Chief Executive Officer

Grand Traverse Economic Development - Traverse City, MI

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Reports To: Board of Directors
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary Start: $170,000- $190,000 DOE
Prepared Date: May 7th, 2019
Submit By Date: May 31st
Job Type: Full-Time
The CEO is the focal point of the vision and leadership for the Grand Traverse Economic Development (GTED). Under the guidance and direction of the GTED Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for both big-picture strategy and day-to-day operational management. The CEO will need the flexibility to make quick and efficient business decisions, while at the same time assuring the corporate operations respect the policies and guidelines set by the Board of Directors. This position has direct oversight of all functions and operations that are encompassed under GTED, which strives to achieve long-term financial success.
The Grand Traverse Economic Development (GTED) is a limited liability holding company that is wholly owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians ("GTB"). The Company is chartered under Tribal Law. The GTED is governed by a Board of Directors ("Board"), which is appointed by the Tribal Council. GTED is in a process of growth from its origin as a start-up, as the Company acquires other businesses and starts new ventures with a focus on Federal government contracting.
  • Identify, research and present business investment, and acquisition opportunities to the Board of Directors with an emphasis on existing 8(a) firms. (This would require starting up Limited Liability Companies through the Tribal Government)
  • Provide leadership and management to ensure the mission and core values of the company are properly put into practice for all currently owned companies and future business endeavors.
  • Responsible for building the Company by increasing its assets and operations, developing its personnel, and helping to set and attain business goals and objectives.
  • Foster a success-oriented, accountable environment within the company. Direct management of personnel within the holding Company, including mentoring and career development.
  • Oversee all operational areas of GTED and its subsidiaries through supervision of subsidiary managers, as well as other key personnel.
  • Adhere to sound business principles in managing activities that generate income; monitor internal controls in all activities to maintain financially stable conditions, while promoting economic growth.
  • Carry out objectives and policies adopted by the GTED Board of Directors. Provide staffing to the Board as necessary to develop and implement those objectives and policies.
  • Report to the Owner on the Board's behalf, consistent with the Company's charter documents.
  • Must understand the strategic vision, as set forth by the GTED Board, and be able to carry out business matters while keeping the mission and culture of GTED intact.
  • Must be able to respond to common inquires or complaints from the GTED Board, the Owner, partnering agencies, and members of the associated business community
  • Must be able to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports and legal documents.
  • Must make ethically sound decisions and act as a positive reflection of the company.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • Five to ten years of comparable business experience, or a lower amount of especially pertinent or desired experience.
  • Experience with at least three of the following: business mergers and acquisitions, personnel management, marketing, business planning, and financial assessment and evaluation.
  • Knowledge and experience working in a Native American Business Environment.
  • Experience in federal contracting and procurement is preferred
  • Experience with applying and receiving Tribal SBA Section 8 (a) designations.
  • Preferred 10 years management experience in a manufacturing environment.
Directly manages personnel employed by GTED; supervises the managers of subsidiary LLCs; responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of all segments of GTED. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Must be able to work flexible hours and take on additional responsibilities when asked.
Basic office equipment, copier, fax machine, multi-line phone system, and Windows based computer systems.
Must be physically able to operate a variety of job-related machines and/or Office Equipment. Must be able to move or carry job-related objects or materials. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for sedentary or office environment work.
Must be able to handle stressful and compromising situations while remaining focused and professional. Must be able to deal with various types of personalities and people without losing perspective. Must be able to work productively under strict time restraints with variable deadlines.
Work is generally performed in a multi-person office environment.
  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • 401(k) with employer match
  • Performance-Based Bonus
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation
This job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the CEO, as the need may change with future economic endeavors. Performance evaluation, in part, will be determined by the ability to perform the tasks and requirements detailed in this job description. This job description is not a contract for employment.
The right is reserved under provisions PL 93-638 Section (b), (f), (g), (i), 20 USD450.
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1974 to give preference and opportunity for employment, training, and contracts to Native Americans. With the exception of this preference the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and its corporations and subsidiaries are committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity (E.O.E.).
Native American Preference will apply. Must be able to pass a background and character investigation, as well as a drug and alcohol urinalysis as a condition of employment. Adherence to company policy in regard to confidentiality is a must.
GTED is an "at will employer"
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. The GTED Board retains the right to add or to change the duties of the position at any time. Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents in lieu of stated minimums require prior approval from the GTED Board.