2574 Clinical Psychologist - Crisis Intervention Specialist

Recruitment #TEX-2574-070258



Applicants are encouraged to file immediately as this recruitment may close at any time,
but no earlier than December 14, 2018

April 7, 2017 & November 30, 2018:  Reissued for additional applicants.  

APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Temporary Exempt.  In accordance with San Francisco Charter Section 10.104, exempt employees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.  It is anticipated that these limited duration positions will last up to three (3) years.  

The Department of Public Health’s Comprehensive Crisis Services is accepting applications for a full time position in class 2574 Clinical Psychologist to function as a Crisis Intervention Specialist.  

San Francisco’s Police Crisis Intervention Specialist Team will deploy licensed mental health professionals to the scene of police encounters with troubled individuals as part of a new partnership between the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). The program strengthens and expands the city’s crisis response capabilities by providing a pool of professionals to support police negotiations, de-escalate conflict situations, and ensure that individuals are adequately assessed and provided mental health crisis services if needed. This team will support the de-escalation of conflict situations when police officers respond to individuals who may be mentally ill or under the influence of drugs or alcohol and pose a potential danger to themselves or others.  

Comprehensive Crisis Services currently includes three (3) programs:  The Mobile Crisis Treatment Team provides behavioral health crisis triage, in-the-field crisis assessments/interventions, and short-term crisis case-management for individuals age eighteen (18) years or older who are located within the City and County of San Francisco; the Crisis Response Services (CRT) program provides clinical support and linkage for individuals, families and community members affected by community violence and critical incidents; and Comprehensive Child Crisis provides 5150 assessments, crisis intervention and crisis case management services for youth up to the age of 18 years.  

SHIFT/DAYS OFF:  To be determined, but may include days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, and on call shifts.  Shifts may vary.  

Patient/Client Population:  Youth, adults, and older adults with behavioral health issues and/or affected by violence.  


Under general supervision of the Director of Comprehensive Crisis Services, the 2574 Clinical Psychologist functions as a Crisis Intervention Specialist and performs the following essential job functions:

  • Collaborates with the SFPD; functions as a mental health professional in a police crisis situation and provides support to primary negotiators;
  • Provides crisis intervention support and/or debriefing to individuals affected by a crisis situation (e.g., individual, family, SFPD, community members) to provide triage, crisis intervention, and consultation to victim(s), family members, and community members;
  • Submits appropriate documentation according to State, Federal, County, and HIPAA standards and regulations;
  • Provides culturally appropriate services and support;
  • Responds to a culturally and socio-economically diverse population, located within a variety of neighborhoods/settings;
  • Functions effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced crisis environment;
  • Provides services in unpredictable and/or uncomfortable situations;
  • Works with challenging youth, adult, and older adult clients (including dual and multi-diagnosed);
  • Assists with and participates in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) with the SFPD;
  • Conducts crisis assessments and initiates WIC 5150 involuntary holds when indicated;
  • Provides advocacy and coordination of care (e.g. hospital, jail, etc.);
  • Leads program evaluation efforts by gathering and evaluating data to document the program’s progress;
  • Assists with quality assurance efforts;
  • Provides therapy services;
  • Participates in staff meetings and in-service programs;
  • Oversees clinical services of staff and interns (e.g. psychodiagnostic assessment), as necessary; and
  • Assists with backing up the other Comprehensive Crisis Services teams/programs.  

The 2574 Clinical Psychologist - Crisis Intervention Specialist performs other related duties as assigned.     

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid license as a Psychologist issued by the California Board of Psychology as defined in Chapter 6.6 of the Business and Professions Code; Psychology Licensing Law, Sections 2900-2903, 2914.  

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted. One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

Upon successful completion of 5150 training and testing administered by Comprehensive Crisis Services, the class 2574 Clinical Psychologist - Crisis Intervention Specialist employees will receive 5150 certification and must maintain it for the duration of employment.  

Desirable Qualifications:
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Experience providing language interpretation services to clients who don’t speak English
  • Two (2) years of experience or training in crisis support services
  • Two (2) years of experience working with children and adults
  • Two (2) years of experience working in a community mental health setting
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with a multidisciplinary team
  • Possession of a valid California’s Driver’s License

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.

Verification of required education typically must be a photocopy of the degree or transcript from an accredited college or university.  

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative.  City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) employees do not need to submit verification of their City employment, but must submit written verification of outside experience. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2.     

Verification of required licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

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, Yvette Gamble, by telephone at  (415) 554-2911 or by email at yvette.gamble@sfdph.org

Selection Procedures

Departmental Selection Procedures:
The department may implement screening mechanisms in order to determine applicants’ qualifications for this position.  Only applicants most closely meeting the needs of the department will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps in the selection process.


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 applying 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 applying 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.



Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.

Valid licensure as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout duration of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.   

Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR):
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.  

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.  

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

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.

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



Issued:  November 4, 2016; Reissued:  April 7, 2017; Reissued:  November 30, 2018
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-2574-070258
DPH/YG/(415) 554-2911   (01134512)



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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