Vice President - Admissions/Access

Gainesville/Lake City, FL


This is a highly responsible position in the Center's Senior Management Team. The Vice-President is responsible for managing the day-to-day clinical and operational oversight of Meridian's Access and Admission's Department. Access and admissions is a vital part of the operation of Meridian as this will be the entry point into our system of care. Specific areas of responsibility include oversight of operation of the Access Center, Crisis Support/Emergency Screening unit, Mobile Response Team and Intake Services throughout our service area.

This professional will assume oversight and supervision of the staff and managers attached to the programs referenced above. This will involve the coordination and overall supervision of these programs. The role of the Vice-President of Access and Admission is to ensure that care is safe, effective, person centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. He/she is expected to interact with stakeholders, internal and external, and to represent Meridian's management team to these stakeholders. The Vice President participates in program development, market analysis, grant writing efforts, verbal presentations and quality projects. The Vice President works with the Senior Vice-President, the COO, and the CFO as well as others to ensure that the goals and objectives of the strategic plan are monitored and obtained, quality of services are maintained, service projections are attained and that new services are developed and implemented. The work requires specialized management, financial, and/or business expertise.  The work requires the use of independent judgment and initiative in carrying out duties and responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Current Florida licensure as a clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor, or clinical psychologist; minimum five years of experience managing multiple programs in a behavioral health service organization.  Experience with managing state-funded services and contracts is preferred.

Driver Requirement:

Must have a current Florida Driver's License with a clean driving record while meeting company insurance requirements

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

1.  Directs and supervises the work of the program.  Responsible for program planning, implementation, development, administration, evaluation, and budget planning/development.

2.  Monitors 24/7 programs.

3.  Will require on-call consultation.

4.  Supervises the activities of assigned program managers/directors.

5.  Establishes overall short and long range direction and objectives consistent with the Center's direction and objectives and strategic plan.

6.  Establishes, maintains and reports the status of projects, problems and activities on a regular basis.

7.  Ensures that programs meet and exceed all contract performance indicators and legal regulatory requirements, taking corrective action in those areas that are below the standard.

8.  Oversees monitoring of compliance with documentation standards via the documentation and peer review auditing process.

9.  Maintains active and ongoing communication with key stakeholders in the communities served, including schools, advocacy and consumer groups, and local governments; seeks to identify local needs to guide strategic planning and quality improvement.

10.  Responds to feedback from persons served, payers, and referral sources promptly, and models exemplary customer service and teamwork to his/her staff.

11.  Participates as a member of the Senior Management Council (SMC) and any assigned committees or workgroups. 

12.  Oversees the development and/or maintenance of Program-specific procedure manual(s) and forms specific to assigned programs; and participates in the development/modification of Center-wide procedures and forms.

13.  As time permits, provides licensure supervision to master's level interns.

14.  Performs other duties as required to meet program and departmental goals and objectives.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Specific competencies required are identified on a department/program specific basis and identified in each employee's Competency Checklist.  The following are general and apply to all positions with this title.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to read, write procedures and correspondence.  Has the ability to analyze common and complicated instructions, financial reports and legal documents.  Exhibit the ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Has the ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Proficient in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Physical Demand: