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Deputy City Attorney - Real Estate Team - City Attorney's Office (8177)

Recruitment: RTF0129916-01077099

Published: January 24, 2023


Jacob Mast -

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Department: City Attorney
Job class: 8177-Attorney (Civil/Criminal)
Salary range: $145,366.00 - $254,696.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


  • Application Opening: January 24, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Continuous, earliest close 5:00 p.m. February 14, 2023
  • Compensation Range: $138,710 - $242,996
  • Recruitment ID: RTF0129916-01077099

About the OfficeThe San Francisco City Attorney’s Office (Office) is an innovative, nationally-recognized municipal law office working to protect and advance the rights and interests of the City and County of San Francisco and its residents. With over 300 talented, dedicated, and diverse employees, the Office provides exceptional legal services to the City’s Mayor, Board of Supervisors, officials, and departments. Our work empowers the City’s public servants with effective, responsive, and creative legal solutions and representation so they can deliver critical public services and our affirmative advocacy enhances the lives and wellbeing of San Francisco’s residents and visitors.

The Office recognizes that diversity in the backgrounds, identities, ideas, and lived experiences of our employees enriches our workplace and enhances our work. We aspire to recruit, employ, retain, and promote talented individuals representing the full spectrum of our community, and welcome all candidates, including candidates of any race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and age, and candidates with disabilities. We have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of people want to come and stay, grow professionally, and find purpose and engagement, and where all employees feel welcomed and respected for their full authentic selves, and valued for their work and contributions to the Office and the City. To learn more about the Office’s efforts to provide an inclusive workplace where employees feel they belong and can meaningfully contribute, please click here.

The Office offers a hybrid remote work schedule for eligible employees, with three days onsite and up to two days remote.

To learn more about the City Attorney’s Office please visit:

Role description

About the Real Estate & Finance Team

The Real Estate & Finance Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 11 attorneys (nine real estate and two public finance attorneys), two paralegals, and two legal secretaries. The Team oversees the legal aspects of real estate, debt financing, and other business transactions for the City. The real estate attorneys work on a wide range of real estate transactions for the City – from large, complex development projects, such as mixed-use commercial developments and affordable and supportive housing projects, to purchases and sales, leases, loans, legislation, easements and other real estate matters. The finance attorneys represent the City on various bond and debt transactions, funding all of the capital required to build, operate and maintain City functions and services. The team works closely with many City departments, including the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Real Estate Department, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, the Office of Public Finance, the Municipal Transportation Agency, the Recreation and Parks Department, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities

The ream seeks an experienced real estate transactional attorney. In that capacity, the attorney will perform many functions – primarily negotiating real estate contracts on behalf of various City departments, and advising our clients regarding those contracts and compliance with City requirements. Attorneys will also appear at Board of Supervisor and Commission hearings relating to contracts and projects on which they worked.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications

  • Licensed to practice law in California.

Desired Qualifications

  • Three or ideally more years of demonstrated transactional real estate experience
  • Excellent drafting and negotiating skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication and legal analytical skills
  • Understanding of government legislation, operations and regulations
  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and clients, with a positive attitude
  • Ability to manage and appropriately balance multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and adjust to fluctuations in workload
  • Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • An interest in and commitment to public service

What else should I know?

Salary and Benefits

The Deputy City Attorney position has a 16-step salary scale ranging from $138,710 - $242,996. The successful applicant is appointed to a salary step based on years of experience as a lawyer.  The City offers robust health, retirement, and other benefits. For more information please visit: are represented by the Municipal Attorneys Association.  Information about compensation and benefits is available by entering Classification Code 8177 at


To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to by Tuesday, February 14, 2023. Applicants who advance in the selection process must submit two references and one writing sample.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.