Skip to content

Career Opportunity

Deputy City Attorney - Health & Human Services Team - City Attorney's Office (8177)

Recruitment: RTF0144626-01155484

Published: July 11, 2024


Asa Nojd -

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

Department: City Attorney
Job class: 8177-Attorney (Civil/Criminal)
Salary range: $147,914.00 - $259,142.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


Appointment Type: 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."

Application Opening: March 21, 2024. Reopened July 11, 2024
Application Deadline: Continuous, earliest close 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2024
Compensation Range: $147,914- $259,142
Recruitment ID: RTF0144626-01155484

NOTE: If you applied for this position when it was first posted (3/21/24 - 6/20/24), you are still in the applicant pool and there is no need to reapply.

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated attorney to join its Health & Human Services Team. 

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:

Role description

About the Health & Human Services Team

The Health & Human Services Team serves as general counsel for the Department of Public Health, the Human Services Agency, the City’s programs for people experiencing homelessness, and certain other health-related City departments. This includes working with:  The City’s two public hospital facilities, its ambulatory and mental health clinics, and its street medicine teams; the Medical Examiner’s Office; Jail Health; the Health Officer and Population Health; the Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS); the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF); Environmental Health; and the Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing (HSH). This work includes assisting with Medical Probate (Probate Code Section 3200) petitions, tuberculosis (TB) civil detention petitions, legal issues related to involuntary mental health hold petitions (Welfare & Institutions Code Section 5150, etc.), Health Officer orders and directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic, other advice and litigation as assigned, and permit and enforcement proceedings.

The team also advises the Mayor’s Office, the Board of Supervisors, and other City officials and departments on matters relating to health care and human service programs. The team’s responsibilities include:  providing general legal counsel to the team’s clients, including in relation to privacy and compliance, health care issues, and state and federal regulatory oversight of licensed facilities and professionals; interpreting the myriad of federal, state, and local laws governing the provision and funding of health and human service programs; drafting related local and state legislation; drafting and approving a high volume of contracts and advising in relation to the City’s procurement processes (including requests for proposals); advising the Health Commission, the Human Services Commission, and other policy and advisory bodies; and advising on the day-to-day legal issues that arise in the operation of major City departments, including in relation to public meeting and public records laws. 

Certain matters involving these clients require specialized legal expertise and are either referred to other teams or advice is provided in coordination with other teams. The Trial Team generally represents these departments in litigation, with assistance from the Health & Human Services Team. The Labor Team advises these departments on personnel issues and handles litigation relating to employer-employee matters, also including with assistance from the Health & Human Services Team.  The Health & Human Services team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 9 attorneys, one paralegal, and two legal secretaries. 

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities

Attorneys on the Health & Human Services Team are assigned a mix of client work and specific projects or assignments.  Assignments change over time depending on client needs and attorney interests. The team’s attorneys handle all aspects of their assignments, including issue spotting, legal research, client communication and coordination, document drafting and review, and other tasks as needed or assigned. 

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications

  • Licensed to practice law in California.

Desired Qualifications

  • Three or more years of health care, public health, and/or privacy or compliance experience, including any combination of contract, labor, litigation, regulatory, patient/client advocacy, and other related experience
  • Litigation and/or administrative proceeding experience
  • Government experience, including public meetings and public records laws
  • Experience in advising and handling a high volume of contracts
  • Demonstrated longer term legal experience handling complex matters, including proven writing and research proficiency and analytical expertise
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities
  • Excellent organization skills to manage work flow
  • 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 workload, and adjust to occasional workload increases
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, multi-task, and meet deadlines
  • 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
  • Ability to use legal technology tools (basic document review, redaction, and similar tools)

Salary and Benefits

The Deputy City Attorney position has a 16-step salary scale ranging from $147,914- $259,142. 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


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 must submit a resume and cover letter

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 Asa Nojd, 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.