The Deputy General Counsel works under the direct supervision of the General Counsel. The role of
Deputy General Counsel provides legal opinions and assistance to the Tribal Council, all departments
of the Pechanga Tribal Government, Gaming Commission and Pechanga Development Corporation;
oversee work of outside counsel; and limited service to tribal members in matters relating to tribal
status. The Deputy General Counsel provides a broad range of legal services in all aspects of American
Indian law, to include but not limited to; employment law, Intellectual Property, Land Use, Indian
Child Welfare Act, gaming law, contracts and litigation
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Respond to and provide legal advice to the Tribal Council on any issues that may affect land,
government, gaming or any of its entities or departments.
• Enhance and protect the Tribes sovereignty, jurisdiction and authority.
• Draft legal documents, conduct legal research and provide legal representation in administrative
• Provide contract review and negotiations.
• Oversight and coordination of retained outside legal counsel to ensure the Tribe’s interests are
• Work with the General Counsel and Tribal Council, to draft Tribal legislation, ordinances,
resolutions, administrative rules and regulations and other documents and instruments.
• Assist in protecting and asserting the rights of the Tribe under the Native American
Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the
Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the California Environmental Quality Act and
other federal and state laws designed to protect and preserve the cultural heritage of the
Luiseño people and Pechanga community.
• Assist managers in designing draft policy decisions based on legal requirements, implications,
precedents and formulation of department structure, policies and procedures to meet the legal
needs of the Tribe.
• Assist and advise Tribal Government departments on legal matters as needed.
• Assist the General Counsel in planning, developing, coordinating, advising and directing the
activities of the office.
• Attend conferences, educational courses and training, to maintain professional growth
and development and improve professional competence.
Hiring Preference: The Pechanga Tribal Government is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with federal law, the Pechanga Band of
Indians applies Indian preference in employment. It is the policy of the Pechanga Tribal Government to give preference in hiring, promotions,
and transfers into vacant positions to qualified applicants in the following order: 1) Pechanga Tribal Members; 2) Pechanga Tribal Member
Spouses; 3) non-member American Indians. At-Will Employment: Employment with the Pechanga Tribal Government is at-will and can be
terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, either at the option of the employee or the Pechanga Tribal
Government. Drug Testing: The Pechanga Tribal Government is a drug-free workplace. All employees are subject to drug testing. Background
Investigation: All candidates and employees may be subject to a background investigation.
• Adhere to Tribal law and other applicable laws, as well as Tribal personnel policies and
• Must adhere to all policies and procedures of the Pechanga Tribal Government.
QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Must possess Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA accredited law school.
• Must be a Member of the California State Bar and licensed to practice law in the state of California.
• Must have a minimum of 5-7 years experience in American Indian law, with knowledge and
experience in employment law, Intellectual Property, Indian Child Welfare Act, gaming law,
contracts and litigation.
• Must have a comprehensive understanding of tribal sovereignty and tribal jurisdictional matters.
• Must have knowledge and experience in environmental and natural resources law.
• Ability to conduct legal and general research that is accurate and thorough.
• Ability to provide accurate, useful, and understandable information and reliable legal advice.
• Excellent capacity to organize and establish priorities.
• Ability to manage multiple projects effectively and meet firm deadlines.
• Strong written and oral advocacy skills required.
• This position must comply with the Pechanga Tribal Government’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy.
This includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident or injury, and random testing.
• Must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation.
About Pechanga Tribal Government
COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT:
PECHANGA GOVERNMENT CENTER
12705 PECHANGA ROAD TEMECULA, CA 92592
Send application and resume to:
Hiring Preference: The Pechanga Tribal Government is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with federal law, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians applies Indian preference in employment. It is the policy of the Pechanga Tribal Government to give preference in hiring, promotions, and transfers into vacant positions to qualified applicants in the following order: 1) Pechanga Tribal Members; 2) Pechanga Tribal Member Spouses; 3) non-member American Indians. Drug Testing: The Pechanga Tribal Government is a drug-free workplace. All employees are subject to drug testing. Background Investigation: All candidates and employees may be subject to a background investigation.