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Emergency Management Specialist

Posted April 8, 2021

San Manuel Casino
Highland, CA

About This Job


Under the direction of the Disaster Services Manager, the Emergency Management Specialist is responsible for supporting the Emergency Management team. Working with internal and external partners, the Emergency Management Specialist assists in the execution of an integrated, long-term strategy for emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. This position has various responsibilities across the emergency management lifecycle ensuring the protection of Tribal Members, the Tribal Community, and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI) enterprise. In addition to achieving organizational goals, the Emergency Management Specialist works to enhance engagement and collaboration by driving effective integration with all cross-functional partners.The Emergency Management Specialist is also responsible for a broad range of responsibilities within the Office of Emergency Management, including but not limited to assisting in the development of assessments, plans, and other products to help the enterprise identify and respond to risks that can affect the Tribal Community and/or interrupt SMBMI enterprise operations. Occasionally, the Emergency Management Specialist leads the assessment, planning, and product development efforts, and supports both pre-incident and post-incident grants from Federal and other partners. This position provides support for training and exercise efforts internally as well as with interagency partners, manages and ensures the readiness of the Tribe’s pre-positioned disaster preparedness and response assets, including the Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center. This position also provides administrative support to Tribal and employee volunteer engagement programs. The Emergency Management Specialist must maintain a strict level of confidentiality and act in a manner consistent with, and in compliance of, all legal and regulatory requirements.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

1. Assists in reviewing, analyzing, evaluating and updating emergency plans and procedures relating to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Supports the development, implementation, and management of new plans, processes and practices for emergency response and recovery functions and ensuring their alignment with San Manuel business and community goals and objectives.  Identifies and assesses Tribal and enterprise risks related to potential emergencies as part of preparedness activities. Also, occasionally leading specific projects in this regard.

2. Provides support to the enterprise’s emergency management training and exercise program by preparing training engagements, teaching training programs, and providing leadership support for drills and exercises.

3. Performs administrative duties in support of the Tribe’s volunteer engagement programs for Tribal Members and employees, such as the Tribal/Community Emergency Response Team (TERT/CERT) program.

4. Oversees and maintains the Tribe’s logistics resources to support disaster response operations; such as supply caches, food, water, medical supplies, portable and battery-powered equipment, etc.

5. Oversees and maintains the maintenance and upkeep of the Tribe’s primary and alternate Emergency Operations Center (EOC) facilities and ensures their readiness.

6. Assists in the application process, management, and closeout of Federal, State, and other grants related to disaster preparedness and mitigation efforts.

7. During emergency incidents, the candidate may be assigned to an Emergency Operations Center, Incident Command Post, or to another incident management function in a support or leadership role. Demonstrates ability to execute these roles in a manner consistent with the Tribe’s Emergency Management Ordnance, Emergency Operations Plan, and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Available for on-call responses after normal working hours during significant incidents. May work non-traditional business hours as needed during emergencies.

8. Performs other duties as assigned to support the efficient operation of the department.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management, Public Administration, or a closely related field from an accredited institution is required.  

  • Minimum three (3) years of related 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.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

  • Available for on-call responses after normal working hours for significant incidents.

  • Must have the ability to read, write and speak English for safety purposes.  Bilingual abilities are preferred.

  • Applies common and consistent terminology as used in the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and associated communications standards.

  • Provides courteous and expeditious customer service to Tribal community members, employees, and departments.

  • Must have a basic understanding of the emergency management lifecycle and principles, and Federal programs supporting these areas.

  • Must have documented, verifiable experience in drafting policies and procedures.

  • Must have a willingness to support other departments, as required.

  • Must have experience creating and delivering presentations, conducting training, and preparing reports.

  • Knowledge of jurisdictional and legal issues pertaining to Tribes in the areas of emergency management, law enforcement, and emergency services is preferred.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, overcome resistance and build commitment.  

  • Must be personable and professional, capable of using tact and discretion in communication.


  • 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 Tribe’s insurance carrier.

  • Incident Command System (IS-100), National Incident Management System (IS-700) & National Response Framework (IS-800) certifications. If not already certified, obtain/complete within three months after being hired.

  • Emergency management professional certifications such as Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), Associate Emergency Manager (AEM), or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Professional Development Series, etc.) is preferred.

  • Training in the Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP) is preferred.

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!

Additional Information

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their US work authorization during the employment verification process.


About this Employer

San Manuel Casino

777 San Manuel Boulevard
Highland, CA 92346


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About the company

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.

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!