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

Recruitment: RTF0131149-01077096

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: RTF0131149-01077096

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

Job Description

The Port Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of six attorneys and one legal secretary. The team functions as in-house legal counsel to the Port of San Francisco, which is an enterprise department of the City and County of San Francisco responsible for the operations, maintenance, and management of 7.5 miles of the City’s world-famous eastern waterfront for the benefit of the City, its residents, and the state of California. The property consists of historic piers, cruise ship and other maritime facilities, museums, a major league ballpark, industrial space, entertainment venues, and two major multi-use development projects which will include retail, residential, PDR, and commercial uses. The Port’s property portfolio also protects critical infrastructure for the City, region, and state, and requires the Port to continually improve its assets and prepare for sea level rise. The Port operates within a complex regulatory structure and regularly works with the State Lands Commission and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, in addition to other City departments. The team is located at the Port’s offices at Pier 1 The Embarcadero.

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities

Attorneys on the Port Team provide advice and counsel on a myriad of matters related to real estate development, maritime operations, public finance, property management including leases, licenses, and permits for the Port’s 500+ tenancies, claims related to injury and other losses, and other governmental functions like legislative drafting, compliance with public records requests, education and compliance related to ethics, and the efficient stewardship of public assets.

For the current opening, the Office seeks an attorney with expertise and experience in real estate development and general real estate matters.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications

Licensed to practice law in California.

Desired Qualifications

  • At least five years and ideally more of relevant experience as described above.
  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to manage and appropriately balance an active and varied workload, and adjust to occasional workload increases.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work directly with the client in a collaborative environment while maintaining appropriate professional objectivity.
  • Commitment to valuing racial, ethnic, and social diversity, and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.

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:  Attorneys 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 three 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.