The Oregon Medical Board is searching for an Executive Director with extensive knowledge of management principles, law, and medicine to provide competent leadership to highly educated Board members who are leaders in medicine in their communities. This position is appointed by the Board, serving at the pleasure of the Governor, and must establish effective working relationships and communications with the Board and the Office of the Governor.
The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that the mission of the Board is met through strategic planning, legislative and administrative rule coordination, and oversight of all agency activities. The Executive Director represents the agency to the governor, legislature, and other state/federal/local governmental institutions, professional organizations, licensees, citizen groups, the media, and the general public.
The Oregon Medical Board The mission of the Oregon Medical Board is to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of Oregon citizens by regulating the practice of medicine in a manner that promotes access to quality care.
The Board is a regulatory agency created to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Oregon from the practice of medicine by unauthorized or unqualified persons. The Board also protects the public from unprofessional conduct by persons licensed to practice medicine, and promotes medical excellence in Oregon. As the agency regulating medical practice statewide, the Board also develops and enforces most of the laws, rules, and policies under which its licensees practice.
There are now more than 21,000 licensees under the jurisdiction of the Board. These health care professionals provide medical care to nearly every person in the state of Oregon. The quality of this care is directly affected by the licensure criteria set by the Board, by its diligence in ensuring that every candidate meets these criteria, and by its persistence in enforcing the regulations under which licensees practice.
As a regulatory agency, the Board is responsible for the investigation of violations of ORS 677, known as the Medical Practice Act. The Board investigates (more than 700 complaints received each year), monitors practitioners under disciplinary action, and administers proactive efforts (such as the Diversion Program for licensees with substance abuse or mental health issues) which affects the health and safety of every Oregonian.
In addition to the 40 staff members, there are 13 board members appointed by the Governor, multiple committee members (not counting Board members who also serve on committees), and approximately 180 individuals under contract for various services, chiefly as medical consultants.
Representation of Responsibilities:
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the Governor's office, legislators, various governmental agencies, and local and international professional organizations.
Represents the agency to citizen interest groups, the media, private industry, individual licensees, and the public.
Active member of the Federation of State Medical Boards, the Administrators in Medicine, and the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities that promote continual improvement in the quality, safety, and integrity of health care standards for physician licensure and practice.
Determines best licensure practices and how to solve national concerns about attracting and maintaining a high caliber of professional health care providers.
Evaluates the needs of the state and the medical community, proposes legislation to make new or clarify laws, assesses the impact of policy changes, and determines the required resources before committing the agency to a course of action.
Acts upon legislative or gubernatorial directives when new laws, rules, policies, or programs are mandated.
Responds directly to the appropriate political body when situations occur that harm the public and the reputation of the State.
Monitors and responds to legislation proposed by entities outside the Board where such legislation could impact the work of the OMB.
Determines agency and program priorities by evaluating the needs of multiple organizations and allocating resources and staffing to meet them.
Provides overall direction of Board activities and for coordinating the efforts of all departments toward the accomplishment of legislatively mandated goals and objectives.
Determines the need for and analyzes the impact of changes to the laws, administrative rules, and policies created and administered by the Board.
Ensures proposed laws/rules establishments or revisions do not conflict with other Oregon statutes and are framed so they accomplish the agencies mandated task of protecting the public without working undue hardship upon the professions regulated by the Board.
Issues licenses, provides general guidance to the assistant attorneys general attached to the Board, and is directly or indirectly responsible for the work of approximately 180 contractors during the average biennium.
Proposes and oversees the biennial budget.
Provides leadership and direction for a diversified staff both directly and indirectly through subordinate management staff.
Supervises, hires, monitors performance, develops, coaches, disciplines, and provides direction to employees. Respond to and resolve employee grievances.
Promotes and fosters a diverse workforce and discrimination/harassment-free workplace.
Carries out all enforcement activities, including investigations, legal actions, and activities concerning licensee compliance and rehabilitation.
Ensures that enforcement activities and legal proceedings are carried out in strict adherence to all applicable laws and rules. Some examples are:
Directs the activities of the designated assistant attorneys general, ensuring they have all information pertinent to each case. Direct the development and preparation of pleadings, appeals and other legal documents related to the Board's disciplinary program including matters before the Appellate Court. Also direct defense against actions instituted against the Board or its personnel.
Directs arrangements for hearings before the Board and for contested case hearings involving a hearings officer from outside the agency. Testify at such hearings as required.
Explains proceedings to and negotiate with attorneys of licensees under investigation or disciplinary action.
Mediates, negotiates, and makes the final decision on the settlement of certain cases without a contested case hearing or without Board disciplinary action, under Board direction.
Orchestrates the order for an immediate suspension of licensure or executes an interim stipulated order in emergencies where it appears that a licensee is an immediate danger to the public.
Ensures Board and Committee members have all the information and guidance they need when considering a course of action.
Oversight responsibility for the development and application of programs to proactively prevent the development of problems which could endanger patients and to promote medical excellence in Oregon.
Directs the Board's efforts in assisting hospitals, medical schools, professional organizations, and other licensing boards to develop means of rehabilitating impaired health professionals.
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills Minimum Qualifications: Six years of management experience with responsibility for each of the following:
a)development of program rules and policies,
b)development of long- and short-range goals and plans,
c)program evaluation, and
Demonstrated ability in the following:
Doctoral level education (MD, DO, JD, PhD, etc.).
Thorough working knowledge of Oregon's legislative process and administrative rules establishment and revision.
Ability to present the Board's viewpoint in a clear, firm, and tactful manner.
Extensive knowledge of the laws and rules governing medical practice in Oregon.
Thorough working knowledge of operating a regulatory agency including investigations, mediation, and negotiation, conduct of hearings and appeals, confidentiality issues, and compliance and rehabilitation methods and monitoring.
Ability to monitor and understand changing trends and developments that affect medical practice and medical law, and be able to anticipate changing needs far enough in advance to develop appropriate legislation and to budget for them.
A broad general understanding of medical practice standards and health care delivery systems is essential.
Ability to manage a diverse and skilled workforce.