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Lands Director - Sandia Resort & Casino

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Lands Director


Sandia Resort & Casino


Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113
United States

Date Posted:

May 04, 2021

Ending Date:

Nov 21, 2021

Type of Position:

Full Time


Community & Government Relations

Job Description

Position Summary

Responsible for the management of all Tribal lands and general real estate matters including land leases, deeds and easements in coordination with federal agencies and legal counsel.  Works closely with respective departments relative to the development of maps, land status records, historical data, environmental and cultural projects. Responsible for developing land, realty and policies and procedures for all Tribal property.


Supervision Exercised

Reports directly to the Governor and Tribal Council. Engaged in the day-to-day involvement with all land related issues and reservation housing units.

Supervises the following staff:

  • Pueblo Planner
  • Realty Officer
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • GIS Manager

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Negotiates leased and purchased property terms and manages the maintenance of, collections and auditing of funds of leased property owned by the Tribe.
  2. Oversees the development and negotiations of all real estate contracts to ensure contracts are fully executed.
  3. Through interactions with multiple departments, Tribal Council, and Federal agencies, monitors, assists and manages activities and suitable usage of open space, trust lands, range, fee lands and grant lands owned by the Tribe. In conjunction, writes and manages grants.
  4. Initiates & oversees the successful conversion of fee-to-trust land for the Pueblo’s benefit.
  5. Prepares statistical reports to reveal trends in tax rates in surrounding communities.
  6. Develops and implements strategic goals and objectives, monitors organizational policies and procedures to ensure compliance with directives.
  7. Develops and oversees Strategic Master and Land Use Plan in conjunction with other departments
  8. Initiates, prepares, and presents land activity reports to the Tribal Council, committees, organizations and other entities as necessary.
  9. Ensures future lands usage will be based upon existing infrastructure, project future infrastructure needs and secures the availability of related resources, such as utilities.
  10. Establishes internal operating procedures and develops internal tracking systems and additional safe guards as necessary to protect all Tribal Lands, assets, employees and Tribal property.
  11. Oversees and manages the coordination of the delivery of services between BIA, IHS, MRGCD, USDA, State of New Mexico, FHWA and other agencies as necessary.
  12. Plans, formulates and administers a departmental budget.
  13. Makes presentations and participates in committees with boards, commissions, and/or organizations where expertise and responsibilities require participation.
  14. Performs additional duties and responsibilities as necessary or assigned.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Ability to interpret legislation and give recommendations.
  2. Ability to give direction over areas of responsibility.
  3. Ability to interview staff and oversee departmental positions.
  4. Ability to set priorities and monitor compliance.
  5. Hands on knowledge of GIS Systems.
  6. Ability to develop a departmental budget.
  7. Ability to prepare and give oral and written presentations.
  8. Ability to represent diverse viewpoints.
  9. Knowledge of federal, state, and Tribal concepts, principles, laws, regulations and practices in dealing with land related matters.

Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience


  1. High School Diploma, GED certification or equivalent
  2. Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related field of study and ten (10) years of experience in a position involving one or more of the following areas; land acquisition and administration, development, planning, fee to trust, grants management; including five (5) years supervisory experience. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience in this occupation totaling fourteen (14) years may substitute for the required education and experience.
  3. Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted New Mexico Driver’s License


  1. Real Estate Broker’s License
  2. Master’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university.

Licensing Status

  1. Must be able to successfully pass a background and character investigation in compliance with PL 101.630.
  2. Will require a post-offer, pre-employment and random drug screening.

Working Conditions

  1. Work is performed mostly indoors and outdoors. Outside work is subject to temperature extremes and inclement weather conditions.
  2. Work hours subject to change with overtime work required.
  3. Subject to hazards which may cause personal bodily harm; smoke; diseases; cuts bruises, burns, common cold, influenza, dust, odors and elevated noise levels.
  4. Tasks may be performed on uneven, inclined, hard and soft carpeted floors, cement structures and surfaces.
  5. Duties may involve walking, standing for long periods of time, sitting and crouching.
  6. Specific required movements include the following:
    • Trunk- bend, twist, rotate, push, pull, carry.
    • Arms – reach, carry, lift, twist, and rotate.
    • Legs – lift, push, pull, twist, and rotate.
    • Hands – Grasp, manipulate bilateral coordination, hand and eye coordination, and overall and finger dexterity.
Additional Information

Salary: $83,806 -$113,557/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. 

In 2021, Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, expanded its high limit gaming area; added a new Governor's Room, and a state-of-the-art sports bar with Class II gaming and a full menu. It  features numerous big-screen TVs and an outside wrap-around deck with views of the Sandia Mountains and the city. The newly constructed entertainment space is about 50,000 square feet.

Sandia also added the Bien Shur Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge and renovated the hotel.

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!