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Position Summary:

The Airport Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of six attorneys and one legal secretary.
The Team functions as in-house legal counsel to the San Francisco International Airport (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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Attorneys on the Airport Team provide advice and counsel on a myriad of matters related to Airport management and operation. Attorneys on the Team advise on general governance under local, state, and federal laws governing Airport powers and duties. Team deputies specialize in commercial real estate (leases and permits), labor, land use and environmental regulation, design and construction, public finance, contracts, and claims. For the current opening, the Office seeks an attorney with expertise and experience in public finance, including tax matters relating to exempt facility bonds; documentation of variable rate bonds, commercial paper notes, and interest rate swap agreements; and negotiation of credit and liquidity facilities. The responsibilities listed below are representative of the range of duties assigned and are not intended as an exhaustive list. The responsibilities listed below are representative of the range of duties assigned for the current open position, and are not intended as an exhaustive list.

• Advise on the planning, issuance, and post-issuance compliance for the Airport’s over $7 billion bond and commercial paper portfolio.
• Select, negotiate, contract with, and manage outside bond and disclosure counsel.
• Advise on the procurement, negotiation, and management of debt-related agreements, such as credit facility agreements, feasibility consulting services, municipal, investment and rebate advisory services, along with other professional service agreements for the Airport’s finance division.
• Advise on investor disclosure matters.
• Advise on compliance with federal law governing airport revenue use.
• Advise on the application, approval, and expenditure of federal and state grant funds.
• Advise in connection with financial, tax and other compliance audits of the Airport.
• Advise the Airport’s finance division (including the budget, accounting, financial planning and analysis, and risk management teams) on legal matters as needed, including interpretation of the Airport-airline Lease and Use Agreement.
• Advise the Airport Museum on licensing, loan, and other agreements, and other legal matters, as needed.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Licensed to practice law in California.

Desired Qualifications:
• At least 5 years and ideally more of relevant public finance experience.
• Experience serving as bond, disclosure, underwriter’s or issuer’s counsel in connection with municipal bond transactions; some experience with airport, port, or other exempt facility revenue bonds is preferred.
• Experience with variable rate bonds, commercial paper notes, interest rate swap agreements, and negotiation of credit and liquidity facilities preferred.
• 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 draft and review agreements, policy documents, and legislation.
• 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.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to by Friday, July 8, 2022. Applicants who advance in the selection process must submit at least three references and one writing sample.

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