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Job Title
Director of Finance
Business Title
Ho-Chunk,  Inc.
FLSA Status
Leading Tier
Leading Org
Bellevue, NE or Lincoln, NE

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, Ho-Chunk, Inc. with an additional reporting relationship with the General Manager, WarHorse Gaming, LLC., the Director of Finance is responsible for the overall direction, administration, and coordination of all Finance and Accounting Department activities within WarHorse Gaming, LLC (inclusive of multiple casino properties) in accordance with established policies, procedures, generally accepted accounting procedures (GAAP) and Gaming Commission regulations. Provides guidance to leadership teams in understanding financial processes, procedures, and internal controls. 

The Director of Finance collaboratively develops and implements approved organizational strategies for all aspects of Finance Operations and recommends appropriate actions to ensure Local, State, Federal, and Regulatory compliance. The Director of Finance will ensure that all accounting activities related to revenue generated by the company are accurate and in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

Essential Functions And Responsibilities
  • Practices, supports, and maintains the Mission, Vision, and Values of WarHorse Gaming, LLC.
  • Ensures all accounting policies and procedures conform to generally accepted accounting principles and are consistent with applicable gaming laws, regulations, and internal controls.
  • Develops and monitors all financial management and accounting systems, both physical and digital, to satisfy reporting requirements, including cash flow, daily flash reports, profit and loss, balance sheet, budgeting, and forecasting.
  • Plans, directs, and organizes accurate and timely reporting of forecasting and financial information, ensuring the company is in compliance with external financial reporting requirements.
  • Ensures the integrity of all financial data produced by WarHorse Gaming.
  • Develops and implements short and long-range departmental goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
  • Coordinates financial statements, annual financial reports, audit activities, and other information reports and requests.
  • In conjunction with Marketing, analyzes financial data, trends, forecasts, etc., and recommends appropriate action.
  • Oversees the procurement management function, including purchasing, receiving, warehousing, and internal distribution.
  • Recommends continuous operational improvement opportunities for procedures, controls, profitability, etc.
  • Monitors financial activities on properties, to ensure all applicable laws, rules, regulations, and internal controls are consistently applied throughout the properties.
  • Establishes and maintains appropriate internal control safeguards.
  • Investigates questionable occurrences to ensure protection of assets and adequacy of controls.
  • Assures properties are adequately prepared to meet timelines for all internal and external audits.
  • Assures regulatory compliance with local, state, and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Oversees the preparation of daily revenue and other financial reports.
  • Ensures taxes and regulatory documents are filed in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Establishes department standards, guidelines, and objectives, and maintains other administrative processes.
  • Ensures accurate tracking of information and timely filing related to all regulatory requirements.
  • Ensures timely payment of all gaming taxes and other regulatory fees.
  • Responsible for effectively managing, delegating duties, and the performance and development of staff.
  • Strong leadership qualities, with the ability to inspire and motivate high-performing teams.
  • Exceptional analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Analyzes proposals to ensure adherence to business strategy and return-on-investment criteria.
  • Cooperates with Internal and External Auditors, Compliance, and Investigations, as necessary.
  • Ensures the integrity of all financial data produced by the department; assists Finance Managers, including, but not limited to: Revenue Audit, Accounting, Purchasing, Internal Audit, Financial Planning and Analysis, Cage Operations and Drop/Count as needed.
  • Interacts with other department executives to provide planning and consultative support.
  • Develops and directs the implementation of strategic business and/or operational plans, projects, programs, and systems.
  • Establishes and implements short- and long-term departmental objectives, strategies, and action plans.
  • Directly supervises Casino Controller, Financial Planning and Analysis, all property Controllers, and indirectly supervises all Finance Department employees.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and coaching/counseling employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Assists in special projects, as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Skills And Qualifications
  • Ability to develop and communicate goals in support of the business
  • Fosters teamwork and builds collaborative relationships
  • Risk assessment capabilities
  • Ability to understand laws and regulations
  • Attention to detail
  • Empowers others
  • Communication
  • Influencing others
  • Information gathering
  • Analytical thinking
  • Strategic thinking
  • Initiative
  • Confidence
Education & Experience

A satisfactory combination of applicable casino senior finance management experience and education may be considered in lieu of experience requirements.

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Accounting, Finance, or a related field from a four-year accredited college or university required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Current CPA strongly preferred.
  • Ten (10) years of finance department senior management experience and five (5) years progressively responsible experience in the casino gaming industry demonstrating substantial casino finance principles and practices required.
  • Pre-Opening experience highly preferred.
  • Multi-property and/or regional management experience required.
  • Working knowledge of fixed asset accounting, accounts payable, payroll, and data analysis.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze financial statements.
  • Ability to manage priorities and workflow in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Proven supervisory, leadership, and coaching skills.
  • Skilled in planning, delegation, time management, and problem-solving required.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality including, but not limited to, employee data, player activity, claim activity, financial data, marketing plans, and policies.
  • Demonstrate expert knowledge of Accounting, Finance, Planning and Analysis, Casino Operations, Audit and Compliance principles, best practices, procedures, and structures.
  • Knowledge of Cage/Count and Accounting in gaming, including casino operations with a minimum of five years experience in gaming.
  • Experience working with federal & state government agencies and gaming regulatory boards.
  • Experience in creating performance metrics for measuring program effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate advanced Excel skills.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Proficient in SharePoint & all Microsoft Office Suite applications.

Flexibility and adaptability to respond to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

Core Competencies
  • Demonstrate advanced conflict management skills to resolve challenges in a positive and constructive manner to minimize negative
  • Experience partnering and collaborating with all levels of an organization to develop networks, build alliances, engage in cross-functional activities, and find common ground with
  • Exhibit sound business ethics/integrity and a commitment to corporate
  • Demonstrate critical thinking using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths/weaknesses of alternative solutions and approaches to problems.

Demonstrate stability-the tendency to handle stress, maintain an even temperament, and demonstrate confidence across most situations, while ensuring transparency within the company, in a fast-paced, multi-task, and high-pressure environment.

Travel Requirements
Travel is expected for this position. This role is expected to travel between our main office locations and our casino locations.
Certification Requirements

Ability to secure and maintain NE Gaming License Required

Work Environment

This is a full-time position. Typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening, weekend, and holiday hours required, based on business need.

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Our Values
Native American Owned & Proud | Accountable | Team Focused | Innovative | Visionary | Excellence
Aap/EEO Statement

Ho- Chunk, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability.  However, preference may be extended to persons of Indian descent in accordance with applicable laws.

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WarHorse Casino Lincoln

7055 S 1st Street

Lincoln, NE 68512

Relocation, Quarterly Bonus Incentive, and a Federal Benefits Program Effective Your First Pay Period
Gaming Company

WarHorse Casino Lincoln

WarHorse Gaming is a division of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the award-winning economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. WarHorse Gaming operates the WarHorse Casino in Lincoln (now open) as well as the WarHorse Casino, in Omaha. Both are in partnership with the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA). WarHorse Gaming will also operate WarHorse Casino in South Sioux City (opening TBD).

Phase one in Lincoln opened September 24th, 2022, featuring over 9,000 square feet including 425 slot machines along with simulcast and live horse racing. 

WarHorse Gaming Lincoln’s next phase of construction will begin shortly after the Omaha facility’s construction starts. The expansion will double the size of the current facility and add an additional 500 parking stalls at the casino and racetrack. The expanded facility will feature 870 slot machines, six to ten table games, and an expanded dining area for customers. The Lincoln facility’s second phase is planned to take about one year to complete. Subsequent construction phases will see the buildout of the full gaming floor, parking garage, event center, and 220 room hotel.