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COVID Task Force Lead (TEX 0931 Manager III)

Recruitment: REF2761A

Published: May 13, 2022


Ruigie Arevalo -
Jennifer Magnusson -
Sherri Suto -

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Department: Public Health
Job class: 0931-Manager III
Starting salary range: $141,492.00 - $180,622.00 (Range A)
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


COVID Task Force Lead (0931 Manager III)

Appointment Type: Temporary Exempt.  Exempt employees are considered "at will" and serve at the discretion of the department head. Category 18 - Duration of appointment is up to one year with possibility of extension.

The Department of Public Health's Emergency Operation Center is currently accepting application for a temporary exempt 0931 Manager III - COVID Task Force Lead.  The duration is one year, with possibility of extension. Hours and location may vary depending on operational need.

5/2/2022: This announcement has been reissued to reflect changes to the minimum qualifications. Applicants who already applied need not reapply.

Announcement Reissued: May 2, 2022

Application Deadline: May 16, 2022

Location: 101 New Montgomery, 4th FL; Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 5:00pm. may require holidays, evenings, weekends, location and hours based on needs of department.


$64.6375-$82.5000 hourly; $5,171-$6,600 monthly

Role description

The vision of the SFDPH COVID-19 Task Force (DCTF) is to reduce the threat of COVID-19 in the community, both from severe, life-threatening disease, as well as long-term consequences of post-COVID syndrome in milder cases. The mission is to monitor and respond to public health threats from COVID and to reduce inequities in disease prevalence, severity, and access to services. Plan to achieve the mission by:

  • Focusing DPH Vaccine outreach efforts to our most impacted communities
  • Focusing low-barrier testing, case-investigation, contact tracing, and prevention and mitigation services to highly-impacted, under-immunized communities
  • Coordinate with our Community partners using sound community engagement principles to enable person-centered care.
  • Monitoring COVID variants and indicators of waning immunity to COVID-19
  • Maintaining readiness (including training and exercises) in the event of a resurgence in cases
  • Supporting guidance for the safe re-opening of all schools

Deliverables include:

  • Vaccination rate of >85% in the entire population susceptible to COVID
  • Reduction in disparities in COVID disease across the different racial, age, and socioeconomic groups
  • Surveillance data on COVID infections, variant monitoring, and geographic distribution of vaccine and infection.

The DPH COVID Task Force Lead is the person responsible for overseeing and directing all aspects of the DPH COVID Task Force, including the approved budget for FY 21-22 and responsible for ensuring that the DPH Executive Policy decisions are operationalized, is the direct liaison between the over 600 COVID Task Force Staff and DPH leadership. The COVID Task Force Lead is responsible for setting the vision for the Task Force, troubleshooting operational and public relations hurdles in real time. The DPH COVID Task Force Lead establishes policy at an operational level for the DPH COVID Task Force and must make decisions with little direct oversight. This role is also responsible for coordinating subject matter experts across the Department of Public Health, as well as other city departments and the disaster service workers, contract hires, and volunteers responsible for executing the activities of the Task Force.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Directly supervise COVID Task Force Section Leads
  • Work directly with the Director of Health, Deputy Director of Health, PHEPR Director, Chief Operating Officer of the SF Health Network, and DPH Executive Policy Group to determine strategy for the COVID Task Force
  • Review data and subject matter expert input and determine the course of work for the DPH COVID Task Force
  • Make decisions in real time regarding operational changes and troubleshoot operations as issues arise and the pandemic landscape changes
  • Meet weekly with each COVID Task Force Section Leads
  • Meet weekly with the DPH Executive Policy Group
  • Meet weekly with the Director and/or Deputy Director for Health
  • Receive regular data updates and coordinate with subject matter experts to determine strategy
  • Oversee hiring and make human resource decisions for over 500 staff
  • Administering and monitoring the $123 million budget approved by the Board of Supervisors, specifically for this Task Force, and meet regularly with Finance to coordinate needs
  • Coordinate with DPH Divisions and other city departments around pandemic response
  • Serve as the public face of the COVID Task Force in media interviews
  • Serve as the liaison to the DPH COVID Task Force to the Health Commission and Board of Supervisors

The 0931 Manager III, Covid Task Force Lead performs other related duties as assigned/required.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND
  • 5 years of professional experience in the following major functional areas: Administrative, Health and Human Services, and/or Operations of which 3 years must include experience supervising professionals.

SUBSTITUTION: Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis. One (1) year is equivalent to thirty (30) semester units/forty-five (45) quarter units.

One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours of work experience (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours a 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

Important Note: Please make sure it is absolutely clear in your application exactly how you meet the minimum qualifications listed above. Applications that do not appear to meet the minimum qualifications will not move forward in the recruitment process.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Management experience.
  • In depth current and historical understanding of the DPH COVID Operations 
  • Experience coordinating with other departments outside of DPH, particularly DEM and HAS 
  • Expert/mastery knowledge of CCSF Covid response efforts to date 

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

Verification of Experience:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

Verification of Education: 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.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID19,
“shelter in place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

The selection procedure will include evaluation of the application packet in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. 

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment and application process, please contact and/or Sherri Suto at 

What else should I know?

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

Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.

Electronic Health Record (EHR)
The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.  

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e., weakens the seal between the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing.  

Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a Face Fitting Respirator.  

Medical Examination
Prior to appointment, at the Department’s expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, medical examination, and/or drug test.

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

Note on ICARE Willingness to uphold/abide by ZSFG’s ICARE (I-Introduce, C-Connect, A-Ask, R-Respond, E-Exit) philosophy for employee and patient interactions

Terms of Announcement: 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. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website.

Copies of Application Documents
Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

Right to Work
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures
Important employment information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained online here or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Sherri Suto at or (628)217-7121.

Position #01148180

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.