9910 Public Service Trainee

Temporary Exempt

Recruitment #TEX-9910-900731


Amended 6 November 2014 to reflect change in Duration of Appointment. Amended to reflect change to a Continuous Recruitment.

Appointment Type, Duration and Location
Temporary exempt appointment not to exceed three years. Exempt employees are considered “at will” and serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

General Description
Public Service Trainees are regularly exposed to relevant decision makers within the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and are given unique opportunities to impact the organization through research and collaboration with teams influencing public policy and human resource initiatives among other areas. Supervisors are encouraged to fully utilize the educational background of each Public Service Trainee to create an internship experience providing the maximum benefit to both the intern and the SFPUC.

Public Service Trainees typically perform specialized duties that are pertinent to their field of study while learning the organization of the department to which assigned, its relationship to other city agencies and the range of services it provides; attend instructional or other training programs relating directly to the assignment; learn to perform other related duties normally expected of the entry or journey level employee, and obtain directly relevant experience in the field of study.
Enterprise Workforce Planning and Staff Development
The Student Interns in Enterprise Workforce Planning will participate in special projects within the division responsible for developing and implementing strategic workforce planning and staff development efforts, including critical systems integration, and the development and oversight of a comprehensive workforce development plan; directing and implementing an integrated talent management approach involving competency modeling to align learning and development programs, selection programs, performance management, and succession plans; developing strategies to ensure the SFPUC remains competitive and retains highly qualified employees with competencies and skills needed to support emerging technologies and critical work across all occupational groups; and establishing educational and experience-based pathway programs to meet current and future hiring needs.

The nature of this work will provide the intern with directly related experience in the field of applied industrial psychology, organizational behavior, public administration or business administration.

Examples of Duties and Expectations
• Review and understanding of job analysis methodology and job analysis survey instruments which are utilized for development of competency models and proficiency levels among pivotal positions at risk of turnover.
• Participation in job analyses, including the review of job analysis questionnaires and supervisors’ ratings of essential functions and competencies; analyses of supervisors’ ratings, and design and participation in follow-up interviews to finalize job analyses and competency models.
• Review of CCSF Management Classification/Compensation Plan and specific position allocations within the SFPUC to obtain understanding of the level and scope of authority inherent in each job code; review of the organizational structure and functions of the SFPUC within the context of the City and County of San Francisco to obtain general understanding of this regional utility operating within a local government environment.
• Understanding of functionality of Learning Management System (LMS) and recruitment and applicant tracking systems (JobAps) to assess feasibility and utility for project; participation in feasibility studies and design of pilot project for tracking of competencies within LMS for development of position-based learning plans, performance assessment tools, and succession plans and models.
• Identification of commonalities among competency domains, level, scope and nature of positions to identify career paths across the organization and development of pathway programs where feasible.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must possess an MS I-O Psychology or be currently enrolled in a graduate program studying Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organizational Behavior or other closely related fields.

Application Procedure
Submit your application online here by clicking on the “Apply” link at the top of this webpage, or visit http://www.jobaps.com/sf/sup/images/default.asp to see this and other available jobs with the City & County of San Francisco. Please file immediately, as the posting may close at any time. If you have questions, please call the analyst at (415) 554-1670.

Applicants are advised to keep a copy of their application papers for their own records, as these documents may be requested by hiring departments at a later date. Failure to submit the required documentations will result in disqualification. Applicants will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Those applicants most qualified will be offered interviews. Reasonable accommodations under accommodations legislation will be made so that applicants with disabilities may participate in the application and/or selection process. Applicants requesting accommodations should do so by calling (415) 554-1670; TDD (415) 554-1672. In compliance with the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all persons entering City and County employment will be required to prove their identity and authorization to work in the United States.





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.


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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