8177 Attorney (Civil/Criminal)

Recruitment #TEX-8177-097675


This position is located in the Department of Disability and Aging Services, the Legal Division of the Public Guardian/Public Administrator and represents the San Francisco Public Guardian and the San Francisco Public Administrator.  

Appointment Type  

Temporary Exempt (TEX) Category 13  

Temporary Exempt Appointments from Civil Service rules pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section10.104-17 serves for a limited term, at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.    

This Temporary Exempt Category 13 Appointment is limited to three (3) years.    

Who We Are  

The Human Services Agency (HSA) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco and the central resource for public assistance in the City. Our mission is to promote well-being and self-sufficiency among individuals, families and communities in San Francisco.   HSA was formed in 2004 with the merger of two previously existing city departments, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Disability and Aging Services. The Agency retains two commissions and two department heads.

The Agency also includes the Office of Early Care and Education.  Our mission is to promote well-being and self-sufficiency among individuals, families and communities in San Francisco.  

What We Do  

We provide a safety net for individuals and families by offering income support, community-based living supports, and assistance getting food, housing, and health coverage. We offer programs and services that ensure the protection and safety of children, the elderly and dependent adults. We help people secure employment through training, job search and child care assistance.  

Position Overview  

Under general supervision, incumbents in this class perform professional legal attorney work for the Public Guardian and the Public Administrator in their roles as probate conservators, personal representatives of decedents’ estates, and trustees. This position may be given responsibility for supervising a clerk, secretary, paralegal, and/or attorney.  

Important and essential duties of this position may include but are not limited to:  

·      Performing professional legal work in all phases of estate administration in the Public Administrator's office; drafting legal pleadings, performing legal research, evaluating heirship claims, representing the Public Administrator before courts (primarily the San Francisco Probate Court), providing advice and counsel to the Public Administrator on carrying out its fiduciary duties in compliance with state and federal law, representing the Public Administrator in contested matters.  

·       Performing professional legal work in all phases of probate conservatorship matters; drafting legal pleadings, performing legal research, evaluating familial relationships, representing the Public Guardian before courts (primarily the San Francisco Probate Court), providing advice and counsel to the Public Guardian on carrying out its fiduciary duties in compliance with California law, and representing the Public Guardian in contested matters.  

·       Representing the Public Administrator and the Public Guardian in transaction matters including negotiating and drafting professional service agreements; purchasing and sales of real estate and other contracts.  

·       Filing petitions, reports and other legal pleadings for the Public Administrator and Public Guardian that are complete, accurate and timely; managing a large caseload subject to multiple statutory and internal deadlines.  

·       Supervises legal support staff by assigning, reviewing and monitoring their work.  

·       Provides training and coaching to legal support staff with a focus on supporting professional growth and improving performance. Carries out progressive discipline activities in collaboration with HSA-Human Resources, when necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Education and Experience

Possession of a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school; AND  


Requires active membership in good standing of California State Bar  

Desirable Qualifications

The following desirable qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring:

1.  Working knowledge of California law on probate (decedent’s estates), probate conservatorships, and/or trust matters, or five years of experience as a practicing attorney with experience representing clients, preferably before court(s).

2. Ability to effectively speak and write in a clear and effective manner.

3. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

4. Hardworking.

5. Self-confident.  

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualification requirements at the time of application submission unless otherwise stated. 

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process.  Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.  

·                  Select the desired job announcement (TEX-8177-097675)

·                  Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

·                  Click on "I am a New User" if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”

·                  Follow instructions given on the screen  

Please note: In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, the Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.  

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email(s) from CCSF are not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the @sfgov.com address.  

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. 

Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.  

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Carmen K. Lewis at 415.557.5241 or email at: Carmen.Lewis@sfgov.org    

Verification of Experience and/or Education  

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456    


Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.  

Selection Plan

Evaluation of Applications

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements and assessment of candidates’ job-related knowledge, skills and abilities in an oral interview, which may include a written or performance exercise.  

Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates.

If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process.

Applicants meeting the minimum requirements are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Terms of Announcement

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at: http://www.sfgov3.org/index.aspx?page=300.

Applicants With Disabilities

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures

Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.  

Copies of Application

Documents Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.  

Right to Work

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.  

Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)  

Some positions in the Human Services Agency will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing. Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a face-fitting respirator.  

The Human Services Agency of the City and County of San Francisco shares a commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for promoting success, being compassionate, and ensuring that everyone has a voice to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.  

Exam Type: Temporary Exempt (TEX)

Issued:  May 19, 2021

Carol Isen Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: TEX-8177-097675

HSA/CKL /415.554.5241


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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