What Are the Duties of a Clinical Director?

Clinical directors have many duties and functions.
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As trained professionals in the medical industry, clinical directors have important roles to play in their capacity as managers and administrators in medical facilities. Their educational training gives them necessary and sufficient understanding of running healthcare facilities. A clinical director facilitates improved patient healthcare by making good policies and overseeing their implementation as a manager. Handling daily administrative issues is also part of the job.

Educational Background

    Most clinical directors have a master’s degree, though some only have a bachelor’s degree. And while there are a number of academic fields that make a person much more suitable to become a clinical director, a clinical director with a medical degree has a more competitive advantage in the job market. Other suitable educational backgrounds include clinical administration, nursing and administrative healthcare. Familiarity with healthcare policies and procedures is also a necessary skill for being an effective clinical director.


    The primary duty of a clinical director is to oversee the proper management of every aspect of a healthcare facility. The heads of various departments are answerable to the director who, in turn, supplies them with critical information such as adapting and applying new policies within the department. Ensuring that the policies implemented conform to the state and federal statutes is another important duty of clinical directors. Directors also supervise and ensure that all the departments are running smoothly and efficiently, and that the employees in the facility operate within the law.


    The other significant task of a clinical director is to ensure a dynamic system of healthcare. The director takes in and validates every idea regarding improving the healthcare system, and also maintains and helps to enhance the relationship between staff and patients in the facility by respecting, valuing and collaborating with them.

Secondary Duties

    As the general supervisors, clinical directors plan and coordinate activities within the facility. Depending on the size of the facility, the director may be responsible for activities such as hiring employees and keeping the facility’s financial records -- in other words, payroll and budgeting responsibilities. In the case of a privately funded facility, the director is the face of the organization, and as such is responsible for seeking out new donors and sponsors, as well as representing the facility during formal and social functions.

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