Regular: A position which is considered essential for the effective long-term operation of the university. Persons appointed to this position will receive the privileges and benefits associated with regular employment status.
The Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) is dedicated to improving the health and independence of people with disabilities and creating a life with opportunities for everyone. As a multi-disciplinary center of excellence, The CDD integrates a broad array of clinical services in one location, including developmental and behavioral pediatrics, nursing, speech-language pathology, occupational and physical therapy, psychology, social work, education, and audiology, and thus provides an ideal environment for patient care, education and research. People who come to our clinic often have complex needs which are why we use a team approach, bringing together the right experts to help families find answers. At the heart of each team are the patient and family.
CDD is Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities and is also home to Iowa's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, and has provided outstanding interdisciplinary training in neurodevelopmental disabilities for over two decades.
Provide clinical and managerial leadership in overseeing all aspects of the Center for Disabilities and Development's (CDD) Psychology Department, In addition this position will maintain a clinical caseload. Management responsibilities include managing fiscal resources, serving as liaison with hospital and community partners, leading performance improvement initiatives, participating in the strategic planning process, and supervising staff members and managing staff training, competency and performance. Opportunities available to participate in and/or lead research initiatives and oversee selected graduate and doctoral-level trainees and fellows.
Key Areas of Responsibility:
Manage daily operations of the CDD Psychology department by providing both department and clinic oversight that may include more than one discipline/function. Duties include:
Assure the quality and effectiveness of provided services; assures services are provided according to established standards through collaboration with Clinical Psychology Director within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Coordinate work and services between departments and assist in the resolution of operation problems
Assist facilitating care through triage, collaboration, and referrals to other providers when needed.
Provide for effective operations during staff absences and personnel transition
Assure department's compliance to UI Healthcare, CDD and departmental policies and procedures
Investigate and resolve problems encountered by patients, families and other customers.
Provide clinical psychology services in a population with or suspect of a developmental disability:
Plan for individual patient visits and conducts diagnostic and follow-up evaluation services. Develops appropriate assessments and recommendations consistent with existing professional and organizational standards.
Develop strategies and recommendations with patient, family and/or caregiver to maximize client's fitness, function and quality of life.
Provide patient/family education.
Complete patient report, billing, and other related documentation according to guidelines and within specified timelines; assure this among assigned staff and trainees.
Perform all duties in a manner that is consistent with service leadership and family-centered care expectations.
Assist ILEND Training Director in overseeing the instruction and supervision of graduate and doctoral-level trainees:
Assist in recruitment activities for ILEND trainees.
Assist in systems improvement activities for ILEND.
Provide mentoring for trainees' activities.
Provides a structured learning environment for the trainee(s) to acquire entry-level clinical and professional skills.
Assists students in developing knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Provides written and oral feedback regarding performance to student and if appropriate, other therapy staff.
Direct education and training efforts for departmental staff members. Designs and/or implements new areas of training and applies expertise to develop training strategies that impact the field/profession. Provide expertise on clinical psychology services through in-service trainings, consultations and committees.
Serve as liaison with hospital and community partners.
Direct project management for organization-wide initiatives.
Assure performance excellence from all assigned resources:
Assure competency of assigned department staff to ensure they provide competent, effective patient care that meets all CDD and UIHC standards as well as expectations from the Clinical Psychology Director within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Complete annual performance evaluations.
Complete departmental orientation.
Assesse competency and training needs of department staff.
Manage department recruitments.
Manage department fiscal resources/budget:
Develop and implements methods to reduce expenses, generate revenue and promote overall fiscal vitality. Work to achieve optimal efficiency and effectiveness of clinical services.
Manage all assigned financial resources within budget and according to funding source regulations and CDD, UIHC and UI budget policies.
Set budget targets, monitoring revenue and expenses and ensures that targets are met.
Manage financial and productivity data and monitors budgets to meet goals.
Resolve budget discrepancies.
Lead departmental activities in support of management priorities, strategic plan, and performance improvement initiatives:
Implement performance improvement initiatives using methods that mirror JCAHO requirements for CDD's clinical areas.
Develop or supports the development of new clinical and non-clinical programs, including establishing essential partnerships and other synergies that enhance program development success.
Lead and/or participate in program development and the strategic planning process.
Participate in CDD public relations and marketing activities.
Assure compliance with regulatory and accrediting bodies:
Determine compliance with accrediting organizations.
Prepare assigned staff, processes, space and technology for successful JCAHO review and other assessment and review processes.
Assure departmental services are in compliance with regulatory and accrediting bodies.
Ensure a safe, functional, supportive and effective environment for patients and assigned staff and trainees:
Head workplace of choice initiatives at the project/department and CDD levels.
Continually assess patient and staff safety in the work area.
Please note in regard to references: Five (5) professional references may be required at a later step in the recruitment process.
Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology is required.
3-5 years of experience in pediatric clinical psychology, including skill and experience in pediatric psychological/neuropsychological assessment and experience working with young children and young adults with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities.
1-3 years of experience working in a healthcare management role
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience in public speaking and ability to demonstrate positive interpersonal skills and work as a member of and/or lead team and work groups.
Proficiency in MS Office software applications
Strong organizational skills including the ability to manage multiple projects and adhere to deadlines.
Demonstrated commitment to achieving diversity in the workforce.
State of Iowa license in Clinical Psychology and State of Iowa Certification as Healthcare Service Provider, or eligibility to obtain upon hire.
Experience managing financial and productivity data and managing budgets is highly desirable.
Previous experience working with electronic patient records systems is desirable.
Previous experience supervising a clinical department and/or staff members within an ambulatory care setting is desirable.
Experience working in a health-care environment and as a member of an interdisciplinary team is desirable.
Expertise in applied behavior analysis is desirable.
Previous experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and familiarity with healthcare needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and related advocacy issues.
Knowledge of University of Iowa and UI Healthcare policies and procedures
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical ce...nters and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.