2930 Behavioral Health Clinician - HOPE SF

Recruitment #TPV-2930-107014



Appointment Type:  Provisional.  Provisional applicants must participate in a Civil Service Examination for this job classification to be considered for permanent appointment. The qualified applicant pool resulting from this recruitment may be utilized to fill vacancies at various locations within DPH.

The Department of Public Health, San Francisco Health Network - HOPE SF Community Wellness Program is accepting applications for one (1) full-time position in class 2930 Behavioral Health Clinician. HOPE SF's 2930 Behavioral Health Clinician Provides clinical services to residents, including in-depth mental health assessments, individual and family counseling, therapeutic groups, crisis intervention, and linkages to specialty mental health and substance abuse services.

HOPE SF is the nation’s first large-scale public housing revitalization project to prioritize current residents while also investing in high-quality, sustainable housing and broad scale community developments. HOPE SF will replace sub-standard housing with new housing while supporting residents to remain in their neighborhoods during the redevelopment. Hope SF will serve as a stabilizing force in the four (4)HOPE SF communities: Sunnydale, Hunters View, Potrero Hill and Alice Griffith.

The impact of institutional racism and oppression has contributed to impacted communities and impeded trust in the capacity for the delivery system to provide necessary services.  The HOPE SF Wellness Centers, embedded in each community, are intended to provide nursing, therapeutic, and peer led services to link residents to effective preventive care; manage and reduce the impact of chronic disease; and provide clinicians, health workers, and health ambassadors to help build, sustain and spread effective health practices, and build bridges between the community and the service delivery system.


  • 1652 Sunnydale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134 (Sunnydale Wellness Center)
  • 1099 Sunnydale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
  • 901 Fairfax Ave, San Francisco, 94124 (Hunters View Wellness Center)
  • Potrero Hill & Alice Griffith Community Wellness Centers

Schedule/Shift:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, with some evening and weekends required.

Essential Duties:

Under general supervision of the 2932 Senior Behavioral Health Clinician, the 2930 Behavioral Health Clinician peforms the following duties:

  • Interviews clients to determine eligibility for psychiatric care and services; evaluates material obtained through interviews and from other sources, including information given directly, with such factors as appearance and manner, attitude of parents, relatives and others toward the applicant and his problems;
  • On the basis of interviews and analyses, decides upon one of several alternative dispositions such as emergency therapy, referral to other staff members for further study, referral to appropriate community resources, or assistance on a temporary basis; completes appropriate forms and documents relating to the intake processes;
  • Conducts interviews with parents and children to obtain supplementary information; makes tentative diagnosis to determine need for testing to supplement the diagnosis; decides on one of several alternative dispositions;
  • Confers with referring agency or other interested organizations and persons including schools, public health nurses and doctors and with supervisor or other psychiatrists on medical and psychiatric questions relating to evaluation of the patient; prepares related case reports, including all pertinent material;
  • Provides individual and group patient therapy; establishes a positive relationship; assists patient with explanation of diagnosis and causes of difficulties; confers with consulting psychiatrists on treatment; prepares therapy notes on each case and incorporates in case records;
  • Maintains records of all activities relating to patients' care; prepares clinical statistics and compiles periodic reports; participates in periodic staff meetings; confers with supervisor on formulation of policies and procedures; attends conferences with other clinics and agencies; and
  • Responds to crisis situations and provides community based therapeutic services in the evening and weekends, based on client needs.

The 2930 Behavioral Health Clinician performs related duties as required.

Nature of Work:

Requires responsibility for: carrying out and explaining established methods and procedures to applicants, recipients and others; achieving economies and/or preventing losses through careful and judicious interpretations of various legal provisions, methods and procedures in recommending assistance; making regular contacts with applicants, recipients, their families and others concerned, also with employees, other departments and outside organizations; gathering, compiling and reviewing important detailed psychiatric financial, personal and confidential information. Nature of duties involves occasional exposure to accident hazards and disagreeable elements in dealing with mentally ill and emotionally disturbed persons.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possession of a valid Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
  • Current registration as an Associate Social Worker (ASW) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
  • Possession of a valid Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
  • Possession of a valid Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTI) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
  • Possession of a valid Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
  • Possession of a valid Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

One (1) year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a forty (40) hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above forty (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 at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Experience in public health, integrated primary care/behavioral health
  • Sensitivity to and experience working in public housing communities that have experienced intergenerational poverty, systemic oppression and excessive trauma; ethnically, culturally and sexually diverse individuals, communities, agencies and organizations as well as indigent and/or homeless populations
  • Ability to work at various locations throughout the department and as part of an Interdisciplinary team
  • Requires broad knowledge and ability to: solve problems inherent in the duties and responsibilities of psychiatric welfare work; plan appropriate courses of action as a result of analysis and evaluation of data and other significant factors.
  • Ability to: effect cooperative and effective contacts with associate staff employees and others; deal effectively with patients in the adjustment of problem situations
  • Ability to use computers for data entry, electronic health record review and email communication
  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work, manage multiple projects and tasks
  • Ability to be flexible and/or responsive to program needs

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 any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the 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.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps in the selection process. Only applicants most closely meeting 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 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 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.  

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:  September 4, 2020
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number:  TPV-2930-107014
DPH/YG/(415) 554-2911  (#01132384)


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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