Supervising Physician Spec

Fire Department Physician

Recruitment #PEX-2233-102600





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


Position Description: The Fire Department has one vacancy in the Physician’s Office.  Under general administrative direction, the Supervising Physician Specialist plans, organizes, directs and is responsible for the operations of the Physician’s Office of the Fire Department. The Supervising Physician Specialist is responsible for: coordinating and implementing a comprehensive occupational health and safety program for the Department; designing and implementing a wellness-fitness program for the Department; developing and 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 equipment, materials and supplies; maintenance of contacts with specialists to obtain their expert advice in difficult medical and related matters; preparing, reviewing, and approving medical and technical diagnosis, decisions, records and reports; conducting pre-employment physical examinations of entry-level and promotional candidates for uniformed ranks; personally diagnosing difficult cases and prescribing medical care for Department employees; performing other medical examinations for employees with regard to disability and workers’ compensation cases; working with staff in monitoring Workers’ Compensation claims; supervising professional and administrative support staff including a Nurse Practitioner, a clerk typist, and temporary uniformed staff; and performing other related duties as required.  This position’s schedule may require 24-hour on-call availability in emergency situations.


Examples of Important Duties:

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

·       Establishes standards and measures for a wellness-fitness program, including goals and objectives at various life- and career-stages of uniformed members

·       Reviews medical standards against NFPA guidelines and protocols from other relevant jurisdictions to ensure that standards are job-related to the particular entry-level and/or promotional rank

·       Analyzes work-related injuries and illnesses for risk management

·       Coordinates education / training programs for specific hazards

·       Develops and implements infection control policy for bloodborne pathogens

·       Routinely conducts tuberculosis screening for uniformed members

·       Administers influenza vaccine on an annual basis to uniformed members and civilian staff

·       Conducts regular health check screenings for uniformed members

·       Provides preventative counseling regarding specific risk factors for each uniformed member

·       Conducts pre-employment physical examinations of candidates for city service

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an approved medical school;
  • Possession of a Doctor of Medicine degree;
  • Possession of a license to practice medicine issued by the California Medical Board (
  • Possession of board certification in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Preventive Medicine or Occupational Medicine from the American Board of Medical Specialties (
  • Two years supervisory experience of professional and administrative staff

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Completion of a recognized residency program in Occupational Health
  • Experience in developing, implementing and monitoring a wellness-fitness program for a large agency
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of Occupational Health
  • Ability to make expert diagnoses, interpretations, and recommendations on a consultative level
  • Ability to supervise professional and administrative staff
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Products 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 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 (,,,,,,,,,,,,

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, Jesusa Bushong, by email at


Selection Procedures

The selection process may include an oral interview and an evaluation of candidates’ training and experience.  In the event that a large number of qualified applications are received, only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate.  Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.

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.


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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