2830 Public Health Nurse

Recruitment #TEX-2830-108172


2830 Public Health Nurse (PHN)


This recruitment may close at any time.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply promptly.


APPOINTMENT TYPE: This is a Temporary Exempt (TEX Category 18) recruitment with expected duration of up to two (2) years.  Employees are considered “at will.”  These positions are excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointment Officer.


The Department of Public Health (DPH) is accepting applications for one (1) Full-Time Temporary Exempt 2830 Public Health Nurse position to join the Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Unit. 


This position will provide consultation, education, collaboration, and oversight of Communicable Disease cases and outbreaks, in the context of communicable disease and Public Health Nursing. 


LOCATION:   This position is located at 25 Van Ness, Suite 500, San Francisco.  The location listed is a home office; however, work may be performed throughout San Francisco in client homes and/or other locations.


SHIFT: M-F, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Evening, nights, weekends and/or holiday shifts may be required, depending on operational need.


GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION: Under general supervision, the Public Health Nurse performs professional nursing duties.


Essential duties include but are not limited to:


1.      In accordance with Title 17 reportable and non-reportable conditions and local, State and Federal regulations and protocols, investigates, documents and follows-up on communicable disease cases and outbreaks in a timely manner via phone interviews, virtual conferences and field visits, which includes but is not limited to verifying diagnosis; identifying exposed susceptible contacts and assessing risk; providing or verifying appropriate prophylaxis and/or treatment for cases and contacts; collecting specimens for testing; ensuring implementation of appropriate infection or outbreak control measures; providing appropriate public health education and information; completing case report forms and entering data into spreadsheets and databases; and completing reporting to appropriate agencies.


2.      Collaborates closely with other appropriate jurisdictions, agencies and departments, such as Environmental Health Branch and  California Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, throughout the course of the communicable disease investigation to ensure that pertinent information is communicated and appropriate interventions are occurring; performs proactive outreach and establishes and/or maintains relationships with other governmental entities and community based organizations as appropriate.


3.      Participates in preparation and/or service of Health Officer Orders to prevent transmission of communicable diseases. 


4.      Provides information, consultation, education, capacity building and/or training regarding communicable diseases, outbreaks and infection control through a variety of forums to staff, stakeholders and the public; responds to questions and inquiries from medical providers, other organizations, and members of the public concerning communicable disease issues and outbreaks.


5.      Provides guidance to medical providers concerning management of communicable disease situations, e.g., measles rule-outs, etc.


6.      Reviews selected communicable disease cases before closure to make sure that appropriate investigation and case classification procedures were followed (Examples of selected diseases include bacterial/viral meningitis, STEC, hepatitis A, botulism, legionellosis and other clinically complex diseases).


7.      Carries out, interprets and enforces existing policies, methods and procedures with reference to communicable disease control activities and established local, State and Federal regulations and protocols.


8.      Provides input, modifications and updates to the Communicable Disease Unit’s disease surveillance and case management database.


9.      Assists with orientation and training of new staff, students, interns and preceptees to Communicable Disease Control programs and activities.


10.  Participates in formal and informal continuing education and professional development opportunities regarding current and emerging communicable disease public health issues on a regular basis.


11.  Complies with infection control procedures and personal protective equipment use. 


12.  Completes training in other Disease Prevention and Control Branch activities to improve cross-branch capacity. 


13.  Performs as designated liaison between Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP)and Occupational Safety and Health to ensure compliance with Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) requirements


The 2830 Public Health Nurse performs other duties as assigned/required.


The qualified applicant pool resulting from this recruitment may be utilized to fill exempt vacancies within the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) in the next six months.

Minimum Qualifications

1. LICENSE: Possession of a valid permanent/temporary California license as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing; AND


2. CERTIFICATE: Possession of a valid Public Health Nurse Certificate issued by the California State Department of Health; AND


3. EXPERIENCE: One (1) year (equivalent to 2,000 hours*) of verifiable experience as a Registered Nurse in an acute hospital, primary care facility, home health agency, and/or public health agency within the last five (5) years; AND


4. LICENSE: Possession of a valid current California Driver’s License issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.**


Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.


*NOTE: 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.


**NOTE: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License is required at the time of appointment.


Special Conditions:

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position

(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated

with this classification.


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.


        One (1) year of relevant communicable disease and/or public health experience, including disease investigation, case management, testing, treatment, and clinical evaluation of patients in a public health setting within the last five years

        Experience with the manipulation of complex word processing files, spreadsheets and databases

        Excellent verbal and written communication skills

        Knowledge of laws and regulations governing public health programs

        Sensitivity to and experience working with ethnically, culturally and sexually diverse individuals, communities, agencies and organizations

        Willingness to work after hours on weekdays, weekends, and holidays, in urgent public health situations


As of October 14, 2016, in order to place you at the appropriate salary step your application must contain verifiable Registered Nurse employment history for up to 21 years. A resume cannot substitute for the need to fully complete your employment application.

Information regarding salary placement


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: 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



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 exam analyst, Catherine Yuen, by telephone at 415-554-2869, or by email at Catherine.yuen@sfdph.org.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying)

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position.  Applicants must also complete the official application.  It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training.  The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.


Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. Only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue 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 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 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.


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.


Licensure/Certification/Registration: Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.


Valid Licensure: If appointed, eligible candidates possessing interim permits or temporary licenses must present full, and unrestricted (not temporary) California Registered Nurse licenses prior to completion of the probationary period.


         Information regarding California Registered Nurse (RN) licenses may be obtained from the California Board of Registered Nursing, 400 R Street, Suite 4030, P.O. Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244-2100, telephone: (916) 322-3350. Web address: http://www.rn.ca.gov

         Information regarding California Public Health Nurse (PHN) certificates can be obtained from the California Board of Registered Nursing, 400 R Street, Suite 4030, P.O. Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244-2100, telephone: (916) 322-3350. Web address: http://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/ad-pract.shtml#phn/


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate Requirement / Provision: Possession of a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate issued by the American Heart Association is required as a provision to employment for all positions. Candidates who do not possess such a certification may participate in this examination process and be appointed to a position(s) but will be required to obtain the certificate within two (2) weeks of hire date and maintain validity throughout length of employment. A photocopy of the valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate must be provided to the appropriate supervisor of the appointment within the allotted time frame. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of valid certification within two (2) weeks of hire date and throughout length of employment may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.


Condition of Employment: Highest Educational Achievement: Due to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment 1988, all applicants who are selected for a position will be required to provide verification of highest level of education achieved. Applicants must meet one of the following conditions:


1. Have earned a doctoral, master's, or bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science (including nursing), or medical technology from an accredited institution; OR

2. Have earned an associate degree in a chemical, physical or biological science (including nursing) or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution.


NOTE: Failure to meet these criteria and/or ‘Conditions of Employment’ within two (2) weeks PRIOR to the start work date may result in the delay of appointment and/or cancellation of the employment offer. Once appointed, all qualified candidates/employees will be required to retain these qualifications throughout their length of employment. Failure to demonstrate (show proof) of qualifications may result in the termination of employment.


Note on ICARE: Willingness to uphold/abide by ZSFG’s ICARE (I-Introduce, C-Connect, A-Ask, R-Respond, E-Exit) philosophy for employee and patient interactions.  For more information on ICARE, please visit https://zuckerbergsanfranciscogeneral.org/about-us/


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:



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 a 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: January 15, 2021

Carol Isen

Acting Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: TEX-2830-108172



Pos. # 01146679



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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