Children & Family Services, Medical Director (Classified)

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: $219,900.00 - $344,292.00 Annually USD

Job Description


Starting annual salary will be dependent on qualifications and career accomplishments.
Incumbents possessing Board Certification are eligible for an additional 5.5% bonus.

Open Competitive Job Opportunity

This announcement is a rebulletin to update Essential Job Functions, Requirement and Supplemental Questionnaire. This job posting may close at any time based on the needs of the County.

With more than 10 million residents, Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the nation. As the largest employer in Southern California, over 112,000 employees in more than 36 Departments provide vital public services as diverse as law enforcement, property assessment, public health protection, water conservation, cultural activities and many more.

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We are accepting applications beginning September 1, 2020. This posting will remain open until the needs of the department are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

As the largest child protective services agency in the nation, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is responsible for ensuring the safety of more than 2 million children across 88 diverse cities in Los Angeles County.

DCFS operates with three main goals in mind for the children under their care: Safety, Well-Being, and Permanency. The chief commitment is to ensure that all children have access to loving and safe home, and that families have what they need to help their children thrive.

The Opportunity:
We are looking for someone to fill our Medical Director role. Our ideal candidate is innovative, motivated, and passionate about their work. We are searching for someone excited by the opportunity to serve as a member of the Senior Executive Team and Executive Leadership Team of the Department of Children and Family Service.

Essential Job Functions
  • Conducts a holistic review of the Bureau of Clinical Resources and Services and makes recommendations for improved services including strengthened relationships with all county agencies, especially health, social services, and education. Formulates, develops, and executes medical plans, policies, and programs for the Department of Children and Family Services, and policies and programs relating to suspected child abuse cases in the hospitals or health departments, and related training for hospital and/or health departmental staff.
  • Establishes and executes the vision and mission of the Bureau and Department, providing clinical support to Children's Social Workers who case manage abused and neglected children. This includes establishing the policies and objectives of the Bureau, and directing oversight of the planning, implementation, administration, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of the operations and services of the Bureau.
  • Coordinates Bureau operations and activities to ensure services provided meet Federal, State, and local requirements and to ensure consistency of standards, operations and decision-making.
  • Develops and implements Departmental strategic initiatives and directs oversight of the Department's divisions responsible for maintaining strong relationships with boards, commissions, and the public.
  • Handles and manages matters of substantial political sensitivity, including legal challenges, media inquiries, personnel issues, budget, and medical aspects of policies, procedures, and best practices.
  • Evaluates and reviews the need for new and established Countywide children and family services, as well as in the health cluster departments, as appropriate. This includes determining the effectiveness of existing programs, and recommending program changes to meet identified needs and priorities, related to suspected child abused and neglected cases.
  • Provides consultation to administrative and medical managers throughout the County in all areas of children and family services operations concerning medical policy, standards of medical care and the implementation of changes in Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, regulations, and statutes. This includes handling behavioral health and medical physical health issues.
  • Creates connections between various medical systems to craft an interdepartmental structure for providing all-inclusive services for abused and neglected children. Establishes and maintains formal linkages with various County health departments, such as the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), and the Department of Public Health (DPH).
  • Serves as an expert on child welfare medical issues and advises County health departments (DHS, DMH, and DPH) regarding Medical Hubs.
  • Ensures cross-departmental consultation on cases of child abuse and neglect, including helping the departments stay compliant with assessment, treatment plans, and monitoring of all cases.
  • Has responsibility for policy guidance and coordination of continuing education for medical and clinical staff.
  • Disseminates medical information to the press and other news media.
  • Establishes annual goals, objectives, strategies, and makes recommendations for improvement activities.
  • Promotes the use of technology in the clinical setting.
  • Integrates evidenced-based medicine concepts into all aspects of behavioral health and physical health.
  • Provides direct professional medical services to clients as necessary and approved by the DCFS Director via formal agreement with LA County health agencies.

Training and Experience:

Certification by an American Specialty Board in Pediatrics. Two years of clinical practice experience in child abuse and neglect and two years of medical administrative experience.


A California State Physician and Surgeon's Certificate* authorized by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California. This license must be current and unrestricted; a provisional, probationary or restricted license will not be accepted.

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

Physical Class:

2 - Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10-pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

Special Requirement Information:

*License Information: Applicants for this position are required to include a copy of their California State Physician and Surgeon's Certificate* authorized by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting an online application.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics in Child Abuse Pediatrics;
  • Experience in maintaining liaison with Federal, State, and local bodies and medical organizations in matters concerning children and family services;
  • Demonstrated ability in public relations including effectiveness in working with community groups and organizations concerning children and family services and issues;
  • Experience in or knowledge of organizational analysis required to identify and evaluate functions and to access systems and personnel resources to carry out such functions.
  • Experience in medical ethics concerning children and family services.
  • Experience in implementing evidence-based children and family services programs and oversight of continuous quality improvement and evaluation of programs;
  • Experience in developing and implementing children and family services policies around key issues.

Additional Information
Our Process:

A review and appraisal of qualifications* based on an evaluation of information from the Curriculum Vitae and Statement of Career Goals, weighted 100%, in the following areas:
  • Procedural competencies
  • Cognitive and diagnostic competencies
  • Administrative competencies
  • Dispositional competencies

*In order to receive credit for the qualifications claimed, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae and statement of career goals, with their application, providing pertinent information demonstrating competence in the areas above. These documents must be provided at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting an online application.

Applicants must meet the Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the appraisal of qualifications in order to be placed on the eligible register, which will be valid for 12 months.

Note: All notifications will be sent to applicants via email. Applicants are responsible for providing a valid email address in their application that can receive email from Please add and to your email address book and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk mail.

Vacancy Information:
The resulting eligible register will be used to fill vacancies at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

How to apply:
We only accept applications online. Any submission by U.S. Mail, Fax, or in person cannot be accepted. Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track your application status using this website.

Please ensure to email your Curriculum Vitae and Statement of Career Goals to

Social Security Number:
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

Do you have a computer and internet:
If you do not, computers are available at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

User ID and Password:
We want you to have your own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's account may erase an applicant's original application record.

Important Note:
Please note that ALL information included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the recruitment and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made. FALSIFICATION of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION or RESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT. Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment . The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

Have a disability and need accommodation to take the assessments? Contact our ADA Coordinator at The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can respond. Please contact us with any questions:

Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
Department Contact Name: Adam Salgado
Department Contact Phone: (213) 351-2945
Department Contact Email:

Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

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