Medical Director (INTERNAL)

Location: SSC (Olympia)
Job Code: 480
# of Openings: 1


Job Summary
The purpose of this position is to assume medical responsibility for the delivery of opioid dependency treatment programs at the agency’s clinics, and act as administrative representative for the medical department. The nature of this position is fast-paced in high-stress situations and conditions.


Job Functions (May Include):

Medical Director duties:

  1. Monitor patient charts for quality of medical services provided, and work with other administrators to develop or revise medical and other treatment intervention policies and procedures.
  2. Oversee all medical care provided within the clinic.  Provide recommendations to Executive Director regarding changes in medical practice when advisable.  This may include expansion or contraction of services.
  3. Oversee the Dispensary Manager functions, and ensure the safety, security and accountability of methadone and other scheduled medications in the clinic.
  4. Work closely with agency medical providers and site managers to ensure the delivery of coordinated services to patients.
  5. Interact with the local medical provider community on issues of the continuity of care and for education about this treatment modality.
  6. Consultation via telephone or videoconference as needed.
  7. Be accountable to the Executive Director, except when directives from the Executive Director conflict with his/her judgment in medical and/or legal matters.
  8. Other duties as assigned.


New OTP Siting duties:

  1. Assist Executive Director with developing and maintaining working relationships with the medical community and public officials as needed with respect to siting new clinics.



Qualification Requirements

Position requires an MD or DO degree and an active physician license in the state of Washington. Certification by the American Society of Addiction Medicine or the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology is preferred.



Experience providing treatment services to addicted individuals is required.


Knowledge Requirements

  1. Must have knowledge of the patient population as well as the properties and side effects of opiate replacement medications and other drugs the patients may use.
  2. Must have knowledge of federal and state regulations governing the prescribing of opiate replacement drugs and of regulations pertaining to health care of patients in treatment for drug abuse.
  3. Ability to prioritize workload, skilled in organizing detailed work assignments and follow through on assigned tasks to assure completion in a timely manner.
  4. Computer literate, with basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, and electronic medical records systems, as well as a high level of initiative in keeping current with technological change.
  5. Ability to handle multiple tasks and switch between tasks quickly.
  6. High integrity and ethical standards.
  7. Dependable, able to work under pressure; receptive to change, willingness to learn, cooperative approach to problem-solving
  8. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff (supervisory and subordinate), clients, and outside contacts from a wide variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds; good diplomatic skills; including strong conflict-resolution skills.
  9. Flexible team player, open to new treatment ideas, cooperative and uses excellent judgment.
  10. Excellent attention to detail, planning and analytical skills.
  11. Good basic clerical skills including typing, ability to proof own work, good grammar and spelling.
  12. Must be able to pass a criminal background check.


Language Skills

  1. Ability to read and interpret general business correspondence, policies and procedures, referral information, financial documentation and applicable government regulations.
  2. Ability to write business letters, uncomplicated reports, instructions and procedures.
  3. Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from patients, staff, referral sources and the general public.


Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability

  1. Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply business arithmetic skills accurately and rapidly.
  2. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where standardization may be limited.
  3. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, schedule or diagram format.


Physical Requirements

  1. The employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear; frequently required to stand, walk and kneel; occasionally to climb balance, or stoop; rarely to crouch or crawl.
  2. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, color and peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

Equipment Used
Computer, photocopier, fax machine, phone, and medical and dispensary equipment.

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