The Federal Reserve Bank
of San Francisco believes in the diversity of our people, ideas, and
experiences and are committed to building an inclusive culture that is
representative of the communities we serve.


The SF Fed’s Legal Group
is seeking to hire a part-time attorney for a 6 to 9 month term assignment. In
this role, you will primarily focus on drafting, editing and negotiating
commercial contracts, but will also provide support to our other practice areas
as needed. As such, we are looking for your expertise in drafting commercial
contracts and your willingness to tackle additional and varied responsibilities
in many different areas of law.

At the SF Fed, “how” you
do your job matters as much as your technical skill set. As such, you will also
possess the soft skills necessary to thrive in our culture. We are seeking
someone who is collaborative – both within the legal group and with the
business areas, flexible, team-oriented, willing to learn and approachable. We
are also seeking someone who possess the judgment to know when to escalate issues.

As a Reserve Bank
attorney, you will serve the legal needs of a unique client and be actively
involved in a variety of legal matters. Our practice includes banking
regulation, employment law, data privacy, information security, insurance,
intellectual property, litigation, payments systems law, real estate, secured
lending, tax and technology agreements. You will have significant client
contact and you will work in a collegial, challenging and stimulating

Major Responsibilities
  • Draft, edit and negotiate
    commercial contracts, with an emphasis on intellectual property,
    licensing, technology, construction and consulting/professional services
  • Provide additional support as
    needed to the lawyers in other practice areas, such as banking regulation,
    data privacy, employment law, payments, and secured lending.
  • Advise internal stakeholders about
    legal risks and liabilities associated with different issues.
  • Conduct comprehensive research on
    various issues.

Required Qualifications
and Skills

  • Juris Doctor from a nationally
    recognized ABA accredited law school and excellent academic credentials.
  • A member of the State Bar of
    California in good standing or be able to satisfy the State Bar of
    California’s requirements for eligibility as a registered In-House Counsel
    in California.
  • 8-12 years of experience in a law
    firm and/or in-house legal department.
  • Solid foundation of complex
    commercial contracts and the ability to identify and solve for potential
    legal and business issues presented.
  • Experience with secured lending,
    banking regulations and/or employment law, is a plus.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound
    business judgement and social skills to negotiate actively with internal
    and external parties.
  • Ability to communicate effectively
    verbally and in writing at all levels in the organization.
  • Strong negotiation and counseling
  • Self-motivation and a willingness
    to take ownership of projects.
  • A great teammate mindset, pitching
    in wherever needed.
  • Humility, integrity and a sense of
    humor; you take your work seriously, but not yourself.
  • This position requires access to
    confidential supervisory information, which is limited to “Protected
    Individuals” as defined in the U.S. federal immigration law.
    Protected Individuals include, but are not limited to, U.S. citizens, U.S.
    nationals, U.S. permanent residents who are not yet eligible to apply for
    naturalization, and U.S. permanent residents who have applied for
    naturalization within six months of being eligible to do so.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of San
    Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our people proudly reflect the
    diversity and ideas of the communities we serve.

Why Come Work at the SF

  • We are defenders of the dollar. Our people are united in their
    purpose. When you are here, you are fostering confidence in our economy,
    in U.S. currency, and in the financial system. Together, we empower people
    to grow their business, save for college, or buy their next car.
  • We lead with culture. We know that the best way to
    achieve success is by building trusting relationships with our colleagues,
    sharing a passion for learning, and empowering our people to experiment.
  • We’re serious about diversity. Minorities represent 56 percent
    of our workforce, and the number of minority executives has doubled in the
    last six years.
  • We welcome all. Our 11 identity-based Employee
    Resource Groups allow our people to connect with those with similar
    backgrounds and beliefs, and to learn from those whose identities and
    cultural norms are different from their own.
  • We believe in family. Whether we are starting a family
    or caring for one, we make sure that our people have the right support at
    the right time regardless of where life takes them.
  • We let our differences shine. What we wear isn’t as important
    as who we are. That’s why we suit up when we have important meetings and
    wear sneakers when we have to be on the move. But most of all, we feel at
    home here.
  • We have a life. Our people never have to choose
    between living a good life and having a phenomenal career. That’s why we disconnect
    on vacation, eat meals with our friends and families, and encourage
    flexible schedules.
  • We don’t stop learning. Whether you are just starting
    your career or joining us as an experienced professional, we believe that
    learning is essential to a meaningful career. That’s why our people
    participate in regular speaking series or use tuition reimbursement to
    prepare for something new.

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