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Deputy City Attorney positions for Civil Advisory


Graduation from an accredited law school. Applicants must be a current, active member of the California State Bar and possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association with no record of practice related discipline.


The Public Services Section provides legal advice in areas such as storm water regulations and compliance; environmental clean-up actions; Americans with Disabilities Act requirements; competitive bidding; contract claims; debarment; living wages; prevailing wages; equal opportunity contracting; clean energy; intellectual property; solid waste, hazardous waste, and recycling issues; and fees and taxes under Propositions 13, 26, and 218. Duties for this position include draft solicitations, contracts, franchise agreements, ordinances, resolutions, Council policies, administrative regulations, and legal correspondence, memoranda, and opinions; represent departments in various regulatory matters involving the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Air Pollution Control District, Department of Environmental Health, and the California Integrated Waste Management Board; assist in grant acquisitions for energy and recycling projects; and advise City task forces and advisory committees.

Ideal candidates will have three years of experience in municipal law, but other experience levels will be considered. Strong research, writing, and oral presentation skills are required.


The Real Property and Land Use Section provides legal advice on real property and land use matters. Duties for this position include reviewing leases, right-of- entry permits, use and occupancy permits, purchase and sale agreements, easements, acquisitions, and other property-related documents. This deputy also will advise on other property-related issues, potentially involving Qualcomm Stadium, Petco Park, Valley View Casino Center (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena) and Airports, will attend City Council and Committee meetings, and will draft resolutions, ordinances, and legal memoranda.

Ideal candidates will have five or more years of experience in municipal law, with an emphasis on real property, land use, and environmental issues, as well as strong research, writing, and oral presentation skills. All current deputy positions are unclassified and serve at the pleasure of the City Attorney during a two year probationary period. Successful applicants will be represented by the Deputy City Attorneys Association.

Please indicate the position you are interested in, and submit a resume and cover letter that includes your relevant experience by email, on or before October 31, 2014:

Gina Coburn, Director Internal Communications/Employee Relations

You will be contacted if selected for an interview, or if further information is required. No telephone calls please.