West Division Legal Counsel

Posted Date: January 3, 2018
Location: San Francisco, California
The West Division Legal Counsel provides legal advice to State and Area Directors, and to other project and program staff, primarily operating in the West Division. Main responsibilities are (i) assisting project/program staff in the structuring of real estate transactions and park construction and development projects; (ii) drafting and reviewing legal documents for transactional project work, including park construction and development projects; and (iii) taking full responsibility for the closing of real estate transactions. 
Essential Functions:
  • Provides legal advice to project/program staff on purchases and sales of real property, park construction and development, and on legal issues relating to conservation and other non-profit activities.
  • Assists project/program staff in designing, negotiating and completing real estate transactions, park construction and development projects.
  • Participates, when necessary, with project/program staff in landowner negotiations and public agency discussions.
  • Drafts and reviews documents for real estate transactions, park construction and development projects (options, purchase agreements, deeds, easements, escrow instructions, promissory notes, contracts with surveyors, environmental consultants, design professionals, construction contracts, contracts with public agencies, etc.); ensures that these documents are in accordance with laws and internal policies and protocols.
  • Oversees real estate closings.
  • Monitors property management issues (toxics liability, leases, taxes, insurance).
  • Provides information on relevant changes in law. 
  • Reviews internal review memoranda and makes recommendations to State and Area Directors,  Divisional Directors or other project or program staff on assigned projects.
  • Assists in updating legal documents used regularly by The Trust for Public Land ensuring that the documents are authorized and are in accordance with relevant laws and policies. 
  • Bachelor's degree, Juris Doctor, admission to the California bar. 
  • Minimum 8 years of experience is required. Prior experience in real property transactional law, federal, state and local property law (in particular as it relates to tax-exempt organizations and the tax consequences of real estate transactions to and from such organizations), land use regulatory law, and work with government agencies is highly preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Requires aptitude for independent work exercising judgment within broadly defined policies and practices to select method and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Assignments are complex and substantially important to organization.
  • Requires ability to draft quality legal documents quickly, and to respond promptly and helpfully to the needs of project/program staff.
  • Requires sense of humor and composure when dealing with project/program staff of diverse personalities and work styles, all of whom are under pressure to meet their programmatic and transactional goals.
  • Requires ability to change the thinking of, or gain acceptance of, others in sensitive situations, both within and outside the organization.
  • Requires ability to anticipate problems, identify probable issues of concern in advance.
  • Candidate should be results-oriented and creative in solving problems.
  • Requires a commitment to The Trust for Public Land’s mission to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.