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Director of Intergovernmental Affairs- State - San Manuel Casino

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Director of Intergovernmental Affairs- State


San Manuel Casino


Highland, California 92346
United States

Date Posted:

Apr 15, 2021

Ending Date:

Jun 15, 2021

Type of Position:

Full Time


Community & Government Relations

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Intergovernmental Affairs Officer, the Director, Intergovernmental Affairs - State is a high profile, strategic leader who represents the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (the Tribe). The Director is an internally and externally visible key policy and governmental advocate who will assist in the development of a state advocacy strategy that provides proactive engagement on policy issues that affect San Manuel’s governmental and economic development interests.

The Director advances support for San Manuel from the public, government, and other related interest groups; and helps San Manuel navigate the constantly evolving intergovernmental relations landscape with an eye towards advancing San Manuel’s policy goals and establishing strong political relationships. Working collaboratively with other Intergovernmental Affairs leaders, the Director, Intergovernmental Affairs - State ensures synergies and alignment are achieved throughout at all governmental levels to drive positive and sustainable outcomes to the Tribe.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Analyzes and develops strategic campaigns to achieve the Tribe’s state legislative and policy objectives based on input from lobbyists and coalitions, other San Manuel Tribal government departments, and the Tribe’s broader economic enterprises. Diligently monitors the legislative and regulatory landscape.
  • Develops and implements legislative and policy priorities and agendas at the state level, including policies related to Indian Affairs issues and statewide gaming interests.  Activities may include identifying political priorities, white papers, legislative and regulatory analysis, advocacy, education and communication with appropriate agencies and branches of government to further the Tribe’s objectives.
  • Identifies and executes on opportunities to enhance and maintain the Tribe’s profile and impact at the highest levels of state government, including developing and leveraging relationships with key elected and agency officials to advance the issues and positions important to the Tribe. 
  • Represents Tribal participation at state hearings, agency meetings, political fundraisers, legislative meetings, political association conferences, and coalition meetings. Builds and leads coalitions and coordinates lobbying efforts within issue-coalitions and other political associations with which the Tribe may align.
  • Broadens and deepens relations at the state level to build support for San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI) and other California Native American Tribes in the gaming and hospitality industry, establishes political connections, and executes on specific policy priorities. Develops and enhances strong working relationships with other California Native American Tribes and their state level government affairs representatives.
  • Prepares written recommendations for political contributions and political action in accordance with the Tribe’s strategic initiatives and in full compliance with applicable state campaign finance laws, rules and regulations
  • Institutes regular and comprehensive communications with the Business Committee, CEO, Chief Intergovernmental Affairs Officer, and state lobbyists regarding legislative activity, policy developments, and other issues relevant to the Tribe’s overall agenda. Reviews and approves briefing reports and correspondence as needed.
  • Works with consulting teams to identify, educate and mentor potential candidates for office who could be well versed and favorable to San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI) issues.
  • Directs and manages activities of state lobbyists and other consultants and resources. 
  • Assumes other responsibilities, duties, tasks and assignments that contribute to the mitigation or response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to support the efficient operation of the department.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning reviewing and directing work; evaluating and appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Relations, Law/Governmental Affairs, or similar field is required. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years prior work experience in government relations, policy, government affairs, law, or relevant experience required.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience managing functions, teams or departments within government relations, government affairs, or similar department.
  • Equivalent combination of education and progressive, relevant and direct experience may be considered in lieu of minimum educational/experience requirements indicated above.
  • State legislation and policy experience related to Indian affairs issues is required.
  • Must have strong policy background with the ability to understand, analyze, and explain complex issues across various policy areas of the state regulatory process.
  • Must have an understanding of state ethics and campaign finance laws.
  • Past experience with Political Action Committees (PACs) preferred.
  • Must be fluent with legislative tracking systems.
  • Must be able to analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government documents of high complexity.
  • Possess excellent written communication skills and the ability to articulate Tribal and industry perspectives in official correspondence including letters, position statements and other communication mediums as needed.
  • Must be personable and professional at all times, capable of using caution and discretion in communication.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and networking abilities to liaise with a wide range of stakeholder groups and work collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Must be a self-motivated, high performer, capable of multi-tasking to meet deadlines, and demonstrated ability to drive results.
  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% of the time.


  • At the discretion of the San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission, you may be required to obtain and maintain a gaming license.
  • A qualified candidate/employee must have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record as determined by the company’s insurance carrier.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As one of the largest private employers in the Inland Empire, San Manuel deeply cares about the future, growth and well-being of its employees. Join our team today!

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San Manuel Casino
777 San Manuel Boulevard
Highland, CA 92346

San Manuel Casino  is located in Highlands, CA, just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, and a short drive from LA-Ontario International Airport. The gaming facility is operated by the San Manuel Entertainment Authority, an economic instrumentality of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The casino floor contains over 4,800 of the latest and most innovative slot machines in a state-of-the-art facility. It features over 130 Vegas-style poker and blackjack tables, an exclusive high-limit room, and a designated Poker room.

Food & beverage venues include Big Mo’ Cafe, Tutu's Food Court with fast-food options around the clock, Rock & Brews with a wide selection of craft burgers and craft beer from around the world, as well as legendary comedian George Lopez's Chingon Kitchen, which provides an authentic Mexican dining experience. Guests can dance the night away with DJ's at Bar Bar Bar, listen to Rock'n Roll tribute bands on stage at Rock & Brews, or enjoy Latin music at George Lopez's Chingon Tequila Lounge.

Indian gaming in California is an exciting, thriving industry. Whether working on the casino floor or providing support to gaming operations as a “behind the scenes” employee, you can contribute to a dynamic and challenging business and have opportunities to learn and grow with the gaming industry. At San Manuel, our team members define us. Working at San Manuel is more than just a job. It is a career that will help you grow into the successful professional you want to be. Apply today to join our team!