Director of Arkansas Children’s Behavioral, Developmental, and Mental Health Services Integrated Service Line

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  • Location: Little Rock, AR

Grant Cooper is seeking a Director for Arkansas Children's Behavioral, Developmental, and Mental Health Services Integrated Service Line.Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only hospital system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. The flagship 359-bed hospital in Little Rock includes the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care unit. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) has joined the elite 6 percent of hospitals in the world that have Magnet Status. It is one of the 25 largest children’s hospitals in the United States and is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in four specialties (2017-18). The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the only medical school in a state with 2.98 million people. The Department of Pediatrics is the largest department of the UAMS College of Medicine. The main offices of the Department are located on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), a long-time clinical and teaching affiliate of UAMS. Pediatrics’ staffing totals more than 1,100 employees, including more than 250 faculty members working in 26 sections in the department.

Position Overview

The Director of the Arkansas Children’s Behavioral, Developmental, and Mental Health Services Integrated Service Line is a physician executive with clinical and administrative expertise in children’s developmental, mental, and behavioral health. The Director of the Integrated Service Line is responsible for working with specialized program directors, affiliated department chairs in Pediatrics and Psychiatry, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) leadership to develop the overall strategy and direction of the service line and coordinating and directing its clinical, educational, and research activities. The Director ensures a positive patient and family experience, nurtures education and training programs, promotes a robust and impactful multidisciplinary research effort, and provides fiduciary accountability across the entire service line.


  • MD or equivalent degree with specialty certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or Pediatrics.
  • A track record of leadership and scholarship in an academic psychiatry or pediatrics department with a minimum three to five years of progressive physician leadership experience in an academic system.
  • High degree of technology proficiency with EMR/EHR, e-prescribing, telehealth and other electronic medical systems.
  • Demonstrated leadership skill and creativity in developing and delivering visionary behavioral and integrated health care programs to challenging populations with effective outcomes.
  • Experience and familiarity with alternative reimbursement models including shared savings plans and accountable care organizations.
  • Innovative while managing risk.