Oregon Health & Science University

GeroPsych Unit Medical Director

Job Locations US-OR-Hillsboro
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
Psychiatry - Hillsboro Medical Center
Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Medical Director is responsible for providing leadership and direction for Adult Inpatient Geropsychiatry Services at Hillsboro Medical Center (HMC). This role includes direct clinical care of patients needing psychiatric evaluation and treatment in the Program and supervision of the team of providers which includes 2 additional staff psychiatrists and 1 nurse practitioner along with several moonlighting psychiatrists and PMHNPs.


The Director of the inpatient psychiatry unit at HMC is responsible for managing the operational, medical and administrative aspects of the Unit. Responsibilities include the teaching and supervision of residents and other university learners. The Director will be responsible for optimizing the operations to create a fiscally viable operation as well as an excellent learning environment. The adult inpatient unit consists of a 20-bed unit. 

Function/Duties of Position

1. TEAMWORK: Cooperation, adaptability, flexibility, communication, dependability, supports team goals.

  • Works collaboratively with all departments at HMC and OHSU.
  • Establishes and maintains open communication to enhance team effort.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in response to unexpected changes in work volume, emergencies, staffing and scheduling.
  • Fulfills work schedule and commitments.
  • Looks for opportunities to assist co-workers.

2. RESPECT AND CARING: Compassion, customer relations, professional behavior, confidentiality, valuing diversity.

  • Uses interpersonal skills that convey a positive and supportive attitude.
  • Uses discretion in discussions related to staffing or personal concerns.
  • Gives constructive feedback in a non-blaming, positive and confidential manner.
  • Makes continuous effort to identify opportunities to meet/exceed customer needs and expectations.
  • Demonstrates commitment to understanding and valuing individual differences and fosters an environment of acceptance, fairness and mutual respect.
  • Understands core principles of Trauma informed practices in the work place and in clinical services.

3. EFFECTIVE USE OF RESOURCES: Effective use of time, people, supplies, safe and attentive work practices.

  • Works in a safe manner.
  • Maintains a safe and clean work environment.
  • Promotes cost effectiveness through the proper use and conservation of supplies and equipment.
  • Identifies cost saving measures.
  • Reports needed repairs or potential hazards to the appropriate department as soon as identified.
  • Reports all on-the-job injuries and seeks medical attention as appropriate.

4. INITIATIVE: Self-motivation, takes on project willingly, acts on opportunities to improve, contributes new ideas.

  • Takes the initiative to identify and solve problems.
  • Supports improvement and innovation in the workplace.
  • Participates in continuous quality improvement and departmental activities.
  • Promotes professional development and contributes to the professional growth of others.



1. Works toward the success of the Hillsboro Medical Center as a whole while upholding OHSU’s core values, strategic pathways, mission and vision.

  • Regularly communicates and demonstrates through actions the norms, values and vision of the organization to colleagues and staff.
  • Works collaboratively to ensure continued success in programs which contribute to Unity goals.
  • Functions effectively in partnership with others.

2. Ensures that customer expectations are met or exceeded through practices that use LEAN principles, tools and processes.

  • Demonstrates personal commitment to quality improvement.
  • Clearly understands and meets customer expectations.
  • Resolves customer complaints in a timely manner.

3. Takes responsibility for development of self and others.

  • Continues own education to strengthen knowledge to attain current and future goals.
  • Assists staff in developing their skills and abilities.

4. Builds and maintains a work environment that reflects a positive atmosphere, high employee satisfaction and competence and strong evidence of teamwork.

  • Makes high quality staffing decisions and effectively delegates work appropriate to staff capabilities.
  • Encourages successful team development by actively involving staff in planning, decision making and solving team conflicts.
  • Creates an environment in which diversity is encouraged and honored.
  • Understands, interprets and consistently applies Unity policies and procedures.

5. Communicates effectively.

  • Establishes and communicates clear expectations.
  • Models open, clear, consistent communication.
  • Demonstrates effective listening.

6. Plans strategically and manages resources to produce desired results.

  • Develops and manages an effective plan for the future direction of areas of responsibility.
  • Achieves results within budgetary parameters.
  • Complies with all laws and regulations and Unity policies in performing job responsibilities.




  1. Provide direct clinical care for inpatients in the Unit as the attending physician along with other members of the Medical Staff.
  2. Participate in the call schedule, along with other employed or contracted psychiatrists on the Medical Staff.
  3. Complete all medical records meeting documentation quality and timeliness requirements as defined by HMC standards.


  1. Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the HMC and OHSU philosophy, therapeutic milieu structure and policies with the program manager: in line with HMC Hospital’s commitment to create and maintain a trauma informed work place and clinical service.
  2. Develop the quality assurance plan with the program manager.
  3. Foster growth and professional development of the staff by participating in the planning and implementation of in-service training programs.
  4. Supervision and coordination of the multidisciplinary team, along with the program manager.
  5. Effectively lead outreach efforts including participation in community programs and meeting with community agencies as needed to create active engagement in the system of care
  6. Promote full compliance with all JCAHO, Medicare and state licensing standards that relate to Adult Inpatient Units.
  7. Participate actively in administrative or clinically relevant meetings to represent the Psychiatry Services.
  8. Develop a long-term strategic plan for the program with the manager.
  9. Supervise other Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners on staff.
  10. Work with Nursing leadership to assure appropriate medical services
  11. Coordinate call schedule for the Adult inpatient service.

Required Qualifications

MD or DO with Board certification in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; have or be able to obtain a license to practice medicine in the State of Oregon; a DEA license in Oregon; minimum of 5 years practicing as a psychiatrist and a minimum of 5 years of successful leadership and people management experience (can be concurrent). The ideal candidate must have significant experience in managing the medical and clinical practice of physicians and multi-disciplinary staff in mental health settings.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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