0932 Manager IV - Adult Protective Services Director

Recruitment #PBT-0932-101712





This announcement has been amended and extended to reflect changes with the application deadline date.  Applicants who already applied under Recruitment PBT-0932-101712 during the filing period January 21, 2020 through February 18, 2020 need not reapply and will be included in the applicant pool.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this announcement may close at any time but no earlier than March 3, 2020


2/3/20: Extended application deadline to February 18, 2020

2/18/20: Extended application deadline to continuous


This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.


Who We Are

The mission of the Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS) is to support the well-being, safety and independence of adults with disabilities, older people, and veterans.

The Department of Disability and Aging Services is a department within the Human Services Agency (HSA).  HSA delivers public assistance, child welfare, and aging and adult services to the citizens of San Francisco. Its mission is to promote well-being and self-sufficiency among individuals, families, and communities in San Francisco. HSA was formed in 2004 with the merger of two previously existing city departments, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Disability and Aging Services. The Office of Early Childhood Education joined the Agency in 2014.

What We Do

The Department of Disability and Aging Services is charged with planning, coordinating, and advocating for community-based services for older people and adults with disabilities. The department is dedicated to the well-being, safety, and independence of adults with disabilities, older people, and their support systems. In addition to coordinating a range of integrated social, health, and long-term care services, DAS provides services to vulnerable adults who may require advocacy or a surrogate decision maker.

Position Overview

The Adult Protective Services (APS) Director has oversight and responsibility for a division within the Department of Aging and Adult Services that carries out multiple complex functions and provides critical services to some of the City’s most vulnerable residents. The APS Director is responsible for overseeing a division that is made up of eight units of highly trained staff that are primarily responsible for investigating and resolving situations involving abuse, neglect, exploitation, and self-neglect among the elderly and adults with disabilities. In addition to overseeing the direct services that must be provided in accordance with state law and regulations specified by the California Department of Social Services, this position also has responsibility for managing  the APS 24-Hour After Hours Program, the High-Risk Self Neglect Unit, the Virtual Financial Abuse Unit, the Elder Abuse Forensic Center, and five contracted services that provide support to the division’s efforts to address abuse among older people and adults with disabilities.

The APS Director has a high degree of community visibility and is regularly required to represent the division, the Department of Disability and Aging Services, HSA, and the City at local, state, and national forums including technical meetings that are held in partnership with the US Attorney, the Department of Social Services, or with local criminal justice partners such as the District Attorney’s Office. Locally, this position is required to work in collaboration with the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, the Department of Public Health, Behavioral Health Services, and other key City agencies to identify strategic and innovative interventions to improve the well-being for the City’s most vulnerable populations.  On a statewide level this position is required to participate in policy meetings and strategic initiatives that are aimed at improving the state’s coordinated response to elder abuse.

This position has full decision-making authority for the program as well as responsibility for preparing the division’s budget, allocating resources, and identifying unmet and future resource needs that are required in order to support the goals of the division. Furthermore, this position functions as a senior manager within the Department of Disability and Aging Services is regularly required to participate in department-wide initiatives that promote the larger vision and mission of the department and agency.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities  

  1. Provide vision and leadership to a program of approximately 70 staff ensuring that the mission and vision of the APS program and the department are met.
  2. Oversee operations to ensure compliance with local and state policies/regulations.
  3. Prepare and manage the program’s budget.
  4. Oversee multiple contracts, and ensure the effective delivery and performance of contracted services.
  5. Provide direct supervision, coaching, and training to a team of management and supervisory level staff, and analysts.
  6. Direct and coordinate program activities with other DAS programs, other city departments, as well as community agencies to improve service delivery throughout San Francisco.
  7. Represent the program and DAS at state-level meetings, national forums, local commission and board hearings, task force meetings, as well as meetings with other City departments.
  8. Ensure the effectiveness of the delivery of services including organizational structure, staffing, and quality of the delivery of services.
  9. Monitor and evaluation of outside contractors and establishing goals and outcomes for those providers.
  10. Develop the management team by coaching, monitoring, and inspiring high performance results and connecting individual goals to the team vision.
  11. Conduct effective resource planning to maximize the productivity of resources (people, technology etc.).
  12. Partnering with program directors to develop outcomes and service objectives for vulnerable adults


The Ideal Candidate: DAS is seeking a team-oriented leader with excellent managerial skills and direct experience promoting staff collaboration across levels and disciplines. The ideal candidate will be an innovator with experience using data to improve performance and daily operations. Furthermore, this candidate will be a highly motivated individual enthusiastic about stakeholder collaboration, protecting vulnerable populations, and participatory government processes.  The ideal candidate also:

  • Possesses strong leadership and relationship building qualities
  • Demonstrates well-developed skills in critical thinking and analysis
  • Possesses excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Builds positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Has experience successfully leading and coordinating people who work across multiple disciplines within and outside unit boundaries
  • Has experience coordinating budget preparation, monitoring of expenditures, and financial reporting for the assigned section
  • Works well in a fast- paced, dynamic, and crisis response social services program
  • Ability to analyze and resolve complex administrative problems and negotiate effective solutions
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of budget preparation and administration
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing services for people with disabilities and older adults
  • Experience and knowledge of theories related to organizational change management
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of conflict resolution

Minimum Qualifications

1.       Education:

Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or a closely related field;


2.       Experience:

Five (5) years of recent verifiable professional experience working in programs serving older people and adults with disabilities in areas such as aging and adult protective services, behavioral health, probate or mental health conservatorship programs and/or legal services. This experience must be gained in a large social services setting or related community based organization, and must include three (3) years of experience supervising professionals in these fields. 

**Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualification requirements by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.**

VERIFICATION OF EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION: 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.

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).

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 Ivy Yeung by telephone at 415-557-6205 or by email at ivy.yeung@sfgov.org.

Selection Plan

Written Exam - Management Test Battery (40%)

Supplemental Questionnaire (60%)

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):

Applicants will be prompted to complete a Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Management Test Battery (Weight: 40%):

Candidates will be invited to participate in a computer-based examination designed to measure competencies in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Problem Solving; Leadership; Decision Making; Interpersonal skill; Human Resources Management; Team Building; Communication; Conflict Management and Process Improvement. For more information about this Management Test (and a suggested reading list) please visit: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=343. Please note: this examination is only held in San Francisco. A passing score must be achieved on the Management Test Battery to continue in the selection process.

A passing score must be achieved on the Management Test Battery in order to continue in the selection process.

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Scores attained on the Management Test Battery will be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take the Management Test Battery. The Management Test Battery may be used for many other classes; therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the selection process for the future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes the Management Test Battery, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the Management Test Battery. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which the Management Test Battery is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: 60%):

Candidates will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application. The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure an applicant’s relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas identified as critical for successful performance. These may include but are not limited to: knowledge of and ability to project management; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; knowledge of issues pertaining to the elderly and adults with disabilities; ability to identify, analyze and report upon activities, issues, and problems and recommend appropriate solutions; written communication ability; knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to target population. All responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire are subject to verification and should be consistent with the information provided in your application.

Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

Passing scores must be achieved on the Management Test Battery and the Supplemental Questionnaire Examination in order to continue in the selection process.

The above test components are considered standardized and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.

CERTIFICATION: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be Rule of the List. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List/Score Report:
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process 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 six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

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.


Terms of Announcement:
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.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule.  Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director.  Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.


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: 

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: 
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:


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.

Clerical Errors: May be corrected by the posting of the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions

General Information: Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

Driver’s License requirement: Most positions require a valid California’s driver’s license: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#license

Exam Type:  CPE
Issued: January 17, 2020
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-0931-902993
HSA/IY 415-557-6205


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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