Oct 31, 2016
Apr 17, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time
Job Title: MEDICAL DIRECTOR Closing Date/Time: Continuous Salary: Negotiable Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2120 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204, Virginia       Arlington County is seeking a highly experienced Medical Director with strong leadership qualities to oversee psychiatric services within a progressive, recovery-oriented, community-based service system in the Department of Human Services (DHS).
About This Position:

The Medical Director is responsible for providing clinical and administrative leadership for all psychiatric services provided by contract staff psychiatrists, County psychiatrists, and nurses, including a lead nurse, in DHS.
This Director serves as the clinical lead for the agency providing oversight to clinic operations and overall leadership and administration of psychiatric services, to include:
  • recruiting, hiring and scheduling psychiatrists;
  • developing and implementing clinical protocols, standards of practice, and policies and procedures;
  • conducting utilization review to assess and evaluate service delivery and staffing needs;
  • facilitating effective relationships with community partners;
  • coordinating and directing pharmacy services; and
  • leading Department initiatives on outcome measurement and integration.
This experienced Medical Director is also responsible for:
  • providing oversight and leadership for the County's grant-supported integrated primary care/behavioral health program;
  • negotiating and monitoring medical staff contracts;
  • preparing medical staff annual performance evaluations;
  • ensuring staff training and credentialing to maintain a clinically competent medical staff;
  • overseeing and managing an approximately $3 million budget for psychiatric services to include developing, approving, and aligning budget and expenditures to the strategic plan and organizational goals.
The Medical Director provides a maximum of 20 hours per week of direct clinical services while supervising more than 20 staff who provide quality psychiatric services to more than 5,000 clients annually.  Services and programs reach client populations of all ages who represent multiple cultural, ethnic and language groups. Three Divisions within DHS provide psychiatric services for clients that include children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. The majority of clients present chronic symptoms requiring a combination of services to support functioning effectively within the community. Clinical intervention with these client populations requires a significant degree of ongoing collaboration and interface with systems/providers within DHS as well as in the community. 

This employee reports to the Division Director of Behavioral Healthcare (BHC) assisting in the design and implementation of a progressive service system which meets the needs of persons with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring illnesses. This Medical Director serves on a 6-member senior management team for the Division of BHC. 

At the request of the Division Director of BHC this employee will make presentations to the Arlington Community Services Board (ACSB), which has statutory responsibility for fiscal and policy oversight of all publicly funded mental health, intellectual disability, and substance abuse services and to the Local Human Rights Committee (LHRC) for mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services, which has statutory oversight of all services directly provided and contracted for by the ACSB.
 Selection Criteria: Minimum:

The successful candidate will possess a Medical Degree from an accredited school of medicine which included completion of an internship and an approved residency program plus three years of experience in management or administration of a clinical practice of medicine.

Candidate must be:
  • licensed at time of appointment to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and
  • certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Desired Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will also have:
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) certification in one or more of the following specialties: child and adolescent, adult, geriatric, addiction, or forensic psychiatry;
  • Experience working as a lead psychiatrist in a public mental health continuum-of-care organization;
  • Experience in the application of quality assurance and utilization management principles; and/or
  • Experience operating within an interdisciplinary team model.

 Additional Information: Salary is negotiable up to $222,560.  Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected. 

This position is in the Arlington County Government's Extended Management Accountability Program (XMAP), in which Senior Program Managers are evaluated and compensated based on a performance agreement linked to the County's Management plan, and results achieved, among other criteria. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits, click here.

This position is open until filled. Applications and resumes will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Interviews will be scheduled with those candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Please attach a cover letter and resume to the on-line application describing your experience in the management or administration of a clinical practice of medicine including the size and type of organization(s) you served, staff supervised, the range of services and functions you directed or managed and to whom you reported. Your cover letter should also include a description of why you are interested in the position in Arlington County and your experience in the following areas:
(1) working as a lead psychiatrist in a public mental health continuum-of-care organization;
(2) application of quality assurance and utilization management principles in your clinical practice of medicine; and 
(3) operating within an interdisciplinary team model.  

Your cover letter should also describe major issues and challenges facing your current organization and your specific role in implementing policy or program changes to address those issues or challenges. Be sure to describe any significant accomplishments that you directed, led and/or implemented.

Work hours are typically Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, a flexible work schedule may require evening work.

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