Chief Clinical Officer

Why Work For Us?

Columbia Wellness is proud to be a company of real people committed to quality. We are focused on building a better future in mental health and behavioral healthcare. We have established a strong referral base in the community and we are invested in our clinical growth. We offer generous training opportunities, free supervision, and a large spectrum of programs in which you can work. Columbia Wellness is located in-between two major cities, Seattle and Portland. By working with us you get the best of both small town and big city life. You're close to the beach, the mountains, the quiet and the city life. If you're looking for a place to call home and build a career, join our team at Columbia Wellness.

If you want to make a difference that matters then we want to hear from you. Together we can do more.

Position Overview:

The Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) is a certified mental health professional as defined by WAC 246-341-0200.  The Chief Clinical Officer is responsible for all agency clinical treatment activities.  The CCO has administrative, supervisorial, and direct service responsibilities.  The CCO oversees the quality of services delivered and is the leader of the continuous quality improvement program.  Duties include development, implementation, and monitoring of agency clinical protocol, procedure, and practice.  The CCO is responsible for updating policies and procedures and for the review of guidelines for the delivery of behavioral health services.  The Chief Clinical Officer is a member of the team of corporate staff officers responsible for agency leadership and policy implementation.  The CCO is accountable for compliance to all applicable WAC and RCW regulations. The Chief Clinical Officer will have direct service responsibilities.  The CCO supervises all agency clinical directors.  The Chief Clinical Officer works under the direct supervision of the Chief Executive Officer.

Summary of the Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Service Administration:

  • Oversees the quality of behavioral health services delivered to the clients of CW.
  • Develops service components and service delivery pathways.
  • Assists in establishing productivity standards.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors agency protocol, procedures, and practice.
  • Completes mandatory reporting of achievements, activities within department, and contractual obligations.  Complies with additional requests from the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Attends and participates in meetings (officer, management, and collaborative community meetings).
  • Coordinates with Chief Financial Officer or designee to oversee the financial status of the agency.
  • Updates policy and procedures, reviews guidelines for care, and informs managers of all revisions.
  • Ensures all staff is trained in current policies and procedures.
  • Develops and implements continuous quality assurance and service utilization review processes.  Assures agency compliance with CW policies, Washington Administrative Codes, and the contractual agreements with Southwest Regional Support Network.
  • Assists in development of annual agency business plans with operational outcomes.
  • Practices risk management.
  • In tandem with the Chief Financial Officer, monitors expenditures within the agency.
  • Represents Columbia Wellness to the community.
  • Works collaboratively with other managers for the benefit of the organization.
Supervision of Personnel:
  • Hires, orients, and trains new clinical directors.
  • Provides clinical supervision of clinical directors.
  • Models professional conduct.
  • Creates and monitors clinical directors' training plans.
  • Assists clinical directors in receiving necessary training.
  • Conducts performance evaluations.
  • Maintain updated personnel records for department.
  • Approves staff vacations and leaves.

What We Require:

The Chief Clinical Officer must possess, at least, a master's degree in behavioral sciences from an accredited program.  The CCO must be a mental health professional and a mental health specialist, as defined by the laws of the State of Washington. The CCO must be a certified therapist in the State of Washington.  The CCO must have a minimum of six (6) years post graduate experience in behavioral health treatment; three (3) years of which must be supervisory.

The Chief Clinical Officer must possess strong supervisory and leadership skills in addition to a substantial knowledge base and skills relating to the clinical and legal issues of mental health treatment. The CCO must be an effective communicator who encourages professional growth and promotes change on behalf of program goals.  The Chief Clinical Officer must be able to assist in conflict resolution and supervise staff effectively.

Salary: Depends on qualifications and years of relevant experience.

We are proud to be able to not only offer competitive compensations but also a benefit package that our employees love.

We offer all permanent full time employees:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision paid in full for the employee and their family
  • Long term disability and life insurance paid for by the employer
  • 5% of gross pay put into a retirement plan by the employer. Immediately vested, no match requirement.
  • 9 paid holidays and 1 paid floater per year.
  • 6.5 sick days per year
  • 3 weeks of paid vacation in the 1st year of employment, 4 weeks after the first year and 5 weeks after 4 years.
  • 2 pay increases within the first year of employment

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Columbia Wellness is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Columbia Wellness is a private nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for over 60 years!