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Human Resources Director

Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Ignacio, Colorado 81137
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

POSITION SUMMARY: Under general direction of the Executive Officer, is responsible for management of the Human Resources Department, Employee Benefits Division, and the Health and Safety Management Division within the Tribal Organization. Incumbent is responsible for planning activities, overseeing direction of the HR Department and establishing an internal evaluation process for the Department. Oversees the operational, administrative and strategic management of Permanent Fund’s Human Resource programs, policies, and procedures. Ensures recruitment and employment; compensation and benefits; automated and manual record-keeping systems; employee training; employee relations; policy formulation and implementation; and performance development and evaluation programs are maintained in accordance with established tribal and federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. Will have responsibility for the day-to-day supervision, problem resolution, support, guidance, policy interpretation, and technical assistance to directors, division heads, and supervisors.




  1. Develops a strategic plan for all Human Resources functions, including Risk Management & Safety and Employee Benefits.


  2. Drafts, communicates, implements, reviews and interprets Human Resources Policies and Procedures and assures that all are fairly and consistently administered.


  3. Establishes, implements, and communicates goals, objectives, policies and procedures in accordance with strategic plan.


  4. Reviews and makes recommendations on policies, procedures, rules, regulations, forms and documents and ensures compliance with applicable federal and Tribal laws.


  5. Provides oversight for all recruitment and placement, pay administration, work scheduling, employee recognition programs and Tribal Member employment.


  6. Provides technical assistance and guidance to supervisors on Human Resources matters, to include performance management, recruitment, discipline, termination, and the consistent and appropriate application of Human Resources Policies and Procedures.


  7. Responsible for providing training in areas that include, but are not limited to, performance management, recruitment, discipline, termination, TERO, sexual harassment, and Human Resources Policies and Procedures.


  8. Responsible for oversight of the Health & Safety Management and Employee Benefits divisions to include employee medical, dental, vision, disability, and life benefits; pension and retirement benefits; workers’ compensation, property, casualty, and automobile coverage.


  9. Develops, administers, and monitors departmental budget.


  10. Responsible, as needed, for coordinating, facilitating and administering the employee grievance and appeal process, consistent with policy;


  11. Responsible for responding in a timely manner to unemployment claims, and participates in unemployment hearings.


  12. Responsible for notifying the Chairman, Executive Officers and Tribal attorney of lawsuits, or the threat of lawsuit; participates in fact-finding, discovery, testimony, and court appearances.


  13. Reviews and approves job descriptions for reasonable and appropriate job duties, responsibilities and minimum qualifications, to include some drafting and revision of job descriptions.


  14. Provides oversight of the recruitment, selection, and hiring functions, in compliance with relevant laws and regulations, Tribal Human Resources Policies, and Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO).


  15. Works in conjunction with the TERO Office to develop an innovative plan for tribal member recruitment and retention.


  16. Provides direct communication and assistance to the Executive Officers on administrative issues and organizational structure.


  17. Works cooperatively and collaboratively with the TERO Office, Executive Officer and Tribal Attorneys on Human Resources-related matters.


  18. Serve on various committees as assigned.


  19. Ensures confidentiality of all employee records, investigations, and other information.


  20. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.


  21. Reviews and approves disciplinary and termination actions, to include drafting and/or editing of documents.


  22. Responsible for internal investigation, or coordination of internal investigation, of employment-related matters to include sexual harassment claims, employee complaints, and incidents related to grievance, appeal, discipline, and termination.


  23. Supervises Human Resources, Employee Benefits, and Health and Safety Management staff, to include hiring, training, scheduling, performance evaluation, discipline, and termination.


  24. Approves Human Resources requisitions, Human Resources actions, Personnel Action Forms, and other documents as appropriate, in a timely manner.


  25. Provides oversight of the wage classification system, to include wage surveys and the grading of positions.


  26. Participates in internal and external committees and work groups, and works collaboratively with Human Resources Departments of the Casino and Growth Fund as necessary or requested.


  27. Performs other job-related duties as required.




Must have a BA/BS in Human Resources, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or related field and 5 years of full-time experience as a Human Resources Director; OR a BA/BS and 10 years of full-time experience as a Human Resources Director or in a senior Human Resources position. 


Must have 5 years of experience in an administrative supervisory capacity.


Must have demonstrated ability to provide authoritative knowledge and advice in all areas of Human Resources management including experience writing and implementing policies and procedures.


Must have experience applying sound Human Resources and resource management principles and techniques, directing and coordinating the efforts of individuals with differing skills and abilities, and delegating tasks to others.


Must have experience developing and administering budgets.


Must have knowledge and experience in complying with applicable federal employment laws.


Must have experience and skill in computer software including Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel.


Must have a valid Driver’s License for state of residency and be insurable through the Tribal vehicle insurance policy.


Must pass a thorough criminal history background check and pre-employment drug test.





Certification as a SPHR or PHR.


Experience in PeopleSoft HR modules and online HR applications.


Experience working with Native American Tribes.


  • Administrative
  • Benefits
  • Compensation
  • Employment/Recruitment
  • Health, Safety, Security

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