1229 Special Bilingual Examiner

Recruitment #TEX-1229-066366


1229 Special Bilingual Examiner

**Reissued on September 9, 2016 for additional recruitment. Previous applicants do not need to reapply.**

**Amended on November 4, 2016 to reflect current language needs.**

For the following languages:

The Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks qualified bilingual individuals to conduct examinations of DPH employees’ bilingual skills. These positions work on-call as-needed, and are temporary exempt appointments without benefits. Work assignments typically range from one hour to two days in duration, although longer assignments are possible.

San Francisco is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse cities in the nation.
Nearly half of all city residents speak a language other than English at home and over a third of all residents are immigrants. The City and County of San Francisco provides language access for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals to enable them to access government services. Special Bilingual Examiners conduct language testing of City and County employees to determine their proficiency in bilingual translation and interpretation.

Under general direction, the Special Bilingual Examiner conducts oral and/or written tests of bilingual language skills at various testing locations, rates candidates’ performance on tests and performs related duties as required. The essential functions of the class include, but not limited to: administering tests of bilingual language skills in interview settings and classroom testing environments including, preparing test materials and arranging facilities prior to exams, distributing test materials, providing instructions to administer tests, and answering general questions; maintaining security of the test materials before, during and after the exam, preventing candidates from taking test materials; rating candidate test performance and bilingual proficiency using established rating scales, including scoring exams and providing exam results in the designated format to candidates and human resource professionals; reporting and documenting unusual incidents; assisting in the development of exam items, test questions and rating guidelines; and performing related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. High school diploma or equivalency certificate, AND
  2. Either:
    1. Completion of a recognized certificate or certification in translating or interpreting, both orally and in writing, the designated language to and from English, OR
    2. At least ten (10) examination days or eighty (80) hours of verifiable work experience as a bilingual examiner, OR
    3. At least one (1) year of verifiable work experience as a translator, teacher, or similar occupation for which the main responsibility is to translate or interpret, both orally and in writing, the designated language to and from English.

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).

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.

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: 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.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Katelynn Luong, at (415) 554-2920 or email: Katelynn.Luong@sfdph.org

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):
Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. The Supplemental Questionnaire is a self-report checklist that is designed to evaluate if candidates meet the minimum qualifications for this position.

Only those candidates who most closely meet the Department’s needs will be invited to participate in an interview, which will assess their ability to: speak, read and write fluently in English and another language, to communicate clearly and effectively; evaluate spoken and written information in English and another language, apply predetermined criteria and make judgments; make group presentations; handle confidential data; deal tactfully and effectively with a variety of groups and individuals; and establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Applicants meeting the minimum requirements are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.

Conviction History

As a finalist 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 finalist. 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 applying 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 applying 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 selected as a finalist, 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 though 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.


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 can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20  

Information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Copies of Application Documents: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#copies

Right to Work: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#identification  

Issued: October 30, 2015
Reissued: September 9, 2016
Amended: November 4, 2016
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment No.: TEX-1229-066366
Department of Public Health
DPH / KL / (415) 554-2920
DHR Pos. No.: 01132284


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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