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Clinical Psychologist - Access to City Employment (ACE) (2574)

Recruitment: REF3159B

Published: July 08, 2022


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Department: Access to City Employment
Job class: 2574-Clinical Psychologist
Salary range: $117,130.00 - $142,324.00
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, conducts professional-level work in clinical psychology; carries out psychodiagnostic examinations and psychotherapy of emotionally disturbed, mentally ill, chemically dependent and developmentally delayed children and adults; prepares psychological reports; provides psychological consultation services; participates in psychological research; when assigned as a neuropsychologist, conducts professional-level work in neuropsychology; carries out neuropsychological examinations of neurologically impaired and mentally ill children and adults; prepares neuropsychological reports; provides neuropsychological consultation to a multidisciplinary team; and performs related duties as required.

Distinguishing Features: Class 2574 Clinical Psychologist performs journey-level professional duties and responsibilities in the field of clinical psychology and/or neuropsychology. Class 2574 Clinical Psychologist is distinguished from class 2576 Supervising Clinical Psychologist in that class 2576 supervises clinical psychological and/or neuropsychological services in a clinic or institution and supervises the work of clinical psychologists and subordinate staff. It is distinguished from class 2575 Research Psychologist in that research psychologists plan, direct and coordinate research programs and do not have clinical responsibility for patients.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties: According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list. 1. Conducts individual and group psychotherapy with children and adults; prepares psychological reports presenting diagnostic findings, interview findings, clinical evaluations, and recommendations for the treatment and rehabilitation of children and adults. 2. Selects, administers, scores and interprets appropriate psychological tests of intelligence, personality, aptitude, achievement, interest and other specialized areas and conducts diagnostic clinical interviews with emotionally disturbed, mentally ill, chemically dependent and retarded children and adults to assess their problems and assist them in overcoming their difficulties; participates in psychological research. 3. Reviews and evaluates social agency, school and court records; secures and assesses psychological, psychiatric and/or neuropsychological data and case material; consults with social workers, public health nurses, teachers, probation officers, judges, physicians, rehabilitative staff and other professionals in individual and group conferences regarding cases under diagnosis and treatment. 4. Provides case management services to ensure coordinated care and maximize stability of environment to maintain client in community. 5. Provides education, consultation and information to community groups on child and adult adjustment problems, mental illness, chemical dependence, culturally relevant services, and other topics. 6. Supervises psychology interns and subordinate clinical staff not including class 2574 Clinical Psychologist; conducts staff training programs both within the clinic or unit and for line agency personnel. 7. Participates in the planning, development and execution of psychological training internships, and postdoctoral traineeships under supervision of a supervising psychologist. 8. When assigned as a neuropsychologist, conducts neuropsychological test evaluations to aid in neurologic diagnosis; determines appropriate therapeutic, rehabilitative, or counseling strategies for neurologically impaired individuals; prepares written reports of results of neuropsychological test evaluations; serves as a consultant to a multidisciplinary team; works with family members and caregivers regarding management of the neurologically impaired individual; may assist in training activities to upgrade skills of other psychologists and psychology interns in performing neuropsychological duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: principles of clinical psychology, psychometry and personality; psychotherapeutic methods applicable to emotionally disturbed, mentally ill and chemically dependent children and adults; statistical and research methodology. When assigned as a neuropsychologist: principles of neuropsychology, therapeutic and rehabilitative methods applicable to neurologically impaired individuals, family members and caregivers. Ability to: effectively carry out standard methods, procedures and techniques of clinical psychology including diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of psychological problems, mental disorders and chemical dependence of individuals and groups; prepare professional case reports of findings and recommendations; interact with a multidisciplinary team: provide culturally sensitive services. When assigned as a neuropsychologist: formulate and recommend rehabilitation strategies and design remedial cognitive and behavioral interventions; assess and treat neuropsychologically impaired individuals and consult with a multidisciplinary team regarding neuropsychological issues.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications: These minimum qualifications establish 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: Possession of a valid license as a Psychologist issued by the California Board of Psychology as defined in Chapter 6.6 of the Business and Professions Code; Psychologist Licensing Law, Sections 2900-2903, 2914.

What else should I know?

Notes: Established: 10/5/1961 Amended: 8/16/1993; 10/20/2014

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 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.