Children & Family Services, Medical Director (Classified)

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
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


Friday, March 25, 2022

This job posting may close at any time based on the needs of the County.

As the largest employer in Southern California, the County of Los Angeles has over 112,000 employees in 37 departments and an operating budget of over $39 billion. The County provides vital and wide-ranging public services to a diverse population of 10 million residents.

Please click on the following link to view the brochure and find out more information on how to apply:

We are accepting applications beginning March 25, 2022. 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 comprehensive review of the Bureau of Clinical Resources and Services and makes improvement recommendations 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 related to suspected child abuse cases in the hospitals or health departments, and associated 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 engaged in case management of 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 meet Federal, State, and local requirements and to ensure consistency of standards, operations and decision-making.
  • Develops and implements Departmental strategic initiatives.
  • Develops oversight of the Department's divisions responsible for maintaining strong relationships with boards, commissions, and the public.
  • 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.
  • Provides consultation to administrative and medical managers throughout the County in all areas 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, including 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.
  • Integrates evidenced-based medicine concepts into all aspects of behavioral and physical health.

Training and Experience:
Board Certification in either Pediatrics, Medicine - Pediatrics, Pediatrics - Psychiatry, or Family Medicine and two years of clinical practice 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.

ACLS and PALS certification

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:
  • American Board of Pediatrics Certification in Child Abuse.
  • Bilingual in Spanish.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience with Continuous Quality Improvement and Compliance programs.
  • Identifying, developing and implementing evidence-based care guidelines.
  • Training in Trauma Informed Care.
  • Training in forensic examinations.
  • Experience in maintaining liaison with Federal, State, and local bodies and medical organizations.
  • Experience with the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Experience in medical ethics.
  • Understanding and experience with group homes, foster parents, foster placements, and children.
  • Demonstrated ability in public relations including effectiveness in working with community groups and organizations.
  • Skills in organizational development and human resources.
  • Understanding the needs of the developmentally disabled.

Additional Information
Our Process:
A review and appraisal of qualifications* based on an evaluation of information from the Curriculum Vitae, 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 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.

Please ensure to email your Curriculum Vitae to

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.

Test Invitation Letters and other correspondence will be sent electronically to the e-mail address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid e-mail address. Please add , , , , and to your e-mail address book and/or list of approved senders to prevent e-mail notifications from being filtered as SPAM/JUNK mail.

Los Angeles County will not consider claims of not viewing or receiving notification to be a valid reason for late test administration or rescheduling of a test component.

Notice of Non-Acceptance and Final Result letters will be sent electronically to your e-mail address.

Test scores cannot be given over the telephone.
Vacancy Information:
The resulting eligible register will be used to fill vacancies at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.


If you require an accommodation to fairly compete in any part of the assessment process, let us know by contacting the Testing Accommodations Coordinator at You will be required to complete the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form as well as provide supporting documentation from a qualified professional justifying the requested accommodation(s). The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can respond to your request and keep you moving through the process.

The County of Los Angeles recognizes and affirms that all people are created equal and are entitled to all rights afforded by the Constitution of the United States. The Department of Human Resources is committed to promoting Anti-racism, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts to address the inequalities and disparities amongst race. We support the ARDI Strategic Plan and its goals by improving equality, diversity, and inclusion in recruitment, selection, and employment practices.


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 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.
COVID-19 Vaccination All County workforce members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Successful candidates for this position will be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process. Candidates should not present proof of vaccination until instructed to do so by the hiring department.

Applications must be filed online only. We must receive your application before 5:00 p.m., PT, on the last day of filing. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted. Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" green button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this web site.
Plan to submit your online application well in advance of the deadline as you may be required to verify your email address. This only needs to be done once per email address, and if you already have a job seeker account on, you can verify at any time by logging in and following the prompts. This is to enhance the security of your online application and to ensure you do not enter an incorrect email address.

Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Selection Requirements as listed on this job posting. Provide any relevant job experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.

IMPORTANT: Please note that all information included in the application materials is subject to verification at any point during the examination 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 Minimum 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.
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.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD :All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES : For applicants who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, you may borrow laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots from some public libraries throughout Los Angeles County to complete job applications.
Department Contact Name: Kathleen Macaranas
Department Contact Phone: (213) 351-2934
Department Contact Email:

California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
Testing Accommodation Coordinator Email:
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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