Child Psychiatrist - Part Time Contractor
at Heartland Alliance

Date Posted: 11/13/2019

Job Description

Summary:        The Child Psychiatrist provides quality psychiatric services to youth populations, emphasizing psycho-education, recovery, reduction of harm, management of symptoms and treatment of mental illness, addiction, trauma, and stabilization of children who have been separated from their families. The Psychiatric Provider practices in collaboration with and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. The Child Psychiatrist provides a consultative role to the organization on psychiatric and mental health care. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Serves as Child Psychiatrist for all Youth and Residential Services programs, in accordance with state standards, treating program participants regularly at each site based on participant need and contractual obligation.
  • Provides consultation to program management and staff, including participation in staffing and engagement with stakeholders.
  • Supports staff development thru training and development as appropriate on medical/psychiatric services
  • Provides on-call availability to respond to psychiatric emergencies, including hospitalization.
  • Travels regularly to each program site in order to meet service goals and the needs of participants.
  • Completes psychiatric evaluations and medication reviews in accordance with program standards.
  • Collaborates with the multidisciplinary treatment team to ensure continuity of care according to program standards.
  • Manages and evaluates the plan of care, process and outcome and modifies the plan as needed. 
  • Adheres to collaborative practice principles of respect and joint decision-making.
  • Collaborates with other multidisciplinary professionals and community agencies to provide high quality care.
  • Providing training and presentations to multi-disciplinary professionals and community agencies, as agreed to with supervisor.
  • Disseminate information about services provided to other agencies or heath care professionals as agreed to with supervisor.
  • Participates in quality improvement collaborative peer review.
  • Assumes the responsibility for professional development and contributes to the professional growth of others within the treatment team by serving as a consultant.
  • Incorporates and disseminates research findings as a basis for practice and to improve heath care outcomes.
  • Identifies clinical questions to be researched.
  • Engages in mentor relationships with experienced providers to gain clinical expertise.
  • Participates in appropriate educational activities in order to maintain Board certification and continue professional growth.
  • Documents comprehensive, accurate and continual data on participant records and program reports according to Organization standards within designated timelines. 
  • Prepares the appropriate program reports to fulfill funding requirements as assigned.
  • Practices within the legal, ethical and professional guidelines established by: American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Physicians, American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, private funding sources, Agency plans/policies, HIPAA, HA Ethics and program guidelines.
  • Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff training to ensure that he/she understands and continues to adhere to such standards. 
  • Initiates requests for assistance or guidance from Manager to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience:  Doctor of Medicine (MD), and completion of an accredited fellowship program in child psychiatry.
  • Other Skills and Qualifications:  Active Illinois Physician licensure, Board certification in Child Psychiatry or Board Eligible, documentation of a Medical Degree from an accredited school of Medicine, documentation of fellowship completion in child psychiatry from an accredited fellowship program, and Physician National Data Bank verification of legal claims history. 
  • Language Skills:  Bilingual ability in English and Spanish is preferred.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.  Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Computer Skills:  Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance. 

Competencies:  To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Since each YRS program site operates on a 24/7 basis, 365 days per year, to meet both the needs of the participants and contractual obligations, employee needs to be willing to be flexible in regards to scheduling and work location, each of which may be altered by Program Management at any time.  Every effort will be made to give employee as much notice as possible. 
  • Employee may be required to work any of the three primary shifts, including weekends and holidays. 
  • Employee may be required to report to any one of the YRS locations, north and south sides of Chicago, as well as the suburbs, on a temporary or permanent basis.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The employee may be required to remain on Organization premises during breaks and/or meal periods and may be required to stay on Organization premises until their replacement arrives.

 Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Other
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 11/13/2019

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