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Health Program Planner - Access to City Employment (ACE) (2818)

Recruitment: REF3175J

Published: March 12, 2022


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Department: Access to City Employment
Job class: 2818-Health Program Planner
Salary range: $99,138.00 - $120,536.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The Access to City Employment Program (ACE) seeks to hire qualified individuals with a disability into permanent entry-level jobs outside the normal civil service selection process. To be hired through the ACE Program, individuals must meet the minimum qualifications of the job and provide a Certification of Disability from the California Department of Rehabilitation or a Veterans Preference Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Role description

Definition: Under general supervision, plans, analyzes and evaluates current or proposed health programs within the Department of Public Health for the purpose of program development; assists in the development of recommendations to improve existing health programs or substantiate the need for additional programs; assists in the development and finalization of a department-wide plan for the delivery of health services and/or those plans mandated by outside agencies; and performs related duties as required.

Distinguishing Features: The Health Program Planner is the journey-level professional health planning position in the Department of Public Health. Incumbents in this classification carry out work assignments with some degree of independence and are free to develop their own work sequence within established policies and procedures. The Health Program Planner series of classes differs from line administrative and management classifica- tions in that the latter are responsible for program operation and the delivery of services to the community, while the Health Program Planner series of classes requires a broad technical knowledge of assigned program areas and expertise in program planning techniques.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties: 1. Plans, analyzes and evaluates current or proposed health programs within an assigned area or bureau of the Department of Public Health for the purposes of program development. 2. Collects and analyzes demographic and health status data. 3. Prepares reports based on needs assessment surveys or specialized research studies. 4. Assists in the development and preparation of all annual county plans, such as the County Short-Doyle Plan and the Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Alcohol Abuse Plan, as well as an integrated department-wide program plan for delivering health services. 5. Provides technical assistance to management personnel and community advisory boards, councils or agencies to coordinate and implement program development. 6. May have responsibility for liaison work with one or more community groups relating to planning efforts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Requires knowledge of health planning and systems theory; public and mental health programs and trends; developing and evaluating health program plans; statistical research techniques and applications; fundamentals of data processing; methods of preparing reports; populations, social, economic and staffing trends affecting health services; structure and operation of public administrations. Requires ability to: gather, analyze, organize, interpret and report data related to health program planning; speak and write effectively; work cooperatively with local, State and Federal agencies and community groups.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications: These minimum qualifications are to be used as a guide for establishing the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Experience and Training: Requires completion of a four-year college or university with a baccalaureate degree with major course work in public health, public health administration, public administration, business administration, health or mental health sciences or a closely related field. Requires two years of experience in planning, research or evaluation for a large public or mental health department or agency; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. A Master’s degree in public administration, public health administration, business administration or a closely related field will be accepted for the required experience.

What else should I know?

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Conviction History: As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as: Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code. Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers: All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

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.