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Manager of Legislative Policy - San Manuel Casino

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Manager of Legislative Policy


San Manuel Casino


Highland, California 92346
United States

Date Posted:

May 12, 2021

Ending Date:

Aug 25, 2021

Type of Position:

Full Time


Community & Government Relations

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Manager of Legislative Policy (Manager) serves in a high profile position as a representative of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (the Tribe) and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA). The Manager assists in the development and implementation of the Tribe’s legislative and policy priorities on local, state and federal matters, including policy related to Indian affairs. The Manager also assists the Tribe in implementing communication and education activities with local, state and federal governments on issues that impact the Tribe and Indian Country. The Manager is responsible for researching issues that could affect the Tribe, its economic enterprises and related topics. Within this role, the Manager possesses the ability to monitor, analyze and disseminate key information to provide quantitative and qualitative insights by defining issues clearly, drawing valid conclusions, and making recommendations to facilitate key Tribal initiatives. The Manager also has primary responsibility for the design of IGA collateral materials for use both internally and externally. Must also maintain a strict level of confidentiality and act in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations imposed on the individual and on the Tribe and its enterprises. The Manager of Legislative Policy advocates the goals and priorities of the Tribe in a manner that faithfully reflects and upholds the Tribal Community’s vision, mission and values.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Takes the lead in providing timely information and strategies to the IGA team by turning data into digestible formats to prioritize and achieve the Tribe’s legislative and policy goals. This includes graphically designing collateral materials to be used for internal and external purposes.
  • Prepares detailed written analysis of legislation and monitors the political environment at the local, state and federal levels to make appropriate strategic recommendations for a favorable outcome.
  • Writes weekly, monthly and quarterly briefs and reports to present to the Enterprise and Tribal leadership and provides timely and accurate communication on issues addressed in meetings and conferences attended.
  • Conducts internal planning sessions to develop legislative and policy agenda for the Tribe by reviewing, monitoring and tracking pending and proposed local, state and federal legislation and other actions through careful evaluation of their impact to the Tribe.
  • Liaises with governmental affairs stakeholders and represents the Tribe’s positions at coalition/industry group meetings, hearings, and conferences under the direction of the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs by proactively researching and observing changes in policies that could be advantageous to the Tribe.
  • Gathers quantitative and qualitative data to draft language and/or revisions to new and pending legislation and regulations as needed, while assessing trends and their direct impact to San Manuel or areas of interest to the Tribe.
  • Evaluates the effects of existing policies on San Manuel and other tribes by preparing detailed, written analysis of legislation for tribal leaders and executives, as well as advocacy papers, educational documents and fact sheets on relevant legislative issues.
  • Possesses the ability to build, develop and retain a team of highly talented legislative analysts to review, compile and analyze material collected with a high level understanding of the legislative process, in addition to providing insight on potential impacts to the Tribe’s operations.
  • Updates and maintains IGA internet website.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to support the efficient operation of the department.
  • Assumes other responsibilities, duties, tasks and assignments that contribute to the mitigation or response to public health emergencies.

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. Makes hiring decisions and designs individual development plans with succession planning in mind for all key roles.



  • Bachelors degree in Political Science, Public Relations, Communications, or their equivalent with at least five (5) years of experience in legislative and policy fields.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of management experience in complex government organizations or commercial enterprises; experience in Tribal environment preferred.
  • Equivalent combination of education and progressive, relevant and direct experience may be considered in lieu of minimum educational/experience requirements indicated above.
  • Must have high-level understanding of state and federal legislative processes.
  • Individual must possess demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Strong knowledge of Indian Affairs issues is preferred.
  • Experience with PACs is preferred.
  • Experience in planning and executing events is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity and experience with general office equipment, including but not limited to copiers, printers, and computers.
  • Must be proficient in MS Office Suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Adobe and/or other graphic design software.
  • Experience working effectively with teams on assignments of highly delicate and demanding natures.
  • Must be able to respond effectively to inquiries from outside governmental staff and officials as well as tribal government leaders and members.
  • Must be professional at all times, capable of using caution and discretion in communication.
  • Must be a self-motivated, high performer, able to meet deadlines.
  • Must be fluent with state and federal legislative tracking systems.
  • Must have a command of state and federal ethics laws and campaign finance laws.
  • Holds self and others to the highest standards of integrity, selflessness, sound judgment and performance.
  • Possesses superior interpersonal skills with awareness and nimbleness to adapt to personalities and preferences.
  • Treats confidential information with caution, discretion and tact.
  • Possesses ability to write reports and correspondence with proper grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.
  • Must be willing to travel.


  • 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 drivers license with an acceptable driving record as determined by the companys insurance carrier.
  • As a condition of employment with the Tribe, incumbents are required to undergo and successfully pass pre-employment background investigation including, but not limited to, Live-Scan fingerprinting, drug screening and criminal history background check.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with applicable law. 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.

It will open the first phase of its $550 million expansion on July 24 including a new high limit room, restaurant and expanded gaming space. A 17-story hotel will open later this year and an events center early next year. The gaming floor will be expanded to more than 6,500 slot machines from 5,000 and 40 more table games will be added, bringing the total number of tables to 135.

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!