State of Nebraska Medical Officer in Lincoln, Nebraska

Medical Officer


Depends on Qualifications


Lincoln, NE

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Health & Human Services Department

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  • Description

  • Benefits


The Department of Health and Human Services team contributes to the lives and health of Nebraskans every day. Our mission, "Helping people live better lives," provides the motivation to make a difference. Some DHHS programs impact all Nebraskans; for example, we educate and protect people through public health activities like ensuring clean and safe drinking water and we license and certify all health care professionals. We also touch our state's most vulnerable citizens. Our services assist the elderly, low income and those with disabilities; we provide safety to abused and/or neglected children and vulnerable adults; and thousands of Nebraskans rely on the services of our seven 24-hour facilities. Within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS): to perform leadership and executive duties in the planning, coordinating, implementing and directing the clinical affairs including participation in the development of state policy related to: public health, development disabilities, children and family services, behavioral health; inclusive of mental and substance use disorders and developmental disabilities; and Medicaid and long-term care. Works under the general direction of the Public Health Administrator for all responsibilities and work assignments related to DHHS with wide latitude for exercising independent initiative and professional medical judgment in developing and administering professional standards for patient care and treatment in conformity will all external accrediting bodies, federal and state laws and regulations governing and/or the department, and in conformity with state and departmental policies, procedures and regulations. Plans, organizes, coordinates, directs supervises and reviews the work of physicians and chiefs of designated services and, of professional and non-professional nursing staff, medical technicians, therapists, and other personnel engaged in patient care and treatment.

Salary commensurate with experience, Gubernatorial appointed position/discretionary

Examples of Work

Within the Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Performs duties related to policy development in the areas of public health and medical perspective to policy development.

  • Serves as a member for the DHHS Policy Cabinet

  • Works with the agencies managed care organizations to resolve recipient issues; develop quality measures and outcome measures to support the state's purchasing efforts.

  • Makes decisions in contested cases involving health occupational, professional and public health assurance.

  • Performs leadership and executive duties in the planning, coordinating, implementing and directing of the clinical affairs of the department.

  • Facilitates development, implements and coordinates public health services and public health assurance.

  • Represents the department at various meetings, conferences and convening's of community groups, and state and federal officials, and to provide executive leadership in the development of goals, policies and objectives consistent with the department's goals and objectives.

  • Serves as a liaison with DHHS employees who are licensed health professionals and represents the department as liaison with professional health organizations.

  • Focuses on clinical policy development for the department by reviewing, summarizing and communicating key state and federal policy, legislation, and regulatory updates.

  • Performs program evaluation and makes recommendations for quality improvement and cost saving measures to meet the specific system transformation goals under the Department's federal and state authoritative purview.

  • Oversees all health issues and state programs within Public Health including: birth certificates and vital records; epidemiology; health, safety, wellness and prevention; health licensure; professional licensure investigations; WIC; Tobacco Free Nebraska, EMS; Health Disparities and Equity; and WISEWOMAN and serves as a spokesperson for DHHS on health issues.

Qualifications / Requirements

Education: Graduation from an accredited medical school of recognized standing, with completion of residency training in an accredited program of Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, or Family Medicine and board certification in the specialty; and At least 10 years of clinical practice experience, evidence of experience in administrative roles in clinical settings or public health administration; and; At the time of appointment, must possess unencumbered licensure to practice medicine and surgery in the State of Nebraska. Such licensure and certification must be maintained as a condition of employment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of public policy development and administration; and program performance assessment and continuous process improvement. Ability to translate regulations into action; use data to inform, monitor progress and make decisions; and interact effectively and build productive relationships with managers, employees, health care and human services practitioners, clients, community members and elected officials.