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Chief Medical Officer (1165) - San Francisco Health Network

Recruitment: RTF0141433-01137107

Published: June 19, 2024

Accepting applications until: June 19, 2024


Mohammad Sarwary -

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Department: Public Health
Job class: 1165-Manager, Department of Public Health
Starting salary range: $255,762.00 - $326,456.00 (Range A)
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


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 – November 27, 2023; April 30, 2024
  • Application Deadline – Continuous at least through May 17, 2024, and may close anytime thereafter
  • Salary:$251,992 and $321,620 annually
  • Appointment Type: Permanent Exempt. This is a Permanent Exempt (PEX) recruitment in accordance with San Francisco Charter Section 10.104.13 and is exempt from Civil Service.
  • Recruitment ID: PEX-1165-141434

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, over 15 outpatient primary care health centers, specialty clinics, a home health agency, and behavioral health (mental health and drug treatment) inpatient, outpatient, and community programs. The San Francisco Health Network is the largest Division of the Department of Public Health and manages an annual budget of $1.2 billion and over 5,000 FTEs.

Role description

Under the direction of the San Francisco Health Network (SFHN) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) reports to the CEO of the SFHN and partners with the CEO, SFHN Chief Operating Officer, SFHN Chief Nursing Officer and SFHN Chief Quality Officer, in providing the executive medical managerial and clinical operations analysis and improvement activities of an integrated healthcare delivery systems. The CMO is the most senior executive physician within the San Francisco Health Network. As such, this position has responsibility for the strategic oversight and management of the clinical practice of all physicians and licensed providers practicing in the diverse and complex functional areas at the Department of Public Health. The CMO also manages special grants and projects, within the scope of medical practice, as directed by the executive and legislative branches of the CCSF government related to healthcare delivery system reform efforts. On a daily basis, the CMO will make and guide significant decisions that impact healthcare, clinical, and medical operations via new policies, procedures, organizational areas, or services.

The SFHN CMO performs the following essential job functions:

  • Program Planning and Administration - Provides long and short-range planning for the development, operation, and integration of the diverse services within SFHN and its affiliated clinical and community partners; plans, coordinates, directs, and evaluates the delivery of medical, clinical, and health care by maintaining and ensuring standards of care, practice, and performance; develops, implements, and evaluates the department’s plan for the provision of medical, clinical, and health care; in accordance with SFHN goals, assesses and responds to community needs, ensures access to equitable care, improves patient and provider satisfaction, and optimizes efficient utilization of resources;
  • Resource Development - Pursues grants and other resources needed to support, augment, sustain, and evaluate the SFHN; directs the allocation of resources to achieve timely outcomes and measurable goals within budget; adjusts plans and programs to meet healthcare reform or other new medical or clinical programs, while continuing to address major medical, clinical and health care priorities.
  • Business Acumen – Provides review, preparation, and defense of budgets related to the SFHN medical operations; maintains responsibility for analyzing the current billing and financial systems that support and sustain the SFHN;
  • Political Acumen - Bridges the span of culture between the various constituencies associated with the SFHN, DPH, its clinical and community partners, and departments within the City and County of San Francisco; establishes and sustains effective communication channels with a wide range of DPH staff and other parties involved in initiatives; anticipates potential problems, takes timely initiative and skillfully determines when SFHN and DPH executive leadership consultation and policy guidance is required; communicates regularly with medical, clinical, and healthcare executive-level management regarding the Department's activities and coordination of efforts with other City departments in addressing the needs of the City; represents the Department before legislative boards, regulatory bodies, other healthcare agencies, and medical, clinical, or advisory committees; provides consultation and advice to boards, committees, and representatives from federal, state and local agencies.

The 1165 Manager, Department of Public Health – SFHN Chief Medical Officer may participate in direct patient care/medical or clinical activities as determined by specialty. The SFHN Chief Medical Officer performs other related duties as assigned.

How to qualify


  • Possession of a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine issued by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California *; AND
  • Possession of valid, unrestricted Drug Enforcement Agency registration with the United States Department of Justice; AND
  • Possession of valid Board Certification in a medical specialty area.

*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.


Requires at least three years of experience as an administrator of a large general teaching hospital or related organization; three years of complex health care administrative experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


Note: One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours of qualifying work experience (one year if performed full-time at 40 hours per week).

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

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. 


DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: The stated desirable qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring:

  • Masters-level training in an applicable field such as public health, business administration, or equivalent.
  • Three (3) years of post-residency, managerial experience (of which all must include supervisory experience) in planning, organizing, and evaluating medical services in a hospital, clinic, skilled nursing facility, or related health care setting. 

What else should I know?


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 CCSF 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. 


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

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If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Hanz Pagao at or 628-271-6839. 

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.