ATNI Position Announcement: Tribal Gaming Director With the Squaxin Island Tribe

Job Title: Tribal Gaming Director
Department: Gaming
Reports To: Gaming Commission
FLSA Status: Exempt
TS Range: 13/14 DOQ
Opening Date: September 2, 2022
Closing Date: September 19, 2022

SUMMARY: Plans, directs and implements all Federal, State and Tribal gaming regulations, manages staff, develop and administer budget, develop(s) unit goals and objectives according to Commission policy. Works harmoniously with Casino Management to insure maximum productivity and profitability of the operation while promoting an environment of strong compliance with applicable regulations. Develops a work ethic that sets an example for all peers and subordinates to follow. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

  • Represents the best interests of the Squaxin Island Tribe and understands the impact of his/her actions and the need to act as a liaison between the Agency and the casino operations. Understands the complex nature of a gaming operation. 
  • Provides regulatory oversight of the Tribal Gaming Ordinance through the implementation of federal, state and tribal gaming regulations and the Squaxin Island Gaming Ordinance. 
  • Manages the operation of the Tribal Gaming Agency pursuant to provision contained in the rules and regulations of the National Indian Gaming Commission, Tribal-State Compacts and the Squaxin Island Gaming Ordinance. 
  • Advises and reports to the Tribal Council and the Tribal Gaming Commission. Plans and implements the Tribal Gaming Commission’s goals and objectives by developing, recommending and implementing its operating policy and procedures. 
  • Supervises a fiscally efficient and effective staff. Observes and promotes compliance through administrative action with State, NIGC and Tribal Ordinance regulations and adherence to minimum internal control standards. 
  • Promotes and monitors the confidential treatment of all relevant information and maintains all appropriate information and materials as confidential. 
  • Provides Squaxin Island Gaming Ordinance enforcement and loss control by monitoring, observing, reporting and taking appropriate action as determined to insure the integrity of the gaming enterprise. 
  • Prepares and maintains systems, logs and other means to track and report gaming incidents and activities which are not normal to the operation or are in violation of specific gaming procedures and ordinances. 
  • Develops and maintains the gaming licensing function for Vendors and Individuals required by regulation; develops and maintains the Tribal Gaming Commission’s operating policies and procedures. 
  • Prepares and administers the department’s yearly operating budget and financial reports regarding the agency using generally accepted accounting principles. 
  • Monitors fiscal performance, audit findings and report findings to Management, the Gaming Commission and to the Tribal Council routinely. 
  • Responds to a wide variety of property or asset-threatening conditions with immediate assistance in an appropriate manner as determined by gaming regulations, gaming policy and current operating conditions. 
  • Maintains an awareness of gaming and non-gaming procedures within the casino operation to monitor those operations and ensure compliance with proper procedures and Tribal Gaming Ordinance. 
  • Observes violations of policies, procedures, rules or laws and communicates them to the Department Managers as appropriate. 
  • Within current acceptable practices and expectations and the scope of the position, uses independent judgment to assess situations and conditions and determine an appropriate course of action. 
  • Coordinates and communicates with casino supervision and management to best enforce and investigate compliance with Squaxin Island Gaming Ordinance and sound business practices. 
  • Coordinates and supervises standard audit functions and ensures follow through to promote compliance. 
  • Coordinates with other Tribal Gaming Agencies and/or entities. 
  • Reviews all Tribal Gaming incident reports, reviews and approves internal controls, gaming policy and procedures and structures. 
  • Supervises and manages the Tribal Gaming Commission staff and Surveillance Department; evaluates, counsels and takes appropriate disciplinary action of Tribal Gaming Agents. Establishes performance standard and possesses the ability to properly train Tribal Gaming Agents. 
  • May staff, schedule, evaluate, train, develop and monitor subordinate personnel. May interview applicants for subordinate positions, assign work, discipline and train employees and recommend wage increases and promotions in accordance with Tribal policies. 
  • Makes suitability determination pursuant to the Tribal Gaming Ordinance to determine the eligibility of each primary management official and each key employee for employment in the gaming operation. 
  • Maintain adequate written records of Class II and Class III gaming activities conducted in the Tribal Gaming Operation for a period of at least 4 years. 

SALARY: 100,900.00 – annually DOQ

TIME STATUS: Full-time


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Manages subordinate supervisors within the department and also the Surveillance Department, who in turn supervise employees within the Tribal Gaming Commission and Surveillance. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these units. Also directly supervises non-supervisory employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Supervises and manages all departmental staff, including the on-going training and evaluation of all staff personnel in the performance of their assigned duties. Additionally, responsibilities include interviewing prospective employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 

 QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate in both written and verbal forms; essential as the original statements, reports, logs and other written material completed by Tribal Gaming Agency personnel may be utilized for legal and judicial proceedings which many not accept taped, transcribed or otherwise translated materials. Demonstrate ability to address issues of enforcement while maintaining a positive relationship with those impacted. Demonstrate understanding of generally accepted accounting principles, to work within fiscal guidelines and manage budgets, fiscal operations and project revenues and expense over time. Demonstrate ability to manage positive relations with employees, management, outside organizations and/or agencies and political entities. Demonstrate computer skills and proficiency with Excel spreadsheets. Understands the confidential nature of information related to agency and demonstrates an ability to keep information confidential. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Must pass standards to qualify for gaming license under regulations annually as established by the Commission and other standards as established by Tribal Council.  

 INVESTIGATIVE SKILLS: Must be knowledgeable of all aspects of the Tribal Gaming Operation, its system of internal controls, Tribal  Minimum Internal Control Standards, to adequately detect, investigate and resolve regulatory issues, including the application of Federal,  State and Tribal laws for purpose of protecting the integrity of the Tribal Gaming Operation. 

GAMING KNOWLEDEGE: Must be knowledgeable of all aspects of Class II and Class III Tribal Gaming Activities, including but not limited to, game protection, rules of play and irregularities. 


 Master’s Degree in business administration or a related degree and five (5) years’ experience at management level in gaming regulation, particularly Class III Gaming; OR 

Bachelor’s Degree in business administration or related degree and seven years of business, public administration, administrative services, which includes five (5) years’ experience at management level in gaming regulation, particularly Class III Gaming; OR 

Associates Degree in business administration or related degree and nine years of business, public administration, administrative services which includes five (5) years’ experience at management level in gaming regulation, particularly Class III Gaming; OR 

  • High School Diploma or GED and eleven years of business, public administration, administrative services which includes five (5) years’ experience at management level in gaming regulation, particularly Class III Gaming. 

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. 

 MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations. 

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS; Must have or be able to obtain a Class III Washington State Gaming License. Must have valid Washington State Driver’s License. 

DRUG FREE WORKPLACE: The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening, in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace Policy. 

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies. 

DISQUALIFICATION: The candidate must possess a clear criminal history prior to employment and must maintain a clear criminal history during the period of employment. Failure to maintain a clear criminal history is grounds for termination of employment. For the purpose of this part, licensing requirements in RCW 9.46.075, shall apply.  

TO APPLYSubmit. application packets including a resume and cover letter to  Contact, Human Resources for more information: 360-432-3865.

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