Clinical Director - Dept. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

​Location: LOC_HUB-Hub for Clinical Collaboration 

Req ID: 228756

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 


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Job Summary

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DCAPBS) and its Division of Community Care and Wellness are preparing to implement its strategic goal of establishing School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) programs in Philadelphia. We are seeking a director who will be responsible for the implementation and operational oversight of the overall SBMH program strategic goal. This position will work with other DCAPBS school-based mental health experts and community partners to develop and oversee SBMH programming that addresses community partner needs and priorities. The position will be responsible for leadership and strategic planning; overseeing the development, implementation, and program evaluation of school-based clinical programming; and will play a critical role in developing and coordinating community partnerships. The individual in this position will also provide direct clinical service and clinical oversight of the SBMH team and must be a licensed mental health provider (e.g., licensed clinical psychologist, licensed school psychologist, and/or licensed clinical social worker). Candidates who have experience in planning and delivering SBMH services, particularly those with programmatic leadership experience, are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates are encouraged to reach out to Christine Waanders PhD and Consuelo Cagande, MD, Division Chief with any questions about the position and the desired qualifications.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. CHOP is an equal opportunity employer. At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), we serve a diverse population and seek to continue to grow a workforce that reflects the richness of this diversity. Our commitment to excellence drives us to ensure we have candidates who represent a variety of perspectives, expertise and experiences. Creating a safe, culturally humble, diverse, inclusive and caring environment is at the foundation of everything we do.


Job Responsibilities

The role of the Clinical Director is to collaborate with leaders in DCAPBS provide clinical oversight of psychosocial care, and Clinical/Administrative Leadership

  • Interfaces with Divisional Leadership, Care Network and Medical Divisions to collaborate on hospital priorities.
  • In collaboration with administration Medical Directors, develops site-specific infrastructure
  • Provides clinical oversight for providers, in collaboration with supervisors, to ensure delivery of high quality patient care and patient safety, develops and maintains strong partnerships with school administrators and staff
  • Develops and implements systems to monitor care processes to ensure provider adherence to clinical protocols and consistent standard of care.
  • Evaluates patient flow, patient and provider/site feedback, clinician productivity, and show rates to continually improve access, efficiency, and patient/family satisfaction
  • In collaboration with the Program Leaders, conducts regular meetings with the team
  • Collaborates with leaders of other DCAPBS programs to develop and refine systems for referral among programs (such as Outpatient Psychiatry, Pediatric Psychology, BHIP, TiPS) to increase efficiency and improve patient access.
  • Completes or facilitates the completion of the Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) process for providers. Completes or facilitates completion of the Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) for new providers or any providers requiring more focused review.
  • Reviews and monitors the productivity of providers
  • Completes annual reviews for providers.
  • In collaboration with Program Leaders, develops and supports ongoing quality improvement projects
  • Attends DCAPBS Clinical Directors meeting 

Job Responsibilities (Continued)


  • In collaboration with administrative and clinical leadership from DCAPBS and CHOP Care Network  is responsible of hiring, onboarding, and training for providers
  • Provides direct oversight for educational activities for primary care providers related to mental health issues
  • Leads development and implementation of training rotations for psychiatry, psychology, or social work trainees.
  • Ensures providers connect with all appropriate community resources and supports community resource mapping


Patient Care

  • Provides clinical services in DCAPBS.

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Psychology License in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or New Jersey depending on location of the role

Required Education and Experience

Required Education:

  • Doctorate in Psychology or Social Sciences


Required Experience:

  • At least five (5) years experience working in an Integrated Medical Setting

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience:

  • Mid-career psychologist

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Psychologist II, III, at CHOP (or eligible), LCSW
  • Skill in exercising initiative, judgment, problem solving, decision-making.
  • Skill in developing and maintaining effective relationships with medical, psychosocial, and administrative staff, patients and the public. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to communicate clearly.
  • Ability to accept feedback and incorporate into professional growth and own performance improvement.
  • Maintains strictest confidentiality.

To carry out its mission, CHOP is committed to supporting the health of our patients, families, workforce, and global community.  As a condition of employment, professionals working onsite—at any CHOP location, for any portion of time—must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more. 

CHOP also requires employees who work in patient care buildings to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemptions for valid religious and medical reasons.  Start dates may be delayed until candidates are immunized or exemption requests are reviewed.  

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