2556 Physical Therapist

Recruitment #CBT-2556-902824




Under general supervision, the Physical Therapist provides physical therapy evaluations and treatments to a diverse client population. Within San Francisco Department of Public Health’s San Francisco Health Network system, Physical Therapists provides physical therapy services at the following locations:

  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG)

At ZSFG, Physical Therapists may work in inpatient, SNF and outpatient settings. Physical Therapists working in the outpatient department will occasionally cross cover on inpatient. In addition to working with the orthopedics/post-surgical population, an interest and/or experience working with patients will special populations including pediatrics, breast cancer and lymphedema is highly desired. Clinical mentorship is available.

Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center     *CURRENT  VACANCY

At Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, physical therapists work in the acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and long term care settings. Physical therapists provide service for under-served San Francisco individuals, who have neurological impairments, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic traumas, and Alzheimer/ dementia.  Physical Therapists with an interest in Aquatic Therapy will have the opportunity to participate in evaluation and treatment of both inpatients and outpatients in an aquatic environment as desired. Clinical mentorship is available.

  • Health at Home    *CURRENT  VACANCY 

Physical Therapists in the Health at Home program work in adult patients’ home environment. Physical therapists work with under-served San Francisco individuals who have complex medical co-morbidities providing and promoting the restoration of functional abilities to individuals with physical, cognitive, communicative and/or sensory-perceptual impairments, thereby facilitating their ability to achieve their maximal potential and their ability to function within their community. The physical therapists work closely with patient, family, caregivers and other disciplines involved to develop and implement an appropriate plan of care in patient’s individual home environment. Clinical mentorship is available.

  • California Children's Services - Medical Therapy Program    * CURRENT VACANCY

California Children's Services provides medically necessary PT and OT for clients ages birth to 21 years of age who have long term neurological, neuromuscular, or musculoskeletal conditions. Services are provided in several clinic locations based in SFUSD properties. Therapists also provide consultation in a variety of settings to integrate our clients into their communities. PT's will work as a part of a multidisciplinary team to serve our clients and their families.

Practice settings include:

· Acute Care · Acute Rehab · SNF Rehab · Long Term Care · Out Patient Orthopedics · Home Health · Aquatic Therapy · Pediatrics


  • Performing physical therapy evaluations;
  • Administering physical therapy treatment plans;
  • Communicating with other care team members;
  • Documenting per regulatory and Practice Act Guidelines;
  • Overseeing care provided by physical therapy assistants;
  • Participating in patient care meetings;
  • Participating in performance improvement projects as assigned; and
  • Performing other duties as required.

NOTE: All future vacancies at any of the locations listed above will be filled through the Eligible List created for this classification.

Minimum Qualifications

License and Certification:
Requires registration as a Physical Therapist licensed by the Physical Therapy Board of California; OR

Possession of an acceptance letter from the Physical Therapy Board of California (PTB) for the next licensing examination.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate Requirement/Provision:

Possession of a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate issued by the American Heart Association is required as a provision to employment for all positions. Eligibles who do not possess such a certification may participate in this examination process and be appointed to a position(s), but will be required to obtain the certificate within two (2) weeks of hire date and maintain validity throughout length of employment. A photocopy of the valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate must be provided to the appropriate supervisor of the appointment within the allotted time frame. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of valid certification within two (2) weeks of hire date and throughout length of employment may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.

Special Conditions Note:

Positions for CCS Medical Therapy Services requires at least six (6) months experience with pediatric populations

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

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.

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

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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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 exam analyst, Lillian Louie, by telephone at 415-554-2912, or by email at Lillian.Louie@sfdph.org


Selection Procedures

Training and Experience Evaluation: WEIGHT = 100%

The information provided by candidates on the job application, requested verification, if required, and a Supplemental Questionnaire, sent after qualifying, will be evaluated in relations to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this class which may include but are not limited to: knowledge of disease processes; ability to gather information from appropriate sources; ability to perform appropriate tests; knowledge of physical therapy treatment methods; knowledge of health and safety standards; interpersonal skills and abilities; oral and written communication ability.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three (3) Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List:
The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Conviction History

As a finalist 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 finalist. 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 selected as a finalist, 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://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process 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.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 


Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of posse

Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing. Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a Face Fitting Respirator.

Physical Examination:

Prior to appointment, at the Department’s expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, a medical examination and/or drug test.

Note on Electronic Health Records:

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.

ICARE (Introduce-Connect-Ask-Respond-Exit)

ICARE is our caring framework, based on our values that guide our interactions with patients, their families and each other. The ICARE framework is a structure that ensures that everyone (patients, visitors and staff) receive compassionate, respectful attention every time. ICARE stands for: Introduce yourself and provide your name, title and department Connect with people by making eye contact, having an approachable smile and using a greeting Ask to the patient, family member or staff member how you can help them Respond to questions and clearly explain next steps Exit courteously by asking if there is anything else that is needed and saying thank you

Exam Type:  Entrance
Issued:  August 3, 2018
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-2556-902824
DPH/LL/415-554-2912 (DHR Pos. Nos. 01037259/01055437/01082211)





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.

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