8108 Senior Legal Process Clerk

Office of the County Clerk

Recruitment #TEX-8108-112572


APPOINTMENT TYPE: Temporary Exempt (TEX), this position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.


The Office of the County Clerk is responsible for processing and issuing marriage license applications, filing domestic partnership registrations, conducting civil ceremonies, filing and administering notary public oaths, authenticating notary public and City employee signatures, filing fictitious business name statements, issuing certified copies of filed documents, processing applications for and issuing San Francisco City Identification Cards and vital records, posting of Notices of Determinations and Notice of Exemptions pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other miscellaneous non-judicial legal documents.


Under supervision, performs specialized clerical duties requiring a thorough knowledge of procedures and requirements relating to the Office of the County Clerk; examines documents submitted for filing and recording, and performs related duties as required.

The 8108 Senior Legal Process Clerk is responsible for processing and examining complex legal documents and interpreting and explaining complex regulations and procedures. It is distinguished from Legal Process Clerk in that the latter is responsible for carrying out and explaining procedures that are more routine and performing duties under closer supervision.


  1. Reviews, processes, routes, issues, files, certifies, records, and retrieves legal documents using alphabetical, chronological, and numerical filing systems.  
  2. Examines and reviews a wide variety of legal documents, applying relevant laws, codes, and procedures, to determine whether they meet the prerequisites for recording or filing.  
  3. Responds to inquiries in person, mail, email, and by phone.  
  4. Collects and reconciles balance of various fees; handling and safeguarding routine monetary transactions following department policies and guidelines  
  5. Types forms, memoranda, and records; operates computer terminals to perform data entry and retrieve research information; conducts historical research of birth, death, and marriage registrations; researches and retrieves files and digital records to locate the requested information.    
  6. Performs civil and commitment ceremonies    
  7. Administers San Francisco City ID Program

Minimum Qualifications

1. Two (2) years (equivalent to 4,000 hours) of verifiable experience in processing and/or researching documents in accordance with laws, codes and/or regulations in a legal, governmental, real estate or financial services environment; OR

2A. 30 semester / 45 quarter units from an accredited college or university, with a minimum of 12 semester / 18 quarter units in business and/or law; AND

2B. One (1) year (equivalent to 2,000 hours) of verifiable experience processing and/or researching documents in accordance with laws, codes and/or regulations in a legal, governmental, real estate or financial services environment.


  • Knowledge of state and local codes, statutes, ordinances; legal terminology; and technical knowledge necessary to examine a wide variety of legal documents.
  • Excellent customer service or customer relations track record; responding to high-volume inquiries.
  • Bilingual skills
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Experience working in an organization that works with a broad range of diverse communities
  • Attention to detail; accuracy
  • Collaborative team player

VERIFICATION: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

NOTE: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed documents/applications will not be accepted.

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst at (415) 554-6000.

Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. The application procedure is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in this recruitment, please contact the analyst at (415) 554-6000. Notification in advance will enable the department and County to evaluate arrangements to reasonably accommodate your need.


Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

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