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2558- Senior Physical Therapist (DPH)

Recruitment: RTF0142333-01046616

Published: March 19, 2024


Maggie Gonzalez Diaz -

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Department: Public Health
Job class: 2558-Senior Physical Therapist
Salary range: $124,176.00 - $174,720.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Position Based Test
Rule: Rule of 3 What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance


* 3/1/24: This announcement has been amended to reflect an update to the minimum qualifications.

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. 

  • Application Opening –Wednesday, February 14, 2024
  • Application Deadline – Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this job ad may close at any time, but not sooner than Wednesday, February 28, 2024.
  • Final Close Date – Friday, March 22, 2024
  • Salary: $124,176 - $174,720 Annually. Click here for more information. 
  • Appointment Type: Permanent Civil Service
  • Recruitment ID: PBT-2558-145536

The Mission of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) 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 Population Health. The San Francisco Health Network is the City’s only complete system of care and has locations throughout the City, including Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and over 15 primary care health centers. 

The San Francisco Department of Public Health currently has two vacancies in class 2558. The list resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill 2558 Senior Physical Therapist positions for the next six months. Some positions may have additional requirements/special conditions.

Role description

Under the general direction of the clinic manager and the network program administrator, the 2558 Senior Physical Therapist assists in directing, developing, and implementing physical therapy department goals. The role consists of direct supervision of PTs, PTA’s, and supportive staff, students, and volunteers. It includes regular participation and oversight of performance improvement projects and direct patient care. This role participates collaboratively with the executive administration, department leadership team, staff, and patients, assisting, as necessary, in ensuring the entire department’s operational needs are met.

The current two vacancies in class 2558 are with Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (LHH) and California Children Services (CCS).

Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (LHH): Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center

California Children Services (CCS):
Department of Public Health - California Children Services (CCS) Program

Under the direction of the Rehabilitation Coordinator, the 2558 Sr. Physical Therapist directs, plans, prioritizes, and coordinates daily operations of physical therapy services.  Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Supervises professional and support staff engaged in the performance of medically necessary pediatric physical therapy.
  • Supervises, mentors, and provides pediatric physical therapy for physically disabled children, primarily with long term neuromuscular diagnosis.
  • Oversees patient care in the Medical Therapy Unit (MTU) and satellite sites in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).
  • Performs physical therapy for a small caseload of children.
  • Assigns caseloads per physician prescriptions.
  • Oversees staffing needs, staff professional development, and staff performance reviews.
  • Assists with development of policies and procedures for the MTU.
  • Assists with budget development, facility equipment and supply needs.
  • Participates as a team member for medical conferences, IEP’s, consultation with other professionals, dispute resolution, etc.
  • Assists in program development, Quality Assurance, and Utilization Review.
  • Assure compliance with state CCS standards and guidelines.
  • Works with outside agencies to secure vendored services, participate in community agencies and committees, and coordinate services with SFUSD.
  • Assists with reviewing authorizations for equipment and services for clients.
  • Oversees student program for clinical affiliation.

The 2558 Senior Physical Therapist also performs other related duties as required.

How to qualify


  1. LICENSE:Requires registration as a Physical Therapist licensed by the Physical Therapy Board of California (; AND
  2. EXPERIENCE: Requires three (3) years of experience in applying physical therapy rehabilitation techniques
  • Additional Requirement for California Children's Services position: Requires one (1) year of pediatrics experience. Experience in applying specialized pediatric techniques for work with children.
  • Additional Requirement for the LHH position: Requires two (2) years of Geriatrics & Rehabilitation Experience

SPECIAL CONDITION: The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted. 

Note on Experience: One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.


  • One (1) year of supervisory experience.
  • One (1) year of pediatric experience within the last five (5) years.
  • Excellent working knowledge of pediatric physical therapy.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to perform tasks involving physical activity to effectively treat clients.
  • Ability to facilitate the development of staff treatment and communication skills.
  • Excellent team-building skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional and harmonious working relationships with departmental personnel and the public.


  • American Physical Therapy Association membership preferred.
  • One (1) year SNF Short-term stay (PDPM) experience and Long-term care SNF experience
  • One (1) year of Management experience in the respective settings.
  • One (1) year Acute Rehab Program experience
  • Affiliation with healthcare executive leadership organizations (e.g., American Association of Health Care Executives).
  • Rehabilitation Services program development, enhancement, and expansion.
  • Leadership courses certification and/or designation.


Condition of Employment

Possession of a valid Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuer (BLS) Certificate issued by the American Heart Association is required as a provision to employment for all positions.

  • Applicants who do not possess such a certification may participate in this examination process and be appointed but will be required to obtain the certificate within two (2) weeks of hire and maintain validity throughout the length of employment.
  • The valid Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuer (BLS) Certificate must be provided to the appropriate supervisor of the appointment within the allotted time frame.
  • Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of valid certification within two (2) weeks of hire date and throughout the length of employment may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.

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. 

Selection Procedures
After submitting an application, qualified candidates must complete all subsequent steps to progress in this selection process. These steps include:

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ): Candidates will be required to complete an MQSQ as part of the employment application. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications. Please provide proof of your licenses and certifications by uploading them to your application.

Written Examination (Weight: 100%): 
Candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, ability and skill levels in job-related areas. These areas may include but not be limited to: knowledge of disease processes and physical, mental and emotional disabilities; knowledge and ability to conduct patient/client assessments; knowledge of physical therapy treatment methods; supervisory ability; knowledge of physical therapy practice requirements; knowledge of health and safety standards; interpersonal skills and ability; and oral and written communication ability.

Candidates must achieve a passing score on the Training and Experience exam in order to continue in the selection process and will be placed on the confidential eligible list in rank order according to their final score.

Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

What else should I know?

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

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

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 6 months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

To find Departments which use this classification, please click here

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 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:

This is a Position Based Test (PBT) administered in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

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 here. 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 here.  

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 analyst, or 628-271-6834. 

We may use text messaging to communicate with you on the phone number provided 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.