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Clinical Director

National Health Care for the Homeless Council


Job Summary

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council (the Council) is the premier national organization working at the nexus of homelessness and health care. Since 1986, we have brought together thousands of health care professionalsmedical respite care providerspeople with lived experience of homelessnessand advocates. Our 200+ Organizational Members include Health Care for the Homeless health centers, respite programs, and housing and social service organizations across the country.

Grounded in human rights and social justice the Council’s mission is to build an equitable, high-quality health care system through training, research and advocacy in the movement to end homelessness. As an organization, we believe an inclusive and open environment fosters creativity, contributes to the quality of our work, and provides growth opportunities for our employees. Additional information is available at


The Council is seeking a qualified clinical leader  to work collaboratively on, and at times lead initiatives focused on improving the health of homeless populations and optimizing the delivery of quality primary care.   Primary responsibilities include serving as  the behavioral and medical subject matter expert for contracts with HRSA’s Center for Excellence (COE) for Behavioral Health Technical Assistance (BHTA), National Cooperative Agreements, and other entities. The BHTA is a Learning Health System (LHS) that provides support on the integration of behavioral health into various primary care settings.  The National Cooperative Agreement with HRSA is to provide Training and Technical Assistance to support existing health centers serving homeless populations (especially Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) health centers),  potential health centers and look-alikes through the Health Center Program.

Job Responsibilities


  • Serve as a behavioral health subject matter expert for the BHTA initiative, a collaboration with John Snow Incorporated (JSI).
  • Ability to convey and train on the core concepts of evidence-based practice, social and behavioral determinants of health, population-based care, integration of medical, behavioral health.
  • Provide training and technical assistance on clinical topics that may include behavioral health (patients with substance use disorders, psychiatric disorders, co-morbidities and SBIRT).
  • Develop written materials related to the Council’s subcontract with the lead grantee, JSI.
  • Provide training or consultation via videoconference
  • Responsible for reporting the clinical functions related to the contract agreement.


  • In collaboration with the Council’s networks (HCH Clinicians’ Network, Respite Care Providers Network, National Consumer Advisory Board) and committees (Research Committee, Administrators Committee, Policy Committee) and Education Team, identify emerging topics in primary care that impact people experiencing homelessness and serve as a resource and provide training and technical assistance on clinical quality issues and services.
  • In collaboration with the Council’s Research Team and Research Committee assist in conducting research on topics that will generate evidence-based practices to improve the quality of clinical care. Prioritize opportunities for quality improvement projects.
  • In consultation and collaboration with other leadership team members and staff, assist in implementing the Council’s strategic priorities of expanding policy, advocacy, and medical respite care.
  • Prepare and provide recommendations on emerging health issues that are distributed to HCH health centers via adapted clinical guidelines, policy analysis/issue briefs, listserv, newsletters, webinars, workshops, etc.
  • Develop curricula and educational materials to fill the gaps and address the health care needs of homeless populations.
  • Monitor HCH health centers clinical performance measures and assess methods to improve both administratively and clinical.
    • Responsible for recommendations and continuous review of clinical quality indicators for HCH health centers while maintaining the highest standards of accuracy and clinical relevance.
    • Assist HCH health centers to create benchmarks for key performance indicators.
    • Perform literature reviews and revise articles and information on health care issues affecting people experiencing homelessness and other underserved populations.
    • Collate and review existing materials and resources for training and technical assistance, and develop new publications designed for and with input from health center audiences. This may include briefs, infographics, case studies, and other training tools/supports.
  • Provide onsite and online training to health centers, Primary Care Associations (PCAs), Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs), community-based organizations, public health departments, and at Council training events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Provide care and services to homeless population. The position will allow 20% of staff time for direct patient care. 


  • Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation among all Council teams.
  • Attend staff, leadership meetings, and staff retreats.
  • Participate in agency functional teams and ad-hoc committees.
  • Represent the Council in meetings and conferences, as appropriate.


  1. Candidates considered:
  • Physician with residency trained in primary care, preventive medicine, or psychiatry with State Medical License, board certified or board eligible, Addiction Medicine fellowship and/or board certification.
  • Applicants with a Master of Science degree in Nursing from a program accredited by the American Nurses Association or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. An unrestricted state license to practice as an advance practice nurse practitioner, Board Certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • Registered Nurse with a master’s degree in nursing or public health degree with at least five years of experience in behavioral health.
  1. A minimum of three years’ experience in a psychiatric or primary care medical practice.
  2. Experience working within a community health center setting or directly with community health centers strongly preferred. Familiarity with hospital systems preferred.
  3. Affiliation or faculty privileges at an academic institution a plus.
  4. Motivated, resourceful, and flexible individual with ability to multitask. Fast learner, comfortable working individually and as a team member, in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  5. Possess ability to assess, prioritize, and manage a varied and demanding workload under pressure and with tight deadlines, while maintaining a high bar for quality.
  6. Possess excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  7. Possess excellent task-management and organizational skills.
  8. Possess excellent creative problem solving and leadership skills.
  9. Experience with online conferencing forum moderation and videoconferencing preferred.
  10. Proficiency with MS Office.


  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret medical literature, scientific journals, weekly reports, and public health publications.
  • Ability to write reports, newsletter, and bulletins. Capacity to effectively present information and respond to questions from health care providers, clients, organizational representatives including health payers, hospitals  and the general public.
  • Proven clinical competence in the provision of psychiatric health care in a community setting.
  • Demonstrated experience, competence and sensitivity in working with people experiencing homelessness.
  • Very good knowledge of Spanish is an asset.

The Council is an equal opportunity employer and provides opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Additional Information


Health/Dental/Vision; 401k

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter detailing your interest, qualifications, and salary requirements along with your resume to the following e-mail address:, Subject Line: Clinical Director Position.

Applications without cover letters will not be considered. Interviews will be granted according to the qualifications of the applicant.


  • Date Posted: May 28, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Government