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Deputy City Attorney - Airport Team - City Attorney's Office (8177)

Recruitment: RTF0126857-01152113

Published: April 06, 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: October 12, 2022 (Reopened April 6, 2023)
    • Applicants who previously applied do not need to apply again
  • Application Deadline: Continuous, earliest close 5:00 p.m. April 21, 2023
  • Compensation Range: $138,710 - $242,996
  • Recruitment ID: RTF0126857-01152113

About the OfficeThe San Francisco City Attorney’s 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 just over 300 talented and dedicated employees, the Office provides exceptional legal services to the City’s Mayor, Board of Supervisors, officials, and departments.  Our work empowers City leaders 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 the 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 City Attorney’s Office please visit:

To learn more about the Office’s efforts to provide a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where employees feel they belong and can meaningfully contribute, please click here.

Role description

The Airport Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of seven attorneys and one legal secretary.  The Team functions as in-house legal counsel to the Airport, which is an enterprise department of the City and County of San Francisco responsible for the management and operation of the Airport.  The Airport has an annual operating budget of over $1 billion and a workforce of over 1,600 employees.  The Team is located at the Airport. 

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities

Attorneys on the Airport Team provide advice and counsel on a myriad of matters related to Airport management and operation.  Attorneys advise on general governance under local, state, and federal laws governing Airport powers and duties.  Team deputies primarily specialize in commercial real estate (leases and permits), land use and environmental regulation, design and construction, public finance, contracts, and defense of government claims.  For the current opening, the Office seeks an attorney with expertise and experience in general governance; permits and enforcement; operations; and, transactional issues, including federal, state, and local public contracting for professional services, software and technology acquisition, and intergovernmental agreements. 

The ideal candidate would have experience in the range of work described above, and in one or more of the following areas:

·       Ground Transportation:  Legal issues related to ground transportation including buses, shuttles, taxis, limousines, and emerging mobility modes, including Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) and autonomous vehicles.

·       Data Privacy and Protection:  Federal, State, and local data privacy and protection laws and best practices.

·       Operations and Security:  Legal issues related to Federal and State law regarding airport operations and security.

·       Insurance and Risk Management:  Familiarity with legal issues related to insurance coverage, and defense of government claims, particularly personal injury claims.

·       Public Records and Meeting laws:  Background and experience with the application of the California Public Records Act, Brown Act, and San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications

·       Licensed to practice law in California.

Desired Qualifications

·       Three or more years of legal experience, including experience in municipal or other government law, and contracting.

·       Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills.

·       Experience in aviation law preferred, but not required.

·       Ability to draft and review agreements, policy documents, and legislation.

·       Ability to exercise good judgment, multi-task, and meet deadlines.

·       Ability to work directly with the client in a collaborative environment while maintaining appropriate professional objectivity.

·       Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently.

·       Ability to manage and appropriately balance an active workload and adjust to occasional workload increases.

·       Desire to handle matters and grow in expertise beyond traditional practice areas.

·       Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.

·       Commitment to valuing 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  Applicants who advance in the selection process must submit at least 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.