0953 Deputy Director III - Director Environmental Health Branch

Recruitment #PEX-0953-109842


San Francisco Department of Public Health
0953 Deputy Director III - Director of Environmental Health Branch

APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Permanent Exempt. In accordance with San Francisco Charter Section 10.104, exempt employees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.   

**Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but not earlier than April 2, 2021*  

The 0953 Deputy Director III - Director of Environmental Health leads and directs the Environmental Health Branch (EHB).  This position reports to the Director of Health and the County Health Officer/Director of Population Health Division.  The EHB Director directs all the environmental health regulatory programs for DPH including Food Safety, Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste, Healthy Housing, Solid Waste, Water Quality, Local Oversight Program and Site Mitigation for contaminated sites, Massage Parlors, Body Art, Tobacco Sales, Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, and the Air, Noise and Radiation Program. The Director also supervises the County Agricultural Commissioner, Weights and Measures, Children’s Environmental Health Promotion, Food Systems Programs and the Program for Health, Equity and Sustainability (PHES). In addition, the Director supervises the Environmental Health Operations (Budget, payments, purchases, and building) staff, the Information Technology staff, and the Disaster Planning staff. Essential duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provides effective leadership for the Environmental Health Branch by developing shared vision, purpose, values, and strategy with EHB managers and staff. The Director positively engages, empowers, and inspires managers and staff to pursue and achieve EHB strategic goals and objectives;
  • Plans, implements, ensures continuous quality improvement, and performance and service excellence at all levels of the EHB. Ensures the conduct of high quality environmental health assessments, health impact assessments, and data/knowledge management, synthesis, and translation to guide and inform environment health protection efforts, policy development, and regulatory and enforcement actions;
  • Develops policies and procedures for all of the Environmental Health Programs;
  • Assists in development, review and approval of the Environmental Health Branch budget. The Environmental Health expenditure and revenue budgets are approximately $25,000,000 annually; 
  • Ensures that Environmental Health fees are set to pay for the costs of each program and all fees are collected and deposited in the proper codes. Approves invoices and expenditures, reviews revenues;
  • Determines and ensures proper staffing levels for each program, approves training and handles personnel and union matters.  There are approximately 125 staff employees plus additional contract staff; 
  • Works with DPH Office of Policy and Planning, the Board of Supervisors and the City Attorney’s Office to draft and pass city legislation that involves environmental health issues;
  • Apprises the Director of Health and the Health Officer of urgent environmental health concerns;
  • Works and interacts with community organizations, private citizens, private industry, environmental justice advocates and other city departments on environmental health matters;
  • Interacts extensively with numerous and diverse stakeholders on controversial, high stakes, and emotionally charged environmental and human health issues requiring exceptional  skill in conflict resolution, negotiation, change management and ethnical leadership;
  • Balances competing interests and demands to optimally protect and promote health;
  • Responds to communications from staff, supervisors, other departmental representatives, and the general public;
  • Leads environmental health strategy and policy development to ensure health protection;
  • Interacts with community organizations, private citizens, private industry, environmental justice advocates and other city departments on environmental health matters; and
  • Participates in the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health meetings and conference calls.
The 0953 Deputy Director III – Director, Environmental Health Branch performs related duties as required/assigned.  

Minimum Qualifications


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; AND

Six (6) years of verifiable management experience which must include supervising employees engaged in food, housing, general sanitation, or other related inspection work. Qualifying experience must include two (2) years of verifiable experience at a level equivalent to a Principal Health Inspector or Environmental Health Manager; AND

Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) by California Department of Public Health



Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university; AND

Four (4) years of verifiable management experience which must include supervising employees engaged in food, housing, general sanitation, or other related inspection work. Qualifying experience must include two (2) years of verifiable experience at a level equivalent to a Principal Health Inspector or Environmental Health Manager; AND

Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) by California Department of Public Health

One year of 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.

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

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.

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health or Masters in Public Administration. 
  • Experience managing budgets and developing local ordinances.
  • Experience supervising a large number of staff. 
  • California Driver’s License

Verification of Experience: http://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.

Verification of Education: 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/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.

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, Jennifer Magnusson, by telephone at 415-554-2522, or by email at Jennifer.Magnusson@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.

The selection procedure will include evaluation of applications and the supplemental questionnaire in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates.  

Final candidate(s) will be invited to take the Management Test Battery (MTB). The exam results will be for departmental informational purposes only. 

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/Certification/Registration: 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 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 FaceFitting Respirator.  

Medical Examination/Drug Testing: 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.    

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. 

 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.

Copies of Application Documents:  Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned. http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#copies   

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. http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#identification  

Information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation: 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  

Issued:  March 22, 2021
Carol Isen
Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-0953-109842
DPH/ JM / 415-554-2522/Pos 01147229


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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