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Manager, Department of Public Health

Job classification

TitleManager, Department of Public Health
Overtime eligibility Exempt (Z) - No Paid Overtime
Labor agreement Municipal Exec Assoc-Misc
Effective dateFebruary 15, 2013

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jan 06, 2024

Management classifications: Range A compensation for this classification is between $251,992 and $321,620
Further compensation information about this class is available in the compensation manual.
Minimum qualification guidelines for management positions: PDF

Job description



Title: Manager, Department of Public Health

Job Code: 1165


Under policy direction, managers in these positions function at the executive level of department management for the Department of Public Health and are responsible for all functions and activities of several major medical, clinical and/or healthcare divisions or areas; provide leadership and direction in developing new programs and establishing organizational policies, priorities and objectives; direct and coordinate the implementation of program changes; serve as technical advisor; and perform related duties as required. Incumbents in this class report to senior medical, clinical and healthcare executive level managers.


Incumbents in this class are at the highest level of healthcare, clinical and medical management and assume primary responsibility for diverse and complex functions at the Department of Public Health which includes the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Community Oriented Primary Care, and Population Health and Prevention. Incumbents in these positions make decisions of a highly significant consequence or impact involving healthcare, clinical and medical operations and recommend new policies, procedures, organizational areas, or services.


Incumbents typically manage senior-level medical, clinical and/or healthcare administrative managers responsible for diverse functional areas.


According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Develops and implements division goals, objectives, policies, and priorities; determines service levels and resource allocation.

2. Plans, coordinates, directs and evaluates the delivery of medical, clinical and health care by maintaining and ensuring standards of care, practice and performance; develops, implements and evaluates the department�s plan for the provision of medical, clinical and health care.

3. Develops organization wide patient care programs, policies, and procedures that guide and support the provision of services; assesses and improves the provision of medical, clinical and healthcare services through the implementation of effective programs to measure quality.

4. Monitors the work of and mentors or coaches subordinates to improve performance; participates with medical, clinical and healthcare leadership to determine appropriate staffing levels, hiring plans, training needs, and staff qualifications and competencies for efficient and effective operations.

5. Monitors the efficiency and effectiveness of the departmental organization structure, staff assignments, service levels and administrative systems; identifies and analyzes opportunities for improvement; implements improvements.

6. Directs the allocation of resources to achieve timely outcomes and measurable goals within budget; adjusts plans and programs to meet healthcare reform or other new medical or clinical programs, while continuing to address major medical, clinical and health care l priorities.

7. Advises executive leadership on matters pertaining to staffing, finance, facilities and other operational matters; reports on infrastructure or changes required of bylaws, rules, regulations and department policies and established professional standards.

8. Provides leadership and oversight for the infrastructure of data collection, analysis and reporting to support quality (operational, clinical and patient experience) outcomes.

9. Communicates regularly with medical, clinical and healthcare executive-level management regarding the Department's activities and coordination of efforts with other City departments in addressing the needs of the City; represents the Department before legislative boards, regulatory bodies, other healthcare agencies, and medical, clinical or advisory committees.

10. Assesses and responds to community needs; provides consultation and advice to boards, committees and representatives from federal, state and local agencies.

11. Participates in budget development by providing detailed justification and persuasive arguments for proposals or initiatives. Implements and closely monitors budget expenditures of the operating budget for a major area of responsibility typically including multiple divisions.

12. Provides executive management with an early warning and practical options to potential cost overruns.

13. May participate in direct patient care/medical or clinical activities as determined by specialty.

Performs other related and assigned projects as needed.


Knowledge of: federal, state and local rules and regulations pertaining to medical and healthcare activities and functions; management principles and practices; long range strategic, tactical and objective planning techniques; and opportunities and challenges in the healthcare environment of an urban area.

Ability to: direct subordinate managers engaged in diverse activities; exercise administrative ingenuity, independent analysis, adaptability and judgment on highly specialized proposals with difficult, complicated choices of action; make recommendations and present them effectively to Department of Public Health executive staff, regulatory and advisory organizations, and the general public; apply the principles and practices of healthcare administration, financial and personnel management; clearly interpret all applicable laws, ordinances and codes relating to the department; direct research, survey techniques and statistical methods; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relations with officials, subordinate staff, directors and members of other departments, civic organizations, healthcare agencies and the public; and the ability to remain calm and provide guidance to managers in crisis situations.


These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Possession of a Master�s degree from an accredited college or university in Hospital Administration, Nursing, Public Health Administration or a closely related field.

Requires at least three years of experience as an administrator of a large general teaching hospital or related organization; three years of complex health care administrative experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


May require possession of valid license to practice medicine issued by the State Board of Medical Examiners or another advance level medical or healthcare licensure or certification.


Special Qualification including specialized knowledge, abilities, education, experience, or license may be established for individual positions.




To accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities defined in the most recent job analysis conducted for this job code.


Standard information

Disaster service work

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.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Compensation plan table