How to write a Chief Medical Officer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Chief Medical Officer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Chief Medical Officer job titles

    Chief Medical Officer
    Regional Chief Medical Officer
    Chief Medical Officer (Hospital)
    Medical Director

Chief Medical Officer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Chief Medical Officer job summary

Our 501c(3) health center is in immediate need of a Chief Medical Officer to join our C-level executive team. We’re looking for an MD with at least 10 years’ clinical experience who can handle the patient-facing responsibilities as deftly and efficiently as the administrative aspects of the role. The ideal candidate will need approval from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as well as our board of directors. You will join a compassionate and forward-thinking health team that focuses first and foremost on patient care. We treat all manner of patients with a focus on emergency care and surgical intervention.

Chief Medical Officer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Chief Medical Officer responsibilities

    Devote half of your workday to treating patients in a clinical setting and the other half to administrative responsibilities
    Cooperate with the executive team to initiate procedures, regulations and programs to benefit our patients and support our health center fiscally
    Assume responsibility for our clinical services
    Monitor clinical performance and find ways to improve it both administratively and clinically
    Institute a behavioral framework for all health care providers at our clinical services locations
    Create benchmarks for key performance indicators
    Train, motivate and oversee all health care providers and support staff

Chief Medical Officer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Chief Medical Officer skills

    Valid, state-issued medical license in good standing
    10+ years’ clinical experience in a hospital setting
    4+ years’ experience in a middle management or executive role
    Experience with clinical risk management and safety protocols
    Willingness to adhere to all in-house and legal regulations
    Familiarity with EHR and EMR records systems
    Excellent communication and organizational skills

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