TERO Director

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #214
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:    March 2, 2021 @ 8:59 p.m. PST

Reports To: TERO Commission
                       (Executive Director of HR for Administrative Purposes)
Hours:           40 Hrs/Wk – Full Time 
Salary:         DOQ + Benefits*                       

*The Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave.

Position Summary:

Responsible to research and seek employment opportunities for Native Americans who live on or near the Puyallup Indian Reservation.  This individual negotiates hiring preference clauses for Indians with contractors, subcontractors or other enterprises and employers who are conducting business or working on the Reservation.  Acts as a referral agent for complaints of discrimination either in hiring or on the job and work with appropriate Tribal and governmental agencies in solving these issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Maintains working relationship with private industry, local businesses, employers, contractors, subcontractors, state, county and other governmental agencies in filling their job vacancies with qualified Indian workers.
  2. Maintains current list and files of applicants, develops tracking and monitoring techniques on individuals placed in employment or training and assists them with the difficulties they are experiencing.
  3. Assists Native American entrepreneurs and contractors applying for Native American Preference when submitting bid proposals.
  4. Establishes and oversees program policy and procedures; updates as needed.
  5. Completes special projects per the TERO Commission, i.e. Standards of Apprenticeship, investigations, etc.
  6. Develops and implements vocational rehab and transitional services for disabled clients.
  7. Completes quarterly reports for Tribal Council and monthly reports for TERO Commission.
  8. Plans, coordinates and hosts events with contractors and other Tribes to educate and further TERO Program goals.
  9. Oversees mediation between contractors and clients.
  10. Develops and implements training programs for clients to assist them in overcoming obstacles to employment.
  11. Ensures compilation of creditable data on department activities and writes reports detailing placement functions, number of employed Indians and status of those seeking employment.
  12. Has full knowledge of Indian Preference and Equal Employment Opportunity rules and laws and regulates the hiring and firing practices of employers.
  13. Prepares, submits, and contracts proposal documents to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission agency for funding.
  14. Works with Lead Compliance Officer, Compliance Officer and Dispatcher in the coordination with labor unions and training institutions for apprenticeship/training and unsubsidized employment.
  15. Submits alleged off Reservation discrimination complaints to the EEOC.
  16. Attends TERO commission meetings.
  17. Supervises, trains and provides guidance of job duties and assignments of TERO staff, evaluations and specialized training when needed; modifies job descriptions as needed.
  18. Develops and coordinates programs to meet organizational goals. 
  19. Participates in the development of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and TERO Program Vision, Mission, Strategic Direction, and a responsibility to convey, model, and carry-out such.
  20. Develops and maintains ethical and professional relationships with key vendors in an effort to obtain added value to the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
  21. Contributes to a favorable public image of the Tribe by establishing and maintaining relationships and participation in the community (civic, industry, and professional).
  22. Consistently demonstrates Tribal values; encourages and coaches others to consistently demonstrate Tribal values.
  23. Prepares and submits budgets and budget modifications for TERO Administration and the TERO Commission.
  24. 24. Assists with the collection of TERO fee from Contractors and employers conducting work projects and business on the Reservation.
  25. Administers all of the policies, authorities and duties prescribed for this position in the TERO Ordinance and delegated to it by the TERO Commission and upholds the TERO law, EEOC, and Business Code. 
  26. Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises staff of the TERO Department.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians personnel policies and procedures, and all applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, coaching and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding, recognizing and counseling employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Qualifications and Requirements

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

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Business Management or Business Administration and five years demonstrated TERO business experience required; must have minimum one year of supervisory experience; or satisfactory combination of education and experience.  Knowledge and experience with fair employment practices, Federal human resource regulations and laws, EEOC & EEO rules and regulations.  Knowledge of TERO Ordinance, 1988 Land Claims Settlement, Tribal Constitution and By-Laws preferred. Position requires intermediate level of office skills including word processing and spreadsheets. 

Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-month period you will be credited with 6 months of experience).

Language Skills

Employee must demonstrate the ability to interact tactfully and positively with Tribal members, all levels of staff and management. Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Ability to read, analyze and interpret common professional journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from staff and regulatory agencies. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions. Ability to effectively present information to management, employees and groups of people.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions and apply them to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Licenses or Certificates

Must have and maintain a valid Washington State driver’s license and proof of insurance.

Notary preferred.

Other Requirements

This position may be required to telework on either a part time or full time basis depending upon the needs of the department and the organization.  If required to telework, employee agrees to complete the Telework Agreement and abide by the Telework Policy and work expectations.



Physical Demands

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.

  • Requires the ability to operate a typewriter, personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier.
  • Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.
  • Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
  • The employee occasionally is required to stand and walk.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment

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

  • The noise level is low to moderate.
  • The physical exertion is low to moderate.
  • Work is performed in an office setting.
  • There are frequent employee contacts and interruptions during the day.
  • Position may be stressful at times due to the sensitive or confidential issues being addressed.
  • Requires travel using employee’s own transportation.

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. 

Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law


Online Application Tips:

1.         If you are using a MAC, use Safari. If you are using a PC, use Chrome.

2.         Do not use a mobile cellular device.

3.         Upload additional documents (resume, cover letter, reference letters, proof of Indian blood, etc.) to the ‘upload resume’ tab as one (1) PDF file or email documents to jobs@puyalluptribe-nsn.gov. Please include copies of any required degrees and/or certificates.

4.         Indian Hiring Preference – If selecting a native category (native, spouse, descendant), send in the appropriate documentation. If you have any questions about the hiring preference policy or what document to send in, contact us.

5.         Provide 3+ references. We cannot obtain references from direct family members (parents, grandparents, siblings, or children). One reference must be a recent past or present supervisor. We prefer the rest of your references to include co-workers, subordinates, or other supervisors, but we can accept a personal reference from someone who is familiar with your work ethic, skills/abilities, and attendance.

6.         To add more employment, references, education, etc., click on the small blue + sign in the upper right corner of the page. 

7.         When entering salaries, use only numbers. Do not use any other characters (such as , . or $).

8.         After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive an email, please call the office to confirm submission.


If you have any questions about the online application, please call (253) 573-7863

or email jobs@puyalluptribe-nsn.gov.




Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA