Medical Director Part-Time (Santa Ana, CA)

Medical Director

(Part-Time/8 Hours) Reporting to the Program Director, the Medical Director is responsible for overseeing all clinical treatment activities at the clinic and makes decisions concerning admissions, treatment planning and discharge of clients/patients based on medical necessity in accordance with contract and funding requirements. General direction is received from the Program Director. General supervision is exercised over medical staff.


Starting at $160 hr. DOE


  • Maintaining established medical policies and standards
  • Assuring the quality of medical services given to all clients/patients
  • Having admitting privileges to a general acute care hospital and identifying which hospital(s)
  • The Physician/ Medical Director or licensed designee will review each admission and determine that there is Medical Necessity for Admission, based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V, or another version approved for use by the State of California), with the appropriate diagnostic code.
  • In all cases, the Physician - Medical Director or licensed designee will make the final decision based on criteria from DSM V and/or another diagnostic manual accepted at the time, as well as all the information gathered from the bio-psychosocial assessments, and other collateral sources.
  • The Physician/ Medical Director or licensed designee will review, approve and sign all Treatment Plans and their Updates for clients, these plans will be developed within 14 days of admission and updated every month.
  • All medical services at the Substance Abuse Clinic will be offered under the general direction of the Licensed Physician/Medical Director who is available on a regularly scheduled basis and otherwise on call. The schedule of the Medical Director will be available and posted in each Substance Abuse Clinic.
  • The decision of discharge or continuing services for regular clients/patients will be based on the Physician/Medical Director's determination of medical necessity.
  •  Attends all required staff training sessions in accordance with Phoenix House and state licensing requirements, completes all training on time
  • Attends and participates in program and all staff meetings
  • Adheres to and promotes the Phoenix House Mission, Vision, and Values while acting as a role model for others


  • Board certified psychiatrist, or a physician licensed by the medical board in the state of California required.
  • Three years of experience working in an adolescent/adult treatment setting, or drug and alcohol treatment setting. 
  • Two years of management or supervisory experience overseeing therapeutic staff in an adolescent/adult treatment environment
  • Must maintain a valid California Drivers' License, have proof of automobile insurance and maintain a safe driving record based on Phoenix House policy


  • Demonstrated commitment and adherence to Phoenix House Mission, Vision, and Values: I CARE For- Integrity, Collaboration Appreciation, Respect, Excellence, and Forward-Thinking
  • Proficiency in MS Office systems
  • Ability to utilize an electronic healthcare record
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Communicate effectively with others both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced changing environment
  • Ability to establish and consistently enforce appropriate boundaries with patients
  • Ability to model positive behavior and demeanor
  • Understanding of addiction, co-occurring models, and treatment modalities
  • Understanding of patient development and family systems
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to be flexible; problem solver, self-directed; customer service-oriented, and collaborative
  • Skills and ability to engage and develop a rapport with patients and families of various backgrounds
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred

Job Location: Santa Ana, CA

Job ID: 179