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The City Attorney’s Office provides legal advice and counsel to the City in areas including but not limited to land use, real estate, personnel, elections, conflicts of interest, municipal finance, retirement, housing and economic development. Services include drafting and reviewing contracts, legislation and other documents and possibly on occasion, providing litigation services in the defense of ordinances and other administrative actions and in specialized areas including probate and bankruptcy. The City Attorney’s Office provides counsel to the City Council, Council committees, Mayor, retirement and other City boards and commissions, various City-wide task forces and City agencies and departments. Real estate and development attorneys handle matters including but not limited to negotiating and documenting transactions for major commercial, mixed-use and residential projects (both market-rate and affordable), disposition and development agreements, leases, licenses, related real estate documents, and loan documents. Incumbents perform a variety of professional legal duties involving civil municipal law issues. Incumbents may receive general supervision from a Special Counsel, Chief Assistant City Attorney or the City Attorney.
Position Summary
The City Attorney’s Office seeks a seasoned real estate and community development attorney with significant expertise in affordable housing development and finance, development and/or transactional aspects of general real estate, and secured finance work to fill the position of Supervising Deputy City Attorney V. Expertise in land use, redevelopment, economic development, municipal law, and environmental law is a plus.
The ideal candidate will fill a supervisory position in the City Attorney’s Real Estate and Community Development Unit and will advise the City’s Real Estate Department on varied transactional work related to the sale, acquisition and lease of property, the City’s Housing and Community Development Department on City financing of affordable housing development projects, and the City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department on varied legal work related to various economic development projects, and the City’s job training and workforce development programs, depending on qualifications.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Supervises attorneys in the Real Estate, Housing, Economic Development and Community Development Unit.
• Performs legal research, interprets and applies statutes, regulations, codes, and court decisions.
• Drafts and reviews complex documents, such as leases, disposition and development agreements, exclusive negotiating agreements, loan agreements, regulatory agreements, subordination agreements, and other financing documents, related to routine real estate transactions, large-scale development projects, and affordable housing projects.
• Negotiates document terms and other project issues with for-profit and nonprofit developers, private lenders, and other government funding agencies.
• Handles all aspects of closings for the sale, lease, and other disposition of City property, including title issues.
• Drafts and reviews grant agreements with workforce development service providers.
• Reviews documents and provides legal advice to City staff on post-redevelopment and redevelopment successor agency issues as needed, and represents the City’s interests before redevelopment dissolution oversight bodies and agencies.
• Prepares legal opinions, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents, as necessary to meet legal standards and consummate transactions.
• Acts in an advisory capacity at meetings of the City Council and City boards and commissions, including the Oakland Workforce Development Board, and provides training to such bodies as needed on conflicts of interest, public meetings laws, parliamentary procedure, and other topics.
• Reviews staff reports and writes City Council reports as needed.
• Participates in bond transactions in collaboration with bond counsel and municipal finance attorneys.
• Provides legal advice to City real estate, housing, and economic development staff as needed.
• Develops expertise in particular areas of municipal law as directed.
• Oversees outside counsel.
• Exercises sound judgment, clearly explains legal advice to attorneys and lay people and defends legal analyses.
• Responds to questions posed by members of the public related to City real estate matters.
• Attendance at evening and late-night meetings is required.
• May serve as counsel to the City Council, City Council committees and City boards or commissions at public or closed session meetings.
• Attending evening and late-night meetings on matters and issues regarding real estate and economic development.
Skills and Competencies
• Interpret and apply various government codes and ordinances.
• Conduct research on legal issues and prepare sound legal opinions.
• Analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents.
• Complete varied assignments within a narrow time frame.
•Handle stressful or sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy.
• Interact with other in-house attorneys as part of a team, and as team leader, to provide the
best product for clients of the City Attorney’s Office.
• Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance
of required duties.
• Communicate effectively in both oral and written form with City officials, representatives of
outside agencies and the public.
• Skillfully and professionally present legal advice to clients including the elected and highlevel
appointed officials.
• Inspire confidence and respect for legal advice.
Qualifications and Prior Experience
• One year of increasingly responsible work experience comparable to a Deputy City Attorney IV in the City of Oakland
OR ten years professional experience in relevant areas of law.
• Graduate of accredited school of law.
A member in good standing of the California State Bar.
How to Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume by email [email protected]

Candidates selected to proceed in the hiring process may be asked submit additional information (e.g., a writing sample, references, answers to supplemental questions, the formal City of Oakland employment application).

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