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Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Department of Psychiatry

Northwell Health
Queens Village, New York
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Dec 17, 2022
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Vice Chair of Clinical Operations,

Department of Psychiatry, Zucker Hillside Hospital

Position Announcement

Dr. John Q. Young, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and Zucker Hillside Hospital (ZHH) and Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health at Northwell Health, with the support of Northwell Executive Leadership, invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the Department of Psychiatry, Zucker Hillside Hospital.

In partnership with the Department Chair and administrative and clinical hospital executives, the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations will be responsible for the clinical vision, strategy, and operations at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, and Cohen Children’s Medical Center. This recruitment occurs during a time of extraordinary expansion of Northwell’s efforts to prevent, identify early, and treat behavioral health illness in the patients and communities it serves. The incoming Vice Chair of Clinical Operations will have the opportunity to set a bold vision for the growth of the clinical programs and be part of a department built upon a culture of collaboration, collegiality, and innovation. This position includes key leadership responsibilities for advancing equity, access, quality, and efficiency in the department’s clinical services.

Northwell Health is New York State's largest private employer and one of the nation's largest integrated health care systems, delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and is educating the next generation of medical professionals through the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Zucker Hillside Hospital is Northwell’s renowned 236-bed behavioral health facility, known for its pioneering clinical, teaching and research programs. Over the past 30 years, it has been the site of multiple National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) research centers focused on the treatment of schizophrenia, including a Clinical Research Center, Intervention Research Center and a Center for Intervention Development and Applied Research. These federally supported centers have provided Zucker Hillside with national and international recognition for its groundbreaking work in the diagnosis and treatment of serious mental illness. In addition, ZHH has outstanding health professions training programs with a large residency in general adult psychiatry, fellowships in child and adolescent, consultation-liaison (CL), geriatric, and addiction psychiatry: externship, internship and post-doctoral fellowships in psychology; and social work, and nursing and nurse practitioner programs.

Inpatient services include units dedicated to specific populations, including adolescent, college-aged, adult, geriatric, and women. Treatment specialties include early phase treatment, depression, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, peripartum mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar, personality disorders, medical/neurological illnesses with psychiatric symptoms, adolescent, and geriatric psychiatry including Alzheimer's disease and related conditions. Zucker Hillside’s beautiful 22-bed inpatient women’s unit is the first in New York state and one of only a few in the U.S. to specialize in treating women with perinatal psychiatric illness.

Outpatient programs serve all ages and encompass the full continuum of care. These services include general adult outpatient clinics and specialized centers for bipolar, peripartum depression, OCD, early onset psychosis, college-aged patients, clozapine, long-acting injectables, children and adolescents, adolescent eating disorders, and geriatric patients. In addition, ZHH offers partial hospital treatment programs, and a full range of psychiatric rehabilitation services. Programs for alcohol and chemical dependency are available both on our main campus and in numerous community-based sites. ZHH has recently established a Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD) and Interventional Psychiatry center offering ketamine and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): and operates the second largest ECT program in the US. The goal at Zucker Hillside is to promote wellness and to reintegrate patients back into the community to work, attend school, socialize and live independently.

Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Department of Psychiatry, Zucker Hillside Hospital

Northwell Health is seeking an experienced physician executive to join their world-class team at Zucker Hillside Hospital.

To be successful, the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations must exhibit a relationship-based and collaborative approach to partnering with key constituency groups in and outside the Department. The Vice Chair will be a physician leader who drives high quality mental healthcare delivery and fosters an integrated and cohesive medical staff. This physician leader will have a passion for excellence, be well respected among their colleagues and possess superior interpersonal and communication skills. The Vice Chair of Clinical Operations will have an ability to adapt national best practices to local contexts, collaborate within all levels of a complex organization and have a high-level understanding of the field’s current trends and needs as applicable to a nationally regarded behavioral health facility.

The Vice Chair of Clinical Operations will oversee the clinical vision and strategies that improve patient access to high quality care across the continuum of services at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, and Cohen Children’s Medical Center. These strategies will include expansion of current programs, development of new and innovative programs, and partnerships with health system and community organizations. The Vice Chair will partner with the Department of Psychiatry’s Division Chiefs to develop clinical strategies for each division while ensuring alignment with the overall vision and strategy of the institution and service line. Additionally, this new Vice Chair will provide oversight that enables the Department’s clinicians (MDs, ACPs and Psychologists) to perform at the top of their respective scope of licensure.

The Vice Chair of Clinical Operations will advance a strong culture of team building and mentoring and, in partnership with the Chair, work collaboratively with the medical staff, trainees, nursing, hospital leadership, and all other disciplines to help assure the delivery of high quality, effective, efficient and patient-centered care. In addition to key operational leadership responsibilities, the successful Vice Chair will possess the strategic acumen to partner with key leaders within ZHH and Northwell Health’s Behavioral Health Service Line and community-based practices. In exchange for leadership and commitment to relentless innovation, dedication, and community, this individual will have the opportunity to join an organization with a distinct vision to transform mental healthcare while working alongside leaders who challenge the status quo to deliver exceptional results. This position also has key leadership responsibilities in advancing equity, access, quality, and efficiency in the department’s clinical services. The successful candidate will be a transparent and visible leader with a reputation as an outstanding clinician, scholar, innovator, communicator, and team-builder within academic settings.

The Search Committee invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position. Prospects should provide 1) an electronic version of their curriculum vitae and 2) a letter of interest, summarizing key achievements related to administrative leadership, clinical care, operations and strategy. Confidential review of nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To receive consideration for the position, please email all materials to Northwell Executive Search at with "Vice Chair of Clinical Operations" in the subject line no later than December 16, 2022.

It is the policy of Northwell Health to provide equal employment opportunity and treat all employees equally regardless of age, race, creed/religion, color, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, generic information or genetic predisposition or carrier status, marital status, partnership status, a victim of domestic violence, or other characteristics protected by applicable law. Northwell Health leaders, including the CEO, are committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. The base salary range for this position is $150,000 to $750,000. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be determined based on various factors, including but not limited to scope of role, level of experience, education, specialty/subspeciality, credentials, academic accomplishments, clinical productivity, quality metrics, patient experience, site/location internal equity, budget, and subject to Fair Market Value evaluation. The base compensation range listed is a good faith determination of potential base compensation at the time of this job advertisement and may be modified in the future.

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