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Clinical Psychologist - Citywide CCT 2574

Recruitment: REF23988C

Published: March 15, 2024


Hanz Pagao -

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Department: Public Health
Job class: 2574-Clinical Psychologist
Salary range: $122,772.00 - $149,162.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Continuous
Rule: Rule of the List What does this mean?
List type: Entrance


The Department of Public Health prioritizes equitable and inclusive access to quality healthcare for its community and values the importance of diversity in its workforce. All employees at the Department of Public Health work to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity with a specific lens and focus on race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, disability, and immigration status. 

Role description

Under general supervision, conducts professional-level work in clinical psychology; carries out psychodiagnostic examinations and psychotherapy of persons with emotional disturbance, mental illness, substance use disorders and developmentally delayed children and adults; prepares psychological reports; provides psychological consultation services and participates in psychological research. 

The 2574 Clinical Psychologist performs essential functions that include:

  • Provides direct clinical services within the scope of clinical psychologist, including (but not limited to) conducting clinical evaluations of children and adults, providing individual and group psychotherapy and counseling to children and adults; preparing clinical psychological reports presenting diagnostic findings, interview findings, assessments recommendations for the treatment and rehabilitation of children and adults, treatment delivery, client progress and outcome.
  • Selects, administers, scores, and interprets appropriate psychological tests of intelligence, personality, aptitude, achievement, interest and other specialized areas and conducts diagnostic clinical interviews with children and adults suffering from emotional disturbance, mental illness, substance use disorders, and developmentally delayed children and adults to assess their conditions and assist them in achieving their recovery goals; participates in psychological research
  • Reviews and evaluates social agency, school, and court records; obtains and assesses psychological data and case material; consults with social workers, public health nurses, teachers, probation officers, judges, physicians, rehabilitative staff, and other professionals in individual and group conferences regarding cases under diagnosis and treatment
  • Provides education, consultation, and information to community groups on child and adult adjustment challenges, mental illness, substance use disorders, culturally relevant services, and other topics
  • Supervises psychology interns and subordinate clinical staff; conducts staff training programs both with the clinic or unit and for line agency personnel
  • Participates in the planning, development and execution of psychology training internships, and postdoctoral traineeships under supervision of a supervising psychologist or appropriate professional

How to qualify

⚠️Required Before Applying⚠️

Minimum Qualification
Possession of a valid license as a Psychologist issued by the California Board of Psychology as defined in Chapter 6.6 of the Business and Professions Code; Psychologist Licensing Law, Sections 2900-2903, 2914.

  • Some positions may require applicants to meet additional requirements that may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification, e.g.,
    • Six (6) months of post-graduate level psychological testing and reporting experience
    • Twelve (12) months of clinical experience with children
  • Some positions may require bilingual fluency in a variety of languages depending upon the department's bilingual needs (e.g., Cantonese, Spanish, etc.). Only those eligible candidates who pass the bilingual proficiency test will be considered for bilingual positions. Applicants must indicate on the application form the language(s) in which they claim proficiency.

Important Note: Please make sure it is absolutely clear in your application exactly how you meet the minimum qualifications. Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Please be aware that any misrepresentation of this information may disqualify you from this recruitment or future job opportunities.

What else should I know?


Training and Experience Examination: (Weight 100%)
The Training and Experience Examination that is linked in this job ad is a required part of the application. It measures knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas, e.g., 

  • Knowledge of principles of clinical psychology, psychometry and personality
  • Knowledge of psychotherapeutic methods applicable to children and adults with emotional disturbance, mental illness and substance use disorders
  • Knowledge of performance improvement including statistical and research methodology
  • Ability to effectively carry out evidence-based practices, standardized methods, procedures and techniques of clinical psychology including diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of psychological distress, mental disorders and substance use disorders of individuals and groups, children and adults
  • Ability to prepare professional case reports of findings and recommendations and clinical documentation
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, community service providers, outside agencies and stakeholders, and to provide trauma-informed, culturally sensitive services.

Once submitted, applicant responses on the exam cannot be changed. Applicants who achieve a passing score will be placed on the eligible list/score report, in rank order, according to their final score.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be the Rule of List.

Eligible List/Score Report:
Once you pass the exam, you will be placed on an eligible list and given a score and a rank. For more information, visit

Candidate names will remain on the list for a maximum period of 12 months. Candidates that are not selected and expire off the list may re-apply.

How to apply:

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process. 

Our e-mail communications may come from more than one department so please make sure your email is set to accept messages from all of us at this link. Applicants must ensure that email from us is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment therefore, it is their responsibility to contact the Analyst if they update their email address. 

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.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at  

DPH Health Critical Requirements and Information: Please review the following policies regarding DPH employment requirements that safeguard yourself and others. 

Additional information regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco: 

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Hanz Pagao (she/her/hers) at or (628) 271-6839.

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.