Chief Health Officer

Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic | Santa Ynez, California 93460

Salary Range: Call for details
Date Posted: March 04, 2021
Opportunity Code: 27407


Fantastic opportunity to make a positive impact on an entire community as Chief Health Officer!


At the direction of the Health Board the Chief Health Officer is responsible for the overall administration and management of the health care delivery system, which includes establishing and maintaining standards and efficiency in all medical, financial, and operational areas of the program. Participates as a chair of the Management Team.


The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic is located on the reservation of the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians, a federally recognized tribe. The reservation is located in central Santa Barbara County in the Santa Ynez Valley, separated from the coast by coastal mountains. The local area is primarily rural with vegetable and flower fields, cattle and horse ranches, vineyards and wineries. We are 15 minutes from Solvang, which is a major tourist attraction, with many restaurants, shops and hotels. The Tribe owns and operates the Chumash Casino Resort and Spa in Santa Ynez, which includes a full-service hotel, health spa, several restaurants and entertainment showroom, the Hotel Corque and Root 246 restaurant in Solvang, and is working on various other enterprises.  

The Clinic is a stand-alone subsidiary and their mission is to specialize in the highest standards of quality health care through modern medicine and cultural traditions. Prior to 2014, the Clinic is listed as a not-for-profit organization under the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) guidelines and received over 90% of its funding through various grants, but mainly from Indian Health Services (IHS) coordinated and managed at the federal level. Grant requirements indicate that all funding received is to be utilized for patient care and services. By the end of year 2014, the Clinic has achieved Title V Compacting, which will allow it to self-manage its grant funding sources.  

The Clinic sees approximately 17,000 patient visits annually by providing medical, dental, and behavioral health services to a local population of about 2,700 patients, mainly Native Americans and low-income people of diverse ethnicity, including many Hispanic/Latino agricultural workers. The clinic offers medical and dental care and community health education activities designed to enhance health awareness and practices in the Native American Community. Home visits to tribal residents needing services, from newborns to elders, are available. Referrals to outside medical and non-medical services are provided. The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic has achieved mature contractor status with the Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Clinic is a certified FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) Medi-Cal/Medicare facility. We are the only health care facility offering medical, dental, and community health services to the low-income population of rural Santa Barbara County.

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  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college in one of the following disciplines:
    • Business Administration (M.B.A.)
    • Hospital Administration (M.H.A.)
    • Public Health (M.P.H.)
    • Public Administration (M.P.A.)
  • Experience in the administration of Native American programs.
  • Previous management experience in the Tribal healthcare industry.
  • Native American preferred.

This search is being led by the Executive and Physician Leadership Search Group of AMN Leadership Solutions, a division of AMN Healthcare. AMN Healthcare is the leader and innovator in total talent solutions for healthcare organizations across the nation.

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