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Senior Physician - Chronic Disease Prevention Clinical Specialist 2232

Recruitment: REF4248L

Published: February 15, 2023


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Department: Public Health
Job class: 2232-Senior Physician Specialist
Salary range: $235,638.00 - $332,020.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) mission is to protect and promote the health of all San Franciscans. SFDPH strives to achieve its mission through the work of two main Divisions – the San Francisco Health Network and the Population Health Division. 

The Population Health Division (PHD) provides expert core public health services for the City and County of San Francisco including health protection, health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and disaster preparedness and response. In PHD, we provide core expert public health services for people living, working, studying, and playing in the City and County of San Francisco.  These services include epidemiology and surveillance, community health protection, health promotion, disease and injury prevention, disaster preparedness and response, cutting-edge applied research, as well as policy development and implementation. PHD operates three leading public health clinics and is the city’s only Public Health Laboratory. PHD also leads public health accreditation for the Department. Providing the foundation for all this work are PHD teams ensuring we have a strong operational infrastructure, and a culture of continuous improvement and are providing professional support and development opportunities for our staff.

PHD consists of several branches that are made up of diverse teams that cross-collaborate within our division, as well as with other DPH teams, and with City and Community partners. PHD’s vision is to make San Francisco the healthiest place on earth by drawing upon community wisdom and science to support, develop, and implement evidence-based policies, practices, and partnerships that protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and create sustainable environments and resilient communities.

The Population Health Division is accepting applications for one (1) Full-Time position in class 2232 Senior Physician Specialist to serve as the Health Equity and Chronic Disease Medical Specialist.

  • Once and for All
    • You only need to apply once
    • Senior Physician Specialist applications are shared Citywide
    • If you already applied and qualified for another Senior Physician Specialist position, you will receive notices about this one

Role description

The Chronic Disease Prevention Clinical Specialist of the Population Health Division will provide leadership and clinical consultation with a focus on equity as part of the Division’s Chronic Disease Prevention efforts. Under the direction of the San Francisco Health Officer and Population Health Division Director, the Chronic Disease Prevention Clinical Specialist will perform the following duties:

  1. Collaborates with PHD and DPH leadership and staff to strengthen, align, and optimize chronic disease prevention with an equity focus across the Division’s Branches, Sections, and/or Programs.
  2. Serves as an experienced public health medical specialist to provide guidance, policy analysis, and program enhancements in advancing community health through the prevention of chronic disease.
  3. Collaborates with SFDPH’s Office of Health Equity, PHD’s Office of Antiracism, and other internal and external equity champions including state and/or federal agencies to partner and advance the Division’s public and community health priorities.
  4. Promotes health equity and works to reduce health disparities among prioritized and/or vulnerable communities.
  5. Assists in advancing health equity by addressing social determinants of health and improving fair and just practice through science, programs, policies, and other interventions. These include collaboration with partners, communication efforts, efforts to engage communities, and focus on workforce improvement.
  6. Serves as a subject matter on public health, health equity, preventive medicine, and medical epidemiology to contribute to the development of community-led and evidence-based policies to promote health and prevent illness from chronic diseases for all who live, work, and visit San Francisco.
  7. Provides clinical leadership and guidance for the Division’s Chronic Disease efforts that are community and equity-driven, which includes the development of policies, methods, and procedures, chronic disease prevention and management initiatives, and environmental and/or community health.
  8. Serves as a consultant to physician specialists and PHD staff on difficult and complex cases, as well as policy decisions that impact underserved and high-risk San Francisco residents, families, households, and communities.
  9. Participates in various meetings within the Division, SFDPH, and/or external collaborations.
  10. Engages with academic, community-based organizations (CBOs), and individual community partners to promote public health measures and efforts.
  11. Serves in leadership roles in Departmental Operations Center or Incident Management Teams activation responses as needed.
  12. Performs other duties as needed.

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.


  • Training and experience in Public Health, Preventative Medicine, Environmental or Occupational health, or other clinical specialties with a focus on chronic disease prevention
  • Lived or professional experience working with diverse communities, including communities of color and LTBTQ+ communities.
  • Experience in program management, staff supervision, and leading a team.
  • Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Formal or self-directed training in racial equity and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience in quality improvement methods
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience working in a government agency at the local, state, or national level
  • Comfortable learning and working with different computer applications and health records.

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.