County of Ventura
Work Schedule
Job Open until Filled
Job Description


$211,997.85 - $296,796.99 Annually, plus Benefits


Click here to view the Brochure for Medical Director, Ventura County Health Care Plan

What We Offer

The County of Ventura offers an attractive compensation and benefits package.  Aside from our base salary range, an employee within this position will also be eligible for the following:

  • General Salary Increase (GSI) -  A GSI of 3.50% effective December 22, 2024
  • Educational Incentive - An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor's degree, OR 5% for completion of a graduate degree that is not required for the position.
  • Executive Annual Leave - 248 hours earned per year, increasing to 288 hours after 5 years of service, to 328 hours after 10 years of service, and to 368 hours after 15 years of service. *Credit for prior public service may be considered (Sec. 616A).
  • Deferred Compensation - Eligible to participate in the County's 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions. Following five (5) years of continuous County service, an additional 2% non-elective contribution will be made to the 401(k) plan. 
  • Health Plans - Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans for you and your dependents. You are afforded a flexible credit allowance of up to $23,530 annually.  
  • Flexible Credit Allowance - This is a bi-weekly amount available to Regular employees for the purpose of purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans. Employees may also participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts which increase their spending power by reimbursing them with pre-tax dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses.
  • Pension Plan - Participation in the County's defined pension plan. If eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems such as CalPERS. 
  • Holidays - 12 paid days per year in addition to an annual floating holiday. 

The County

From rolling hills to sweeping ocean views, Ventura County is located on California's "Gold Coast," approximately 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 30 miles southeast of Santa Barbara. The near perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74.2 degrees and a wonderful quality of life are a few of the reasons many of the 802,983 residents call Ventura County "home."  Ventura has a diverse economic base from tourism to high-tech enterprises in beautifully planned communities, making the region one of the safest in Southern California.
The Health Care Agency

The Health Care Agency is the largest department in the County of Ventura and employs approximately 3,600 people; 1,100 of those in direct patient-care positions. The Health Care Agency is a comprehensive healthcare system that encompasses the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC), Santa Paula Hospital, 24 primary care clinics, 11 specialty care clinics, Ambulatory Care, the Public Health Department, the Behavioral Health Department, and the Ventura County Health Care Plan.  VCMC is also home to the top-rated (by Doximity and U.S. News & World Report) Family Medicine Residency Program in the United States and achieved an “All Cases” meritorious award for surgical care. It is also a West County Level II Trauma Center.

Ventura County Health Care Plan (VCHCP), a fully licensed Plan, was established in 1993 as a practical, cost-effective and innovative alternative to private health care services to eligible employees of the County and their covered dependents. The core medical services are provided by physicians and facilities associated with the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) and Santa Paula Hospital as well as other community providers. VCHCP also provided insurance coverage for employees of physician groups through the end of December 2022.

 Medical Director, Ventura County Health Care Plan

Under general supervision of the Deputy Director Health Care Agency for the Ventura County Health Care Plan (VCHCP), will perform duties set forth in the California Knox- Keene Health Care Service Plan Act as well as regulations and Health and Safety code for VCHCP, a Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) licensed Commercial HMO. This position is part of a team of 65 (including contractors), with no direct reports, and a $90 million dollar budget. In accordance with the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), the Medical Director, Ventura County Health Care Plan is responsible for the leadership and direction in planning, and coordinating medical reviewer staff to ensure appropriate, professional, and cost-conscious inpatient and outpatient health care to VCHCP assuring the quality of care provided to the members of the health plan by institutions, physicians, and allied professionals. As a licensed health Plan, VCHCP is required to be compliant with all regulatory requirements of any other large insurance plan.

The Successful Candidate

 The ideal candidate will be collegial, engaged, and mission driven.  Additionally, the successful individual will have an extensive background in licensed HMO operations, regulatory requirements, chairing various required committee meetings and leading the medical services departments through changes in the healthcare delivery landscape.

Medical Director, Ventura County Health Care Plan is an at-will classification which is exempt from the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance.  The incumbent will receive Management benefits and is exempt from overtime compensation.

To learn more about what it’s like to work for Ventura County and additional details on what we offer, click here Ventura County Lifestyle

OPENING DATE: Wednesday, July 3, 2024
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
FIRST REVIEW OF RESUMES: Week of July 29, 2024

Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy Degree and current license to practice medicine in California without restrictions. Completed residency in primary care field of specialization (i.e. Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics or Obstetrics/Gynecology).
Additional qualification requirements:

  • Must be Board certified in California. 
  • Thorough knowledge of the current principles and techniques of diagnosis and treatment.
  • Experience with managed care.
  • Experience and current knowledge of Quality Assurance, Utilization Review and Peer Review systems and programs.
  • At least  three (3) years of direct patient care medical practice experience.
  • At least three (3) years of administrative experience.


  • National Committee for Quality Assurance accreditation experience.
  • Experience/knowledge of pharmacy and plan formulary.


To apply for this exceptional career opportunity, please send a resume and a cover letter that illustrates your experience as a Board Certified Doctor of Medicine and includes the following:

  • Experience with managed care
  • Experience and current knowledge of Quality Assurance, Utilization Review and Peer Review systems and programs
  • Direct patient care medical practice experience 
  • Administrative experience 
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance accreditation experience
  • Experience/knowledge of pharmacy and plan formulary.

If interested, you may do one of the following:

  • E-mail your current resume and cover letter to: Monika.Maine@ventura.org
  • Submit an online application at www.ventura.org/jobs and attach your current resume and cover letter.


The first review of resumes is anticipated to be the week of July 29, 2024, to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met.  All relevant work experience, training and education need to be included in order to determine eligibility.

Following a structured evaluation of the resumes, the most qualified candidates will be invited to a panel interview. The top candidates, as determined by the panel, will then be invited to a second interview with County executive management.  The interviews may be consolidated into one process or expanded into multiple interviews contingent upon the size and quantity of the candidate pool.


The County of Ventura is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.


For further information about this recruitment, please contact Monika Maine by email Monika.Maine@ventura.org or by telephone at (805) 654-2419.