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Executive Director of the Habematolel Tribal Gaming Commission - Running Creek Casino

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Job Title:

Executive Director of the Habematolel Tribal Gaming Commission

Company Name:

Running Creek Casino


Upper Lake, California 95485
United States

Date Posted:

Feb 21, 2018

Ending Date:

Mar 22, 2018

Type of Position:

Full Time



Job Description

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of his/her direct reports within the Commission departments, including Licensing / Backgrounds, Surveillance, Compliance and Audit.


In addition, the Executive Director leads the organization in developing a professional and ethical organizational culture. This role also carries out supervisory senior leadership responsibilities. 


The Habematolel Gaming Commission (“Commission”) was created by tribal ordinance as the primary regulator of Running Creek Casino, providing for the licensing and regulation of gaming within the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake jurisdiction.


With the mandate to protect the integrity, reputation and assets of Running Creek Casino operation, the Commission has broad oversight of all gaming activities as associated with regulatory control, including auditing, compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, employee and vendor screening and licensing, and prevention of criminal behavior.


Reporting directly to the Tribal Gaming Commissioners (“Commissioners”), the Executive Director will manage the overall administration, coordination and operation of Commission functions and departments, including Licensing, Surveillance, Compliance and Audit.


The Executive Director will also evaluate and regularly inform the Commissioners of internal and external issues that may affect the organization. Incumbent may also be required to provide regular reports and updates to the Habematolel Executive Council.



  • Ensures compliance with the Tribal - State Compact between the State of California and the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, all Minimum Internal Control Standards, the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribal Gaming Commission Regulations and the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) regulatory standards and practices
  • Leads the successful operational direction, administration efficiency, cost effectiveness and coordination of all Commission initiatives and objectives, as measured in terms of gaming integrity, the good reputation of the tribe and gaming facility, and the protection of tribal assets.
  • Directs the implementation of systems, processes and structure to ensure compliance throughout the organization with all applicable regulatory requirements, including those of the Commission.
  • Acts as the primary policy advisor to the Commission, providing strategic and tactical advice, formulation of plans and policies, and keeping the Commissioners and Executive Council informed of what the Commission staff is doing.
  • Reports to the Commissioners on a regularly scheduled basis as to the status of Gaming Commission activities, and highlights in a timely and accurate manner any issues, problems, concerns, or related communications.
  • Interacts with Federal, State, Regional and Local agencies, and meets with State and Federal investigators and/or regulators as necessary, maintains regular communications with the General Manager of Running Creek Casino
  • Maintains appropriate and qualified staff within the Gaming Commission by interviewing, selecting, training, evaluating, promoting, disciplining and utilizing performance management as needed; motivates and mentors staff, and helps to develop the organizational culture.
  • Complies with all tribal administrative and personnel policies and seeks a productive working relationship with other tribal departments and agencies.
  • Reviews the policies and procedures of the Gaming Operation to monitor internal controls and ensure protection of gaming assets, updating such as needed to align with best regulatory practices and the use of technology where appropriate.
  • Prepares the Commission’s budget for approval to the Commissioners and other appropriate tribal bodies; administers and monitors the budget during the year to ensure compliance with the budget.
  • Maintains up-to-date occupational knowledge and skills by conducting research, attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five (5) years professional experience in a law enforcement, security or gaming position required.
  • Minimum five (5) years gaming compliance experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of National Indian Gaming Commission licensing and compliance regulations is required.
  • Leadership ability, as well as organizational and strategic agility is required
  • Experience in coaching and developing employees into organizational leadership positions is critical.
  • Ideal candidate will possess extensive knowledge of tribal, federal, and state laws and regulations governing Indian gaming.
  • Must be culturally competent and effective in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a NIGC key license
  • Valid driver’s license



Office, gaming floor and convention center environment including flashing lights, frequent loud noises and cigarette smoke. Extensive computer use. Must be flexible with work schedule. Must be willing to work any hours and/or shift, as assigned, according to business needs. Occasionally must deal with angry or hostile individuals. High volume direct public contact.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job title. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. All employees are responsible to ensure that their designated operations are in compliance at all times. MICS, Tribal policies, State compact and Tribal gaming regulations. Conditions of employment include passing a pre-employment drug test, a background investigation to secure a gaming license and successfully completing a three-month introductory period. Candidates for this position will be required to have dependable transportation available to them.

Additional Information

Salary Range: $80,000.00 – $100,000.00


All applicants must be able to demonstrate their US work authorization during the employment verification process.


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Postal Mail resume to:

Keona Peters

Human Resource Manager

Running Creek Casino

635 E. Highway 20

Upper Lake, California  95485



The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribal Gaming Commission is a governmental subdivision of the Tribe under the directive and control of the Executive Council. The Tribal Gaming Commission is tasked with ensuring gaming compliance, rules and regulations for Running Creek Casino.


Running Creek Casino, is located in a vineyard setting in Upper Lake, CA.  The 33,000-square-foot casino houses 291 slot machines and 5 table games including single-deck Blackjack, six-deck shoe Blackjack, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and Pai Gow. 


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