Director of Economic & Business Development (Full-Time)

Performs a variety of administrative, technical, and planning work in preparation and implementation of Tribal enterprise, economic, and community development plans, programs, and services. Responsible for working closely with the Tribal Council Economic Development Committee and other Tribal staff in promoting the enterprise and economic development interests of the Tribe. Works with Tribal members who are involved with, or desire to be involved with Tribal Enterprise projects and programs. Supervises department staff. Responsible for promoting the business enterprises of the Rappahannock Tribe, including the products and services provided by those enterprises. Uses a variety of marketing techniques to attract potential customers and partners, schedules meetings with current and potential customers and partners, and conducts focus groups to pinpoint consumer wants and needs. Understands and is sensitive to the traditional Tribal cultural practices and goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs economic development initiatives to achieve the goals and objectives outlined by the Tribe’s Economic Development Plan and guided by the Economic Development Committee.
  • Assists in the development of short and long term economic and community development plans, as well as the gathering of information and preparation of studies, reports, and recommendations to achieve such goals. This will involve the preparation and maintenance of information on utilities, taxes, zoning, transportation, community services, financing tools, and incentives, in order to respond to requests for information for economic development purposes, and the coordination with other departments and agencies as needed.
  • Conducts market studies and develops business plans for Rappahannock Tribal enterprises.
  • Promotes the Rappahannock Tribe’s enterprise programs
  • Works closely with Tribal partners to achieve mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Maintains a liaison with various local, State, and Federal agencies, coordinating projects with agencies as deemed necessary and appropriate.
  • Provides information and/or make presentations to Tribal Council and members, as well as local boards, commissions, civic groups, businesses, individuals, and the general public on economic development issues, programs, services, and plans.
  • Develops and executes strategies for discovering and securing new business local and regional opportunities to benefit the Tribal community.
  • Adapts new business strategies in accordance with the types of businesses already developed by the Tribe.
  • Evaluates, determines, and realizes quarterly business growth goals.
  • Fosters beneficial relationships with business partners and contacts in order to attract new opportunities and enhance the Tribe’s reputation.
  • Trains Tribal interns in Tribal business enterprises and assists the enterprise managers with performance evaluation
  • Provides training and education for Tribal members in entrepreneurial enterprises
  • Coordinates branding, trademarking, and licensing for all Tribal enterprises and products.
  • Works with the Tribe’s grant writer to prepare grant proposals and applications, contracts and other necessary documents as may be required for necessary community services.
  • Supervises the work of department staff.
  • Completes other duties assigned by the Chief of the Tribe


  • Considerable experience in economic and community development, including administrative responsibility; graduation from a four-year college or university, preferably with specialization in economic and community development or a related field; or any equivalent combination or experience and training.
  • Considerable knowledge of business development, community, and economic development. Working knowledge of municipal zoning and infrastructure, and planning programs and processes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to groups and individuals, engineers, architects, contractors, developers, businesses, supervisors, employees, and the general public.
  • Ability to learn and understand the culture of the Rappahannock Tribe and to adapt knowledge and experience to work in a manner that aligns with traditional Tribal practice and goals.
  • Ability to establish working relationships with other organizations and economic development practitioners.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze reports and data and have skill in the operation of necessary tools and equipment, i.e. computer, word processing, spreadsheet software, online webinar and meeting software, and general office equipment.

Working Conditions:

This position requires adaptability in working indoors in an office setting as well as outdoor work on enterprise sites, conference and training facilities, and individual meetings with partner agencies and organizations. May require some evenings or weekend work.

Physical Requirements

This is generally not physically demanding, but on a periodic basis may require standing for extended periods of time, lifting objects under 50 lbs., and working outdoors in inclement weather.

Direct Reports:

This position includes direct reports from the folowing:

  • Full time Compliance Officer
  • Part time Administrative Assistant

Indian Preference Notice:

Qualified Native Americans will be given preference in employment as required by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S. 450, ET. Seq) including other relevant laws.

In accordance with Title VII of the 1984 Civil Rights Act, Sections 701(b) and 703(1), preference in filling all vacancies may be given to qualified American Indian candidates. In other than the proceeding situations, the Rappahannock Tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

The Rappahannock Tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. The Rappahannock Tribe makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time. For more information, contact