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2232 Senior Physician Specialist

Recruitment #pex-2232-059184




APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Permanent Exempt



Population Health and Prevention’s (PHP) Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) Section is accepting applications for one (1) full time position as a medical epidemiologist to serve as the Communicable Disease Control Unit (CDCU) Director.  This position will provide leadership, management and technical support for CDCU’s Disease Control Team and Epidemiology/Chronic Hepatitis Team.


SHIFT: Days; 8:00 – 5:00, standby call on rotation (nights, weekends, holidays)




Under the supervision of the Director of PHP, this position will:

·      Work with CDCU Team Coordinators to develop and prioritize Unit goals, objectives, strategies and activities and allocate personnel and non-personnel resources to accomplish these effectively;

·      Identify funding and resource opportunities to support priority goals and projects and lead/participate in grant writing;

·      Collaborate and coordinate within CDCP and with SFDPH, health care and community partners to achieve goals;

·      Guide and support Team Coordinators in staff performance management and program quality monitoring and improvement;

·      Provide technical support and policy direction to Disease Control Team supervisors and CDCP on-call physicians to resolve acute communicable disease situations, investigate and control outbreaks, develop protocols and new surveillance activities for emerging infections, create and revise agreements with internal and external response partners, and develop guidance for clinicians and the public to contain and prevent disease;

·      Serve as a CDCP on-call physician for approximately one in every six weeks, providing consultation to the Disease Control Team for communicable disease cases and outbreaks and primarily conducting urgent communicable disease investigations after hours when on-call;

·      Provide guidance and direction for Epidemiology Team projects, including PHP integrated information system development, enhanced surveillance, and applied epidemiology studies and investigations;

·      Review reports produced from routine surveillance, special investigations and data requests;

·      Lead epidemiology and surveillance activities for infectious disease emergency preparedness and response;

·      Serve as the Communicable Disease (CD) Controller for San Francisco and represent CDCU in Department meetings and the Department in interagency, community and state public health and health care settings; and

·      Perform other related duties as assigned.   




1a. Possession of a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Degree and license to practice medicine issued by the California Medical Board; OR

1b. Possession of a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) Degree and license to practice medicine issued by The Osteopathic Medical Board; AND

2.    Completion of a recognized residency program; AND

3.    Possession of a California Medical License issued by the California Medical Board; AND

4a. If Board Certified, at least two (2) years of post-residency experience in a recognized medical specialty appropriate to the assigned facility or division, including two years of supervisory experience; OR

4b. If Board Eligible, at least five (5) years of post-residency experience in a recognized medical specialty appropriate to the assigned facility or division, including two years of supervisory  experience; AND

5.    Possession of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license.


Condition(s) of Employment:

All qualified candidates who have been selected for appointment to positions in all specialty areas must be an eligible billable provider and will be required to meet the following criteria:

·         Be eligible to participate in Medicare, Medicaid and/or other federal health care programs;

·         Possess a National Provider Identifier (NPI);

·         Submit a completed credentialing application and/or required documentation for credentialing;  AND

·         Possess a valid third-party billable provider certification (such as Medicare, Medi-Cal and/or private insurance) OR have submitted a completed billable provider application, along with the required documentation, in order to obtain the appropriate billable provider status.


Failure to meet these criteria and/or ‘Conditions of Employment’ within two (2) weeks PRIOR to start work date may result in the delay of appointment and/or cancellation of employment offer.  Once appointed, all qualified candidates/employees will be required to retain these qualifications throughout length of employment.  Failure to demonstrate (show proof) of qualifications shall result in the termination of employment.



·       Masters in Public Health or related field.

·       CDC or CA Epidemiology Intelligence Service Traineeship.

·       Board certified /eligible in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Preventive Medicine, Emergency Medicine or Occupational Health.

·       Experience in infection control.

·       Experience investigating and managing large outbreaks.

·       At least two years of experience as a public health physician and/or medical epidemiologist.



City and County of San Francisco employment applications will be accepted through the online system only.


  • 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 the instructions on the screen

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).

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 questions regarding this recruitment, please contact:


Susan Philip, MD, MPPH


 via email at  Susan.Philip@sfdph.org      or via phone at    415-355-2007


Computer kiosks are located in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, for use by the public.  The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.           




All applicants must be able to produce a copy of required licenses and/or certifications when requested throughout the application process.  Failure to provide verification(s) may result in rejection of application process.


Experience:  All applicants must be able to produce employment verification(s) if requested throughout the application process.  Failure to present documentation may result in rejection of application and removal from the application process.


Verification of all experience needed to qualify if requested must be on the employer's letterhead indicating the name of the applicant, job title, dates of employment, hours per week, duties performed and must be signed by the supervisor and/or appropriate representative. 


City employees do not need to submit verification of qualifying City work experience if experience gained is from the class to which appointed.  Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will only be allowed if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules.  City employees relying upon qualifying work experience gained outside the City and County of San Francisco must submit written verification of such experience as described above.


Verification of experience may be waived if impossible to obtain.  The applicant must submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained.  Waiver request will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to submit the required verification or request for a waiver at the time of filing may result in rejection of the application.


SELECTION PROCEDURES:                                                    


The selection process will include an evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.



The Department of Public Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply




Reissued: March 22, 2013

Issued: July 13, 2012

Announcement No.: PEX-2232-059184

Team DPH/LL (415) 206-5417 (PE2114981/1119300)




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.


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, typically a 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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