Current Openings

Assistant City Attorney, Civil Litigation Division

The Office of the San Diego City Attorney has an opening for an Assistant City Attorney (ACA) in the Civil Litigation Division. The ACA will report directly to the City Attorney and is a member of the City Attorney’s Executive Team.

Under the direction of the ACA, the Civil Litigation Division prosecutes and defends civil lawsuits in which the City is a party. Lawsuits include inverse condemnation, eminent domain, employment, premises liability, collection, excessive force, and other tort and personal injury cases.

The position is unclassified, at-will, and serves at the pleasure of the City Attorney. Salary depends on qualifications.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing procedural and strategic guidance and oversight to the Division Chiefs on complex litigation matters;
  • Supervising, training, and mentoring Division Chiefs and deputy city attorneys;
  • Recruiting and hiring deputy city attorneys and litigation support personnel;
  • Retaining outside counsel when appropriate and monitoring outside counsel’s legal work;
  • Communicating with elected officials and City staff on litigation matters;
  • Preparing litigation logs and reports;
  • Collaborating with the Civil Advisory Division as necessary;
  • Assigning, monitoring, and evaluating cases; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Candidates must have ten or more years of civil litigation practice in California, significant trial experience, managerial experience, strong references, and experience working with municipalities and elected officials. Candidates must also be licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of California, the United States District Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

To be considered for the position, please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a writing sample not to exceed five pages to:

Gina Coburn, Director Internal Communications/Employee Relations
[email protected]

By Close of Business: Friday, December 9, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.


Confidential Secretary/Executive Assistant To The City Attorney

The Office of the San Diego City Attorney is accepting résumés for the unclassified position of Confidential Secretary/Executive Assistant To The City Attorney

Salary Range:   $65,000 to $85,000 Annually

Recruitment: Open to all Qualified Candidates

Filing Deadline: December 9, 2016

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Deputy City Attorney Position – Civil Advisory Division, Labor & Employment Unit

The Office of the San Diego City Attorney has an opening in the Civil Advisory Division for an attorney in the Labor and Employment Unit. Working closely with the City’s outside tax and employee benefits counsel, the attorney will advise City departments on tax and employee benefits, including the City’s defined benefit, defined contribution, and deferred compensation (section 457(b)) retirement plans. The attorney will also advise on the City’s (section 125) cafeteria plan, long-term disability plan, retiree medical trust, health plans for active employees, and health benefits for retired employees, and will work with the City’s labor negotiators on changes to employee benefits. The attorney will be responsible for ensuring that the benefit plan documents and operations comply with all applicable laws, including federal tax law.

Candidates must have at least five years’ experience, preferably in the context of advising employers on tax and employee benefits law, and must have strong research, analysis, writing, and interpersonal skills. Experience advising governmental plan sponsors and employers is desirable. Candidates must be able to continually manage and adjust their workload to accommodate changing needs and priorities of City staff.

Deputies in the Labor and Employment Unit work together collaboratively to provide legal services to the City’s Human Resources, Personnel, and Risk Management Departments. These three departments are responsible for overseeing the hiring, management, and benefits of the City’s 10,000 employees and volunteers. Although this position will primarily be responsible for advising on employee benefits, he or she may be called upon to advise City staff on federal and state employment-related laws that apply to the City as a public agency employer, and provide legal support to the City’s labor negotiations team in ongoing meet and confer matters under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act. Unit attorneys also advise several boards and commissions including the Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices, the Human Relations Commission, and the Trustee Board for the City’s Defined Contribution Plans (SPSP/401(k) Board).

To be considered for the position, please submit a resume and letter of interest that includes a writing sample by email to:

Gina Coburn, Director Internal Communications/Employee Relations
[email protected]

By Close of Business: Friday, December 23, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.


Physical Demands and Working Environment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Standard office setting. Work is performed indoors in offices and in meeting rooms.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting and operate office equipment.

The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.