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Home Health Aide - Dept. of Public Health (2583)

Recruitment: RTF0109910-01106201

Published: May 13, 2022


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Department: Public Health
Job Class: 2583-Home Health Aide
Role Type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam Type: Class Based Test
Rule: Rule of 3 What does this mean?
List Type: Entrance


**Updated on May 12, 2022 to reflect changes to the Certification Rule.  Prior applicants do not need to reapply.**

**Updated on May 9, 2022 to reflect changes to the Selection Procedures and to the Certification Rule.  Prior applicants do not need to reapply**

 **The job ad may close at any time but not before May 23, 2022.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply promptly.**

Shift: Varied. Days, evening, nights, weekends and/or holiday shifts may be required, depending on position.
Compensation: $47,112-$57,122 Annually

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.

Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (LHH) is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility owned and operated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Located on a 62-acre campus in the heart of the city, Laguna Honda is one of the largest skilled nursing facilities in the United States, and represents one of the most extensive commitments by any city or county to therapeutic care for seniors and adults with disabilities.

The list resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill Home Health Aide positions for the next 12 months.

Role Description

Under immediate supervision of licensed professional staff, the Home Health Aide assists clients with activities of daily living including personal hygiene, ambulation, prescribed exercises, preparing meals including therapeutic diets, and keeping client’s environment organized and neat, and performing related duties.

The Home Health Aide performs the following essential duties:

  • Assists clients with personal hygiene including skin and mouth cleansing, hair care, and bathing; assists clients in and out of bed, and with ambulation.
  • Assists clients with prescribed exercises as instructed by professional staff.
  • Assists in keeping client environment neat, safe and organized; changes bed linens as needed; prepares meals, including therapeutic diets; assists clients with eating.
  • Takes client blood pressure and weighs client as assigned.
  • Participates in developing and implementing client care plans according to Home Health Agency policy; communicates client needs and information relating to client care plan to professional staff.
  • Adheres to Home Health Agency administrative and clinical policies and procedures; implements infection control and safety policies and procedures according to established guidelines; maintains confidentiality of client information; provides care in compliance with Home Health Agency, State and Federal regulations, and documents care as assigned.
  • Participates in weekly case conferences related to needs assessments of clients; assists in promoting health education for clients and client families.

The Home Health Aide performs other related duties as required.

How to Qualify

1.  CERTIFICATION: Possession of a Home Health Aide Certificate issued by the State of California; AND

2.  EXPERIENCE: Six (6) months of experience performing Home Health Aide job duties in a home health care setting within the last five (5) years.

NOTE: 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.

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

Special Conditions: 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.

Some positions may require the following:

1.  Bilingual fluency in a variety of languages depending upon the department's bilingual needs. 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.

2.  Possession of a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate issued by the American Heart Association. Applicants must indicate on the application form the certifications that they possess.

Verification of Education and Experience: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

What else should I know?

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) (Weight: Qualifying): Candidates who meet minimum qualifications will be invited via a separate link to complete the MQSQ as part of the online employment application.  This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. 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.  Please provide proof of your certification(s) by uploading them to your application.

Training and Experience Evaluation/Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) (Weight: 100%): The SQ will be sent to those qualified candidates who demonstrate they meet the minimum qualifications. Candidates will be required to submit the completed SQ in the time frame indicated and responses on the SQ cannot be changed once submitted. All relevant experience, education and/or training must be included in the application to be reviewed during the scoring process. A passing score must be achieved on the SQ in order to be placed/ranked on the Eligible List.  Candidates will be placed in rank order according to their final score on the SQ.  After the confidential eligible list/score report is adopted, the department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision. The SQ is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas that have been identified as critical for satisfactory performance in this position. The Training and Experience Evaluation SQ will cover job-related areas that include but are not limited to knowledge of: basic methods and procedures to assist clients with activities of daily living; Ability to: read, write and carry out directions; perform tasks involving physical activity, which may include heavy lifting and extensive bending and standing; and effectively interact with home health clients, families and co-workers.

Language Proficiency Test -Pass/Fail
For positions that require bilingual proficiency in a foreign language, candidates deemed qualified who meet the special language condition must pass a departmentally approved language proficiency test. Only those eligible candidates who pass the bilingual proficiency test will be considered for the bilingual position.

Eligible List Duration: The list resulting from this examination process will be 12 months.
Certification Rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten Scores.  

Terms of Announcement: The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  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

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Department of Public Health prioritizes equitable and inclusive access to quality healthcare for its community and values the diversity of its workforce. All employees are required to participate in the Department of Public Health's work to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity through:

  • Commitment to providing exceptional care and services to all residents of the City and County of San Francisco service population, with heightened awareness of responsiveness to racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse members of the service population and the DPH workforce.
  • Desire and commitment to lead and participate in anti-racism, racial justice, and equity work that improves quality of patient care and employee experiences; along with the commitment and fortitude to drive change in these areas.
  • Desire to work with, relate to, serve, and support a diverse service population and workforce.
  • Commitment to health equity with a specific lens and focus on race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, disability, and immigration status.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco

Conditions of Employment and Other Important Information
Information About the Hiring Process
Conviction History
Employee Benefits Overview
Equal Employment Opportunity
Disaster Service Worker
ADA Accommodations
Veteran's Preference
Right to Work
Copies of Application Documents
Diversity Statement

Open Date: 4/13/22, Amended 5/9/22, Amended 5/12/22
Close Date:
Applicants are encouraged to file immediately as this recruitment may close at any time.
Pos. #
01106201, 01116435, 01106196, 01106214, 01116434, CBT-2583-903538, Entrance


All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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.