General Counsel

The Presidio Trust is seeking a General Counsel to provide excellent legal advice to our innovative and mission-driven staff on a wide range of legal and regulatory matters. The Trust is one of a kind: a stand-alone federal agency, with a board of directors reporting directly to the President of the United States.  We have the unique mission of operating a financially self-sustaining national park in one of the most spectacular locations in America. Starting as a military base under Spanish jurisdiction in the 1700s, and now operating as a National Historic Landmark District, the Presidio has been transformed into a national park with majestic views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Using our 1300 buildings, we earn all our own revenue by leasing homes to families and offices to organizations, and operating a hotel, golf course and restaurants. We use that income to renovate, maintain and operate a park with a historic forest, a wide range of native plants and animals, the only campground in San Francisco, archeological excavations, and hundreds of historic buildings.

To meet our mission, we need a General Counsel to lead our team of experienced and dedicated attorneys and compliance staff. We're looking for someone who enjoys and has experience in a broad range of legal matters, since every day will be different at the Trust. On the business side, we do a lot of real estate development and leasing, and we purchase a wide range of goods and services. On the park side, we set and enforce our own regulations in land use, environmental compliance, and historic preservation. We also operate as a small city, with exclusive federal jurisdiction and many municipal services such as water, power, and transportation. And we do all of this while maintaining strong partnerships with the National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and many passionate stakeholders.

Resumes received by 12/2/16 will receive first consideration.  We are aiming to hold the first round of interviews on 12/14/16 and 12/15/16, with the second round tentatively scheduled for 1/5/17.




  • Provide expert and strategic legal advice on significant and complex topics to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and senior management. Ensure that the Presidio Trust operates successfully within the law.
  • Serve as a member of the Executive Team of the Trust, advising the CEO and the Board of Directors, and weighing in on significant matters of all kinds involving the Trust and its employees.
  • Monitor Trust operations to minimize risks and maximize legal and business rights.
  • Provide sound legal judgment in all areas of business and federal operations to include insurance, taxation, fiscal law, bankruptcy, transportation, utilities, telecommunications, intellectual property, hospitality, accessibility, and First Amendment matters.
  • Manage and supervise a staff of attorneys as well as professional specialists in environmental planning and historic preservation compliance.
  • Work closely with the Director of Human Resources on employment law and Equal Employment Opportunity issues. Serve as the legal advisor in negotiations with the union.
  • Oversee the drafting of key Trust documents, such as Board resolutions, agreements with other federal agencies and non-governmental organizations.
  • Represent the Presidio Trust in real estate transactions and any matters involving real property and land use. Draft leases and other real property documents.
  • Negotiate, draft, and review contracts and procurement actions. Advise the Trust in bid protests, contractor bankruptcies, or other challenges arising in the Trust's contracting and procurement activities.
  • Proactively resolve disputes that may lead to litigation, manage alternative dispute resolution processes, and negotiate effective settlements. Represent the Trust in all administrative hearings and arbitrations. In conjunction with the Department of Justice, including the U.S. Attorney's Office, ensure the effective resolution of Trust litigation matters.




  • Membership in the bar of any state or the District of Columbia.
  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school, and at least 10 years of increasingly responsible legal practice in a broad range of complex real estate, regulatory or administrative issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to communicate effectively throughout all levels of the organization.
  • Personal integrity, excellent judgment, and the ability to make difficult decisions quickly.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Trust management officials and the members of the Presidio Trust Board of Directors.




  • Experience working in nonprofit, philanthropic, or government sectors.
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Strategic thinker, who can assist staff in thinking through how to manage legal issues proactively.
  • Ability to deal with novel legal and business issues with confidence.
  • Confident and enthusiastic demeanor with a passion for public service.
  • Forward-looking thinker who identifies problems and proposes solutions.


About The Presidio Trust


The Presidio Trust is an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio and transform it into a new kind of national park. Spanning 1,500 acres in a spectacular setting at the Golden Gate, the Presidio now operates largely without taxpayer support, and offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities to people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the world. Established in 1996 through the ground-breaking and bipartisan Presidio Trust Act, the agency is managed by a seven member board of directors. The Presidio Trust operates with a partnership approach that brings together individuals and organizations across sectors to generate public benefit.


Background Investigation


The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to an employment background investigation which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state and Federal criminal and civil records, state bankruptcy indexes and a credit report. An individual's granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary. However, employment in this sensitive position is contingent upon the successful completion of an employment background investigation. The Presidio Trust may refuse to hire an individual, may rescind an offer of employment to an individual, or may review and terminate the employment of a current employee not successfully completing the background investigation.


Financial Disclosure


This position requires the completion of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report, both as a New Entrant into the position and annually thereafter. The purpose of the financial disclosure system is to assist employees and their agencies in avoiding conflicts between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations.


To apply, submit your resume and a cover letter, including your veterans status, to, or mail to Human Resources, Presidio Trust, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129-0052. You may contact Human Resources Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm if you need additional information at (415) 561-5300.