Sault Tribe
  • - Accounting
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • Negotiable
  • Salary
  • Year Round - Full Time
  • Yes




The Senior Accountant, under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for assisting in the development, implementation, managing, and budgeting of all financial activity for all the assigned companies, services and programs within the Tribe.  The position is responsible for ensuring all financial activity is recorded and reported in a timely fashion while exercising effective Accounting and Auditing practices.  The position is responsible for ensuring companies follow all applicable GAAP, Federal, State Laws and Tribal policies and procedures. This position is responsible for the functionality of accounting, Tribal, retail, inventory and all specifically designed software for any of the assigned entities.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Analyzes, develops, implements, and/or maintains all of the assigned companies accounting systems, relating to preparation, compilation and analysis of financial statements.
  • Reviews general accounting and financial documents of assigned entities for accuracy and compliance with State, Federal, GAAP, Tribal, and other regulatory authorities.
  • Complies with the timely filing of financial statements, and ensures they are completed in a high quality, timely and cost effective manner.
  • Prepares the Tribe's Federal Indirect Cost Proposal and the Medicare Cost Report, federal financial reports for all agencies and Tribal Sales tax returns for all entities.
  • Prepares fixed asset detail for all assigned entities, identifies, enters and tracks the transfers, sales and disposition.
  • Identifies, reviews, and compares credit card carriers for Tribe.
  • Trains and assists directors and managers on how to prepare budgets, including the development, management, implementation and modifications.
  • Trains and assists directors and managers on how to interpret budgets and financial statements.  
  • Performs, prepares, and participates in monthly, quarterly and annual audits and reports findings to Chief Financial Officer.
  • Establishes internal controls for the assigned entities ensuring compliance with established internal controls.
  • ·         Responsible for all cash/bank management entries for the Tribe, including daily, monthly, quarterly and annual tie outs.
  • ·         Maintains Accounting Chart of Accounts, Fastrs, and working with JD Edwards directly to resolve integrity issues and any other programming problems that may arise with the financial software.
  • Attends all Board of Directors, workshops, budget reviews, program manager meetings, departmental, and Federal meetings, conferences and trainings as requested and/or required.
  • Maintains, analyzes, and reports on all outside vendor software for compliance, accuracy and meeting Tribal needs.
  • Assists managers and directors with questions and problems concerning point of sale terminals and their functionality.
  • Hires, trains and supervise accountants, and bookkeepers; issues disciplinary action, conducts performance reviews, etc.
  • Completes all wage certifications for applicable entities.
  • Prepares Tribal wide payroll reconciliation annually.


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Ensures the entities entrusted to it follow all accounting policies and procedures and that all financial activity is recorded and reported in a timely fashion. 
  • Monitors and reports to the Chief Financial Officer, all entities or divisions in non-compliance of any applicable laws, rules, regulations, internal controls, policies and procedures, directives, etc. and recommends corrective measures. 
  • Ensures that all of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians accounting software systems is used to their maximum abilities and to the greatest degree of accuracy.
  • All other job related duties as assigned.  




Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, executives, Board of Directors, customers, outside vendors and service providers and Federal, State and local agencies.




Position medium with lifting of 50 pounds and frequent lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds. Physical factors include constant sitting and typing; frequent use of hearing, and occasional standing, walking, carrying, lifting up to 50 pounds, stooping, kneeling, reaching, manual handling, use of near vision, midrange and far vision, depth perception, color and field of vision, travel and bending. Physical factors include occasional exposure to extreme heat/cold, noise, vibration and air quality. Potential hazards include constant computer use; frequent client contact and occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts and equipment.




Education: Bachelor' Degree in Accounting or related field required.


Experience: Minimum of 8 years accounting experience required, of which 6 years must be experience in tribal accounting or tribal casino accounting experience. Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience required.


Certification/License: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred. Must undergo a Criminal background investigation done under the rules of the National Indian Gaming Commission when applicable. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must have working knowledge and be able to use word processing, spreadsheet and database software and computer based accounting systems. Knowledge of AS400, JD Edwards, Microsoft Office Suite, inventory, gas station, point-of-sale software experience preferred. Must be able to work with minimal to no supervision. Must be able to exercise good judgment, resourcefulness and initiative. Must have superior knowledge of accounting, budgeting, inventory management, data entry procedures, including journal entries, accounts payable and receivable processing, bank reconciliation procedures, cash handling, purchasing documentation, time keeping, filing and archiving systems and organizational management principles and practices.  Must have knowledge of Tribal programs and services, Tribal organizational structure, divisions, departments, program supervisors, staff and other appropriate contacts, applicable federal, state, and Sault Tribe Policies and Procedures and Regulations. Must have knowledge of Accounting Department workflow, organizational structure, and operational policies and procedures. Must have knowledge of standard and required reporting formats and schedules, and ability to develop reporting templates with complex formulas and extensive narrative. Must have ability to analyze problems and data, and develop responsive and effective solutions.  Must have ability to install and uninstall software at various locations and follow all compliances with the State Tax Agreement and Tribal policies and procedures.  Must have ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, maintain a cooperative, productive work environment, and promote positive public relations.  Must have ability to respond to difficult and stressful situations in an effective and positive manner.  Must have ability to develop and provide training for staff, including ability to demonstrate procedures.  Must have excellent communication skills in writing and verbal, including public speaking. Must maintain confidentiality.  Native American preferred. 

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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