2574 Clinical Psychologist - CITYWIDE EXAM

Recruitment #CBT-2574-903240




March 25, 2021:  Extended deadline for additional applicants.  

The City and County of San Francisco is accepting applications for positions in class 2574 Clinical Psychologist to work at Departments that may include, but are not limited to the Human Services Agency and the Department of Public Health.  The eligible list from this Class Based Test (CBT) announcement will be used to fill vacancies in this class for the duration of the eligible list.

Job Description:

Under general supervision, conducts professional-level work in clinical psychology; carries out psychodiagnostic examinations and psychotherapy of emotionally disturbed, mentally ill, chemically dependent and developmentally delayed children and adults; prepares psychological reports; provides psychological consultation services; participates in psychological research; when assigned as a neuropsychologist, conducts professional-level work in neuropsychology; carries out neuropsychological examinations of neurologically impaired and mentally ill children and adults; prepares neuropsychological reports; provides neuropsychological consultation to a multidisciplinary team. 

The 2574 Clinical Psychologist performs essential functions that include, but are not limited to the following:  

  • Conducts individual and group psychotherapy with children and adults; prepares psychological reports presenting diagnostic findings, interview findings, clinical evaluations, and recommendations for the treatment and rehabilitation of children and adults;
  • Selects, administers, scores, and interprets appropriate psychological tests of intelligence, personality, aptitude, achievement, interest and other specialized areas and conducts diagnostic clinical interviews with emotionally disturbed, mentally ill, chemically dependent, and developmentally delayed children and adults to assess their problems and assist them in overcoming their difficulties; participates in psychological research;
  • Reviews and evaluates social agency, school, and court records; secures and assesses psychological, psychiatric and/or neuropsychological data and case material; consults with social workers, public health nurses, teachers, probation officers, judges, physicians, rehabilitative staff, and other professionals in individual and group conferences regarding cases under diagnosis and treatment;
  • Provides education, consultation, and information to community groups on child and adult adjustment problems, mental illness, chemical dependence, culturally relevant services, and other topics;
  • Participates in the planning, development and execution of psychological training internships, and postdoctoral traineeships under supervision of a supervising psychologist; and
  • When assigned as a neuropsychologist, conducts neuropsychological test evaluations to aid in neurologic diagnosis; determines appropriate therapeutic, rehabilitative, or counseling strategies for neurologically impaired individuals; prepares written  reports  of results of neuropsychological test evaluations; serves as a consultant to a multidisciplinary team; works with the family members and caregivers regarding management of the neurologically impaired individual; may assist in training activities to upgrade skills of other psychologists and psychologists and psychology interns in performing neuropsychological duties.

The 2574 Clinical Psychologist performs related duties as required.

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; Psychologist Licensing Law, Sections 2900-2903, 2914.

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

Possible Special Conditions:
Some positions may require applicants to meet additional requirements that may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.  These additional requirements may include, but are not limited to:

  • Some positions may require bilingual fluency in a variety of languages depending upon the department's bilingual needs (e.g., Cantonese, Spanish, etc.). Only those eligible candidates who pass the bilingual proficiency test will be considered for bilingual positions. Applicants must indicate on the application form the language(s) in which they claim proficiency.
  • Successful completion of a 4,000 hours, post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology OR two (2) years (equivalent to 4,000 hours) of experience as a Clinical Neuropsychologist. Qualifying education, training, and experience must be under the supervision of a Neuropsychologist and commensurate with The Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology Policy Statement: https://uh.edu/hns/hc.html
  • Six (6) months of post-graduate level psychological testing and reporting experience
  • Twelve (12) months of clinical experience with children

Possible Conditions of Employment:
Some positions may require applicants to meet additional conditions of employment.  These conditions of employment may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to work directly with high-risk clients in the field, responding to, potentially dangerous, crisis situations (including shootings and homicides) throughout the city of San Francisco. Ability to perform crisis assessments/interventions in the field/office/ER, including mental status examinations, interpretation of psychiatric symptoms, interface with collateral parties, completion of 5150 application, transport of client, and linkage to appropriate services.

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 a required license/certificate/registration is typically a photocopy of the document, including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name, license/certificate/registration number, and expiration date of the license/certificate/registration holder.

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

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.

Training and Experience Evaluation: (Weight: 100%)
The Supplemental Questionnaire/Training and Experience Evaluation is also designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge of principles of clinical psychology, psychometry and personality;
  • Knowledge of psychotherapeutic methods applicable to emotionally disturbed, mentally ill and chemically dependent children and adults;
  • Knowledge of statistical and research methodology;
  • Knowledge of when assigned as a neuropsychologist: principles of neuropsychology, therapeutic and rehabilitative methods applicable to neurologically impaired individuals, family members and caregivers;
  • Ability to effectively carry out standards methods, procedures and techniques of clinical psychology including diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of psychological problems, mental disorders and chemical dependence of individuals and groups;
  • Ability to prepare professional case reports of findings and recommendations; and
  • Ability to interact with a multidisciplinary team: provide culturally sensitive services. When assigned as a neuropsychologist: formulate and recommend rehabilitation strategies and design remedial cognitive and behavioral interventions; assess and treat neuropsychologically impaired individuals and consult with a multidisciplinary team regarding neuropsychological issues

Once submitted, applicant responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire/Training and Experience Evaluation cannot be changed. Applicants must achieve a passing score in order to be ranked on the eligible list/score report. Successful applicants will be placed on the eligible list/score report, in rank order, according to their final score.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be the Rule of Ten Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making 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 twelve (12) 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.

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.  

Valid licensure/certification/registration 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/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.   

Note on ICARE:
Willingness to uphold/abide by ZSFG’s ICARE (I-Introduce, C-Connect, A-Ask, R-Respond, E-Exit) philosophy for employee and patient interactions: https://zuckerbergsanfranciscogeneral.org/about-us/.

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.  

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/rulesIn 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.

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: 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 

Exam Type:  Entrance
Issued:  March 12, 2021
Carol Isen
Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number:  CBT-2574-903240
DPH/YG/(415) 554-2911


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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