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Director, Acquisitions and Business Development - Yaamava' Resort & Casino at San Manuel

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Director, Acquisitions and Business Development


Yaamava' Resort & Casino at San Manuel


Highland, California 92346
United States

Date Posted:

Jul 14, 2021

Ending Date:

Nov 19, 2021

Type of Position:

Full Time


Accounting & Finance

Job Description

Under the direction of the Senior Vice President of Direct Investments, the Acquisitions and Business Development Director researches and recommends acquisitions and investments on a risk-relative basis to grow SMBMI?s direct investment portfolio. With the long-term financial health of the Tribal Nation in mind, the Director works closely with the SVP to identify growth opportunities through acquisitions, investments and joint ventures in the following industry categories: gaming, hospitality, hotels, leisure, restaurants, entertainment and real estate. The Director sources, evaluates and executes transactions that are aligned with SMBMI?s strategic priorities and drive significant long-term value for the Tribe. The ideal candidate will have a background that demonstrates a history of objectively and analytically assessing investment opportunities and a proven background in mergers and acquisitions as well as negotiating complex deals with multiple stakeholders. The Director will be skilled at managing multiple, competing priorities, have patience and maturity to build strategic relationships and possess an ever-present point of view towards the future. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an innate curiosity and ability to anticipate and adapt to new innovations, competitive threats and changing customer needs.



Essential Duties & Responsibilities


1. Manage deal processes with particular acumen on process management, internal and external communication, and transaction execution from sourcing through closing.

Formulate presentations for a variety of audiences, including highly detailed analyses for deal team and concise, summary versions.

2. Formulate presentations for a variety of audiences, including highly detailed analyses for deal team and concise, summary versions for senior management and boards.

Formulate presentations for a variety of audiences, including highly detailed analyses for deal team and concise, summary versions.

3. Formulate and assess future expansion strategies and potential business models across industry segments that can impact the Tribe?s economic development, such as the future of I-gaming and sports betting. Assess markets, regions and jurisdictions with gaming potential.

4. Develop and maintain dynamic financial models to assess investment opportunities across a range of operating and financing scenarios. Collaborate with Finance team on long-term portfolio and liquidity planning for the Tribe?s sovereign wealth fund.

5. Manage, train and coach a team of talented analysts to develop future leaders for the team and enterprise.

6. Work with outside advisors to source, evaluate and execute on acquisition opportunities.

7. Develop and maintain databases and news / information sources for market intelligence in target industries and subsectors.

8. Analyze competitive threats and opportunities, from not only a financial perspective, but also the legal and political impacts.

9. Perform other duties as assigned to support the efficient operation of the department.

10. Assumes other responsibilities, duties, tasks and assignments that contribute to the mitigation or response to any public health emergency.

Supervisory Responsibilities


This position will supervise other Direct Investment team members, may supervise clerical support and may oversee or otherwise direct outside consultants as required. 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.





  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Science in Finance, Investments, or a related field from an accredited university is required.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years? experience in corporate development, business development, corporate finance, investment banking, private equity, consulting or investment management is required.  Investment experience gained in a mission-driven organization will be viewed favorably.
  • Minimum of five (5) years supervisory experience is required.
  • Equivalent combination of education and progressive, relevant and direct experience may be considered in lieu of minimum educational/experience requirements indicated above.
  • Experience in and passion for gaming, hospitality, leisure, entertainment and / or real estate industries.
  • Prior experience with negotiations, contract development, and due diligence.
  • Knowledge of capital markets dynamics and experience-based knowledge of assessing the impact of market dynamics on targeted assets and opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and translate significant quantities of data into information and discern key findings, including ability to synthesize, develop, package and communicate concise, logical, fact-based presentations, and make well-founded recommendations. Demonstrated ability to design sound business strategies based on a structured approach, integrating scientific, commercial and financial analyses that enable business success and create tangible enterprise value.
  • Demonstrated network of, and relationships with industry and professional services contacts, including current and potential external business partners, investment bankers, venture capitalists, and industry executives.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate information appropriately to the level of the audience.
  • Able to translate broad corporate strategies into clear, specific objectives and well-supported business plans.
  • Prior experience in preparing written reports and presentations to senior management and Boards of Directors.
  • Primary office located in San Bernardino County, but geographic and scheduling flexibility may be considered.



  • At the discretion of the San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission you may be required to obtain and maintain a gaming license.
  • As a condition of employment with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Investment Strategies Department, incumbents are required to undergo and successfully pass pre-employment and annual post-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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Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel
777 San Manuel Boulevard
Highland, CA 92346
Why you’ll want to work on our Team:
After 35 years, long time Yaamava Resort & Casino at San Manuel employees still love their jobs

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel 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!