Deputy General Counsel I – III

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San Diego International was built upon the vision that every team member has a stake in bringing our “Good Feelings, Nonstop” brand to life for every passenger and fellow employee. Here at the Airport Authority, we love San Diego as much as we love flying. We see our airport as an extension of the always friendly and sunny city we call home. If you are looking for a team that values each other, does excellent work, and most importantly, has a lot of fun along the way, we invite you to apply today.

We are looking to bring on a dedicated, results driven individual who thrives in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities to fill a Deputy General Counsel position. Depending on experience, the selected individual will either be a Deputy General Counsel I, II or III.  The General Counsel’s Office generally supports remote teleworking and a teleworking schedule with a mix of in-office and remote work may be available in this position. The ideal candidate will provide a wide range of legal services of a routine to complex nature in representing the Authority; provide advice and counsel to Authority managers and staff; conduct legal research and draft legal documents; represent the Authority in civil litigation and administrative hearings; and perform related duties as assigned and:

1.  Conducts research on legal issues, federal and state statutory and case law, federal and state regulations and administrative interpretations; writes research memoranda and conclusions; drafts resolutions and ordinances ranging from routine to highly complex; prepares oral and written legal opinions for Authority managers and staff; drafts, reviews and finalizes legal documents and instruments; reviews and approves contracts and agreements; drafts explanatory memoranda on legal implications of complex issues; reviews departmental documents for legal sufficiency.

2.  Provides legal information and advice to departments on a wide range of legal issues of varying difficulty and complexity; conducts risk assessments and identifies areas of potential liability; conducts research of various regulatory and statutory schemes and develops strategies for addressing issues; provides advice and direction to ensure Authority compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; determines potential causes of action and develops strategies for cost recovery claims; develops creative solutions to legal issues and problems to satisfy differing policy objectives; determines priorities and timelines for the resolution of numerous competing legal issues.

3.  Assists in representing or represents the Authority in civil litigation and administrative hearings held by local, state and federal agencies; performs all phases of pretrial, trial and appellate work; assists in or develops litigation strategy and alternatives, prepares briefs, drafts pleadings, motions and arguments; propounds or responds to requests for discovery and depositions in preparation for presentation of assigned cases; files motions and briefs; represents the Authority in court on cases in full or in arguing motions and presenting other matters before the court; consults with legal staffs of other entities when joint cases or issues of mutual interest are litigated; when outside counsel is used, assists by providing support to facilitate discovery, monitors case status and audits bills for legal fees for reasonableness.

4.  Assists in or advises department directors, managers, supervisors and employees on their role in litigation, their responses to the public and media regarding legal issues and litigation and preparation for testimony in court and in administrative hearings.

5.  Guides, educates, and assists administrative personnel and law clerks in the performance of their work within the Office of the General Counsel.  Conducts California Bar-recognized Continuing Legal Education courses.

6. Provides training to management and staff on legal issues, including required ethics training to Board Members, the President/CEO, and Vice Presidents.

7.  Analyzes proposed federal and state legislation and regulations for impacts on Authority policies, practices and operations; prepares reports of findings and conclusions; recommends revisions, amendments and other actions.

8.  Negotiates settlements to litigation, claims and disputes; participates with departments in negotiating and drafting complex tenant lease agreements, public works contracts, and contracts and agreements for acquisition, use and/or development of Authority property and facilities.

9. Responds to public records requests; provides interpretations of legal provisions to citizen, media and public official requests.

10. Assists other attorneys in assigned phases of legal work on complex litigation; answers correspondence and responds to inquiries on legal matters related to Authority business, as assigned; consults with legal staffs of member cities and other public agencies regarding legal issues facing the Authority.



1. Critical Evaluation: Define issues, perform legal research, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and develop sound conclusions and recommendations.

2.  Problem-Solving/Agility Skills: Exercise sound, independent judgment within general policy guidelines and legal requirements. Interpret state and federal laws, regulations, legislation and constitutional provisions affecting applicable Authority operations.

3.  Leadership & Influencing Skills: Represent the Authority effectively in hearings, courts of law, negotiations and meetings. Prepare clear and concise legal briefs, opinions, resolutions, contracts, agreements, leases, deeds, reports, correspondence, proposed legislation and other written materials.

4. Interpersonal Ability: Use a high degree of tact, discretion and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive situations and concerned or upset individuals.

5.  Relationship Management: Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of Authority management and staff, officials of other governmental agencies, outside counsel, litigants, tenants, other Authority customers and stakeholders.


Experience & Education:

  • Graduation from an accredited law school with Juris Doctor degree;
  • At least three years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, preferably in a governmental setting or with municipal law focus.
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Employment and/or Labor Relations experience preferred but not required.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

  •  Current membership in good standing in the State Bar of California and admission to practice before State of   California courts.
  •  A valid Class C California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Authority’s vehicle insurance program.


Depending on experience and qualifications, the anticipated hiring range is between $130,000 – 200,000.


In addition to competitive compensation, our rewards include a robust benefits program, employee recognition programs and several initiatives to include a full commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. For highlights of our programs click here:


EEO Statement

It is the policy of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, SDCRAA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.



As a condition of employment, the selected candidate must provide proof of fully-vaccinated COVID-19 vaccination status prior to their first day of employment unless a medical or religious accommodation is approved by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s Talent, Culture & Capability Department.


Physical & Mental Demands

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this class with reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis and depends, in part, on the specific requirements for the job, the limitations related to disability and the ability of the hiring department to accommodate the limitation.





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