Director of Health Services Jamestown Sklallam Tribe

Director of Health Services                Apply at: http://jamestowntribe.iapplicants.com Jun. 15, 2012


Sequim, WA





Employment Type:

Full Time


Health Services


REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The mission for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Director of Health Services is to improve the health and well-being of Tribal citizens through leadership and management of effective health programs specifically designed to meet the needs of the Tribe. A major responsibility of the Director is to assure that the Tribe is well positioned for future changes and improvements to its health care services.
Directly supervise Health Administrator, Medical Clinic Manager, Clinic Medical Directors, Dental Clinic Manager and the Tribal Health Benefits Manager. Lead, direct and manage all Tribal health programs and services.


1. Community Health Program Development: Oversee the development of community health efforts including program development and planning, community health status monitoring and needs assessment.

2. Medical and Dental Clinics: Oversee the development and operation of the Jamestown Family Health Clinic and Jamestown Family Dental Clinic including budgets and financial management; hire clinic managers, medical and dental providers. Negotiate and maintain all medical and dental provider contracts and create amendments as needed. Handle risk management issues. Plan for future growth and development.

3. Management: Define and review results to be achieved by the Health Services programs in consultation with the CEO, Health Services Department staff, Tribal Health Committee and the Tribal Council. Guide program administrators by using effective communication, supervision techniques and being a role model. Ensure that specific program/service outcomes are identified, implemented, tracked and monitored. Ensure that annual staff training occurs in areas mandated by regulation, for staff development and improvement of services to department’s customers. Serve on the Executive Committee.

4. Program/Grant Administration and Management: Monitor progress of current programs, grants and contracts by establishing and using guidelines to measure program/service outcomes. Keep well informed about state and national health issues as they affect the Tribe; track health policy proposals, legislation and regulation development and make recommendations for Tribal comment and response to CEO and Tribal Council. Develop Tribal specific strategies to ensure readiness to adapt programs and services to policy and regulatory changes.

5. Resource, Funding and Program Development: Direct and oversee planning efforts to create a long term vision and goals for the department. Ensure that new and sustained activities are consistent with overall Tribal/community needs, values and strategic vision for the Health Services Department. Identify funding sources and develop positive working relationships with individuals, agencies and organizations that may contribute to the accomplishment of department goals. Direct and oversee planning efforts to create a long term vision and goals for the department. Oversee contract and grant writing proposals to procure special project and program funding.

6. Health Care Financial Management: Oversee annual department and clinic budget preparation and allocation. Ensure that Clinic Managers, Health Administrator and Tribal Health Benefits Manager each manage their budgets to maximize the use of funds. Delegate specific accountability and authority for budget administration to staff as appropriate, within clearly defined parameters.

7. Personal Contacts: Maintain or appropriately delegate regular contact with community members, Tribal Council, Indian Health Service (IHS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Washington State Health Care Authority, Department of Health and Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), and other federal and state entities to accomplish department objectives and preserve good public relations. Represent and advocate for the Tribe’s Health Services by serving on various local, state and regional planning groups and task forces. Serve as the Tribe’s delegate to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and the American Indian Health Commission of Washington State.

8. Reporting: Ensure the production and maintenance of numerous reports including routine quarterly reports, mandatory reports to funding sources and special reports. Delegate appropriate report production and maintenance tasks to administrators, program or support staff. Ensure that the CEO, Health Committee and Tribal Council are informed of issues and needs pertinent to the Tribe’s health and welfare, status of ongoing programs in addressing these, and the need for new programs or plans of action.

9. Human Resources Management: Hire the best qualified individuals for department positions in order to maintain the highest quality of services. Plan and implement programs and specific educational plans to ensure the education and training of Tribal members to build leadership, management and job skills required for staffing health programs. Ensure the professional growth of staff by supporting and requiring regular training as necessary, using established personnel policies for performance appraisal and addressing performance deficiencies as they are observed.

10.Data Management. Oversee a data management system to manage and support reporting requirements, service utilization, decision making and fiscal impacts.


1. Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree strongly preferred. Degree must be within a relevant field of study (i.e., MSW, public health, health care finance, business or related field). At least eight years of experience working in the field of health and human services including experience and knowledge of large medical clinic businesses.

2. Program and Policy Development: Proven record of leadership experience in health program and policy development. Ability to evaluate and interpret health data for Tribal Health Programs.

3. Health Care Financial Management: Demonstrated proficiency in budget management, financial projections, revenue and expense analysis is necessary, including an understanding of medical and dental clinic revenues and expenses for various types of medical practice: family practice, specialty care, alternative care, integrated care. Use of Excel or similar spreadsheet program required.

4. Communication skills: Proven ability to speak and write clearly. Proven ability to effectively and positively communicate with diverse groups and individuals in a variety of situations.

5. Grants/Program Administration: Demonstrated proficiency in grant and program administration is necessary, as well as experience in grant writing and other procurement of funds.

6. Management/Supervision: Minimum of five years experience directly supervising a large staff and proof of ongoing training in supervisory and management skills is necessary.

7. Cultural Competency: Experience in Tribal cultural milieu. Ability to manage staff and client relationships with respect to Tribal culture and traditions.
8. Personal Computer Skills: Basic personal computer skills are required.

9. American Indian/Alaska Native preferences apply.

This position is subject to a criminal background check. As such, applicants will be required, as a pre-condition to employment, to submit to a criminal history background check, including fingerprinting. The applicant will be able to obtain a copy of the criminal history report (from the reporting agency) made available to the Tribe and they will have the right to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in the report.

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