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Position Summary
The Real Estate/Finance Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 11 attorneys (nine real estate and two finance attorneys), two paralegals, and two legal secretaries. The Team oversees the legal aspects of real estate, financial and other business transactions for the City. The Real Estate attorneys work on a wide range of real estate transactions for the City — from large, complex development projects to purchases and sales, leases, loans, legislation, easements and other real estate matters. The Finance attorneys represent the City on various bond and debt transactions, funding all of the capital required to build, operate and maintain City functions and services. The Team works closely with many City departments, including the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Real Estate Department, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Office of Public Finance, the Municipal Transportation Agency, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Our real estate lawyers are involved in many large, mixed-use commercial development projects in the City, as well as most affordable housing constructed in the City.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Real Estate/Finance Team seeks an experienced real estate transactional attorney. In that capacity, the attorney will perform many functions – primarily negotiating real estate contracts on behalf of various City departments, and advising our clients regarding those contracts and compliance with City requirements. Attorneys will also appear at Board of Supervisor and Commission hearings relating to contracts on which they worked.
Skills and Competencies
• Excellent drafting and negotiating skills
• Excellent communication and legal analytical skills
• Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and clients, with a positive attitude
• Ability to manage and appropriately balance multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and adjust to fluctuations in workload
• Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
• An interest in and commitment to public service
• Understanding of government operations and regulations
Qualifications and Prior Experience
• Licensed to practice law in California, with at least three years transactional real estate experience.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] and specify that you are applying for the Real Estate/Finance Team position. Applicants who advance in the selection process must submit at least two references and one writing sample.
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