Executive Director Position Opening Buena Vista Rancheria

Department:  Gaming Commission

Position:  Executive Director

Reports To:  Commission Chairperson

Salary:  DOE

Department/Position Summary:

The Buena Vista Gaming Commission (“BVGC”) is an independent governmental gaming regulatory agency for the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians (“Tribe”).  The BVGC serves as the primary regulator of all gaming activity occurring within the Tribe’s land.  The BVGC ensures all gaming activities are conducted in conformance with the Tribe’s Gaming Ordinance (“Ordinance”), State Gaming Compact (“Compact”), the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (“IGRA”), and all other applicable tribal, state, and federal laws.

The Executive Director is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and administrative functions of the BVGC office, including supervision of all BVGC staff.  The Executive Director has oversight and management responsibility of the Regulatory Compliance, Internal Audit, and Background/Licensing functions of the BVGC.  This position functions under the direction of the BVGC and supervision of the BVGC Chairperson.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Executive Director will be required to perform or be involved in the following representative activities. This list is intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director.

  • Develop and implement goals, programs, policies, and objectives as set forth by the Commission.
  • Serve as point of contact for all administrative matters related to the operation of the BVGC.
  • Manage, plan, organize, and administer projects of the BVGC.
  • Review policies and procedures to monitor internal controls and ensure protection of gaming assets and update as needed.
  • Attend and participate in Commission meetings by providing regular briefings and internal reports required by the Commission.
  • Develop, administer, and maintain the Commission’s fiscal affairs within the budget approved by the Commission and the Tribal Council.
  • Direct, monitor, and supervise BVGC staff.
  • Serve as a point of contact for all administrative matters related to the day-to-day operation of the BVGC.
  • Serve as liaison between casino operations and the BVGC.
  • Monitor all gaming activities to ensure compliance with all applicable tribal, state, and federal gaming laws and regulations.
  • Investigate alleged violations of the Gaming Ordinance, State Gaming Compact, regulations, and all other applicable tribal, state, and federal laws.
  • Issue letters of concern, notices of violation, and any other adverse actions deemed necessary to ensure compliance with established laws and regulations.
  • May represent the BVGC during meetings with state and federal investigators and/or regulatory authorities.
  • Regulate and monitor the financial integrity of the gaming operation to ensure that the Tribe’s financial interests are protected and confirm that management carries out its responsibilities as provided by the Gaming Ordinance and Gaming Compact.
  • Conduct or cause to be conducted background investigations of persons and vendors required to be licensed.
  • Issue licensing decisions on all licensing applications, including license approvals, denials, suspensions, and revocations.
  • Attend adverse licensing hearings.
  • Make reports to the state gaming agency and the NIGC as required by the State Gaming Compact and federal law.
  • Direct the procurement of services, supplies, and property in accordance with applicable regulations, laws, and policies.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned by the BVGC and/or required by the Gaming Ordinance, the State Gaming Compact, and all other applicable tribal, state, and federal laws.

Knowledge, Skills, and Demonstrated Abilities:

Successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the knowledge or ability to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Extensive experiential knowledge of the regulations applicable to the Tribe’s gaming operations, including the IGRA, State Gaming Compacts, Gaming Ordinances, and related regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal and supervisorial leadership skills.
  • Highest personal ethical standards.
  • Ability to respect and adhere to strict rules of confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, analyze, and interpret common technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents related to the gaming industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of potential issues and variables.
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively with staff, casino management, governing boards, and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve problems in a timely manner, develop alternative solutions, manage difficult situations and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only a limited standardization exists.
  • Demonstrated ability to reason logically and creatively using intuition and experience to complement laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze data and present ideas and information effectively both orally and in writing, including workable implementation plans.
  • Must be professional and interact positively while communicating effectively.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and direct staff engaged in various professional, technical, and clerical functions.

Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience:

  • B.A. or B.S. in Business Administration and/or Management, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, or related field with at least five (5) years of relevant management experience in the gaming industry, OR
  • High School Diploma, GED certification or equivalent with ten (10) years of relevant management experience in the gaming industry.
  • Knowledge of general accounting and audit principles.
  • Experience in developing and managing budgets, supervising personnel, and supervising investigations.
  • Command of gaming laws, Indian gaming regulations, and compacts related to gaming activities.
  • The successful candidate must meet all applicable licensing standards, including a comprehensive background investigation, employment verification, and drug screen prior to employment.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted California driver’s license or California identification card.
La Shawn Pettit
Human Resources
Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916)491-0012 Fax