What is a Clinical Director?
Clinical directors manage the operations, finances, strategic growth and many of the human resources responsibilities for any type of healthcare facility. Hospice, long term care, mental health facilities and hospitals are just a few examples of the types of organizations that employ a clinical director. Because they oversee so much, professionals in this role need a variety of skills.
Day to Day Tasks
- • Manage program development, fiscal budget and performance improvement
- • Maintain medical records and all other care related documentation
- • Plan, develop, coordinate and supervise the delivery of patient care services
- • Hire, manage and train all internal employees
- • Maintain communication between governing boards, medical staff and department heads by attending board meetings and coordinating interdepartmental functioning
- • Review and analyze facility activities and data to aid planning and cash and risk management and to improve service utilization1
These tasks may vary depending on the company or type of facility that you work for:
Seasons Hospice: Part of your job here would be to receive, investigate and make recommendations regarding patient complaints in accordance with Seasons Hospice policy and procedure2
Acadia Healthcare: This position is responsible for development, implementation and supervision of social service and therapy program for mental health patients2
Corizon Health: You would collaborate with operations management to develop long lasting client partnerships by delivering cost effective care.3
Becoming a Clinical Director
Because a Clinical Director is a leader, this position always requires experience, usually specifically in management and leadership. PayScale.com found that most in this position had at least ten years of prior experience. Because this position typically requires managing large groups of employees as well as important decision-making, oral and written communication skills are a skill that is highly valued. This level of responsibility also comes with education requirements. ONet found that most Director positions also required a Master’s Degree.4
As with most healthcare positions, the projected growth is above 14% between 2014 and 2024, which is much faster than the average. Because the majority of healthcare facilities need a clinical director, an increase in healthcare facilities directly increases the number of these positions that need to be filled.
Glassdoor lists the national average for a clinical director at $80,000 per year and the Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median pay for similar positions at $94,500 per year.5
If you are interested in pursuing a career as a clinical director, you should learn more about degrees in healthcare administration.
- "What Am I Worth?" Clinical Director Salary. Accessed June 27, 2016. http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Director/Salary.
- "Job Description - Director of Clinical Services - Seasonshospice.org." Seasonshospiceorg. Accessed June 27, 2016. http://seasonshospice.org/job-description-director-of-clinical-services/.
- "Career Opportunities - Acadia Healthcare." Career Opportunities - Acadia Healthcare. Accessed June 27, 2016. https://non-corporate-acadiahealthcare.icims.com/jobs/2398/director-of-clinical-services/job?mode=job.
- "MH Regional Clinical Director." - CareerBuilder. Accessed June 27, 2016. http://www.careerbuilder.com/job/J3K8J460RW38F3GH8S6?ipath=JRG2.
- "Salary: Clinical Director." Glassdoor. Accessed June 27, 2016. https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/clinical-director-salary-SRCH_KO0,17.htm.