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Assistant General Counsel

The Presidio Trust is seeking an Assistant General Counsel.  An unusual federal agency, the Presidio Trust runs the only national park site that must earn all our own revenue. Each year we earn in excess of $100 million by leasing over 700 former military buildings as homes and workspaces. We then invest that money into our historic forest, dunes, streams, trails and designed landscapes, into our hundreds of historic buildings, into our infrastructure, into visitor sites and programs, and into our people, to make this magnificent place come alive for our park visitors.


Our ideal candidate is a legal professional who has 2-5 years of practical experience who is intellectually curious, socially dexterous, consistently self-reflective and relentlessly accountable.


Applications received by June 30th, 2020 will receive first consideration.


Job Overview

The Assistant General Counsel is responsible for providing legal services and support as assigned in a broad variety of areas practiced by the General Counsel's office, including, but not limited to: (a) federal statutory and regulatory interpretation, analysis and guidance; (b) administrative law and rule-making; (c) real property leasing and general contracting transactions; (d) tort claims and litigation; (e) ethics and labor & employment; (g) land use and environmental compliance; and (f) other miscellaneous legal, policy and administrative matters. This is a junior attorney position supporting the General Counsel and other more senior attorneys in the office, and ideal for a candidate interested in developing a general legal practice in a federal agency



  • Provide "in-house" legal services as assigned and timely, efficient and effective advice with respect to a broad variety of laws and regulations related to the work, scope and mission of the Trust and the General Counsel's office
  • Execute legal research as assigned, that anticipates and analyzes unique federal statutory and regulatory issues that could impact the Trust's goals, business plans, and liabilities
  • Assist with drafting and reviewing real property leases, general contracts and other business-of-the-Trust related agreements
  • Review, settle, and process administrative tort claims filed against the agency under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)
  • Support in-house counsel and Department of Justice attorneys in litigation, including document collection and review
  • Serve as the organization's Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official, to include counseling and training staff on ethics matters and conflicts of interest, assigning, tracking, and reviewing employee financial disclosure reports, and other administrative tasks required by the Ethics in Government Act and other ethics laws
  • Process public records requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act
  • Assist in the development and publication of Trust policies, procedures and regulations in compliance with the Presidio Trust Act and internal and external rule-making protocols
  • Support in reviewing new projects and programs for consistency with Presidio Trust plans, policies and strategies such as the Presidio Trust Management Plan and the Presidio Trust Long Range Implementation Strategy
  • Act as a team member on Trust sustainability initiatives to include reviewing compliance with permit terms and assisting the Trust with implementing an Environmental Management System
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the General Counsel, including duties that increase the effectiveness of the Trust's legal department
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school
  • Membership in the bar of any state or the District of Columbia
  • Two (2) years of legal or regulatory experience in one or more of the following areas of law: litigation, transactional, contract, real estate, construction, land use, environmental, administrative, or federal or state public law
  • Strong academic credentials and excellent writing, oral communication, cross-functional collaboration, and organizational skills are essential.


Desired Qualifications

Federal, state or municipal public law experience or experience.


About the Presidio Trust Legal Team

Our Legal Team is a diverse group of professionals. As part of a one-of-a-kind organization, the team brings together innovative private sector strategies while following federal laws and regulations (including unique Presidio Trust Act authorities) as well as external and internal protocols, policies and procedures. The Legal Team performs this work to provide best-in-class legal services to support the Presidio Trust's mission, strategic business and environmental goals, ethical obligations and operational excellence.  We are also an essential part of ensuring that the park is fiscally self-sufficient model of stewardship in the national park system that is open to all visitors and loved by all.

Background Investigation

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


Financial Disclosure

This position may require 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.