2548 Occupational Therapist

Recruitment #CBT-2548-107347



Under general supervision, the Occupational Therapist assesses, plans, and implements appropriate Occupational Therapy habilitative and rehabilitative treatment interventions to clients in acute-care and long-term hospitals, senior programs, mental health settings, clinical outpatient centers, home health, public school settings, and other similar institutions. Essential functions include: evaluation of client needs, treatment planning, implementation of occupational therapy treatment, documenting treatment per facility and regulatory guidelines, reassessment of client progress and treatment plan, client discharge planning, and regular communication with rehabilitation team members, clients, client family members, and other health care or community partners regarding treatment program and services. Additional duties may include supervising assigned staff, students, interns and volunteers. 

  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) Department of Psychiatry **
    At ZSFG in the Department of Psychiatry, Occupational Therapists who have recent experience within the last year of working with people who have a mental health diagnosis, or those who have successful completion of a 3-month internship in mental health may apply. OT’s in this division provide group and individual psycho-social interventions for adults on the inpatient locked psychiatric acute and sub-acute units, jail psychiatric unit, and psychiatric emergency service. OT's with experience leading a variety of evidenced-based practice groups and those familiar with sensory modulation interventions, are encouraged to apply.
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) Rehabilitation Department
    At ZSFG Rehabilitation Services, our mission is to provide equitable, high quality rehabilitation services with compassion and respect for all who seek services at our institution. ZSFG is a county hospital, level 1 trauma center, teaching hospital, small skilled nursing facility and a robust ambulatory care site. Occupational Therapists may be assigned to inpatient acute care, skilled nursing (SNF), and outpatient patient service (including hand therapy). OT’s assigned to the outpatient department periodically cross cover on inpatient service lines as well. In addition to working with the orthopedics/post-surgical population, neurological conditions, an interest and/or experience working with patients will special populations including pediatrics is desired. Clinical mentorship is available.
  • Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center
    Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center is one of the largest long- term care facilities in the country, offering Acute Rehabilitation Services, SNF Rehabilitation Services and Long-Term Care for residents of the City and County of San Francisco in need of these services. Occupational Therapists who are interested in working with a dynamic, diverse, and team-oriented group of professions in this care setting should apply. Occupational Therapists who have experience working with under-served San Francisco individuals, who have neurological impairments such as traumatic and acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, as well as poly trauma and hand therapy, will be an asset. Experienced therapists and new graduates are encouraged to apply.
  • Health at Home
    At Health At Home, occupational therapists with two (2) years of clinical experience or more should apply. The Health at Home Occupational Therapist provides home therapy and case management to homebound residents of San Francisco, primarily within the San Francisco Health Network. Previous home health experience is not required, but highly desirable. Occupational Therapists who have experience, or a strong desire to work with the underserved San Francisco population, display a high level of self-confidence, and are comfortable working in an autonomous environment are an asset.
  • California Children's Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Program
    At CCS, Occupational Therapists provide services to clients, ranging in age from birth to 21 years, who are eligible for services through the Medical Therapy Program. Examples of CCS-MTP eligible conditions include: neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, or muscular diseases such as cerebral palsy, juvenile arthritis, muscular dystrophy, amputation, arthrogryposis, and other conditions caused by major sequelae from pediatric stroke, cancer, traumatic injuries, or infectious diseases. Services are primarily provided in an outpatient clinic setting, but may also be provided in the public school setting or within the home to address equipment needs and caregiver training. Occupational therapists with a minimum of 3 months pediatric experience and who are comfortable working in an autonomous environment are strongly desired.

NOTE: ** indicates current vacancies

Practice settings include: • Acute Rehab • Acute Care • SNF Rehab • Long Term Care • Out Patient Orthopedics • Home Health • Aquatic Therapy • Pediatrics

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:
Possession of a valid Occupational Therapy License issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT); OR

Acceptance by the California Board of Occupational Therapy for the next examination of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

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

Special Condition:

Position at ZSFGH Department of Psychiatry requires

  • Successful completion of a three month internship working with people with mental health issues

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification. 

Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuer (BLS) Certificate Requirement/Provision: 

Possession of a valid Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuer (BLS) 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 Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuer (BLS) 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. 

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.

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

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 Louieby email at Lillian.Louie@sfdph.org


Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):

Candidates will be prompted to complete a 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.

Written Examination (WEIGHT: 100%):

Qualified candidates will be sent a Supplemental Questionnaire to complete which will determine their relative knowledge, ability and skill level in one or more of the following job related areas as appropriate. These areas may include, but not be limited to: Knowledge of disease processes and physical, mental and emotional disabilities; Knowledge and ability to conduct patient/client assessments; Knowledge and ability to develop and implement treatment plans; Knowledge of health and safety standards; Interpersonal skills and abilities; and oral and written communication skills.

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 of six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

To find Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

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

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.


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: 

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.

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/certification/registration 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/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination 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.  

Note on Electronic Health Records:
The Department of Public Health (DPH) has implemented 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. Visit https://zuckerbergsanfranciscogeneral.org/about-us/ 

Exam Type:  ENTRANCE
Issued:  October 9, 2020
Carol Isen
Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-2548-107347
DPH/LL/DHR Pos No01088822






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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