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Title:  Corrections Medical Director

Application Deadline Date:  Open Until Filled
Req ID:  5366
Department:  Corrections

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Exempt
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  Negotiable Depending Upon Qualifications

Under the general supervision of the Deputy Commissioner, the Medical Director is responsible for the management, administration, and monitoring of a contract-based correctional health service delivery system that delivers health care to inmates consistent with community standards of practice. The Medical Director supervises the health services division within the Department of Corrections, comprising up to six state employees.

We are looking for candidates with strong experience in healthcare administration. Clinical licensure and/or a medical degree is preferred but is not a requirement. We’re also looking for candidates that have experience implementing a continuous improvement culture. We hope to fill this role as full-time, but we have flexibility to hire on an interim or part-time basis. 

DOC includes six correctional facilities, eleven probation and parole offices and approximately 1,000 employees. We have a strong focus on rehabilitating offenders. We believe that community participation and support are essential for the successful delivery of correctional services. We also believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals, non-violent conflict resolution, and the placement of offenders in the least restrictive environment consistent with public safety, offense severity, and rehabilitative value. All employees of the Agency of Human Services perform their respective functions adhering to four key practices: customer service, holistic service, strengths-based relationships and results orientation.

Job Duties

•    Establish and monitor practice guidelines and review policy implementation to assure timely delivery of quality medical care to offenders in the state’s correctional facilities, consistent with community standards 
•    Monitor the provision of medical, mental health, dental, pharmaceutical and optometric care to offenders by contracted physicians, medical specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists, dentists, pharmacists and optometrists
•    Lead efforts to evaluate and ensure the quality and effectiveness of all healthcare services, to include utilizing standard quality measures and benchmarks
•    Recommend changes to the medical service delivery model to correct or improve services at all levels of care, both on- and off-site
•    Direct and supervise central office health services division staff activities to ensure appropriate monitoring of health care contractor and medical staff, and adherence to contract and community standards
•    Perform responsible administrative and professional work in planning, budgeting, organizing and supervising activities of the health services division
•    Establish and/or maintain operating procedures related to supervision of health services staff, including reviewing employee work and evaluating performance 
•    Schedule and/or attend meetings on a regular basis with contractual providers and key personnel to review contract compliance 
•    Participate in case discussions with contractor and/or with DOC staff 
•    Prepare reports for departmental or legislative review
•    Coordinate, lead and/or participate in educational and training activities as needed
•    Provide consultation and testimony regarding health services policy decisions in offender litigation
•    Coordinate and collaborate with other state and federal agencies and departments within the Vermont Agency of Human Services, including the Vermont Departments of Health, Mental Health, and Vermont Health Access, to provide the maximum level of services to patients
•    Plan for addressing emergent and emergency healthcare issues and respond as directed during emergency response situations

Who May Apply

This position, Corrections Medical Director (Job Requisition #5366), is open to all State employees and external applicants. This is an Exempt position.

This position is open until filled. The State of Vermont posts vacancies for a minimum of ten business days. Positions posted as open until filled can be removed at any time after the initial ten day period. After the initial posting period, departments may begin interviewing and may close the posting without notice.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact judy.henkin@vermont.gov or 802-241-0000
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting

AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors

Duties are mainly performed in an office setting. Meetings and regular visits to facilities result in frequent travel that may require the use of private transportation. Emergency situations require availability at any time, and work on the weekends and evenings can be expected. Direct contact with offenders is predictable and poses possible danger. Stress may be encountered from tight deadlines, conflicting opinions, and working with a correctional population. The candidate must be skilled at conflict management and integrating various stakeholder viewpoints. 

DOC PREA Requirements

Conviction History Requirements: Candidates who have any felony conviction record or who, within the past five (5) years, have been placed under supervision or sanctioned for a misdemeanor conviction must receive a waiver from the Commissioner of Corrections in order to be considered for employment.  You may access the application and corresponding documents by clicking here.  Once you have completed the application, please send it directly to the hiring manager identified as the contact person in this job posting.
PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Requirements:  In accordance with federal regulation, any person applying for employment in the Department of Corrections must provide relevant information.  Previous institutional employers will be contacted and required to provide information regarding substantiated incidences of sexual abuse or resignation during a pending investigation of an allegation of sexual abuse.  By submitting this online job application, you certify all information furnished is true and complete.  The information you provide in accordance with this regulation may be used, and previous employers may be contacted for the purpose of investigating and verifying your work history.

Minimum Qualifications

A minimum of five years serving in a supervisory capacity in a health care setting including experience in public health, population health, health care services, or health care administration.

Candidates should have proven experience in healthcare management and implementing a continuing improvement culture. Advanced degree in healthcare administration, medical management or public health is preferred. Special consideration may be given to candidates that have graduated from an accredited medical school with experience in family practice, internal medicine, or public health. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

•    Knowledge and experience in a medical specialty such as family practice, internal medicine, or public health relevant to planning and implementing effective correctional health medical services
•    Experience using strategic management, continuous quality improvement (CQI) and supervisory techniques
•    Demonstrated skills in effective communications, both orally and in writing, with the public, professional organizations, governmental agencies, legal representatives, and the media
•    Demonstrated skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals in a variety of organizations and settings, who may have different concerns and viewpoints
•    Ability to maximize and evaluate staff performance and development
•    Excellent organizational skills and ability to balance many competing demands and urgent matters
•    Ability to work with policymakers, providers, and other professionals
•    Strong oral and written communication skills, including experience preparing reports and presentations
•    Ability to perform job duties within the framework of the four key practices of the Agency of Human Services: customer service, holistic service, strengths-based relationships and results orientation

AHS Affirmative Recruitment

The Vermont Agency of Human Services strives to build a diverse and inclusive community. It is our fundamental belief that in order to create and sustain a healthier Vermont, we as an organization must honor the cultures, beliefs and values of those we serve in order to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance and equal opportunity.  We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce which reflects the increasing diversity of Vermont. To view the State of Vermont's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy, please click here.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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