Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Tribal Gaming Board of Directors

Position Open to Cowlitz Tribal Members


Title:  Tribal Gaming Board of Directors – Vacancy – Term ending April 2022
Location:  Longview, WA
Classification:  Part-time 4 to 6 meetings per month
Opening Date:  August 5, 2019
Salary Range:  DOQ

Position Summary: The Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority (“Authority”) is an agency of the Cowlitz Tribal government, separate from other branches of the Tribal government but accountable to the Tribal Council. The primary function is to oversee the development, operation, management, and financing of Tribes gaming operation, entertainment facilities, gas station, convenience store, and associated future development including a hotel, and resort facilities (the “Enterprise”).

During the term of the Tribe’s Management Agreement with the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut (“Sal-Mo”), which runs until April 2024, the Authority Board of Directors shares these oversite functions with Sal-Mo.

The Gaming Authority Board oversees all non-regulatory aspects of the gaming operation.  Regulation of the gaming operation is sole responsibility of the Tribal Gaming Commission.


  • The purposes for which the Authority was created include:
  • To develop the Enterprise in a commercially reasonable manner;
  • To provide for centralized management of the Enterprise separate from the other branches of the Tribal government but accountable to the Tribe’s governing body;
  • To carry out the purposes of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and the Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Ordinance;
  • To generate surplus revenue for the benefit of the Tribe and its members.
  • To negotiate with state and local governments and private entities, and to enter into and implement contracts in furtherance of the development of the Enterprise;
  • To provide a fair return to the Tribe on its investment. 


Essential duties and responsibilities:

The duties and powers of the Authority are carried out by a four-member Management Board. In conjunction with our Sal-Mo management partners, they act as the Board of Directors for the casino operation.
Management Board members are subject to the same background and licensing requirements as key employees and primary management officials of the gaming enterprise.
The Board adopts its annual budget subject to the approval of the Cowlitz Tribal Council.

Duties of the Authority Board include:

  • Oversees executives of the Tribes gaming enterprise management.
  • Participates in operation/management board meetings, development board meetings, strategic planning and the annual budget process, reviews requests for development, construction, operation, management, promotion, and financing of gaming, and any associated hotel, resort and entertainment facilities owned by the Tribe.
  • Reviews proposed policies and procedures from gaming managers for implementation.
  • Keeps Tribal Council appraised of important concerns.
  • Advises Tribal Council on a variety of issues related to the gaming operations.
  • Researches, analyzes, prepares and presents special projects and reports related to the tribal government operation.
  • Develops tribal resources to obtain the highest value possible for those resources;
  • Provides a means to raise the standard of living and improve both physical and spiritual health and increase education for all Tribal members;
  • Enters into and takes advantage of business and commercial opportunities available to the Tribe.

The Authority shall exercise its powers in the best interests of the Tribe within the limits of responsible business judgment.

Meetings: The Authority Board meets every two weeks with the ilani management team. Board members hold additional meeting as needed to oversee development projects, financing needs, and other special projects that arise. Board members also usually attend monthly Tribal Council meetings.


  • Maintains confidentiality of information and reports
  • Complies with privacy and security standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Supervision Received: This position reports to the Tribal Council

Supervision Exercised: Directs the ilani senior management team.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to analyze problems and determine solutions; ability to read and interpret laws, policies, procedures and Tribal ordinances
  • Considerable negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Sound judgment skills and strong operational focus
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience in major development
  • Considerable knowledge of management principles and policy development
  • Considerable oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

Education, Experience and Training:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Hospitality Management, or related field
  • Five (5) or more years progressive management experience, with experience in organizational management, tribal government management, budgeting and fiscal management, or human resources functions. Has a decisive but inclusive personality to gain support of the direct reports and other staff to carry out the objectives of the Authority.


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent, and
  • Ten (10) or more years progressive management experience as listed above
  • Five (5) years of the above mentioned experience must have been at the level of Director or above


  • Extensive background checks
  • If selected must submit to and pass a drug screen


Please send cover letter & resume
Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Admin Office | Human Resources
P.O. Box 2547 Longview, WA 98632
Fax: (360) 578-1641 


The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is a Drug & Alcohol-Free workplace. - Potential candidates must submit and pass drug screening and a criminal background check. The Cowlitz Indian tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer, except as provided by Title 25 CFR, Section 472 which allows for Indian preference in hiring, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, physical handicap, marital status, politics, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.