Kenaitze Indian Tribe
  • Dena'ina Wellness Center - Primary Care
  • Kenai, AK, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical Director

Dept./Program: DWC Primary Care

Division: Health Systems

Reports To: Director of Health Systems

Supervises: Clinical supervision of Medical Providers to include: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Revision Date: 9/21/2016

Employment Status: Full Time

FLSA Status: Exempt Professional

Schedule: Exempt

Job Summary

The Medical Director role directs daily administrative issues and coordinates clinical care, in collaboration with the Primary Care Health Systems Administrator for the Dena'ina Wellness Center (DWC) Medical Program to ensure that quality care is provided.   The Medical Director provides consults with providers and also performs direct patient care. Other responsibilities include participating in administrative and clinical leadership staff meetings to assist in establishing policies and procedures for meeting quality standards of medical care, in accordance with federal and state regulatory and accreditation guidelines. May participate in state and local healthcare related meetings to acquire and apply knowledge of social, regulatory, political, and economic factors that relate to health services. Also participates in population based care management, public health efforts, and provides guidance in the appropriate utilization of healthcare resources. Promotes and champions process improvement initiatives, which may include, but not limited to, the Institutes for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Indian Health Service (IHS), Improvement in Patient Care (IPC) models.

Essential Functions

  • Assumes an administrative and clinical leadership role for the primary care team
  • Supports and promotes the Dene' Model of Care, which is defined as patient-centered, integrated care
  • Responsible for clinical oversight of Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and RN Supervisor
  • Participates in administrative decision making and recommends and approves policies and procedures
  • Participates in administrative and clinical leadership staff meetings to assist in quality care initiatives and accreditation activities
  • Partners with HSA to optimize flow, maximize productivity and ensure patient access while maintaining quality care
  • Oversees and completes peer review activities
  • Assists in creating medical protocol standardization and ensure that providers practice to the accepted standards of care
  • Works in partnership with Dental, Behavioral Health, Wellness and Social Service staff to optimize the integration of programs to improve population health outcomes
  • In collaboration with health leadership staff, recommends new and innovative modalities for treatment of various health conditions
  • Aides in the credentialing and privileging of new providers to the Dena'ina Wellness Center
  • Serve as the overseeing physician for Dena'ina Wellness Center's vaccine program
  • Analyzes epidemiology data to assess health trends and identify needs and opportunities to improve healthcare
  • Provides medical consultations with other medical providers
  • Effectively utilizes electronic health record (EHR) to document clinical activity and manage population health
  • Works effectively and cooperatively with other members of the medical team to provide direction in the development and conduct medical educational and training
  • Serves in a leadership, advocacy and mentorship role for the medical staff



It is the intent of this job description to highlight the essential functions of the position; however, it is not an all-inclusive list. The incumbent may be called upon and required to follow or perform other duties and tasks requested by his/her supervisor, consistent with the purpose of the position, department and/or the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's objectives.

Working Conditions

Lifting Requirements

Medium work Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Physical Requirements

  • Stand or Sit (Stationary position)
  • Walk (Move, Traverse)
  • Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)
  • Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)
  • See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)
  • Taste/Smell (Detect, Distinguish, Determine)
  • Pushing or Pulling
  • Repetitive Motion

Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions

  • Biohazard

OSHA Categories

Category I Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue

Equipment and Tools

Equipment used for job: Computer, copier, fax, scanner, and other office equipment

Tools: Standard medical office equipment.


  • Local
  • In-State



Travel may be required for trainings and meetings



  • Doctor of Medicine degree or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.


  • Seven to ten years of Family Practice experience. Experience in evaluation diagnosis and treatment in primary care with special emphasis in cross cultural health care setting.
  • Experience working in a multiple medical provider setting.
  • Medical management experience.
  • Knowledge and experience working with Alaska Native/American Indian people preferred.


  • Current Alaska Licensure as a Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy.
  • Current DEA certificate. BLS certification required.

Special Skills

  • Understand quality improvement methods, such as developing a systematic measurement for evaluating the delivery of services. This includes measure, analyze, improve and control. Complete PDSA cycles.
  • Detail oriented, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills and technical skills.
  • Dynamic personality with strong leadership and team building approach.
  • Public Health training and/or experience
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with other health professionals.
  • Knowledge of healthcare accreditation standards.
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