Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Acadia Healthcare   •  

Jonesboro, AR

Industry: Business Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 372 days ago

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Job Description


Ascent Children's Health Services is currently recruiting for a strong leader for teh CEO role.  The CEO role will offer the opportunity to lead a dynamic company in an ever changing Medicaid environment and effect generational changes in the lives of children and families.  Ascent has ten out-patient clinics in Arkansas.

Kids are our future, the bright spots in life. But the path to a happy and functioning adulthood isn't always easy. Ascent Children's Health Services grew a desire to specialize in helping toddlers, young children, & adolescents. Our programs focus on building skills and foundations focused on long-term improvement.

We have two primary levels of care dependent on the needs of a child and their schedules: day treatment and outpatient treatment. Day treatment is the more intensive of the two programs.

Our centers treat both developmental disorders such as autism, Asperger syndrome and motor-skills related health concerns, as well as mental health and behavioral issues such as depression, anxiety, and aggression.

Responsibilities PURPOSE STATEMENT:

The Chief Executive Officer shall serve as the executive officer with day-to-day responsibility for the management and operation of the ten out-patient clinics in Arkansas.  The CEO has primary responsibility for the development, implementation, and achievement of Ascent’s strategic business planin conjunction with routine operations to include: quality of care, staff development, maintenance of licensure and accreditations, financial performance, and continuous performance improvement.


  1. Collaborates with the governing body in the development of company-specific annual operating capital budgets and strategic business plans. Assures that the medical staff is involved and provides input into this process through coordination with the office of the Medical Director.
  2. Manages day-to day operations and staff so that Ascent achieves its objectives in all of the following key performance areas:
    1. effective patient care outcomes
    2. appropriate fiscal management
    3. maintenance of licensure, accreditation and other regulatory criteria
    4. implementation of focused business development processes
    5. medical staff compliance with regulatory and accreditation guidelines
  3. Organizes the day-to-day management and operation of Ascent through departmentalization, delegation and alignment of responsibilities to meet the facility’s patient care and business objectives.
  4. Create and maintain a network of local constituency groups to include government agencies, local businesses, affiliate health providers, and the surrounding community.
  5. Appraises leadership team performance, both of individual members and the team as a whole, assesses competencies, and provides coaching/corrective action as appropriate under the direction of the governing body.
  6. Ensure participation of staff in facility/program wide in-service and continuing education programs, including those specific to the treatment of children, adolescents and families.
  7. Recruit allied health professionals and psychiatrists to increase the scope of service offerings at the company.
  8. Effectively manage and direct contract negotiations and contract compliance with the commercial payor community to include rate negotiations and services provided.
  9. Leads development of continuum of care to include comprehensive outpatient services and community based programs.
  10. Serves as the final authority for resolution of staff performance concerns and performance improvement activities as appropriate.
  11. Routinely attends and as appropriate, chairs periodic meetings with the governing body, medical staff, executive management team, and otherdepartments of the company.
  12. Abides by all Acadia policies and procedures and operates with the highest personal integrity and professionalism.
  13. Remains current in all national healthcare based initiatives through participation in such organizations as NAPHS and the relevant state based company association.

Job Requirements


  • BA in Business Administration, Healthcare Administration, Public Health, Marketing, or a clinical discipline or 5+ years of related experience; MBA/MHA preferred.
  • Minimum of 3-5years’ experience in senior leadership/CEO role in a developmental or behavioral health treatment center.
  • Proven ability to lead successful licensure, accreditation, and compliance efforts in a developmental and/or behavioral health facility.
  • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of developmental and/or behavioral health administration and clinical operations.
  • Strong working knowledge of financial management and business development processes.
  • Ability to work professionally with sensitive, proprietary data & information while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to interact effectively and professionally with individuals at all levels; both internal and external.
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational skills and superior attention to detail.
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously within inflexible time frames.  Ability to adapt to frequent priority changes.
  • Capable of working within established policies, procedures and practices prescribed by the organization.
  • English sufficient to provide and receive instructions/directions.
  • Creative problem solver
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time, including flying and driving rental cars.