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Community Development Coordinator

Prepared by Human Resources on August 1, 2022; Approved by Tribal Council on January 4, 2023

Department Community Development
Reports To Tribal Council
Type of Employment Full-Time
FSLA Status Exempt
Salary $80,000 per year


The Community Development Director is responsible for all aspects of the community development department in the managed relocation of the community. Primarily responsible for developing, proposing, and implementing projects. Maintains frequent contact with elected and appointed officials. Prioritize and plan cultural, governmental, natural resources, health, transportation, housing, and relocation for the Shoalwater Bay Tribal community.

Job Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate and support Tribal Leadership in identifying opportunities, initiatives, and potential partners to assist and/or community development.
  • Implementation of master planning, engineering designs, and construction operations involved in new infrastructure and/or reinforcement of current critical infrastructure, shoreline stabilization, activities that may involve excavation, backfill, etc., or other activities associated with heavy equipment.
  • Develop and update Tribal and community development profiles.
  • Develop partnerships with appropriate state, local, and federal agencies.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with outside agencies, businesses, and municipal developers providing overall project coordination.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering as applied
  • to land development and infrastructure management.
  • Ability to plan, lay out and direct the work of subordinates.
  • Ability to inspect projects for compliance with ordinance and code provisions.
  • Ability to perform difficult engineering computations and to make thorough recommendations on engineering problems and planning.
  • Include planning and promoting economic development in coordination with tribal enterprises and neighboring municipalities.
  • Prepare, or assist in preparation, proposals for funding to support community development, planning, or other related programs.
  • Promote Tribal interests to support and expand Tribal Services and/or governmental function opportunities.
  • Attend regional, state, and national meetings and conferences on community and Tribal development planning.
  • Develop and maintain community and regional networks to enhance Tribal government services and service delivery to Tribal members.
  • Serve as liaison to government and other entities to support improvements in Tribal services and government operations.
  • Other duties as required. Participate in and assist with other planning and development activities of the Tribe, as defined through appropriate channels.
  • Provide strategy and leadership to the related community development departments.
  • Manage utility, planning, land management, and natural resources staff.
  • Monitor current budgets and work with Chief Financial Officer and
  • Community Development Staff to develop new year fiscal budget.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Requirements

Supervises Planning Director, Natural Resources Director, Land Management Director and Utilities Director.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed 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.

Experience and Eduction

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. Years of equivalent experience may be considered. Possess exceptional writing and editorial skills with the ability to communicate the goals and aims of the Tribe to outside funding sources in a manner that invites successful funding of agency requests.  Maintain a high level of activity without daily supervision to develop project plans and consistently meet deadlines.  Aptitude to develop creative approaches to insure that affected agency projects can be developed which also meets requirements of funding sources. Strong analytical skills and attention to detail are required.  Must have the ability to work and write professionally in a deadline-driven environment.  Significant experience in Tribal Government, program management, and compliance with Federal grant requirements.  Knowledge and sensitivity and ability to communicate effectively with staff, Council, Federal, outside agencies, Tribal officials, Native Americans and non-Indians.  Knowledge of Tribal government, infrastructure, ordinances, laws and policies.

Equivalent experience will not be accepted in place of required education.



Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications required. Knowledge of GIS mapping, design and engineer programs, Adobe, and other related applications a plus.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and government regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical solutions.


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.

Essential Competencies

Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information.  Collects and researches data.  Uses intuition and experience to complement data.  Designs work flows and procedures.

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.  Gathers and analyzes information skillfully.  Develops alternative solutions.  Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Project Management – Develops project plans.  Coordinates projects.  Communicates changes and progress.  Completes projects on time and budget.  Manages project team activities.

Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses.  Pursues training and development opportunities.  Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.  Shares expertise with others.

Customer Service (Internal) – Manages difficult or emotional situations.  Responds promptly to c needs.  Solicits feedback to improve service.  Responds to requests for service and assistance.  Meets commitments.

Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming.  Maintains confidentiality.  Listens to others without interrupting.  Keeps emotions under control.  Remains open to others ideas and tries new things.

Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations.  Listens and gets clarification.  Responds well to questions.  Demonstrates group presentation skills.  Participates in meetings.

Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively.  Edits work for spelling and grammar.  Varies writing style to meet needs.  Present numerical data effectively.  Able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities.  Exhibits objectivity and openness to others views.  Gives and welcomes feedback.  Contributes to building a positive team spirit.  Puts success of team above own interests.  Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives.  Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.  Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.

Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions.  Displays orientation to profitability.  Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition.  Aligns work with strategic goals.

Cost Consciousness – Works within approved budget.  Develops and implements cost savings measures.  Contributes to profit and revenue.  Conserves organizational resources.

Ethics – Treats people with respect.  Keeps commitments.  Inspires the trust of others.  Works with integrity and ethically.  Upholds organizational values.

Strategic Thinking – Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals.  Understands organizations strengths and weaknesses.  Analyzes market and competition.  Identifies external threats and opportunities.  Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions.  Exhibits sound and accurate judgment.  Supports and explains reasons for decisions.  Includes appropriate people in decision-making process.  Makes timely decisions.

Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals.  Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles.  Measures self against standard of excellence.  Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities.  Uses time efficiently.  Plans for additional resources.  Sets goals and objectives.  Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks.  Develops realistic action plans.

Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner.  Reacts well under pressure.  Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.  Accepts responsibility for own actions.  Follows through on commitments.

Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.  Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.  Applies feedback to improve performance.  Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction.  Takes responsibility for own actions.  Keeps commitments.  Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.  Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Initiative – Volunteers readily.  Undertakes self-development activities.  Seeks increased responsibilities.  Takes independent actions and calculated risks.  Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities.  Asks for and offers help when needed.

Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity.  Meets challenges with resourcefulness.  Generates suggestions for improving work.  Develops innovative approaches and ideas.  Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others attention.

Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; uses equipment and material properly.

Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time.

Essential Competencies

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job within a tribal government.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Common office environment within a cultural community center.

At-Will Employment

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position.  Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


After 60 days of employment

  • Medical
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage
  • Short term disability
  • Long term disability
  • Disability resources

After 90 days of employment

  • Annual Leave accrual
  • Sick Leave accrual
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Military Leave
  • Jury Duty Leave
  • Paid Holidays

After 1 year of employment

  • 401K contribution
Work Location Work on Location Premises
10 Eagle Hill Rd
Tokeland, Washington 98590
Job Posting Valid Through Valid until filled
Position Start Date Immediately