local officials, and or organizations that are relevant to the Tribe’s overall economic development objectives.
  • The CEO shall develop or direct the development of departmental policies, manuals, handbooks, and other organizations related documents that help provide direction to achieve the short and long term goals of ASEDA Inc.
  • As required, the CEO and their staff shall undertake research and analyzes data such as demographic information on the areas the tribal members reside in, along with ongoing trends tied to building permits, budget expenditures, and business plans to make a recommendation to the ASEDA Inc. board of directors and if requested to the AST Executive Committee.
  • The CEO shall be capable of comprehending and providing input on reports, legal opinions, land and title reports, environmental studies and reports, building costs and estimates, in order to fully understand project proposals, negotiate agreements and contracts, plus to make policy recommendations in those areas.
  • The CEO shall develop and update an annual plan of work, and a 5-year
    business/strategic plan. Staff shall monitor and assess the ongoing effectiveness of the organization’s operational and financial policies, operations, procedures, and staff, and revise and enhance those areas as needed.
  • The CEO of ASEDA Inc. shall serve as the AST’s economic development liaison, providing leadership and direction in those economic development areas.
  • The CEO shall establish and maintain partnerships that will facilitate the implementation of programs and activities aimed at improving the Tribe’s economic development efforts. This will allow the Tribe to negotiate development agreements, evaluate the fiscal impacts of programs and activities, communicate decisions, as well as allow for accurate reports on those activities.
  • Led by the CEO, all ASEDA staff shall foster and maintain close links to the Tribe, to foster a positive working relationship.
  • The CEO should encourage and welcome Tribal participation in economic development planning, and involvement in the economic development projects to the highest degree practical.
  • Travel, evenings, and weekend work undertaken by the CEO may be required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The successful candidate shall have an MBA or terminal graduate degree in business, marketing, organizational management, or the equivalent of.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of executive experience in business development and strategic planning.
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Must have a comprehensive understanding of economic development and tribal sovereignty as it relates to business and economic development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in team-building and teamwork.
  • Demonstrate strong success in land use planning and mapping, project management,
    8- a business certification, plus demonstrated success in business development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Public policy, laws, regulations, and procedures pertaining to economic development, plus;
    • Financing techniques and procedures related to real estate and business enterprise development, along with the possible purchase of land.
    • Financial and business analysts, budgeting, and management expertise are requirements, along with a working knowledge of Federal, state, and local programs and resources available for economic development and business assistance, plus the procedures related to obtaining funds.
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate sensitivity on working with American Indian tribal organizations, governments, or tribally businesses, as well as experience in working with individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds.
  • The successful candidate must pass a background check, drug test, pursuant to the tribal policy, and must possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license.