Community Development Manager - Public Affairs

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

Sacramento , CA 95814

Job Description

This position is located in Brooks, CA

The Community Development Manager will manage programs toward the implementation of local programs, economic development, resource allocation, and technical assistance as approved by the Tribal Council. Under the direction of the Tribal Council, and with advice and direction from the Compact Credit Staff Team, the Community Development Manager will coordinate work with tribal departments and consultants, and serve as the primary contact for local community engagement, and economic and community development. The Community Development Manager will also provide research and analysis on complex planning, public policy, and finance issues; keep the Tribal Council and tribal departments informed; work with Tribal Council and tribal departments to develop strategies and seek approval for recommendations and activities. The position requires making commitments over and above normal business hours, including breakfast and dinner meetings and events, and travel to meetings of affiliate organizations and conferences.


  • Medical, dental, vision insurance, and Employee Assistance Program fully paid premiums.
  • Access to the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Health Center for free services.
  • 401(k) Plan - 5% contribution of employees salary to the plan begins after six months of employment. Employee is 100% vested.
  • Life insurance, long-term and short-term disability fully paid premiums.
  • Commute allowance of one way per workday at .54 cents per mile.
  • A 15% discount for fuel at the Cache Creek Mini-Mart gas station.
  • One free meal per workday at Cache Creek Casino Resort Employee Dining Room.
  • Three weeks accrued paid vacation per year.
  • Eight days paid sick leave per year (prorated 1st year).
  • Year-End Break (week between Christmas and New Year) Tribal Offices are closed and is paid time off.
  • 12 paid holidays in addition to Year-End Break.


  • Works with the Director of Public Affairs, Public Affairs Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Director of Community Fund, General Counsel, tribal departments and consultants to identify community development needs within the Capay Valley and surrounding communities.
  • Works with tribal departments and consultants to provide the Tribal Council with analysis and engagement of community development issues, and recommendations to address them.
  • Conducts research and prepares reports on land use, physical, social, and economic issues.
  • Manages complex planning studies, development applications, and reviews consultant proposals.
  • Develops program budgets and verifies expenditures and compliance.
  • Provides professional planning assistance to community stakeholders on varied land use and community projects.
  • Develops briefing documents, reports, talking points, testimony and other relevant documents.
  • Participates in local government and community activities as a representative of the Tribe.
  • Assists the Tribal Council, Compact Credit Staff Team, and consultants in scheduling and calendaring appointments and meetings.
  • Works to maintain confidentiality and be sensitive to protocols necessary for interacting with tribal leaders, government officials and community leaders.
  • Supervises and evaluates the Community Development Coordinator and Administrative Assistant.
  • Assists with developing, preparing and disseminating documents, correspondence and materials required within the scope of the coordination of various projects, plans and developments.
  • Assists with monitoring of construction contract close-outs and maintains documentation files.
  • Maintain cost ledger and job cost estimates and statements
  • Manage assigned projects to ensure they remain on budget and schedule during construction
  • Coordinates plans, specifications, material data, and other items for review and approval by Tribal Code Compliance Reviewers.
  • Ensures County requirements are met for construction projects on Fee Land.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelors Degree in Planning, Community Development, Economic Development, Public or Business Administration, or related fields required. Graduate degree preferred.


  • Seven to ten years of professional planning and development experience at the tribal, local, state or federal levels, with some experience working in or with local governments.
  • Experience working in local communities to organize among elected officials, local governments, nonprofits and community-based organizations.
  • Knowledge of the philosophies, principals, practices and techniques of planning.
  • Knowledge of principals, methodology, practices of research and data collection.
  • Knowledge of operations and needs of tribal governments desired.

Communication and Comprehension Skills

Must have ability to communicate both internally and to the public, and coordinate activities and events. Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well-defined planning and community development problems. Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops. Position works closely with other tribal departments.

Analytical Skills

Position requires strong attention to detail and ability to perform multiple tasks accurately and efficiently under time constraints with minimal supervision. Position requires ability to read and analyze complex land use, community development, physical, social, and economic issues. Also requires ability to analyze and understand laws, regulations, and ordinances.

Reasoning Ability

Position requires ability to apply common sense understanding along with analysis of complex technical information. Must be able to carry out written and oral instructions, and deal with problems and issues in a professional and diplomatic manner.

Computer Skills

Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications with the ability to use word processing, electronic mail, multimedia, spreadsheets and database management software.

Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations

Individuals must be able to successfully pass the Tribal Gaming Agency (TGA) background check, and maintain a gaming license. AICP certification is a plus.

Work environment Physical Demands

Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some exposure to outdoor work and attendance at community meetings. May be required to carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.

Additional Conditions of Employment

Must have the ability to work after-hours with occasional travel. Must be able to work with diverse populations and with cultural sensitivity. Must be willing to sign the Tribes Non-Disclosure, Non-Disparagement and Confidentiality Agreement. Must maintain professionalism in service and appearance, and possess strong ethical standards. Recognizes and maintains confidentiality of Tribal Council actions.

Company Description

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (Yocha Dehe) is an Indian tribal government recognized by the United States. As a federally-recognized tribe, Yocha Dehe possesses the inherent authority to govern its own lands and people, and manage its own affairs, for the overall health and welfare of the Tribe and its citizens. Through an independent government, Yocha Dehe has established systems and operations designed to achieve the Tribe's various mission and values, which include fostering education and cultural renewal, protecting natural resources and achieving environmental sustainability, engaging in community giving and partnerships, securing economic self-sufficiency through sound business, and more generally, protecting the overall health and wellness of the Tribe's people. In its various endeavors, Yocha Dehe engages, and possesses government-to-government relationships, with the United States, the State of California, and other local governments and agencies.

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Community Development Manager - Public Affairs

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation