THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
As the largest employer in Southern California, the County of Los Angeles has over 111,000 employees in 37 departments and an operating budget of over $36 billion. The County provides vital and wide-ranging public services to a diverse population of 10 million residents. With 88 cities and more than 120 unincorporated communities, the County is proud of our vast multicultural populations, which speak more than 220 languages. We do our best to hire persons who represent the various communities within our County.
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES: As the largest child protective services agency in the nation, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is responsible for ensuring the safety of more than 2 million children across 88 diverse cities in Los Angeles County. DCFS operates with three main goals in mind for the children under their care: Safety, Well-Being, and Permanency. The chief commitment is to ensure that all children have access to loving and safe home, and that families have what they need to help their children thrive. THE POSITION: The Medical Director serves as a member of the Senior Executive Team and Executive Leadership Team of the Department of Children and Family Services. Directs the overall medical and well-being programs. Provides leadership in establishing and implementing Child Welfare policies and programs relating to diagnosis and treatment of suspected child maltreatment cases related to medical and mental health concerns of children in any part of the child welfare system. This position reports to the Director of the DCFS and serves as the chief medical advisor for the Department. The position is responsible for directing the planning, implementation, administration, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of operations and services of the Bureau of Clinical Resources and Services. The Medical Director is responsible for providing clinical guidance and support to other bureaus and Countywide health departments (Department of Health Services, Department of Public Health, and Department of Mental Health). The position allocated to this classification exercises a high level of autonomy and independent responsibility for directing varied and complex Bureau and Countywide programs including those with direct and contract services, as well as overseeing ancillary administrative functions. In addition to system responsibilities, direct physical and mental treatment of youth may be required.
• Certification by an American Specialty Board in Pediatrics, and two years of clinical practice experience in child abuse and neglect, one year of which must have been progressively responsible experience in managing complex and diverse clinical services and programs.
• A California State Physician and Surgeon’s Certificate authorized by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California. This license must be current and unrestricted; a provisional, probationary or restricted license will not be accepted.
• A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions. Physical Class: 2 -Light
• Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics in Child Abuse Pediatrics;
• Experience in maintaining liaison with federal, State, and local bodies and medical organizations in matters concerning children and family services;
• Demonstrated ability in public relations including effectiveness in working with community groups and organizations concerning children and family services and issues;
• Experience in or knowledge of organizational analysis required to identify and evaluate functions and to access systems and personnel resources to carry out such functions. Experience in medical ethics concerning children and family services.
• Experience in implementing evidence-based children and family services programs and oversight of continuous quality improvement and evaluation of programs;
• Experience in developing and implementing children and family services policies around key issues.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
• Conduct a holistic review of the Bureau of Clinical Resources and Services and makes recommendations for improved services including strengthened relationships with all county agencies, especially health, social services, and education. Formulates, develops, and executes medical plans, policies, and programs for the Department of Children and Family Services, and policies and programs relating to suspected child abuse cases in the hospitals or health departments, and related training for hospital and/or health departmental staff.
• Establishes and executes the vision and mission of the Bureau and Department, providing clinical support to Children’s Social Workers who case manage abused and neglected children. This includes establishing the policies and objectives of the Bureau, and directing oversight of the planning, implementation, administration, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of the operations and services of the Bureau.
• Coordinates Bureau operations and activities to ensure services provided meet federal, State, and local requirements and to ensure consistency of standards, operations and decision-making.
• Develops and implements Departmental strategic initiatives and directs oversight of the Department’s divisions responsible for maintaining strong relationships with boards, commissions, and the public.
• Handles and manages matters of substantial political sensitivity, including legal challenges, media inquiries, personnel issues, budget, and medical aspects of policies, procedures, and best practices.
• Evaluates and reviews the need for new and established Countywide children and family services, as well as in the health cluster departments, as appropriate. This includes determining the effectiveness of existing programs, and recommending program changes to meet identified needs and priorities, related to suspected child abused and neglected cases.
• Provides consultation to administrative and medical managers throughout the County in all areas of children and family services operations concerning medical policy, standards of medical care and the implementation of changes in federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, regulations, and statutes. This includes handling behavioral health and medical physical health issues.
• Creates connections between various medical systems to craft an interdepartmental structure for providing all-inclusive services for abused and neglected children. Establishes and maintains formal linkages with various County health departments, such as the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), and the Department of Public Health (DPH).
• Serves as an expert on child welfare medical issues and advises County health departments (DHS, DMH, and DPH) regarding Medical Hubs.
• Ensures cross-departmental consultation on cases of child abuse and neglect, including helping the departments stay compliant with assessment, treatment plans, and monitoring of all cases.
• Has responsibility for policy guidance and coordination of continuing education for medical and clinical staff.
• Disseminates medical information to the press and other news media.
• Establishes annual goals, objectives, strategies, and makes recommendations for improvement activities.
• Promotes the use of technology in the clinical setting.
• Integrates evidenced-based medicine concepts into all aspects of behavioral health and physical health.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Compensation: Range $18,325 - $28,691 monthly; starting annual salary will be dependent on qualifications and career accomplishments. Incumbents possessing Board Certification are eligible for an additional 5.5% bonus.
Benefits: The County of Los Angeles provides an excellent benefits package that allows employees to choose benefits that meet their specific needs. The package includes:
• Retirement Plan – The successful candidate will participate in a defined benefit plan.
• Cafeteria Benefit Plan – Benefits may be purchased from the MegaFlex Cafeteria Benefit Plan using a tax-free County contribution up to an additional 17% of the employee’s monthly salary.
• Flexible Spending Accounts – In addition to tax-free medical and dependent care spending accounts, the County contributes $75 per month to the Dependent Care Spending Account.
• Savings Plan (401k) – Optional tax-deferred income plan that may include a County matching contribution (currently on hold) up to 4% of employee’s salary.
• Deferred Compensation Plan (457) – Optional tax-deferred income plan that may include a County matching contribution (currently on hold) up to 4% of employee’s salary.
• Holidays – 12 paid days per year
HOW TO APPLY:
Please go to https://bit.ly/2DgC2yh to create an online profile and submit your application, cover letter, resume, degree verification, salary verification, and three professional references.
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