Outpatient Medical Lead - Longview, WA

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 Medical Lead is responsible for the daily operations of the OP Medical department.  The Medical Lead-OP oversees the quality of medical services delivered and is a team member of the continuous quality improvement program.  Duties include development, implementation and monitoring of medical team protocol, procedure, and practice.  The Medical Lead-OP is responsible for updating policies and procedures, the review of guidelines for medical care, and insuring all medical employees are cognizant of current policies and procedures.  The Medical Lead-OP is responsible for the assurance of compliance to the Revised Code of Washington, Washington Administrative Code and all other applicable laws and regulations. The Medical Lead- OP supervises the direct service performed by other nursing staff.

Summary of the Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees the quality of medical care for the department.
  • Develops service components and service delivery pathways.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors medical team protocol, procedures, and practice, with other Nurse Leads and Chief Medical Officer.
  • Performs medical/psychiatric triage of clients and coordinates appropriate medical scheduling of staff.
  • Approves admissions to and terminations from the department in collaboration with the Department Administrator.
  • Attends and participates in meetings (team, medical, management, planning, etc.).
  • Functions as interdisciplinary team member.
  • Insures all medical employees-OP are trained
  • Performs continuous quality assurance and utilization tasks. 
  • Assures department compliance with CW policies, Washington Administrative Codes, Revised Code of Washington.
  • Practices risk management.
  • Represents the Medical Department to the community.
  • Works collaboratively with other department managers for the benefit of the entire organization.
  • Orients and trains new staff in collaboration with Department Administrator and Nurse Lead.
  • Provides clinical supervision and/or consultation with nursing staff.
  • Reviews clinical paperwork of nursing staff, with assistance from Nurse Coordinator.
  • Periodically review duties and update as process change takes place.
  • Review charts for clinical standards.
  • Update and review medical standards.
  • Review incident reports.
  • Resolve medical related complaints.
  • Ensure there is coordinated care and effective discharge planning in all areas of client care.
  • Responsible for Department of Health Yearly Audit and corrective action planning.
  • Performs direct service with other staff for the purpose of training and support to the team.
  • Oversee treatment planning and authorization process
  • Make sure treatment plans and authorizations are kept current.
  • Work independently within scope of practice
  • Maintain current certification in CPR, First Aid and CPI.
  • Effective use of technology and software including but not limited to: computers, phones, email, EMR, etc.
  • Be helpful, respectful, approachable and team-oriented.
  • Effective time management including but not limited to: planning ahead where possible, be punctual in person and with work performed.
  • Build strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
  • Provide pertinent verbal and written shift reports to interdisciplinary team.
  • Be receptive to feedback, willing to learn, and embrace continuous improvement.
  • Complete all documentation, reporting, and other paperwork per agency standards.
  • Attend and participate in appropriate staff, medical, organizational, and external meetings.  Attend collateral meetings with other clinical staff when requested.
  • Work efficiently both independently and as part of a team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited nursing school and possess a current license (under chapter 18.88 RCW) as a registered nurse, PA or ARNP.
  • Must have a minimum of five years nursing experience; including a preferred two years' experience in the direct treatment of mentally ill persons. 
  • Must be must possess strong supervisory and leadership skills in addition to a substantial knowledge base and skills relating to the clinical and legal issues of psychiatric nursing 
  • Must be an effective communicator who encourages professional growth and promotes change on behalf of program goals. 

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.
  • Revenue Share Opportunities


  • Completion of a COVID-19 vaccine/exemption form is required for employment. 
  • Daily temperature checks are required for all staff. 
  • Weekly COVID-19 rapid tests are required for all unvaccinated staff. 

Columbia Wellness is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Visit our website: www.columbiawell.org to learn more about our organization.

Columbia Wellness is a private nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for over 70 years!