• Port of Oakland
  • Oakland, California
  • Dec 09, 2019
Full Time Legal Services
  • Salary: $16,364.00 - $20,271.00 Monthly

Job Description

*** All completed applications for this position must be submitted online no later than 5:00 pm, on the closing date of the recruitment.  PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Please follow all submission instructions to ensure your application is complete with attached resume.  Late applications will not be accepted beyond the closing time and date for any reason, including any technical issues, such as system, browser, or computer failures, etc. ***

The Port is currently recruiting for the position of Deputy Port Attorney IV; the position reports to the Port Attorney. Under direction, the Deputy Port Attorney IV provides expert legal counsel for the Port on a wide variety of complex legal matters, including complex real estate transactions and litigation and functions as project manager on selected legal projects.  The incumbent performs professional work and exercises a considerable amount of independent judgment and initiative in representing his or her assigned internal clients and may be assigned the most complex cases as special projects.  The responsibilities of the Deputy Port Attorney IV may differ depending on the position's primary area of responsibility, and the incumbent may be assigned or reassigned to any of the specialty areas within the Port Attorney's office. 
The primary areas of responsibility for this position may be focused on, but will not be limited to : 1) environmental (hazardous materials) compliance, remediation advice and cost recovery litigation; 2) insurance advice and litigation; 3) commercial real estate transactions, including secured transactions; 4) all forms of utilities including the establishment of rates and charges/cost of service; and 5) Port transparency (open meeting laws, public records).

Examples of Duties: Any one position may not include all the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed.  Incumbent may perform other related duties at the equivalent level.
  • Provides expert counsel on a wide variety of legal matters, which may include complex work related to real estate, commercial law, aviation law, maritime law, bankruptcy law, environmental law, personal injury and property damage law, insurance, regulatory law, administrative law, labor and employment law, financial matters, debt financing, taxes, pension plans, contracts, and related areas; responds to requests for legal opinions as directed; confers with other Port legal and management staff; and, prepares legal opinions for the Board, Port senior management, and other Port staff.
  • Conducts legal research, prepares opinions, and consults with senior management on legal matters.
  • Prepares ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, and memoranda for the Board, the Port Attorney and other Port officials.
  • Negotiates and drafts complex contracts for projects and financing for the Port of Oakland.
  • Represents the Port in complex matters before courts and administrative agencies:  develops legal background information, discusses legal points, plans legal strategy, and prepares cases for proceedings.
  • Investigates, evaluates and solves a variety of legal problems.
  • Reviews, approves, and responds to legal documents as appropriate, negotiating as necessary.
  • Examines bids, bonds, levies, and insurance coverage for acceptance or rejection.
  • Performs related duties as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications: EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

This examination is open to persons who have a combination of education and experience that would reflect possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position.  A typical combination would include the following:  graduation from a accredited college or university with a juris doctorate plus seven years of professional work as an attorney in real estate.


To successfully perform the typical task and duties of the position, the knowledge, skills and/or abilities listed below are required.
Knowledge of:
  • Federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and procedures.
  • Dynamics and strategies of litigation.
  • City Charter, Port Ordinance, Board of Port Commission By-Laws and Administrative Rules, and Port policies and procedures.
  • Civil Service Rules, Memoranda of Understanding, and other policies and procedures governing employee affairs.

Ability to:
  • Define legal issues, collect information, analyze information, and take or recommend action.
  • Negotiate with other parties.
  • Write a variety of legal documents, including but not limited to briefs, ordinances, resolutions, correspondence and supporting documents.


Stage I:  Application, Résumé, Supplemental Questionnaire, and Copy of California Bar Association Membership Card Evaluation (Pass/Fail) - The first stage in the selection process will consist of an application, résumé, supplemental questionnaire, and copy of California Bar Association Membership Card appraisal review (pass/fail).  Applications submitted without a résumé, completed supplemental questionnaire, and copy of California Bar Association Membership Card will not be given further consideration.  Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement to the next stage.  Only the most suitably qualified candidates will be invited to Stage II.

Stage II: Assessment Examination (Weighted 100%) - The second stage of the selection process may consist of a combination of job-related situational project exercises and an oral panel interview designed to assess technical knowledge and any additional KSAs.  Job-related situational project exercises may consist of written exercises, performance exercises or other situational exercises that would assess the KSAs.  The Assessment Examination is designed to test the applicant's overall aptitude for the position.
Candidates must achieve a scale score of 70 or more on this examination to be placed on the hiring list for employment consideration . The Port reserves the right to modify the selection process, as necessary, to conform to administrative or business necessity.


Immigration and Reform Control Act:  In compliance with the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, the Port will only hire individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States.  Social Security card must be presented, and the name on it must match the name on the application.
Americans with Disabilities (ADA): In compliance with State and Federal Laws, the Port will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability.  The Port is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the selection process and in the work environment.  Individuals invited to advance in the examination process will be provided the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation.

  The Port of Oakland is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

Additional Requirements: Incumbents in this job are expected to operate automotive vehicles in performance of assigned duties.  Due to assignments and hours worked, public transportation may not be an efficient method for traveling to required locations.  Individuals appointed will be required to maintain a valid Class C California Driver's License.  The license is to be maintained throughout employment with the Port of Oakland.

Must pass the State of California Bar Examination and be licensed to practice law in all California State Courts, Federal District Courts in California, Courts of Appeal in California and the District of Columbia.

Must be a current member of the California Bar Association.

The Port of Oakland requires each incumbent to successfully complete a Transportation Security Administration ("TSA") background check, which will include a fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Check ("CHRC") and a Security Threat Assessment ("STA"), prior to being considered for this position.  This status must be maintained for the duration of employment at the Port.
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 01/24/20 5:00 PM Pacific Time