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Under the guidance of the Chief Legal Officer, the Managing Attorney will assure best practices for the Staff Attorneys’ effectiveness including teamwork and work quality to address emerging legal and business issues related to tribal government and its business enterprises.
The Managing Attorney will provide recommendations to minimize legal and financial exposure to the organization.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Assists in counseling all levels of management and Managing in diverse issues related to government and business operations, including negotiating and drafting agreements, advising on employee relations, benefits, and labor matters, assessing risk management and insurance issues, and advising on regulatory compliance matters.
Supervise Staff Attorneys and potentially manage outside counsel and legal consultants, when delegated by the Chief Legal Officer.
Provides recommendations to the Board to minimize legal/financial exposure of the tribal government and its business enterprises.
Assures best practices and timely updates to address emerging legal and business issues related to tribal government and its business enterprises.
Provides support for complex commercial transactions and relationships including real estate transactions, start-up enterprises, joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions.
Addresses tribal, federal, and state regulatory agency requirements.
Advises the Board on governance and compliance issues as relates to investment funds, arrangements with financial institutions and related policies.
Partner with Department leadership with contractual relations with outside vendors in a wide variety of services.
May lead due diligence efforts, under the direction of the Chief Legal Officer, in various transactions and in thinking through strategic and tactical decisions with various departments and divisions.
Advises on proposed and existing legislation; participates in drafting proposed state and federal legislation.
Analyzes and drafts tribal laws, regulations, and policies.
Provides legal support to environmental, education, cultural resources, and grants departments.
Prepares legal documents related to legal entities including resolutions, by-laws, meeting minutes, and other organizational documents.
Provides legal support to Office of Public Affairs on political and crisis management matters.
Assists in overseeing and providing litigation support to actions filed in tribal court.
Assists in participating in state and national attorney work groups on matters related to federal Indian law issues, including legislative and litigation matters.
Assists in advising on intellectual property and information technology matters.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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.
Minimum of ten (10) years of legal work experience is required.
Five (5) years of prior leadership/management experience preferred.
Experience working with tribal government preferred.
Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association accredited law school is required.
Must be a member in good standing of the California Bar.
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.
About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. San Manuel is one of several clans of Serrano Indians, who are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys mountains and high deserts who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. Since time immemorial, the San Manuel tribal community has endured change and hardship. Amidst these challenges the tribe continued to maintain its unique form of governance. Like other governments it seeks to provide a better quality of life for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. Today San Manuel tribal government oversees many governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment.