Skip to content

Career Opportunity

Administrative Law Judge (8177) Attorney - SF Rent Board

Recruitment: RTF0133958-01122500

Published: June 08, 2023

Accepting applications until: June 09, 2023


Sandra Aguayo -
Kristin Hadley -

Apply using SmartRecruiters, the City and County of San Francisco's application portal Learn More

Department: Rent Arbitration Board
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: Friday May 5th, 2023
  • Application Deadline: * Updated * Friday June 9th, 2023
  • Compensation Range: $138,710 - $242,996
  • Recruitment ID: RTF0133958-01122500

Appointment Type:   Permanent-Exempt (PEX) Appointment.  Pursuant to the City & County of San Francisco Charter, Section 10.104.13. Any person occupying a position under exempt appointment shall not be subject to civil service selection, appointment, and removal procedures. Exempt employees shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer.

The Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board, a department of the City and County of San Francisco, was created through Board of Supervisors’ Ordinance in June 1979 as emergency legislation to alleviate the City’s housing crisis. The Rent Board’s mission is to safeguard tenants from excessive rent increases and unjust evictions while assuring landlords fair and adequate rents. The Rent Board supports landlords and tenants by providing information and resources on the Rent Ordinance, conducts rent arbitrations and mediations, and now maintains a housing inventory where owners of all residential units in San Francisco must report to obtain a license to increase rents. The department is currently undergoing one of the biggest periods of growth and change in its history.

To learn more about the San Francisco Rent Board please visit:

Role description

The Rent Board is currently seeking a full-time Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) whose primary responsibility will be conducting arbitration hearings and rendering written decisions on landlord and tenant petitions, as required by the San Francisco Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance. Rent Board ALJs are also required to conduct mediation sessions on tenant petitions and to prepare written mediation agreements. ALJs independently manage a workload in a dynamic, collegial, and collaborative environment. Flextime and telecommuting opportunities available, with hybrid remote/in-person work.

The position requires: excellent written and oral communication skills; experience/knowledge of administrative law and procedure; working familiarity with San Francisco landlord/tenant, rent control and housing laws; above-average typing skills and computer proficiency. Requires ability to: plan, organize and conduct arbitration hearings and mediations with impartiality; interpret and apply legal principles and precedents to a wide variety of fact situations and make sound decisions and judgments without bias or prejudice against or in favor of any person; perform complicated mathematical calculations; prepare written statements of law, fact and argument clearly and logically with minimal administrative support; issue decisions within legally mandated deadlines; compile monthly workload statistics; establish and maintain effective communication with staff and the public.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications:

Active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Four years of progressively responsible experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Working familiarity with San Francisco landlord/tenant, rent control and housing laws.
  • Experience/knowledge of administrative law and procedure
  • Experience with diverse populations and a commitment to creating an accessible and fair municipal environment.
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish, Cantonese and/or Mandarin.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application, but submission of a current resume and cover letter in addition to completing a City and County of San Francisco application is strongly encouraged.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

What else should I know?

How to Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

  • Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Human Resources Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please send your inquires to Kristin Hadley, Sr. HR Analyst: 

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.