Roles and Responsibilities of Tribal Administrators

Yours is the most difficult job in Indian Country: to translate the policies of the council into the services your tribe needs. But, how do you do it? Largely, through your management skills – your ability to get things done through other people. This class will help you better understand your role and responsibilities as a tribal administrator, and show you how you can manage up (tribal council) and manage down (your employees) to achieve real results. Come learn how to turn your tribal government into an efficient and satisfying workplace through developing and motivating your employees. Whether you manage a staff of 1 or 1,000, the knowledge you’ll gain in this class will be a valuable asset to you and your tribe!


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
The Administrator's Role
  • Managerial roles
  • Interpersonal
  • Informational
  • Decision maker
  • Management key job functions
  • What employees should expect of you
  • What you should expect from employees
Working with Tribal Council
  • The role of the council and what their authority is:
    • How to find this for your specific tribe
  • How to set limits when council oversteps its bounds
  • Managing up
  • Working with multiple bosses
  • Best practices for meeting minutes
Overview of Tribal Administrator’s Financial Responsibilities
  • Ensuring the audit gets done
  • Compliance/audit issues
  • Budgets
Policy and Procedure
  • Interpreting and explaining policies set by Tribal Council
  • Making policy recommendations
  • Ensuring policy is followed
  • Establishing procedures (as directed by Council)
  • Situational leadership
  • Self-assessment
  • Applying your leadership style
Interpersonal Skills
  • Communication essentials
  • Active listening
  • Identifying communication systems/styles
  • Giving clear instructions
  • Coaching
  • Motivating
Tools for Effective Management
  • Determining priorities
  • Defining the job with training
  • Action planning
  • Delegating
  • Public service values
  • Finding ethical solutions
  • Ethics questionnaire
  • Management responsibility
  • Making a code of ethics work
  • Conflict of interest
  • Financial disclosure
Monitoring and Feedback
  • Supervising the work
  • Establishing standards
  • Measuring and performance
  • Providing effective feedback
Conflict Resolution
  • Practical tips
  • Stages of healthy conflict resolution
  • Resolving team conflict
Understanding Indian Preference
  • What tribal governments and enterprises need to know
  • The Buy Indian Act
  • The Wheeler-Howard Act
  • Section 7 A, B, and C of the Indian Self-Determination Act
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

*Topics subject to change.

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