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Assistant General Counsel - Sandia Resort & Casino

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Assistant General Counsel


Sandia Resort & Casino


Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113
United States

Date Posted:

Apr 09, 2021

Ending Date:

Jun 15, 2021

Type of Position:

Full Time



Job Description

Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the In-house General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel – Water, Environment & Natural Resources serves as a key member of the Pueblo’s legal team.  The Assistant General Counsel’s responsibilities will cover a wide range of legal matters that would typically confront a tribal general counsel’s office, including: providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo; performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy specifically in relation to water and environmental law and policies; and serving as the primary contact and expert for the Pueblo’s water and natural resource legal matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel. 


Supervision Exercised

Reports to the In-house General Counsel of the Pueblo of Sandia.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides legal counsel and strategic direction to the Pueblo and its departments in the areas of tribal governance including, but not limited to, environmental, land use, energy, water, cultural resources, legislative and intergovernmental environmental and natural resources policy.
  • Researches and interprets issues, statutes, ordinances, resolutions and other laws; drafts legal opinions, ordinances, resolutions and other legal documents.
  • Reviews environmental and water rights documents, and works closely with outside water counsel to represent the Pueblo in water and environmental matters.
  • Performs or directs the development of legal strategy in litigation and administrative proceedings, in coordination with the General Counsel and outside legal counsel.
  • Prepares comments on proposed federal and state legislation and regulations relating to water, environmental and natural resource issues, including natural resources management and preservation, water rights claims, and the regulatory requirements necessary to protect tribal water, environment and natural resources.
  • Develops and implements strategies for deepening and broadening the Pueblo’s ability to partner with surrounding communities on water, environmental, and natural resource issues.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides legal advice, counsel and assistance to the Pueblo of Sandia, including its governmental and business entities, in relation to their duties and the operation of the Pueblo and its programs, projects, services, and commercial enterprises.
  • Works efficiently and effectively with other Pueblo departments to achieve the policy objectives of the Pueblo.
  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Administrative hearings, proceedings and practice.
  • Proficient litigation skills, including legal research, writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Strong and demonstrated initiative, good judgment, creativity, and work ethic.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well collegially.
  • Demonstrated willingness to accept unusual and challenging assignments and an ability identify successful strategies to obtain a desired result.
  • Highly independent and organized and able to manage a significant number of active matters simultaneously.
  • Thorough knowledge of and commitment to professional ethics, particularly those rules that relate to the representation of governments.

Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience


  • Must be a member in good standing with the New Mexico Bar Association and licensed to practice law in the State of New Mexico with four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of Indian law, preferably in a public agency setting.
  • Experience includes at least three (3) years of direct experience in the fields of water, environmental and/or natural resource law (preferably within the State of New Mexico).
  • Working knowledge of federal Indian law, New Mexico law, and other relevant Federal and state regulations and policies that apply to tribal communities.
  • Excellent references with substantial personal knowledge of applicant’s legal abilities.


  • Experience working for or with tribal governments, law firm specializing in tribal law, or graduate of an Indian law program.

Licensing Status

  • Must be able to successfully pass a stringent background investigation.
  • Will require a post-offer, pre-employment and random drug screening.

Working Conditions

  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
Additional Information

Salary: $97,215 – $131,726 Annually


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

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Sandia Resort and Casino

30 Rainbow Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Phone: (800) 526-9366

The Sandia Resort and Casino is situated on the Northeast corner of Interstate 25 and Tramway Road in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since it first opened in 1994, The Sandia Resort and Casino has undergone extensive developments to its property to provide a truly all-inclusive and luxurious experience for visitors.

Owned and operated by the Pueblo of Sandia, it was the very first Indian casino in New Mexico at its opening. Now there are approximately 25 tribal casinos in the state, including Sandia.

The goal was to create an upscale experience that was close to home for New Mexicans, while encompassing Southwestern pride and culture for out-of-state visitors. With friendly customer service and opulent amenities, this goal was not only realized, it made Sandia Resort & Casino the best place for entertainment in the state.

The Vegas-style casino floor offers 140,000 square feet of your favorite games, including more than 2,300 slots, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Bingo, Live Keno, and the state's largest non-smoking Poker room. 

This is only the tip of the iceberg in regards to all that Sandia Casino has to offer. With the addition of the hotel in 2005, and another expansion in 2014 to add the golf pavilion and parking garage, Sandia Resort & Casino slowly became much more than just a place to game.

Visitors from all over the nation can now get lost in the lights and sounds of the casino floor, relax at the luxurious Green Reed Spa, dive into the outdoor pool, tee off on the 18-hole championship golf course, listen to their favorite singer at the amphitheater, dine at any of the numerous restaurants, bars, and lounges, get married to their best friend, and spend the night in one of the grand, luxury suites – all available onsite.

Come say hello to New Mexico’s best place to play – Sandia Resort & Casino!