Grade: 15                                                                           Pay Rate: $68,852.23 - $86,065.29/Annual

Average hours per week: 40                                             FLSA Status: Exempt

Job #048-17

Job Summary:

Responsible for the development of program strategic goals and carrying out the day-to-day activities of the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), including implementing and enforcing rules and regulations promulgated by the TERO Commission. 

Essential Functions:

  • Implements and enforces the provisions for the Tribe’s TERO Ordinance, as well as any properly adopted rules, regulations or policies promulgated by the TERO Commission.
  • Develops TERO Strategic Plan and executes program operational processes.
  • Works with Tribal programs and enterprises to devise TERO compliant procedures.
  • Works in conjunction with the Tribal Career Development Program activities to promote and develop Tribal Member career advancement opportunities, workforce retention initiatives, and training programs in support of TERO objectives.
  • Prepares, administers and tracks the department budget as approved by the TERO Commission.
  • Recommends regulations, amendments and agreements.
  • Investigates and processes complaints alleging violations of the TERO Ordinance.
  • Imposes penalties or recommends remedies, as applicable, for violations of the TERO Ordinance.
  • Represents TERO at Tribal Council meetings, Tribal General Council, TERO Commission hearings, and Tribal Court proceedings.
  • Coordinates and provides reports for Commission hearings.
  • Negotiates workforce requirements that reflect the available labor pool and the TERO fee payment schedule, if applicable, with construction contractors.
  • Consults with the Tribe’s Project Manager regarding workforce requirements prior to negotiating or specifying the number of TERO workers required on Tribal construction projects.
  • Ensures adherence to the provisions contained in the CTGR Memorandum of Understand with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and as it applies to ODOT contractors and subcontractors, establishing Indian preference employment requirements on ODOT projects within the defined TERO boundary.
  • Works closely with State agencies, i.e. ODOT, on State contracted projects on or near the reservation.
  • Analyzes and selects ODOT projects for TERO participation; works with ODOT Office of Civil Rights to set TERO Indian preference hiring goals on a per project basis.
  • Coordinates training and certifies ODOT contractors that bid on TERO projects that are within the MOU TERO boundary.
  • Negotiates and executes TERO Compliance Agreements with contractors and subcontractors on ODOT and Tribal construction projects.
  • Provides education and training options, eliminates barriers and enhances employment opportunities.
  • Disseminates TERO information and requirements to covered Tribal employers.
  • Certifies Grand Ronde Owned or Indian Owned businesses who will be working on and near reservation projects.
  • Works with Tribal programs and enterprises to ensure that TERO requirements contained in the CTGR Procurement Policy are met.
  • Maintains a list of Grand Ronde Tribal members and Indians who are local residents available for employment, and assists such persons with job placement.
  • Develops resources and coordinates construction trades workforce training for Tribal members.
  • Conducts or coordinates on-site inspections of employers on and near the reservation to assure compliance with the TERO Ordinance.
  • Maintains a database and updates the list of Indian Businesses and Contractors every year to ensure they are certified or re-certified by the TERO Commission.
  • Performs a variety of other duties as assigned by supervisor. 


  • Provides day-to-day supervision of assigned staff to include, but not limited to, assigning work, evaluating job performance, coaching and development, disciplinary action, hiring and termination.

  • Ensures the hiring, training, promoting, assigning, disciplining and discharging of employees are in accordance with Tribal Law, including without limitation, the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO).

  • Assures staff adherence to all policies and procedures, work, safety and administrative rule, Tribal Law and State Regulations.

  • Serves as a mentor, as requested, for Tribal career development.

Education, Experience, and Licenses:

  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, Education, Organizational Development, Public Administration or a closely related field of study.

  • Requires five (5) years of progressive work experience in governmental or community based employment and development program; TERO program experience strongly preferred.

  • Requires two (2) years of supervisory experience.

  • OR equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

  • Must maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license or obtain one upon hire, qualify for the Tribe’s vehicle insurance, and provide proof of personal vehicle insurance.

Qualifications, Registrations, and Certifications:

  • Experience with State contracted projects, ODOT, is strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of construction skilled trades, construction contracts, and construction terminology required.

  • Ability to safely and confidently navigate a construction worksite required.

  • Must be able to perform job duties with a high degree of professionalism in order to demonstrate and maintain a positive image of the TERO Department.

  • Must be able to work with a diverse group of people to accomplish program goals and objectives.

  • Must have strong public relations skills and the ability to speak in public to large groups.

  • Requires excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Must have excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple, changing priorities, while delivering quality service within narrow time limitations required.

  • Must be able to read and interpret detailed Tribal Ordinances, labor laws, rules and regulations.

  • Ability to design, develop, promote and implement long-range program concepts, plans and budgets required.

  • Must be results, service and people oriented; using sound judgment to guide your decisions.

  • Must have excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications.

  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to Native American culture required.

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Continually requires the ability to express or receive detailed information or important instructions through oral communication.

  • Continually requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm. Requires repetitive movement of wrists, hands and/or fingers. Often requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks.

  • Requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time, raising objects from a lower to a higher position and/or moving objects horizontally.

  • Occasionally requires lifting of up to 40 pounds.

  • This position is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions which provide protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions.

  • Supports a safe work environment by performing all duties in accordance with Tribal safety policies and procedures, and Emergency Management Plan. 
  • Due to the nature of the interactions with other employees and the public we serve, employees may be required to provide documentation of, or receive, certain health vaccinations.

  • May be called upon to serve as a Disaster Reservist during Emergencies, or when the Tribal Emergency Operations Center is opened.

  • Local travel is frequently required. Travel outside of the state is infrequently required.

Background Check:

  • Candidates for this position will be subject to criminal and character background checks and may be subject to fingerprinting.