Chief Medical Officer

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer


The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is a key member of the Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG)’s Administrative team, engaged in defining the overall business strategy and direction of the organization. The CMO leads the overall clinical vision for the entire organization and provides clinical direction to the prescribing staff and medical oversight, expertise and leadership to ensure the delivery of quality healthcare services across the lifespan. The CMO also strategizes, develops and implements innovative clinical programs and plans, organizes and directs medical staff services for the entire organization including all affiliate organizations. The CMO assists the medical staff in formulating standards of care and strategic direction for quality, facilitates communication between the medical staff and administration, ensures positive medical staff relations, works to align medical staff goals with those of PBHG and ensures compliance with all quality, legal and regulatory requirements.

The CMO also provides medical leadership as well as clinical oversight for physicians, APNs and PAs employed by PBHG and participates in their recruitment, selection and evaluation.

Salary commensurate with experience.


Personal attributes include the highest degrees of integrity, honesty, dependability and openness, a high energy level and sound work ethics, as well as excellent skills in the areas of organization, follow-through, multi-tasking, prioritization, decision-making, problem solving, meeting deadlines, working under pressure, pro-activity and creativity. The CMO must possess the ability to relate well to a wide variety of individuals and possess the skills necessary to drive change and innovation in clinical practice. The CMO must be a good team player and team leader, successfully building a motivated team that values and promotes organizational success and adherence to mission.  This is a full-time position.

Additional requirements:

  • MD or DO degree from an accredited medical school and current Board Certification in Adult Psychiatry (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) and in Addiction Medicine (American Board of Preventative Medicine) and/or Addiction Psychiatry (American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry).  License (current) to practice medicine in the State of New Jersey and DEA number (active). 
  • Eight (8) years’ practice experience including five (5) or more years in clinical practice including child psychiatry and addiction medicine. 
  • Significant management training, including completion of physician executive leadership coursework.
  • Knowledge of current clinical quality, benchmarking and best practices and of current developments/issues related to behavioral healthcare settings, including Joint Commission and/or CARF, legal issues, Medicaid, Medicare and other reimbursements.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both verbally and in writing. 
  • Understanding of healthcare information technology, regulatory and accreditation standards and the issues and principles of healthcare laws and regulations. 
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and Outlook, and Internet search tools. 

This position requires experience in:

  • Physician clinical quality.
  • Development of data tools to evaluate clinical outcomes. 
  • Analysis of data and interpretation of behavioural healthcare trends.
  • Design of effective clinical practice patterns and clinical protocols to decrease inappropriate utilization and enhance quality outcomes.
  • Strategic planning, budgeting, management and goal setting.
  • Quality improvement development, motivation of leadership in medical staff and ability to conduct meetings effectively.
  • Leadership of prescribing professionals to greater efficiency while improving quality, superior interpersonal skills and financial aptitude.
  • Familiarity with medical staff organization, credentialing and organizational bylaws, rules and regulations.


  • Reports to and advises the Chief Executive Officer on medical policy and treatment issues. 
  • Collaborates with senior management in developing organizational strategic plan, participates in annual operating and capital budget process and provides input regarding budgets of medical affairs, clinical quality and program and facility development.
  • Supervises psychiatric staff, indirectly supervises all clinical staff, provides leadership and vision in the development of clinical guidelines and care pathways, resulting in an understanding of and belief in recovery and co-occurring services.
  • Plans and determines teamwork priorities, supports the medical staff in self-governance and accountability to PBHG Board of Trustees and assures medical staff compliance with bylaws, rules and regulations, policies, procedures and behavior standards. 
  • Recruits prescribing staff, supports team and individual growth and oversees Prescribing Staff Peer Review to provide for ongoing professional practice evaluations and focused professional practice evaluations. 
  • Develops, implements and evaluates clinical practice protocols in collaboration with the clinical staff, facilitating the transition to evidenced-based practices and sets best practice standards to drive measurable clinical outcomes.
  • Oversees clinical staff development and provides education on medication, wellness and health issues to consumers, providers, family members and staff.
  • Provides direct services through diagnosing, treating and coordination of care for consumers with mental, emotional and behavioural disorders and consults on cases referred by clinical staff to ensure adherence to best clinical practice. 
  • Conducts peer clinical reviews to monitor the appropriateness of medical care, utilization review, and assessments and develops treatment plan utilizing psychotherapeutic methods and medications. 
  • Collaborates with Quality Improvement to ensure clinical soundness of quality and performance measures and implements Quality Improvement Plan on an ongoing basis. 
  • Integrates, monitors and evaluates quality assurance and utilization review activities and develops standards to improve quality outcomes, both clinically and administratively, to ensure the highest standards in treatment and care of clients and to ensure compliance with all relevant licensing and accrediting bodies. 
  • Participates in the development of clinical information systems and electronic medical records to allow proper utilization of clinical data and feedback to prescribers regarding practice patterns and performance. 
  • Attends all relevant clinical staff, administrative team and board meetings, as appropriate.
  • Other duties/responsibilities, as assigned by CEO.

Please send cover letter and Curriculum Vitae to Dottie Kocak, Director Human Resources at

Preferred Behavioral Health Group is an EEO employer.