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Deputy Medical Director Communicable Disease Prevention Unit - Senior Physician Specialist (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 one (1) Full-Time position in class 2232 Senior Physician Specialist to serve as the Deputy Medical Director, CDPU within the Communicable Disease Control & Prevention Section of the Disease Prevention and Control Branch.

The Deputy Medical Director, CDPU, under the direction of the CDPU Medical Director, will provide clinical leadership, operational guidance, and supervision to the CDPU team tasked with planning and implementing routine and special vaccination campaigns to address vaccine-preventable diseases. They will collaborate closely with colleagues in the Communicable Disease Control Unit (CDCU) to ensure integration between communicable disease (CD) prevention and control efforts and will share clinical supervisory duties for RN and NP staff at the health department’s Adult Immunization & Travel Clinic.

No need to reapply if you already applied through the Senior Physician Specialist (2232) job ad.

Role description

Under general supervision of the CDPU Medical Director, the Deputy Medical Director, CDPU, will perform the following duties:

  • Lead efforts to plan and implement targeted campaigns to immunize the eligible population against current and emerging vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Contribute as a section, branch, or unit leader to disease-specific outbreak responses organized according to principles of Incident Command Structure
  • Develop expertise to serve as clinical subject matter expert with respect to vaccination policy, vaccine eligibility, vaccination data repositories, and vaccination logistics
  • Respond to requests for information and guidance on vaccine-related matters from clinical and non-clinical stakeholders
  • Write technical guidance for health care providers to support public health policy and direction for emerging issues in CD prevention & control
  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams to conduct assessments, devise and execute disease prevention interventions, and evaluate outcomes
  • Clinically supervise nursing and nurse practitioner staff at the Adult Immunization & Travel Clinic (AITC)
    • Develop knowledge base and practice experience that includes all routinely recommended vaccines for adults and adolescents, TB clearances, and testing for immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases
    • Develop expertise in consultation and preventive care in advance of travel to international destinations, including vaccination, anti-malarial and other medications for the prevention or treatment of travel-related illnesses, and non-pharmaceutical measures for maintaining health while traveling internationally.
    • Write or supervise writing of clinical protocols and standing orders
    • Participate in developing clinic processes, policies, standards, and workflows
    • Authorize care provided by RNs as documented in electronic medical record (Epic)
  • Collaborate with clinical and non-clinical staff in the CDCU to integrate efforts between CD prevention and control teams and identify opportunities to improve population health
  • Develop and refine metrics for evaluation of CDPU work and program effectiveness, and implement quality control initiatives
  • In collaboration with epidemiologists in the SFDPH’s Population Health Division, identify strategies and develop initiatives to optimize the use of data sources to characterize vaccination rates for San Franciscans
  • Supervise CDPU staff (including assignment of job duties and responsibilities, scheduling and coverage, annual performance appraisals, conflict resolutions, disciplinary procedures, and daily problem-solving)
  • Advance vaccination equity by participating in division-wide and department-wide health equity work
  • Maintain collaboration with state, city, and community collaborators and partners
  • Liaison with SF Unified School District for school-required immunizations and communicable disease control processes.
  • Assist in applying for, monitoring, and managing grants, budgets, and contracts
  • Maintain clinical expertise in communicable diseases and serve as an on-call CD physician while providing direct patient care (5-10% FTE) at AITC or another public health setting
  • Other duties as assigned

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***

*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.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Board certified or board eligible in pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, or preventive medicine, or, if in another specialty, equivalent experience with immunizations
  • MPH or equivalent experience in public health
  • Experience supervising clinical and/or administrative staff
  • 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
  • Participation in grant applications, budgeting, and/or management
  • Experience working with diverse communities, including Black/African American, Latinx, AAPI, LGBTQ+, persons experiencing homelessness
  • 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 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

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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.