2230 Police Physician

Recruitment #PEX-2230-107986


2230 Police Physician

Amended on 12/3/20 to Continuous. Applicants are encouraged to apply as this recruitment may close at any time, but not earlier than December 11, 2020,

Appointment Type: Permanent Exempt.  This appointment is Exempt from Civil Service examination, in accordance with Section 10.104-13 of the City Charter.


The San Francisco Police Department was established in 1849 and continually strives to become a more effective, inclusive and modern police department, while earning the trust and pride of those we serve and those who serve.  Our goal is to reflect on current SFPD initiatives, assess best practices across the country, and evaluate the changing environment in policing and within the City to arrive at a strategy statement that the Department and our community can embody every day.


The San Francisco Police Department stands for Safety and Respect for All.  We will engage in just transparent unbiased and responsive policing. We will do so in the spirit of dignity and in collaboration with the community. And we will maintain and build trust and respect as the guardians of Constitutional and human rights.


The San Francisco Police Department is committed to excellence in law enforcement and is dedicated to the people, traditions and diversity of our City. The department provides service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision. The department has grown into a nationally known police department providing law enforcement services to one of the most recognized cities in the United States.


Position Description:

Under general administrative direction, the Police Physician plans, organizes, directs and is responsible for the operations of the Physician's Office of the SFPD. The Police Physician is the official physician of the SFPD and not an employee's primary care physician.


The Police Physician is responsible for: coordinating and implementing a comprehensive occupational health and safety program for the Department; researching, reviewing, developing and/or executing medical policies for the Department, including reviewing and revising, as necessary, medical standards for entry-level and promotional ranks; enforcing regulations concerning the proper use and handling of specialized medical equipment, materials and supplies; maintaining contacts with specialists to obtain their expert advice in difficult medical and related matters; collaborating with other City departments to address city wide health concerns; preparing, reviewing, and approving medical and technical diagnosis, decisions, records and reports; conducting physical examinations of entry-level and promotional candidates for uniformed ranks; providing medical assessments, advice as well as referrals to a member’s primary physician when necessary; performing other medical evaluations for employees with regard to disability and workers' compensation cases; working with staff in monitoring Workers' Compensation claims; and performing other related duties as required. This position's schedule may require 24-hour on-call availability in emergency situations.


Examples of Essential Duties:

·         Develops and implements primary and secondary prevention strategies for the Department's occupational health and safety program.

·         Analyzes work-related injuries and illnesses for risk management.

·         Coordinates education /training programs for specific hazards.

·         Develops and implements infection control policy for blood borne pathogens.

·         May coordinate influenza vaccine administration on an annual basis to uniformed

            members and professional staff.

·         Conducts medical evaluations for uniformed members.

·         Provides and distributes occupational health and safety information.

·         Provide information and reports to the Chief of Police or other governing boards as necessary.

·         Provides preventative counseling regarding specific risk factors for each uniformed members.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Successful completion of a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or American Osteopathic Association in the appropriate medical specialty area for the assigned facility or division (i.e. Board Eligible).

License and Certification: Possession of a valid license to practice medicine issued by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.

Desirable Qualifications

·         Completion of a recognized residency program in Occupational Health

·         Knowledge of the principles and practices of Occupational Health

·         Ability to make expert diagnoses, interpretations, and recommendations on a consultative level

·         Effective written and verbal communications skills

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and promotes relationships of trust and respect

·         Ability to use a wide array of Microsoft Office products as well as other common software applications in the performance of duties.

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, Orla Petirs, by telephone at 415-837-7362, or by email at orla.petirs@sfgov.org 

Selection Procedures

Applications and resumes will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidate’s qualifications. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement through all steps of the selection process. Only candidates most closely meeting the needs of the department will be invited to continue in the selection process.

Background Investigation:
Prior to employment with the San Francisco Police Department, a thorough background investigation will be conducted to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment. The investigation may include, but not be limited to: criminal history records, driving records, drug/alcohol screening, and other related employment and personal history records. Reasons for rejection may include use of controlled substances and alcohol, felony conviction, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to work with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations or other relevant factors. Candidates may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening, and must clear Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting. Criminal records will be carefully reviewed; candidates who do not report their complete criminal records on their applications will be disqualified. Applicants will be fingerprinted.

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.


Want more information about our employment policies?
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.

Should you keep copies of application documents?
Yes! Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Do you have the 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.

Do you have an ADA request?
If you meet the qualifications for this job there is information about how to make an ADA request at:
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities   Persons with disabilities who might need accommodations during the application and selection process should contact the SFPD ADA Coordinator Penny Si at (415) 837-7221.


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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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