Placer County

Chief Physician (#19825)

$89.02-$111.17 Hourly / $15,430.13-$19,269.47 Monthly / $185,161.60-$231,233.60 Yearly



To plan, organize, direct and manage the medical activities within the County's medical care facilities and other County facilities as provided through the Medical Care Services Division; to serve as Medical Director per code and statutory requirements; to assure that professional medical standards are followed in the provision of medical and surgical and may be directed to administer and supervise the provision of dental services; to perform responsible work in general medicine and surgery in County facilities; and provide staff assistance to the Deputy Director, Medical Care Services


The Chief Physician is at a level and recognizes positions that provide full line and functional management responsibility for a division or program area within a department.


Receives administrative direction from the Deputy Director, Medical Care Services.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional staff; exercises technical and functional medical supervision over professional, technical and clinical staff in the administration of program areas.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Develop and implement Divisional goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct the work of assigned medical staff involved in the provision of medical and surgical services.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the medical care work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Assist in the preparation of the medical clinic budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and control expenses; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of medical care goals and objectives; establish policies, guidelines, schedules and methods for medical care services within the Medical Care Services Division.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training including the instruction and oversight of physicians, nurses, technicians and other medical personnel assigned for special medical training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Division.
  • Examine patients and diagnose illnesses; prescribe and administer medical treatment; perform or assist in performing major and minor surgical operations; and supervise the pre- and post-operative care of surgical cases.
  • Make rounds and review reports, records and general progress of patients; consult with other physicians and make referrals as necessary.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the Division to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in the practice of clinical medicine or surgery, including two years of supervisory responsibility preferred.

Training: Equivalent to a Doctorate of Medicine degree from an accredited college or university.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid license issued by the California State Board of Medical Examiners to practice as a physician and surgeon, or possession of a license to practice as a physician or surgeon.  Board Certified in Internal Medicine or Family Practice is highly desirable.
  • Eligible to possess State issued license to supervise Mid-Level Practitioners.
  • Eligible to possess a narcotics license.
  • Hospital privileges and staff status at local hospitals and medical care facilities.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • May be required to obtain license to supervise x-ray technician.

    NOTE: The physician selected for this position must maintain insurability through the professional liability insurance carrier of Placer County's choice.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of general medicine and surgery.
  • Gross pathology and psychiatric social work, physical therapy and the various rehabilitation therapies.
  • Modern hospital and clinical practice and administration.
  • Methods and standards for medical and surgical care of patients.
  • Equipment, tools and supplies used in diagnosis and treatment of disease.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Principles and practices of policy development.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Modern office procedures and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.

Ability to:

  • Organize and direct medical care operations.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, patient charts, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures; explain medical procedures.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk for long periods of time while reviewing charts and patient histories, preparing reports and attending case conferences; intermittently walk, stand, bend, twist and reach while examining/treating patients or conducting surgery.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk or treatment areas; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; see with correctable visual and hearing acuity sufficient to examine and diagnose patients and conduct surgery; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Interpret and apply County and Department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Prepare and administer a budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 19825; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: ;