Position at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians


The Intergovernmental & Regulatory Affairs Manager serves as a representative of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (the Tribe) and the Intergovernmental Affairs Office.  Incumbent assists in the drafting, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Tribe’s legislative, policy and political priorities at the federal, state, and local government levels on all matters related to Indian affairs as well as issues that affect business activities.  The incumbent assists the Tribe in developing and implementing communications and educational activities with the Legislative and Executive Branches of federal, state, and local governments in support of Indian affairs issues that impact the Tribe.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manages, develops and executes on strategies to achieve the Tribe’s overall legislative, policy, and political goals.
  • Coordinates activities of federal and state lobbyists for meeting the Tribe’s political and policy objectives in compliance with applicable campaign finance and lobbying laws, rules and regulations.
  • Conducts research and produces written analysis of federal legislative, policy, and regulatory proposals with recommendations for support or opposition for tribal leaders, executives, and enterprise leaders.
  • Identifies and executes on opportunities to enhance and maintain the Tribe’s presence and impacts with the federal, state, and local governments.
  • Works with the San Manuel Business Committee, tribal government, casino departments, and subsidiaries of the Tribe to develop federal and state lobbying agendas and strategies for achieving priorities.
  • Represents the Tribe at federal, state, and local government hearings, political association conferences, and coalition meetings.
  • Assists the Tribe with maintaining leadership on issue-coalitions and other political associations with which the Tribe may align.
  • Develops goals and strategies for federal and state legislative campaigns advocating for issues that enhance tribal governments, tribal sovereignty, and Indian affairs issues.
  • Institutes regular written legislative updates for the San Manuel Business Committee, tribal government staff and federal/state lobbyists regarding legislative activity, policy and regulatory initiatives, and other issues that may impact the Tribe’s overall agenda.
  • Develops and organizes briefing materials for tribal leaders and executives and direct planning of outside meetings.
  • Prepares recommendations for political contributions with input from Tribal departments, federal and state lobbyists, and others in accordance with the Tribe’s objectives and in full compliance with applicable federal and state campaign finance laws, rules and regulations.
  • Assists with preparation and filing of reports as may be required by federal and state laws, rules and regulations.
  • Develops and manages the Intergovernmental Affairs budget. This position is not limited to those duties listed in the job description. Duties and responsibilities can be changed, expanded, or reduced to meet the needs of the Tribe.


  • Must be fluent with state and federal legislative tracking systems.
  • Must have a command of state and federal Ethics Laws and Campaign Finance laws.
  • Individual must be willing to travel up to 40% of the time.
  • Must be able to effectively respond to inquiries from outside governmental staff and officials as well as tribal government leaders and members.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government documents of high complexity.
  • Proficient in writing reports and correspondence.
  • Must be personal and professional at all times, capable of using caution and discretion in communication. Must be adept at relationship management.
  • Must be self-motivated, high performer, capable of multi-tasking to meet deadlines.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required.
  • Master of Public Administration preferred.
  • Minimum eight (8) years of relevant and progressive experience.
  • Equivalent combination of education and progressive, relevant and direct experience may be considered in lieu of minimum educational/experience requirements indicated above.
  • Federal and state legislation and policy experience related to Indian affairs issues required.
  • Experience with Political Action Committee’s a plus.
  • Must have strong knowledge and an in-depth understanding of both federal and state legislative and regulatory processes.
  • High level of proficiency in windows-based software programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrated ability to drive business results is required.


  • Must have a valid California driver license and maintain an acceptable driving record as deemed by the company’s insurance carrier.
  • At the discretion of the San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission you may be required to obtain and maintain a gaming license.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.