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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 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.

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Position Summary
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 appeal) and 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 labor relations 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.

Duties and Responsibilities
For this recruitment, the Office seeks an attorney to primarily provide employment and labor advice to client departments, support on-going labor relations and collective bargaining, and handle administrative proceedings and labor arbitrations. Depending on the workload of the Team, the attorney may also occasionally assist with litigation, including intake and investigation, written discovery, depositions, motion practice, settlement negotiation, trial, and appeal.

Minimum Qualifications
• Licensed to practice law in California.

Desired Qualifications
• Five or more years of employment or labor experience in one or more of the following areas: employment advice and counseling, civil employment litigation, labor arbitration, labor relations, or collective bargaining experience.
• Ability to assume responsibility quickly, work both independently and collaboratively, and identify and assess substantive and procedural legal issues.
• Ability to work effectively and efficiently, meet multiple competing deadlines, manage workload changes, and dive into new assignments quickly.
• Excellent written and oral communication and advocacy skills.
• Ability to manage, investigate, and litigate multiple administrative matters or matters in state or federal court.
• Experience handling appearances and oral argument.
• Experience with e-discovery.
• Demonstrated interest, comfort, and good working knowledge of sophisticated document review tools.
• Ability to work effectively with paralegals, legal assistants, investigators, and other colleagues.
• Ability to exercise excellent judgment, adapt to changes, and be curious.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
• Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
• Interest 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 Tuesday, March 21, 2023. 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 or advice memorandum.

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: Attorneys are represented by the Municipal Attorneys Association. Information about compensation and benefits is available by entering Classification Code 8177 at

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