8177-Deputy City Attorney - LABOR TEAM-CAT22-LAB04

  • Full-time
  • Work Hours: Regular
  • Job Code and Title: 8177-Attorney (Civil/Criminal)
  • Fill Type: Permanent Exempt

Company Description

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

About the Office

The 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: https://www.sfcityattorney.org/

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.

Job Description

About the Labor Team

The Labor Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 17 attorneys, five paralegals and legal assistants, and five legal secretaries.  The Team defends the City in state and federal civil litigation (through trial and appeals), in administrative proceedings involving labor and employment matters, and provides proactive advice and risk management strategies to its client departments on all aspects of the City’s labor and employment relationships.  The Team advises and represents the City in its on-going relationships with the more than 30 unions that represent City employees, including collective bargaining, labor grievance arbitrations, and defending unfair labor practice and other administrative charges.

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities

Attorneys on the Labor Team are assigned a caseload of civil litigation and administrative matters.  They handle all aspects of their cases, including case assessment, litigation strategy, client communication and coordination, conducting and responding to discovery, all motion practice, settlement evaluation and negotiation, trial and appeal.  Also, attorneys may be assigned to provide labor and employment advice to specific client departments and to support collective bargaining.  


Minimum Qualifications

·         Licensed to practice law in California.

Desired Qualifications

·         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 caseload of litigation and administrative matters, and adjust to occasional workload increases.

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

·         Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.

·         Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.

·         Three or more years of labor or employment experience, including labor relations. collective bargaining, employment advice and counseling, and litigation experience.

Additional Information

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: https://sfdhr.org/benefits-overview.  Attorneys are represented by the Municipal Attorneys Association.  Information about compensation and benefits is available by entering Classification Code 8177 at https://careers.sf.gov/classifications/.


To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to https://smrtr.io/9wWRt Thursday, October 13, 2022. Applicants who advance in the selection process must submit at least two references and at least two writing samples including at least one significant and substantive filed brief.

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.

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