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2233-Supervising Physician Specialist

Recruitment: RTF0143141-01088664

Published: February 08, 2024


Jesusa Bushong -

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Department: Fire Department
Job class: 2233-Supervising Physician Specialist
Salary range: $253,656.00 - $357,058.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The Mission of the Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the people of San Francisco from fires, natural disasters, and hazardous material incidents; to save lives by providing emergency medical services; to prevent fires through prevention and education programs; and to provide a work environment that values health, wellness, and cultural diversity and is free of harassment and discrimination.

Application Opening: December 15, 2023

Application Filing Deadline:  February 23, 2024

Recruitment ID: PEX-2233-143142

Appointment Type: Permanent Exempt.  This appointment is Exempt from Civil Service examination, in accordance with Section 10.104-13 of the City Charter.

Role description

The Fire Department has one vacancy in the SFFD Office of Employee Health. Under general administrative direction, the Supervising Physician specialist plans, organizes, directs and is responsible for the operation of the Health, Safety, and Wellness (HSW) Division, which includes the Office of Employee Health, Battalion Chief of HSW, Industrial Hygienist, and any temporary staff.

The Supervising Physician Specialist is responsible for: coordinating and implementing a comprehensive occupational health and safety program for the Department; designing and implementing a wellness-fitness program for the Department; developing and executing medical policies for the Department, including reviewing and revising, as necessary, medical standards for entry-level and promotional ranks; enforcing regulations concerning the proper use and handling of specialized equipment, materials and supplies; maintenance of contacts with specialists to obtain their expert advice in difficult medical and related matters; preparing, reviewing, and approving medical and technical diagnosis, decisions, records and reports; conducting pre-employment entry level and promotional physical examinations; performing other medical examinations for employees with regard to disability and workers’ compensation cases; working with staff in monitoring Workers’ Compensation claims; supervising professional and administrative support staff including a Nurse Practitioner, a Medical Evaluations Assistant, and temporary uniformed staff; and performing other related duties as required.  This position’s schedule may require 24-hour on-call availability in emergency situations.

Examples of Important Duties:

  • Develops and implements primary and secondary prevention strategies for the Department’s occupational health and safety program
  • Establishes standards and measures for a wellness-fitness program, including goals and objectives at various life- and career-stages of uniformed members
  • Reviews medical standards against NFPA guidelines and protocols from other relevant jurisdictions to ensure that standards are job-related to the particular entry-level and/or promotional rank
  • Analyzes work-related injuries and illnesses for risk management
  • Coordinates education / training programs for specific hazards
  • Develops and implements infection control policy for bloodborne pathogens
  • Routinely conducts tuberculosis screening for uniformed members
  • Administers influenza and other relevant vaccination on an annual basis to uniformed members and civilian staff
  • Determine the relevance of any abnormal findings from health check screenings for uniformed members and help arrange for follow-up, worker's compensation eligibility, and appropriate work status. Provides preventative counseling regarding specific risk factors for each uniformed member
  • Conducts pre-employment physical examinations of candidates for city service
  • When designated by the Civil Service Commission, assesses medical or physical competence of staff to perform assigned duties

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an approved medical school
  • Possession of a Doctor of Medicine degree or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree
  • Possession of a license to practice medicine issued by the California Medical Board (see or Osteopathic Medical Board of California (see here
  • Possession of Board Certification in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Preventative Medicine, or Occupational Medicine from the American Board of Medical Specialties (see or American Osteopathic Association (
  • Two years supervisory experience of professional and/or administrative staff

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Medical Review Officer Certification within one year of employment.
  • Completion of a recognized residency program in Occupational Health
  • Possession of Medical Review Officer (MRO) certification
  • Experience in developing, implementing and monitoring a health, safety, wellness, and fitness program for a large agency
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of Occupational Health
  • Ability to make expert diagnoses, interpretations, and recommendations on a consultative level
  • Ability to supervise professional and administrative staff
  • Effective Written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office products in the performance of duties

Selection Procedure:

The selection process may include an oral interview and an evaluation of candidates’ training and experience.  In the event that a large number of qualified applications are received, only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate.  Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.

Application Procedure:

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

Interested individuals must submit an online employment application and a comprehensive curriculum vitae to: by clicking on the 2233 Job Ad link and clicking on “Apply Now” once taken to the 2233 Job Ad. Follow all screen prompts thereafter to complete your submission.


Verification of possession of minimum qualifications will occur at the time of pre-employment offer stage. At that time, the successful candidate MUST submit verification of all licenses, certifications and experience described in the Minimum Qualifications section. Any documents demonstrating possession of desirable qualifications must also be submitted at that time.

What else should I know?

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

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up to date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses and

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.

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Jesusa Bushong,

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.