Tribal Business Office
Employment Status
Full Time
Specific Work Schedule
Beginning Pay Rate
$62,185 - $77,731

Accountant - Tribal Operations



PAY RANGE: $62,185 - $77,731

Under direct supervision, performs professional and technical accounting activities. Specializes in the specific area of governmental fund accounting and grant compliance. Compiles financial information, processes journal entries into various accounts, reconciles’ reports, and financial data. Knowledgeable in applying accounting principles and practices to a variety of accounting, budgeting, fund accounting and/or other fiscal functions while adhering to established policies and procedures. Performs job tasks with minimal supervision.    

Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks:

  • Analyzes financial transactions and prepares necessary journal entries.
  • Analyzes and codes payroll records for completeness and cost allocation.
  • Records bank and investment transactions; reconciles to the general ledger.
  • Prepares monthly reconciliation on assigned general ledger accounts.
  • Collaborates with intercompany departments on intercompany billings.
  • Assists with analytical procedures in relation to variances and reconciliation.
  • Supports other departments by researching and interpreting financial transactions.
  • Examines accounting documents to verify conformance to policies, procedures and accounting standards.
  • Assists in preparing schedules and supporting documentations for year-end audit.
  • Analyzes investment transactions and prepares analytical reports.
  • Reviews and processes documents for completeness, accuracy and compliance with government and private granting agencies.
  • Maintains a high level of professionalism and integrity while observing the highly confidential nature of the position.
  • Upholds a work environment that promotes teamwork, partnership, recognition, mutual respect, collaboration, while role modeling the company values, behaviors, and culture of One.Team.Chumash. 
  • Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field required. 
    A working knowledge of the principles and practices of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Circulars, fund accounting, grant administration and government finance is preferred.
  • Broad accounting knowledge; up-to-date knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, as well as relevant laws and regulations; ability to apply accounting theory to routine accounting problems.
  • Working knowledge of accounting software; NetSuite preferred.
    Intermediate computer proficiency utilizing Microsoft applications, e-mail, and Internet.
  • Ability to operate office accounting machines and equipment.
  • Native American hiring preference applies.

Skills, Abilities, and Competencies:

  • Organizational Awareness Having and using knowledge of systems, situations, procedures, and culture inside the organization to identify potential problems and opportunities; perceiving the impact and the implications of decisions on other components of the organization.
  • Financial Awareness Actively seeking opportunities to optimize financial costs and investments when making decisions that have a financial implication.
  • Data Gathering and Analytics Collecting, consolidating, and using relevant information; recognizing important information; tracing possible causes of problems, and searching for practical data/solutions.
  • Problem Solving Having the ability to identify problems and issues of varying complexities and to find effective solutions with few guidelines.
  • Oral Communication Shaping and expressing ideas and information in an effective manner.
  • Written Communication Expressing ideas and opinions clearly in properly structured, well organized, and grammatically correct reports or documents; utilizing language and terminology that is understandable for the reader.
  • Planning and Organizing Setting priorities and defining actions, time, and resources needed to achieve predefined goals.

Physical Requirements of the Position:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the Team Member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  

  • Clear vision (close, distant, peripheral, and depth perception) is needed for navigating office; reading and reviewing reports and policies; operating data processing equipment; and other essential job functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the Team Member is regularly required to talk and hear.
  • The Team Member is frequently required to sit and use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel.
  • The Team Member is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.
  • The Team Member must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.

Working Conditions: 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the Team Member is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles.
  • The Team Member is usually subject to inside environmental conditions, which provide protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes.
  • The Team Member is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions and to wet and/or humid conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Other Information:

  • This job description does not list all the duties of the job. You may be instructed by management to perform other tasks or functions.
  • You will be evaluated in part based upon your performance of the tasks listed in this job description.
  • Management has the right to revise this job description at any time.
  • The job description is not a contract for employment.

About Us:

Chumash Enterprise is one of the premier employers in Santa Barbara County. We are recognized as a Four-Diamond Resort, but it is our Five-Diamond Guest Service that keeps our guests coming back! With more than 1,800 Team Members, we offer a stable and rewarding work environment with a competitive benefits package, exciting growth opportunities, tuition reimbursement and more. 

As our organization grows, new and exciting opportunities continue to develop at all of our properties including; Chumash Casino Resort, Chumash Employee Resource Center, Chumash Gas Station, Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic, Santa Ynez Chumash Tribal Administration, Hotel Corque and Root 246, Kita Wines, Hadsten House Hotel.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
Consistent with federal law, Native American hiring preference applies.