Senior Psychiatrist

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Exam Components: 
Non-Competitive Registration
Annual Salary Range:
$117,744.00 – $154,164.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$4,906.00 – $6,423.50
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This is very responsible professional medical work as a highly skilled psychiatric practitioner; or supervisory professional medical work as the clinical director for a small psychiatric facility or treatment unit of comparable scope and complexity.

An employee in this class functions as the senior psychiatric practitioner assigned to a small psychiatric treatment facility or to a major treatment unit of comparable scope and complexity in a larger facility. Work includes responsibility for providing a variety of advanced and very complex psychiatric services in the diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill or emotionally disturbed patients and for providing advice and consultation to other lower level psychiatrists on difficult and complex cases. In a supervisory capacity, the employee is responsible for directing, coordinating, and evaluating clinical services provided by lower level psychiatrists, physicians, nurses and other professional treatment staff in a small psychiatric treatment facility or major treatment unit. Direction is received from a Clinical Director (Psychiatry) or other designated superior for conformance to policy and effectiveness of services and operations.

Job Duties

Conducts psychiatric examinations; diagnoses mental abnormalities; conducts varied and complex psychiatric treatment for patients including chemotherapy, psychotherapy, eletroconvulsive therapy and other related therapies; and evaluates patient progress.

Reviews diagnoses, evaluations and treatment plans of complex and difficult cases assigned to other psychiatrists in order to provide advice, consultation and direction.

Directs, organizes and coordinates the activities of specialized units or programs in state facilities concerned with the care and treatment of patients suffering from psychiatric illness or other similar diseases requiring specialized treatment.

Directs, coordinates and evaluates the mental health treatment and general health care activities of lower level psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, and other treatment and health care staff.

Evaluates patients or clients for involuntary hospitalization, guardianship/conservatorship and criminal proceedings; verifies petitions for involuntary hospitalization; and serves as a mental health professional in various legal processes involving the mentally ill.

Serves as an interdisciplinary team leader or psychiatrist member and may assist in administering mental health programs or services in such areas as community clinics, community placement programs, or inpatient and outpatient services involving receiving, intensive care and day treatment units.

Assists Clinical Directors (Psychiatry) and other hospital administrators in the development of procedures and formulation of policy for operation of assigned units or areas.

Provides consultation to mental health program administrators and staff, fiscal agents, physicians, medical providers, public agencies and organizations on the interpretation and application of mental health certification procedures and policies concerning admissions, duration of stay, utilization and appropriateness of mental health services.

Directs and/or participates in programs of clinical research and investigation relating to psychiatry.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Graduation from an accredited school of medicine and successful completion of a residency program in psychiatry as approved by an appropriate American specialty board and recognized by the American Medical Association or the American Osteopathic Association; supplemented by four years of professional medical experience (beyond residency training) in psychiatry.


Certification or proof of eligibility for certification by an appropriate American specialty board in psychiatry; supplemented by three years of professional medical experience (beyond residency training) in psychiatry.

Special Requirements

Ability to secure a license to practice medicine in the State of Missouri.

Special Note

Medical training/residencies in psychiatry acquired in foreign countries will be accepted on an individual basis, subject to the determination that such training is comparable to that required by an appropriate American specialty board.

Professional medical experience in psychiatry before completion of residency training may substitute on a two-for-one basis in meeting requirements for specialized experience beyond residency training.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Extensive knowledge of the principle techniques and practices in the field of psychiatry.

Extensive knowledge of methods and procedures used in diagnosing and treating a variety of psychiatric disorders.

Considerable knowledge of recent developments and trends in the field of psychiatry and public mental health programs.

Considerable knowledge of legal, accreditation and certification requirements for psychiatric practice and documentation.

Considerable knowledge of current social and economic problems as they relate to general and psychiatric program planning.

Considerable knowledge of the legal requirements and procedures relating to client rights, treatment, admission, conditional release, community placement and discharges.

Ability to analyze and evaluate the practice, techniques and treatment procedures employed in psychiatry for need and effectiveness.

Ability to make accurate diagnoses of complex psychiatric disorders and to select and apply a variety of treatment methods.

Ability to evaluate and coordinate the medical activities of a small psychiatric facility or major treatment unit for maximum effectiveness.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with professional staff, local officials and the general public.

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