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Medical Director - Office of Children, Youth and Families

at State of Colorado

Posted: 8/10/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2529545

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information

This announcement is not governed by the selection processes of the classified personnel system. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.


About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

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Our Culture & Environment

Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:

  • Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being

  • Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value accountability and transparency

  • Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship

  • Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado's success

  • Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes

  • Committing to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow

CDHS serves Colorado's most vulnerable populations and assists struggling Colorado families who need food, cash, and energy assistance to provide for their families.  Families in need of safe and affordable child care; children at risk of abuse or neglect; families who struggle to provide care for their adult children with developmental disabilities; youth who have violated the law and need structure and guidance to grow into responsible and compassionate adults; Coloradoans who need effective treatment for mental illness or substance abuse issues; and families who need resources to care for their elderly parents or nursing home care for their veteran parents. The CDHS staff is committed to providing the right services to the right people in the right setting and at the right time.

The facilities operated by the Department are governed by many state and federal laws and regulations, requiring close coordination and partnerships with private or non-profit providers, academic research and policy organizations and publicly funded clinics and hospitals. There is consistent pressure on the facilities/programs to stretch fixed budgets, provide innovative services and continually provide higher quality care.

CDHS has many strong partnerships in pursuing its mission. The Department works together with valued county departments of human/social services in our state-supervised, county administered system. CDHS partners with the state's 17 mental health centers to ensure the provision of effective mental health treatment and licenses the state's substance abuse treatment programs. 

This department oversees medical and psychiatric services provided by the CDHS, by either employees or contractors, especially for those services provided in the Department's 24-hour, seven (7) day-a-week (24/7) facilities including the Veterans Community Living Centers, State Mental Health Institutes, State Regional Centers for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and youth correctional services facilities. 

CDHS is the third largest agency in Colorado State government, with more than 5,000 employees and a budget of $2.4 billion/year.

The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) works to ensure fulfillment of the Department's mission and goals to promote safety, permanency and well-being for children, youth and families served by the Division of Child Welfare (DCW), Division of Youth Services (DYS), and the Domestic Violence Program (DVP).  The division also provides oversight and direction in fulfilling the State's responsibilities to serve children in the child welfare and youth services system through the supervision of 64 counties' human/social services agencies for compliance with the Federal and State statutes and regulations.

Description of Job

The Department of Human Services welcomes your interest in the Medical Director position.  This position oversees the medical, behavioral health and dental needs of children in the child welfare and youth services systems, including the Department's 24-hour, seven (7) day-a-week (24/7) facilities in the Division of Youth Services.  The facilities operated by the Department provide health care via complex systems and are governed by many state and federal laws and regulations requiring close coordination and partnerships with private or non-profit providers, academic research and policy organizations and publicly funded clinics and hospitals. There is consistent pressure on the facilities/programs to stretch fixed budgets, provide innovative services and continually provide higher quality care.  This position serves as an internal consultant to OCYF for medical and behavioral health oversight.


The OCYF Medical Director will have thorough knowledge of medication management, human development, psychiatric diagnosis, and intervention modalities with children, adolescents, and adults. Knowledge of and adherence to American Psychiatric Association ethical standards. Understanding of varying management techniques, working with budgets, planning and development of health care systems. A solid knowledge of The Joint Commission and the Continuing Quality Improvement concepts and processes.


The Medical Director will:

  • Provide medical and behavioral health (including psychiatric) consultation for individual cases, including development and planning for comprehensive case reviews involving medical complexity, polypharmacy, and other concerns in order to ensure appropriate medical and behavioral health care;

  • Consolidate and align pertinent policies, protocols, rules and regulations to incorporate best practices in the standards of care for each population served by the Division;

  • Review vendor policies, procedures and practices related to medical and/or behavioral health care and oversight, identifying and correcting deficiencies, misalignments and inconsistencies;

  • Establish continuous quality improvement systems for the quality of care provided by state facilities, including reviewing health, medical and behavioral health audits, surveys and reviews across the OCYF 24/7 facilities, identifying common deficiencies and developing strategies to unify policy and practice where appropriate;

  • Serve as an advisor to the OCYF leadership on medical or behavioral health issues;

  • Work with appointing authorities for facility medical directors, medical officers, nurse officers, and other clinical staff as requested by programs, or clinical/medical contractors to set practice-appropriate performance standards and develop plans to ensure health care oversight and coordination of care among clinical and medical staff;

  • Develop and manage any new initiatives related to health care provided by OCYF;

  • Develop and present solutions to complex problems, which typically involve merging unique state or federal law. What might seem like a logical and simple solution to a problem may not be allowed by state or federal rules, requiring this position to develop alternatives, or develop and draft new policy or legislation. This position, directly and through the work of others, bridges differences of policy and opinion and finds workable solutions;

  • Demonstrate ability to distinguish between alcohol and other drug-related symptoms and other pre-existing physical problems or pathologic behaviors;

  • Make independent decisions, working knowledge/familiarity with computers and electronic medical record keeping and to verbally communicate with patients and staff and document communications effectively



Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

  • M.D./D.O. degree in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Family Practice or related field

  • Current, unencumbered license to practice medicine and to prescribe medications in the State of Colorado

  • Minimum of two years of previous experience in the supervision of other professional staff

  • Knowledgeable with current psychotropic medications and side effects

  • Demonstrated ability to develop treatment plans and summaries based on patient needs

  • Ability to cooperatively work as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team

  • Understanding of varying management techniques, working with budgets, planning and development of health care systems

  • Experienced user of EHRs – Electronic Health Records

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with greater depth and breadth of experience than listed in the minimum qualifications. Other preferred qualifications or experience desired may include:

  • Certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry or Developmental Pediatrics  

  • Two years of documented experience in the treatment of children, adolescents,  or patients with developmental disabilities in either inpatient or outpatient psychiatric treatment settings.

  • Experience with juvenile justice, foster care, and developmentally disabled populations 

  • Able to demonstrate competence in gathering and interpreting information about mental disorders and chemical dependencies including the biopsychosocial influences and effects of each. 

  • Experience advising a Government, State or Local agency or other legislative/advisory board.

  • Management experience coordinating and managing systems/organizations in a complex environment

Conditions of Employment:

The successful candidate in this position must be willing and available to submit to the following conditions:

  • The successful candidate in this position will be willing to submit to and able to successfully pass a criminal background check

  • The successful candidate in this position will independently travel throughout Colorado using personal transportation or a state vehicle to conduct customer visits


Supplemental Information

Please submit an on-line application, resume, transcript, and cover letter. Part of, or the entire exam for this position will involve a review of the information you submit in your application material. Therefore, it is paramount that in the experience portion of your application and cover letter, you describe the extent to which you possess the education, experience, and competencies outlined in the job announcement as well as the special and/or preferred qualifications. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions may affect your score and prevent you from competing in subsequent measures used to arrive at a top group of applicants.

This position is unclassified, and at-will, which is a performance-based pay plan reserved for senior-level management positions responsible for relatively large or important segments of a principal department.

For recruitment questions, please contact Mieke Thorson, HR Director,

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact  by phone 1-800-929-0791 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.


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