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Medical Director Disease Intervention Services, Deputy Director, HIV/STI Section (2232)

Recruitment: REF4248L

Published: February 15, 2023


Eliot Watt -

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Department: Public Health
Job class: 2232-Senior Physician Specialist
Salary range: $224,848.00 - $315,250.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The Department of Public Health’s Disease Prevention and Control Program is accepting applications for 1 Full-Time position in class 2232 to serve as the Medical Director of Disease Intervention Services and Deputy Director of the HIV/STI Section within the Disease Prevention and Control Branch.

Role description

Under general supervision of the Director of HIV/STI Prevention, the Medical Director of Disease Intervention Services/Deputy HIV/STI section director will perform the following duties:

  • Oversee design and implementation of a new program, RADR (Reserve for Accelerated Disease response) which is a CDC-funded initiative to strengthen the DIS workforce and to improve the quality and impact of DIS work
  • Collaborate with the HIV/STI, Communicable Disease and TB section directors to strengthen and optimize DIS work across DPC
    • Identify opportunities for standardization of DIS onboarding, training, and workload prioritization across the branch
    • Oversee cross-disease and preparedness training activities across DIS workforce, including simulated tabletop activities and just-in-time trainings
    • Develop and refine metrics for evaluation of DIS work and disease intervention program effectiveness, and implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives
    • In collaboration with the RADR team and the Center for Learning and Innovation, develop, implement and evaluate a DIS fellowship program
  • In collaboration with epidemiologists in the SFDPH’s Population Health Division, identify strategies and develop initiatives to optimize the collection and use of surveillance, disease investigation, and electronic health record data
    • Identify opportunities and strategies to leverage technology to increase the efficiency and timeliness of disease intervention
    • Participate as a subject matter expert in the design, implementation, and optimization of existing or new data systems for the management of surveillance and disease intervention data
    • Optimize the use of population health tools in the DPH enterprise-wide electronic health record (Epic) as they pertain to communicable disease prevention, investigation, and response
    • Collaborate with laboratory partners to improve the timeliness and utility of genomic surveillance data for disease intervention
  • Develop and revise disease-specific outbreak response plans and surge plans for disease response
  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams to conduct investigations, execute disease preventing interventions, and evaluate outcomes
  • Provide medical/clinical direction and oversight to SFDPH’s LINCS (linkage integration navigation comprehensive services) program which provides partner services and linkage to care for individuals diagnosed with HIV and STIs in San Francisco
  • Supervises staff (including assignment of job duties and responsibilities, scheduling and coverage, annual performance appraisals, conflict resolutions, disciplinary procedures, and daily problem solving)
  • Participate as a member of the HIV/STI program’s leadership team and help prioritize, design, implement and evaluate strategic initiatives to improve HIV/STI prevention in San Francisco
  • Advance equity in DPH and in STI Prevention and Control Section by participating in division-wide and department-wide health equity work
  • Maintain collaboration with community collaborators and partners
  • Assist in applying for, monitoring and managing grants, budgets and contracts
  • Prepare scientific abstracts, presentations, publications or technical reports, and represent DPC regarding disease intervention priorities and policies to various audiences
  • Maintain clinical expertise in STI, HCV, HIV, and other communicable diseases by serving as an on-call CD physician and providing direct

How to qualify

⚠️Required Before Applying⚠️

  1. Possession of a valid license to practice medicine issued by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California*
  2. Possession of valid Board Certification in the appropriate medical specialty area for the assigned facility or division**
  3. Possession of valid Drug Enforcement Agency registration with the United States Department of Justice***

Desirable Qualifications

  • Subspecialty Board certified or board eligible in infectious diseases
  • HIV clinical specialty certification and experience and programmatic expertise in HIV prevention
  • MPH or equivalent experience in public health.
  • Two years of progressively responsible experience performing management, coordination, planning and evaluation.
  • Expertise in implementation science
  • Participation in successful grant applications for HIV, STI, HCV or communicable disease prevention research
  • Experience supervising clinical or administrative staff
  • Demonstrated success engaging communities disproportionately affected by communicable diseases, including STIs and HIV
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and work independently in a high pressure environment.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and good judgment.
  • Experience working with diverse communities, including Black/African American, Latinx, AAPI, LGBTQ+, persons experiencing homelessness
  • Ability to interact effectively with the medical and administrative staff, patients and family members, government officials, community representatives and the general public.
  • Commitment to providing first-class care and service to all members of the DPH service population, with heightened sensitivity and awareness to racial, ethnic, and culturally diverse members of the DPH’s workforce and patient populations.  
  • Desire and commitment to lead and participate in antiracism, racial justice, and equity work that impacts quality of patient care, and improvements in employee experiences; along with the commitment and fortitude to push and drive change in these areas.

*Applicants possessing a valid license to practice medicine issued from another state within the United States of America may apply, but if selected, the candidate will NOT be appointed/hired until they obtain a valid license to practice medicine issued by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.

***These minimum qualifications reflect special conditions that are associated with this position. They may differ from standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Conditions of Employment

  • **These positions require Board Certification in medical specialty areas including, but not limited to: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, etc. If you have valid Board Certification in a medical specialty area, please respond accordingly on the Required Questionnaire.
  • All qualified candidates who have been selected for appointment to positions in all specialty areas must be an eligible billable provider and will be required to meet all of the following criteria:
    • Be eligible to participate in Medicare, Medicaid and/or other federal health care programs
    • Possess a National Provider Identifier (NPI)
    • Submit a completed credentialing application and/or required documentation for credentialing
    • Possess a valid third-party billable provider certification (such as Medicare, Medi-Cal and/or private insurance) OR have submitted a completed billable provider application, along with the required documentation, in order to obtain the appropriate billable provider status

These criteria and Conditions of Employment must be met within two (2) weeks prior to the start work date to avoid delay of the appointment to the position and/or cancellation of an employment offer.

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

What else should I know?

Supplemental Questionnaire 
Applicants must complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online application process. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicants’ Supplemental Questionnaire responses will assist with assessing for positions.

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.    

Additional Information

Contact 628-271-6704

We may use text messaging to communicate with you if you include a mobile number in your application. The first message will ask you to opt in to text messaging.


CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.