2803 Epidemiologist II

Recruitment #TPV-2803-107723


2803 Epidemiologist II

Department of Public Health

APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Provisional (TPV). This is not a permanent appointment. A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service examination for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for permanent appointment.

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is currently accepting applications for four (4) full-time and two (2) part-time positions in class 2803 Epidemiologist II.

Location: 25 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 5:00PM. May include evening, weekends, and/or holidays. Shifts are subject to change depending on the needs of the department.

The applicant pool resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill future TPV positions in this class at various locations within DPH.

General Job Description: Under the general direction of the Applied Research, Community Health Epidemiology, and Surveillance (ARCHES) Branch Director, the 2803 Epidemiologist II will support the Epidemiology and Surveillance response activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

·         Develops and implements epidemiologic studies and projects to identify factors associated with transmission. Collaborates in studies and analyses to evaluate and improve the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of public health interventions designed to protect and promote community health.

·     Designs, implements, and completes data gathering and processing systems.

·     Analyzes and interprets epidemiologic, surveillance, and population health data. Assists with the development or implementation, maintenance and modification of health data systems for health data.

·         Establishes and maintains surveillance systems to identify and monitor health-related trends among various populations.

·     Recommends policies and procedures for the control and prevention of COVID-19 disease and the promotion of health outcomes.

·        Assess the feasibility of population interventions. Analyzes the potential impacts of planned interventions on population health of the target population(s).

·         Provides direction to staff involved with data collection, data quality management, statistical analysis, and other support activities.

·     Provides technical consultation to departmental staff on epidemiologic research methodology and design, including the development of epidemiologic survey instruments and procedures for data collection, data cleaning, and analysis.

·         Provides information to other public and private agencies and professional groups regarding issues relating to disease trends, patterns, characteristics, possible causation, and potential remedial actions. Coordinates surveillance efforts with departmental staff and investigators in other agencies.

·         Prepares reports, presentations, and scientific manuscripts based on hypothesis and results.

·         Participates in the COVID-19 Command Center as needed;

The 2803 Epidemiologist II performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

1.    Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university; AND

2.    Three (3) years of experience within the filed of Epidemiology performing study design, evaluation or analysis.


Substitution: Possession of a master’s degree within the field of Epidemiology (or related social, psychological or biological science) may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.


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.

  • Experience working in an epidemiologist position at state or local health department.
  • Experience working in an emergency operations center for any public health emergency.
  • Demonstrated technical experience in data collection, data management, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Experience with developing data collection forms and protocols to investigate communicable and /or chronic diseases.
  • Experience providing technical assistance in epidemiologic methods, biostatistical methods, or mathematical modeling methods.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting original epidemiologic research and communicating epidemiologic research.
  • Experience designing, developing and maintaining databases in MS Access or other database software.
  • Experience with writing R and SAS programs for data management, data analysis, and data visualization.
  • Experience with analyzing, summarizing, and interpreting communicable disease surveillance and outbreak investigation data.
  • Familiarity with medical terms and disease control and prevention concepts.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and courteously with public health clients, medical providers, community groups, and colleagues.
  • Strong time management and project management skills.

Verification of Experience: 

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. More information can be found at http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#verification


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. 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 analyst, Emily Lee, by telephone at 415-554-2913or by email at Emily.Lee@sfdph.org.

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant’s experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position.

Applications will be reviewed for relevant qualifying education and experience. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the next steps of the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications 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 31003109). 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.


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/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.


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.


Information on requesting 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: 

Issued: October 15, 2020
Carol Isen
Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TPV-2803-107723



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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