What does a Clinical Director do?

Clinic Managers are responsible for overseeing the daily operations of outpatient or medical facilities. They provide administrative support and oversee the hiring and training of staff members, liaise with patients and healthcare professionals and coordinate patient care plans. There are many different routes one may take to become a Clinic Manager, but working in a healthcare or clinical setting is the most common way. Many Clinic Managers begin their careers as Medical Office Assistants or even Registered Nurses.

Most Clinic Manager positions require a bachelor's degree, ideally in healthcare administration or a similar field. A master's degree in public health or health administration is a strong asset. Because this role features many administrative responsibilities, Clinic Managers must have excellent organizational and communication skills in order to ensure the clinic runs smoothly.

What responsibilities are common for Clinical Director jobs?
  • Recruit, hire and coordinate the training of new staff members
  • Design and implement business strategies to help the clinic meet organizational goals
  • Manage staff by assigning and delegating tasks as needed
  • Develop protocols and procedures to improve staff productivity
  • Act as a liaison between patients, their families and additional care staff
  • Plan and manage the clinic's budget and approve payroll
  • Perform quarterly and and annual employee reviews and provide constructive feedback on their performance to help them meet professional goals
  • Ensure that all policies and procedures function in accordance with state and federal laws
What are the typical qualifications for Clinical Director jobs?
  • 5+ years prior experience working in a clinical or healthcare setting
  • 5+ years of proven success in leadership roles is required
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Analytical thinking skills and the ability to exercise sound judgement when making decisions
  • Must be customer service oriented and prepared to liaise with patients, their families and other care providers
  • Extremely organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to delegate tasks as needed
  • Ability to spend long periods of time sitting at a desk
  • Knowledge of a second language is an asset
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Clinical Director make?

$100,632 /yr
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Read what Clinical Director professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Vice President, Clinic Operations
Aug 17, 2021

“Client experience is our focus and taking care of the team is the best way to make sure that happens!”

SPEAR Physical TherapySPEAR Physical Therapy
Clinical Director
Feb 21, 2020

“Mentoring for both physical therapy and personal development and leadership is also what makes this place so great.”

Sunflower Dermatology and Medical Day SpaSunflower Dermatology and Medical Day Spa
Clinical Supervisor
Feb 13, 2020

“The best part of this place is that there are some great people to work with and 5 of the 6 providers are awesome.”

Clinic Manager
Aug 1, 2020

“There is a great degree of mistrust that you aren’t doing what you’re supposed to be doing.”

Centria HealthcareCentria Healthcare
BCBA Clinical Supervisor
Jul 10, 2020

“Then they withhold raises because you got sick and threaten you when your clie to cancel.”

Clinical Manager
Aug 26, 2021

“I started in our call center as a single session clinician and I am now a clinical manager.”

Jefferson Dental & OrthodonticsJefferson Dental & Orthodontics
Clinical Manager
Feb 5, 2020

“I have worked at multiple Dental offices before and this is by far the best one.”

Applied MedicalApplied Medical
Clinical Development
Jan 11, 2021

“I love the people and how willing everyone is to teaching you and discussing your interests.”

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