Opportunity Details

Department of Psychiatry



Professor/Vice Chair

Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs Director, Outpatient Psychiatry #1010758


 The Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Director of Outpatient Psychiatry is a high level leadership position within the Department of Psychiatry who will oversee a new era of growth, expansion, and implementation of innovative models of high-quality mental health care.


The position is ideal for an MD/DO with existing clinical leadership experience who seeks a new, transformational opportunity in both child and adult psychiatry.  

The position reports directly to the Department Chair, Eric Lenze, M.D. and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cynthia Rogers, M.D.


The Vice Chair will also serve as a member of the executive committee of the department along with Drs. Lenze and Rogers, other Vice Chairs (especially the Director of Acute Psychiatry, Melissa Harbit, M.D., who also holds the title of Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, and the Executive Director, Cindy Smith, who oversees the Business Office) to develop and meet goals and objectives of the department.

Key roles and responsibilities:


  • Responsible for the operations and growth of child and adult outpatient care in conjunction with the Department Chair and Division Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Develop strategies for growing outpatient psychiatric services, creating innovative programs to provide high-quality and equitable care.
  • Mentor, supervise, and evaluate clinical outpatient faculty and staff providers, including interdisciplinary team members.
  • Working with Vice Chair of Education, ensure that outpatient clinical programs are conducive to residency and medical student education.

    Additional Responsibilities:

  • Keep abreast of new models and trends in mental health care and use this to ensure we are providing the highest-quality, equitable care.
  • Maintain a collaborative relationship with the School of Medicine and BJC.
  • Stay apprised of Washington University School of Medicine, BJH and St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) policies and operations relating to outpatient clinical care
  • Oversee operations for outpatient psychiatry including adult, child and adolescent clinical services, and community contracted services.
  • Develop departmental goals/targets in outpatient psychiatry and establish/monitor metrics toward those goals/targets. Present regular progress reports to departmental leadership.
  • Work with chair and executive director in financial oversight of outpatient clinical programs.
  • Responsible for hiring and oversight of faculty and staff providers and clinical operations staff in these areas.
  • Interact with director of acute psychiatry to ensure a seamless continuity between acute and outpatient services.
  • Keep the Chair informed on issues, concerns and problems arising from the day-to-day practice of physician services and development of plans for improving physician and patient satisfaction levels.
    • Work with Wash U and BJH and SLCH patient compliance offices
    • Review and address patient safety issues
    • Review and manage risk management issues
    • Oversee physician and staff credentialing

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Qualified candidates will possess a MD, MD/PhD, or DO degree and hold or be eligible for an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Missouri.  Candidate should be certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Psychiatry, and preferably, Child Psychiatry.  The Vice Chair should have at least ten years of post-residency/fellowship clinical experience with at least five years of demonstrated success in establishing, leading and managing innovative models of high quality outpatient mental health care.  Experience in leading both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry outpatient programs is preferred.

Core Experience and Attributes:

  • Well-informed on national trends and best practices in outpatient mental health with significant leadership experience managing a multidisciplinary outpatient clinical operation in an academic environment, teaching hospital, or other setting which otherwise demonstrates ability to manage and expand a progressive, multi-site, academic practice.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the evolving milieu of academic medicine relative to the changes in financing and delivery of mental health services and extramural funding and how they impact academic clinical departments.
  • Ability to oversee the delivery of outpatient mental health services, which enhance revenue, operate efficiently and effectively, and are responsive to clinical and administrative staff and patient needs; knowledge of business management, budgeting and fee-for-service and managed care patient accounting.
  • Ability to accurately analyze financial data and communicate it effectively to faculty and other clinical providers.
  • Ability to establish, monitor, and evaluate key performance indicators/metrics and implement plans to intervene, as needed.
  • Commitment to medical education and supporting opportunities for students, residents, fellows and faculty members.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with, relate to, and support the activities of faculty and other clinical and administrative staff as individuals and members of organized team.
  • Leadership as characterized by the ability to develop a common vision for diverse constituents, communicate effectively, engage key stakeholders, and take ownership and responsibility for ideas and actions.
  • A management style that emphasizes teamwork, communication, accountability, collegiality, flexibility, trust and patience.
  • Ability to effectively engage with other members of the department’s leadership team, senior executives of the School of Medicine, BJC Health leadership, and various external agencies and organizations.
  • Personal characteristics, which include outstanding verbal communication skills on an individual and group basis, excellent writing skills, professional appearance and an executive demeanor with high emotional intelligence.

Application procedure and contact


Candidates may email their CV/resume and cover letter with statement of interest to:


Mark Prosperi, MHA

Executive Director, Talent Management and Executive Search

Washington University in St. Louis                                              

Email: prosperim@wustl.edu


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Mark Prosperi




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