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

Recruitment: RTF0141347-01077096

Published: October 31, 2023


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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


Appointment Type

Permanent Exempt: Permanent exempt (PEX) position; individuals who are appointed to Exempt Positions are appointed at the pleasure of their appointing officer and are considered to be "at-will".

Specific information regarding this recruitment process are listed below:

  • Application Opening: October 31, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Continuous, earliest close 5:00 p.m. November 15, 2023
  • Compensation Range: $142,168- $249,080
  • Recruitment ID: RTF0141347-01077096

About the Office: The 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:

About the Port Team

The Port Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of six attorneys and one legal secretary.  The Team serves as General Counsel to the Port of San Francisco (Port).  The Port 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.

Role description

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 Qualification

  • Licensed to practice law in California.

Desired Qualifications

  • At least five or more years of experience negotiating complex commercial development projects.
  • 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.


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.

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

Selection Procedures: The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the next stage of the selection process. The stated desirable qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring. To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter. Applicants who advance in the selection process must submit three references and two writing samples.

What else should I know?

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco: 


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

  • Select the “Apply Now” 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

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

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

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.