Date Posted

Virginia Beach


Job Type
Full-Time Regular

Job Description


The Senior Medical Director reports directly to the Director of Department of Human Services and is a member of the executive leadership team, with oversight of 6-7 psychiatrists. This individual oversees psychiatric and medical functions in their respective programs of practice for the City of Virginia Beach, Department of Human Services and will be responsible for developing public/private partnerships. The Senior Medical Director provides psychiatric behavioral health leadership for clinical and business planning, clinical performance, Medical Quality Assessment/Assurance, Risk Management, and Continuing Medical Education. He/She will serve as a key link between Virginia Beach Human Services, the medical community, and the public at large.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but not limited to the following:

  • Develops and implements a utilization management system for outpatient psychiatric services including:
    • Monitoring of medication management services
    • Profiling of prescriptive practices
    • Development of medication management protocols
    • Developing and maintaining key performance indicators (KPIs) for service delivery
  • Facilitates the development and implementation of, as well as monitors staff compliance with, all of the Medical Services policies and procedures, to include the use and storage of medication samples and indigent medications.
  • Collaborates with the Deputy Directors of the Community Services Board (CSB) and other Program Supervisors in the development of productivity standards for psychiatric staff.
  • Works with the Executive Leadership Team and the Senior Leadership Team to utilize program and clinical data (stored in the Electronic Health Record-EHR) to develop and monitor unit cost methodologies across the Department of Human Services.
  • Collaborates and forms a professional relationship with outside agencies providing telehealth, psychiatric testing, medical testing and medical primary care and specialty services.


  • Provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management services to clients of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
  • Serves as a lead member of a multidisciplinary treatment team within program units.
  • Provides appropriate clinical documentation and follow up for services/treatment activities.
  • Provides consumer and family oriented education services.
  • Serves as a liaison with other psychiatric staff and consultants and provides coverage for those persons.
  • Provides clinical training to staff members on various medical and behavioral health subjects to include medication management and psychiatric evaluations.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The ideal candidate will have proven administrative, leadership and supervisory skills, and a “big picture” view to help the organization evolve its entire system. Must have a willingness to transform and retool the department efficiencies. The incumbent must have compassion for the work and a willingness to work with the community and have an understanding
and be comfortable interacting with consumers who have severe developmental disabilities. The successful candidate will be dynamic, collaborative, and flexible. Must have the ability to provide guidance to the team and consultation to executive leadership. This individual must be a change agent, who will motivate peers and teams.


  • Graduate from an accredited medical school.
  • Board certification in psychiatry.
  • License to practice medicine in the State of Virginia.
  • Current DEA number with no restrictions on prescribing controlled substances.
  • Eligible for Medicare, Medicaid and other third party reimbursement. Individuals excluded from participation in federal reimbursement programs (including Medicaid, Medicare, and CHAMPUS) by the Office of the Inspector General do not meet the requirements for this position.
  • Must have, or obtain, a current and valid Virginia or North Carolina driver’s license in accordance with Virginia or North Carolina DMV driver’s license eligibility requirements.
  • High degree of technology proficiency with Electronic Health Records (EHR), telehealth and standard Microsoft Office applications and system databases.
  • Experience formulating and implementing policies and procedures.
  • 5-10 years of experience in outpatient psychological/psychiatric/addiction medicine clinical services.


  • Strong community based program experience.
  • Direct treatment experience with broad range of populations including SMI, SED, dually diagnosed individuals, the child welfare population, individuals who may be experiencing a psychiatric crisis situation, and older adults.
  • Able to successfully collaborate as part of a multidiscipline team.
  • Demonstrates state of the art knowledge of psychotropic medications. Able to successfully work in a managed care environment.
  • Extensive experience supervising psychiatric services, prescribing psychotropic medication, performing psychiatric evaluations, and treating severely mentally ill patients; experience treating patients with substance use and co- occurring mental health disorders; experience with ASAM Placement Criteria, knowledge of recovery-based services and principles; knowledgeable regarding evidence based practices; on insurance panels for Virginia 3rd party payees; extensive experience in mental health clinic settings; forensic experience; microcomputer experience.


  • All employees may be expected to work hours in excess of their normally scheduled hours in response to short-term department needs and/or City-wide emergencies. This position will be expected to work over 40 hours and be on call.
  • Position within this class have been designated as Alpha I positions requiring employees to work during inclement weather, regardless of the City’s operational status.
  • Requires travel to off-site meetings.

About Virginia Beach

Located in the southeastern corner of Virginia, where the state meets the sea, the Virginia Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), also known as Hampton Roads and Coastal Virginia, is the 36th largest MSA in the United States. The MSA encompasses 15 cities and counties with a population of more than 1.7 million and a workforce of more than 850,000. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia and the 39th largest city in the United States, with approximately 450,000 residents. The City encompasses 307 miles: Land 248 miles including 38 miles of beaches and 59 square miles of water. Virginia Beach has a unique environment. Within minutes, residents and visitors have access to the popular oceanfront resort area, bountiful wildlife preserves and parks, a vibrant financial district, urban amenities, pastoral rural areas, distinctive cultural centers and museums, a variety of military facilities, and neighborhoods as diverse as the people who call the city home.

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