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Medical Director

County of Santa Clara
Santa Clara Valley Medical Ctr, 751 S Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128, United States


The Medical Director is the highest-ranking medical physician leader within the Custody Healthcare Services Adult Jail Facilities (Main Jail /Elmwood) responsible for planning, organizing, directing and evaluating all provider activity within the two adult jail facilities and ensures that medical practices comply with appropriate standards to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care.

This position is under the direct supervision of the Director, Custody Health Services and receives clinical oversight from the Enterprise Medical Staff of Santa Clara Valley Healthcare (SCVH) insofar as it pertains to standards of medical practice, system-wide goals and objectives, compliance with medical staff by-laws (Professional credentialing, privileging, performance evaluation, Peer review, Provider performance monitoring and feedback, etc.  The Medical Director assumes comprehensive 24-hour and 7-day (24/7) accountability for the medical operations and delivery of all patient care medical services; assigns work and specific cases; consults on critical cases, and monitors patient-inmate course in care, continuity of care, chronic care and population health.  This position may perform medical care of patients within the facilities, as necessary.

Recruitment Brochure
to learn more about this position.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: The County of Santa Clara, as a condition of employment, requires that all County employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption request. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption request prior to your start date. 

Filing Period and Application Procedure
Final Filing Date: Continuous. The recruitment may be extended or closed as early as ten (10) days after the issue date.  Candidates should be aware that this recruitment can close at any time once a strong pool of candidates is established.
This recruitment requires the submission of an online application.  No paper applications will be accepted.  Applicants must apply online at

To be considered for this position, please submit:
 1. Résumé;
 2. References contact information (minimum of 3);
 3. Cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate including specific examples from your experience (maximum of 3 pages);
Thorough referencing, background investigation and license/certification verification will be conducted once mutual interest has been established. 

Questions regarding this Executive recruitment may be directed to Adrian Cudal, Executive Services, at (408) 299.5851 or .

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Typical Tasks
  • Serves as Medical Director of the Santa Clara County Jail Health Care Services carceral facilities medical clinics engaged in prevention, education, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of complex acute and chronic medical conditions; 
  • Provides medical supervision and direction to staff and contract physicians; 
  • Develops protocols and standardized procedures; 
  • Supervises and directs the medical aspects of treatments; 
  • Assures night, weekend, and holiday medical triage and treatment authorizations via the telephone; 
  • Provides medical supervision to mid-level Advanced Practice Practitioners; 
  • Acts as physician member of a multi-disciplinary patient care team; 
  • Confers with physician staff regarding patient diagnoses and treatments; 
  • Utilization management of outside hospitalization, referrals to specialists as appropriate or other indicated services; 
  • Conducts in-service training; 
  • Assures that medical care meets Federal Consent Decree and quality assurance standards; 
  • May supervise resident physicians, physician’s assistants students; 
  • Assures that quality medical services are provided for patients in County carceral facilities; 
  • Confers with mental health staff regarding patients under their care; 
  • Reads X-rays, orders laboratory tests and evaluates results; 
  • Assures that patients medical charts and records are accurate and meet legal and medical requirements; 
  • May provide medical consultation to private physicians, health care professionals and community groups on public health matters; 
  • Prepares records and reports; 
  • Inputs, accesses and analyzes data using a computer; 
  • Attends/facilitates meetings.
Employment Standards

Must have leadership experience similar to a Medical Director or Chief Medical Officer with an acute healthcare facility and/or healthcare system, and minimum five years of broad clinical experience in a comprehensive medical setting, at least two years of which must have been over a defined medical program with full authority to hire, evaluate, conduct quality reviews, and have responsibility for physician practice development and discipline. 
 License/Certificate Requirements:

  • Possession of a valid license to practice medicine in the State of California.
  • Possession of a board certification issued by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Osteopathic Association, and maintenance of Board certification if required by the Enterprise Medical Staff for clinical privileges.  
  • Possession and maintenance of a State and/or Federal narcotic license for administration of narcotics to inmates and patients.

  • MBA or credential in medical management, or education in the area of healthcare administration or a related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of clinical service delivery, correctional healthcare and public health concepts.
  • Experience working in a county jail or state prison psychiatric services unit.

Thorough knowledge of:
  • Current principles and practices of medicine.
  • Accepted medical practices in the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
  • Accepted medical practices related to pain management and substance abuse Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and detoxification.
  • Accepted medical practices related to women’s health issues – trauma informed care.
  • Accepted medical practices related Chronic Care and Population Health Management
Working knowledge of:

  • Principles of leadership, supervision and training.

Ability to:

  • Provide medical direction to and supervise subordinate staff.
  • Perform medical diagnosis and treatment.
  • Evaluate and review the work of medical practitioners for appropriate diagnosis, treatment and chart documentation.
  • Plan and prepare protocols and standardized procedures.
  • Coordinate and evaluate the work of contract and staff physicians.
  • Work effectively with departmental staff, private physicians, patients and others contacted in the course of work.
  • Participate in the analysis, evaluation and planning of jails health programs.
  • Prepare clear and concise written and oral reports.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Conduct in-service training programs.
  • Secure State certification to supervise and direct mid-level practitioners.
  • Learn to input, access and analyze data using a computer terminal.
  • Learn to use automated formulary, order entry and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software.
  • Satisfy all requirements of the Enterprise Medical Staff and become a member of the Enterprise Medical Staff with appropriate privileges.