Court Psychiatric Clinic Director
This is an unclassified position held at the pleasure of the Court. The Psychiatric Clinic Director manages and directs the activities and personnel of the Court Psychiatric Clinic (e.g., all decisions about training, evaluation, report writing format and work distribution). Meetings are held with the Court Administrator and/or Deputy Court Administrator occasionally to discuss problems, personnel and to exchange information. The Director generally works independently, making recommendations to the Court Administrator and/or Deputy Court Administrator when appropriate. The Director is responsible for overall supervision of all Clinic staff.
Commensurate with Experience (Minimum $97,000.00)
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Include the following:
1. Planning, directing, supervising and coordinating the Clinic's activities with the assistance of the Associate Director (e.g., plan work on a long range cycle, make decisions about which staff should perform emergency evaluations);
2. Organizing, assigning and scheduling work, based upon availability and timelines established by the referring Judge;
3. Reviewing and preparing reports of part-time examiners to ensure timely submission to the referral source;
4. Coordinating scheduled appointments when examiners are unavailable due to illness or vacation;
5. Communicating with Judges regarding requested evaluations;
6. Preparing Clinic budget requests for the Court Administrator, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (e.g., obtaining input from staff as to needs in areas of staffing, equipment, and travel and approving or disapproving these inputs and presenting budget requests to the Deputy Court Administrator);
7. Providing advice and instructions to subordinates in order to respond to questions; Approving guidelines and procedures developed by staff (e.g., guidelines for written report to Court);
8. Establishing and/or approving standards on how to perform work (e.g., how to evaluate defendants and prepare written reports); Ensuring quality of work product and providing explanation and advice staff regarding these standards;
9. Performing a general review of the overall work product and complex areas in detail (e.g., critically review and approve forensic reports, via quality assurance checklists); Performing monthly reviews to measure staff accomplishments in terms of departmental goals; Submitting monthly statistical reports to Court Administrator regarding referrals and monitoring the time it requires to complete such referrals;
10. Regularly meeting with Office Manager to ensure timely preparation of reports and smooth operations of Clinic;
11. Providing and/or conducting training for staff (e.g., identifying training needs, giving training at monthly staff meetings, approving training and evaluating effectiveness through improved staff performance); Supervising trainees (e.g., psychiatry residents, fellows, psychology students);
12. Resolving informal complaints and counseling and disciplining staff when appropriate (e.g., handling attendance issues, staff conflict, misconduct according to established policies);
13. Appraising performance and ensuring that subordinates are productive through review of their work and accomplishment of goals (e.g., timely reports); Conducting annual performance evaluations of subordinate staff; Submitting questionnaires to Judges and Probation Officers for assessment of Clinic services;
14. Conducting psychiatric/psychological examinations, evaluating defendants, preparing reports and providing expert testimony in Court;
15. Collaborating and working with other mental health agencies (e.g., Northcoast Behavioral, Recovery Resources, ADAMHS Board, etc.);
16. Performing various personnel functions (e.g., interviewing and recommending new hires and promotions; approving leave requests, recommending termination or dismissal);
17. Performing a variety of other related duties as required.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Other duties may be assigned.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must demonstrate the following:
1. Advanced knowledge of mental illness and developmental disabilities within the forensic setting;
2. Advanced comprehensive knowledge of mental health law within the forensic setting;
3. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with Judges, staff, Court employees, and others;
4. Ability to communicate effectively in preparing reports, training and providing expert testimony in Court;
5. Skills in interviewing, assessing and diagnosing forensic defendants;
6. Ability to work professionally and collegially with other personnel;
7. Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information;
8. Supervisory and management skills (e.g., ability to command respect of other mental health professionals);
9. Effective time management, reliability and punctuality;
10. Professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
Education and Experience
Required: Medical degree with license to practice medicine in the State of Ohio or Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with license to practice in Ohio; and 7-10 years of relevant experience, including supervisory and management responsibilities. Knowledge of courts and/or experience working in a court environment is a plus.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here represent those an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job. The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position requires working in a normal Court and/or office environment with no unusual demands or exposure to hazardous situations. Frequent contact is made with Court Administration, subordinates, Judges, attorneys and defendants referred for mental health evaluation. Occasional exposure to unstable and/or disruptive defendants may occur; however, security is readily available. This contact is made to obtain information, answer questions, and/or provide guidance.
The normal hours of operation are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. This position may require some work beyond normal hours, including evenings and weekends. Some travel may be required.
Qualified applicants may be required to present and/or provide work product examples. Proof of education and employment references will be required before final interview. The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas requires submission to a criminal history background check and drug testing prior to employment. Valid Ohio Driver’s License is required. Applicants must submit a letter of interest and a resume to:
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
Gregory Popovich, Court Administrator
1200 Ontario Street
Justice Center 11th Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
This position will remain open until filled. However, the process of resume review will begin October 3, 2016.
All applicants will receive notification of their application status. No phone calls or e-mails please. Reasonable accommodation is available to all employees and applicants. If you have a disability that needs to be accommodated, please contact the Director of Human Resources for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court at 216-443-8560.
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The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas requires submission to a criminal history background check and drug testing
prior to employment.
All applicants will receive notification of their application status. No phone calls or e-mails please. Reasonable accommodation is available to all employees and applicants. If you have a disability that needs accommodation, please contact the Director of Human Resources for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court at 216-443-8560.