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ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Medical Director, State Hospital/Developmental Center, CEA (7594)

ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Medical Director, State Hospital/Developmental Center, CEA

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: SD81
  • Class Code: 7594
  • Established: 11/18/1981
  • Revised: 11/18/1997
  • Title Changed: 11/18/1997
  • CEA Established: 11/18/1981


Under administrative direction of the Executive Director, to plan, organize, and direct the clinical treatment programs within a State hospital or developmental center; to assist the Executive Director in the formulation of overall policy for the State hospital or developmental center; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Administers, evaluates, and approves the treatment, education, and research services; supervises a large clinical staff which includes psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians and surgeons, social workers, teachers, therapists, nurses, and psychiatric technicians; coordinates facility treatment functions with community health organizations by meeting with local government officials, agency representatives, community planning and advisory groups, volunteer groups, educational institutions, and others; implements Federal and State laws and departmental treatment policies; assures that treatment services are developed within the context of an overall planned effort with explicit goals and objectives, consistent with the mission of the Department of Mental Health and Department of Developmental Services; assures that overall planning is relevant to the needs of the clients/patients and consistent with community needs and the statewide delivery system within the resources available; coordinates with the Hospital Administrator or Clinical Director to assure that there is a full range of appropriate support services which provide quality care and programming to the clients/patients; represents the Executive Director in policy or decision making, meeting within the State hospital or developmental center, the Department, or with other agencies; resolves problems and establishes policies pertaining to treatment services in conjunction with the Executive Director, Hospital Administrator, or Clinical Director; ensures that the treatment services achieve and maintain compliance with licensing and certification regulations; serves as a member of the Executive Director's policy-setting executive staff; arranges, as necessary, for consultation on difficult cases with medical authorities outside the State hospital or developmental center; and consults with staff members on unusual or difficult medical, surgical, or other treatment problems.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of the legal requirements for the practice of medicine in California as determined by the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance or the Board of Osteopathic Examiners. (Applicants who are in the process of securing approval of their qualifications by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance or the Board of Osteopathic Examiners will be admitted to the examination, but the Board to which application is made must determine that all legal requirements have been met before candidates will be eligible for appointment.) and Either I One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Program Director (Medical).



Two years of experience in the California state service performing the duties of an Office of Program Review Consultant (Medical), State Hospitals.



Five years of clinical experience as a Physician and Surgeon; Physician and Surgeon, Correctional Facility; Physician and Surgeon, Departments of Mental Health and Developmental Services; Staff Psychiatrist; Staff Psychiatrist, Correctional Facility; or Staff Psychiatrist, Departments of Mental Health and Developmental Services working with developmental disability or mental disability clients.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles, procedures, and techniques used in planning, evaluating, and administering a multidisciplinary treatment program; principles and practices of personnel management and effective supervision; California's laws and rules pertaining to hospital administration; principles and practices of community organization, management, and procedures; principles and methods of general medicine and surgery; principles and practices of psychiatry, psychiatric social work, physical therapy, psychology, the rehabilitation therapies, and other ancillary medical services; a manager's responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment which is free of discrimination and harassment.


Ability to: Formulate and manage a multidisciplinary patient treatment program; integrate the programs with the overall functions of the hospital or developmental center; communicate effectively; work independently in identifying the need for and developing proposed changes in program practices and procedures; analyze complex medical and administrative problems and take effective action; effectively promote equal opportunity in employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

Special Personal Characteristics

Demonstrated leadership ability; sympathetic and objective understanding of the problems of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled; tact; patience; and emotional stability.

  Updated: 9/13/2017
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