2473 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Level III

Recruitment #CBT-2473-904073


OPEN FOR FILING: San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) is accepting applications from candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for the 2473 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer III position to assist with the COVID-19 operations at DPH. These positions will be specifically located at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. The City strongly encourages all candidates to apply that are interested in these employment opportunities. This recruitment will be opened continuously and selection procedures will be conducted ongoing for candidates that meet the minimum qualifications for these positions.

General Job Description:

Under general supervision, the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer III, performs diagnostic imaging and therapeutic procedures in one or more specialties of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) on all age groups for outpatient, inpatient and emergency/trauma patients.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:

  • Performs diagnostic imaging procedures in one (1) or more specialties of Diagnostic Medical Sonography; selects and operates a variety of diagnostic ultrasound equipment; applies non-ionizing high frequency ultrasonic waves to patients through the use of transducers to produce images of internal organs for diagnostic interpretation by a physician, including obstetrical, gynecological, abdominal evaluations; performs specialized diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as aspirations, Doppler and vascular work, breast, neonatal, neuro-sonography, carotid and thyroid scans and portable scans.
  • Assesses general patient condition, including stability, pain and safety, and as necessary takes action consistent with appropriate standards; monitors medical equipment and promptly adjusts or reports problems; observes and documents patient physical and procedural restraints.
  • Documents procedures and events in the patient’s medical record and departmental logs, in accordance with regulatory, hospital and departmental standards; identifies images and documents with patient, technologist, date/time and laterality information. May perform CPR.
  • Transports patients using gurneys, wheelchairs and beds; transfers patients to and from the exam table.
  • Schedules procedures and patients; transfers paper orders into an electronic order entry system; collates images and paperwork, and submits them for interpretation; receives and assists patients and other customers; answers departmental telephones; may be assigned to coordinate patient flow.
  • Sets up sterile and non-sterile trays, and provides instruments, medical devices and supplies as requested.
  • Trains medical and technical personnel such as radiology residents and student diagnostic imaging technologists in the science and practice of diagnostic sonography. Participates in departmental Quality Improvement efforts.
  • Cleans imaging equipment and calibrates as necessary; cleans supplies and procedure rooms; acts as liaison with field service engineer to effect necessary repairs.

Positions in Class 2473 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer III may perform other duties as assigned.

Location: Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94110.

NOTE ON PAYSteps 3-9 are for Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Level III's.

Minimum Qualifications


  1. Three (3) years of experience working as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

License and Certification:

  1. Valid certification and registration with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) in three (3) or more specialties used at the San Francisco Department of Public Health; AND 
  2. Possession of valid Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate issued by the American Heart Association.

Possession of a valid certificate in Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound or another certificate used at the San Francisco Department of Public Health may substitute for certification and registration in one (1) specialty by the ARDMS.

*NOTE: Certification and registration with the ARDMS in Breast (BR), Fetal Echocardiography (FE), Adult Echocardiography (AE), Pediatric Echocardiography (PE), and Musculoskeletal Sonographer (MSKS) are not qualifying specialties under the San Francisco Department of Public Health.*

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Verification of Experiencehttp://sfdhr.org/getting-job#verification

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying 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.


Verification of EducationIf 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/how-verify-education-requirements


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 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.

Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. 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.

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.

Verification of required valid 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.


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, Margarita Gonzalez Diaz, by telephone at 415-554-2921, or by email at Margarita.gonzalez-diaz@sfdph.org.

Selection Plan

 Minimum Qualifications Questionnaire (MQSQ - Qualifying)

Applicants will be prompted to complete a Minimum Qualifications Questionnaire as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the Minimum Qualifications Questionnaire and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline. The information provided on the Minimum Qualifications Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the Minimum Qualifications Questionnaire will be used to assist in determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Training and Experience Evaluation  (Weight: 100%):

Candidate' training and experience will be evaluated in terms of its duration and relevance to Class 2473 Diagnostic Medical Stenographer III job-related knowledge, skills and abilities.  These may include but not be limited to:  Knowledge of the science of diagnostic sonographic imaging; abdominal, obstetrical/gynecological, neo-natal, neuro-sonography, vascular, Doppler and other imaging or therapeutic procedures; anatomy and anatomical landmarks; safety standards, including body substance precautions and body mechanics; general knowledge of Title 2;  and ability to interact and resolve problems with patients, physicians, co-workers, students and other customers.

A passing score must be achieved on the Training and Experience Evaluation in order to continue in the selection process and be placed on the eligible list.

Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. 

The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

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

Certification Rule: The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of 10 Scores. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures 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 12 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.


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.

Licensure: Valid licensure as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment. Please refer to the list of issuing agencies below: For a Fluoroscopy permit or CRT certificate: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/default.aspx. For ARRT certification: https://www.arrt.org.

Note on ICARE: DPH employees are expected to demonstrate world class care in alignment with ZSFG’s caring framework, ICARE (I-Introduce, C-Connect, A-Ask, R-Respond, E-Exit) Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR).

The Department of Public Health (DPH) utilizes 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 FaceFitting Respirator.

Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities.

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference.

Information about Job Experience Credit can be found at:http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#JobExperience.  

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.

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.

Exam Type:  CPE

Issued:  April 20, 2020

Micki  Callahan Human Resources

Director Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: CBT-2473-904073

DPH/MGD/ 415-554-2921

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