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Chief Medical Officer - Behavioral Healthcare
Title:Chief Medical Officer - Behavioral Healthcare

Unique Leadership Opportunity in Behavioral Health


Ozark Guidance is currently seeking an experienced Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for our large non-profit, CARF accredited, community mental health center serving approximately 8,000 individuals annually in Northwest Arkansas. Ozark Guidance is a financially strong, dynamic, quality-focused organization having an annual budget of $26 million with a staff of over 400 employees working across eleven locations in eight counties in Arkansas. Since 1970, Ozark Guidance has helped tens of thousands of children, adults, and families in Washington, Benton, Madison, Boone, Baxter, Marion, Newton, and Carroll Counties live better lives by providing a high quality, affordable array of behavioral health services. Our mission of “Saving and Changing Lives by Providing Compassionate Quality Behavioral Health Services” is realized every day in the stories of the lives touched by the caring staff members of Ozark Guidance. Our team of physicians, nurses, therapists, behavior interventionists and support staff serve individuals through Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services throughout Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas is a great location in which to work and live. It is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic regions in the United States. With the beautiful Beaver Lake and the majestic Ozark Mountains that define the Natural State, our Northwest Arkansas region, inspired by its surroundings, is the up-and-coming leader in business, education, sports, tourism, arts and culture. Home to Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt, and the University of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas fosters the entrepreneurial spirit and drives the growth of the region. Our NWA region has also inspired the visions of E. Fay Jones and world leaders such as J. William Fulbright and William Jefferson Clinton who have also called the region home. Today, the area’s unique and historic downtowns are thriving and recognized as top destinations for the arts. With Eureka Springs’ incredible living arts culture, Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center, Springdale’s Arts Center of the Ozarks, and Bentonville’s awe-inspiring Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Northwest Arkansas provides endless enjoyable cultural experiences.

Position: Chief Medical Officer

Under leadership of the Chief Executive Officer, utilizing a high level of expertise, knowledge and experience, performs professional work by providing psychiatric services and oversight to children and adult populations. Provides clinical leadership in the supervision of medical providers and medical staff; participates in clinical strategic planning initiatives and ongoing activities; responsible for prescribing and monitoring of medications; provides some direct psychiatric services; participates in coordination of care; collaborates as part of a treatment team; provides training related to behavioral health, consults on crisis management and other clinical matters as needed; performs related duties as required.



The duties listed below are intended only as illustrative of the types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from consideration within the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this classification.

  • Serves as a member of the executive leadership team, consulting on organizational, programmatic, planning, budgeting and other matters related to clinical treatment program issues.
  • Responsible for the oversight of medical staff in following Ozark Guidance’s policies and procedures.
  • Maintains established policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance programs, safety, environmental and infection prevention standards.
  • Establishes performance measures, assesses and evaluates operations, and works with department management to assure efficient and effective delivery of services.
  • Provides direct supervision to all medical providers and medical staff to include performance management, production monitoring, clinical oversight and resource planning.
  • At the executive level, participates in development of the strategic plan for behavioral health and whole health services including outcomes analysis, practice protocols, quality of care, employee development and population management.
  • Participates in program planning and policy formulation for the organization.
  • Participates in organization meetings, staff meetings and other professional committees as assigned.



  • Completion of Doctor of Medicine (MD) from an accredited school and demonstrates ongoing evidence of continuing medical education.
  • Experience in an administration capacity and providing services in a non-profit behavioral health delivery system preferred.
  • Ongoing maintenance of an active medical license and current D.E.A. licensure.
  • Holds a current/valid license to practice medicine in the state of Arkansas.
  • Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Ozark Guidance considers applicants for all open positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Ozark Guidance is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity, so please, no phone calls or emails.


All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ozark Guidance via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ozark Guidance. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ozark Guidance as a result of the referral or through other means.

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