2575 Research Psychologist

Recruitment #TEX-2575-082275




Applicants are encouraged to file immediately as this recruitment may close at any time,

but no earlier than January 2, 2018  

APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Temporary Exempt.  In accordance with San Francisco Charter Section 10.104, exempt employees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.   NOTE:  Although we are currently recruiting for a full-time position, this applicant pool may also be used for other as needed, part-time, or full-time vacancies within the Department of Public Health.  

Under general direction of the 0922 Manager I – Assistant Director, Children Youth, and Families System of Care (CYFSOC), the 2575 Research Psychologist -  Director of Practice Improvement  plans and coordinates a Practice Improvement and Research/Evaluation Program focused on identifying best practices (evidence-based/informed, culturally relevant practice-based evidence) for the CYFSOC; utilizes implementation science to design implementation plans to deploy practices in a feasible and sustainable way; conducts outcome evaluations of the efforts; develops reports for the CYFSOC and other system partners on these efforts; and serves as a staff consultant on research methodology related to Children, Youth, and Families and Population Health Programs (e.g. Hope SF Wellness Centers).    

LOCATION:  1380 Howard, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.  

SHIFT/DAYS OFF:  Monday through Friday (full-time, 40 hours/week)/8:30 am – 5:30 pm.  Some early mornings and early evenings are required.  

The 2575 Research Psychologist - Director of Practice Improvement will lead the CYFSOC’s overall practice improvement and research/evaluation efforts and performs the following essential job functions:

  • Designs and conducts psychological research with to enhance clinical implementation and effectiveness of CYFSOC programs and workforce development efforts;
  • Supports staff/interns conducting research projects for CYFSOC;
  • Directs and assists in the preparation, maintenance, and publication of current research regarding programs;
  • Serves as a consultant on experimental and research methodology to other CYFSOC research staff;
  • Utilizes implementation science and draws on knowledge of clinical programs to design and support practice improvement efforts deployed in system;
  • Draws on implementation science to support development of services/programs and evaluation of services/programs within Hope SF Wellness Centers & Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health;
  • Provides consultation to Child Welfare, Juvenile Probation, School District, and other system partners on best practices and systems coordination for high risk, multi-system children, youth, and families, including evaluation efforts related to the Shared Youth Database (a cross system/city department initiative);
  • Works with Quality Management (QM) to utilize CANS/outcome data to inform Practice Improvement efforts and Compliance Requirements (e.g., performance objective; PURQC); in addition to other Practice Improvement and Quality Improvement (PIQI) efforts; utilizes other data from QM (e.g., service utilization, penetration rates, demographics info) to better understand who CYFSOC serves and conduct gap analysis on where services are needed within the County (health disparities); provides data on access, engagement, appropriateness, and effectiveness of services within CYFSOC;
  • Helps develop surveys and maintains a directory of current clinical intervention practices and identifies and recommends strategies to address gaps in both services and the workforce delivering the services;
  • Coordinates ongoing dialogue with children, youth, and families with lived experience, other community stakeholders, and program leaders to plan, develop, implement, and sustain effective programs in community settings and use their input to develop evaluation structures;
  • Assists in identifying grant opportunities, coordinating applications and overseeing implementation, as needed; and
  • Develops and maintains “Best Practice Tip Sheets” for CYFSOC and communicates ongoing Practice Improvement and Evaluation activities through the development and distribution of a CYFSOC newsletter.

The 2575 Research Psychologist - Director of Practice Improvement performs other related duties as required/assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a Ph.D. degree in psychology from an accredited university or college, with graduate courses in research methods and advanced statistics;  AND
  2. Two (2) years (equivalent to 4,000 hours), within the last five (5) years, of full-time post-doctorate experience designing and/or leading research projects in psychology or other social sciences.

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.

  • Active and current registered licensing in the following:  Clinical Psychologist
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • Demonstration of progressive leadership experience in a professional setting
  • Experience as a child, youth, and family clinician in a public health setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to allow for effective communication with a diverse audience
  • Ability to create and maintain positive, productive working relationships with diverse and multidisciplinary staff
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills
  • Experience with electronic health records/database use and development; experience with county/state systems
  • Ability to present technical data to individuals at all levels of the agency in a manner that makes the information accessible, actionable and meaningful for decision-making and program improvement
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, manage multiple projects simultaneously, track details and big picture
  • Project management experience, including setting project development and implementation milestones, identifying problems, and generating solutions
  • Strong foundation in program evaluation/outcomes research in community settings
  • Ability to reliably and consistently deliver quality work products on target dates  

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

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.

Verification of required education typically must be a photocopy of the degree or transcript from an accredited college or university.  

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative.  City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) employees do not need to submit verification of their City employment, but must submit written verification of outside experience. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2.     

Verification of required licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.  

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 specific questions about this 2575 Research Psychologist - Director of Practice Improvement position, please directly contact the hiring manager, Farahnaz Farahmand, Ph.D., Assistant Director & Director of Practice Improvement, CYFSOC by telephone at (415) 255-3635 or by email at farahnaz.farahmand@sfdph.org

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Yvette Gamble, by telephone at (415) 554-2911 or by email at yvette.gamble@sfdph.org 

Selection Procedures

Departmental Selection Procedures:
The department may implement screening mechanisms in order to determine applicants’ qualifications for this position.  Only applicants most closely meeting the needs of the department will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps in the selection process.   

Supplemental Questionnaire: 
Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online application process and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline.  The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification.  Applicant responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire will assist with determining if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

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 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.



Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout duration 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 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: 
Prior to appointment, at the Department’s expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, 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.

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.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

Issued:  December 15, 2017
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-2575-082275
DPH/YG/(415) 554-2911  (#01131983)


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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