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You’ve probably heard a lot of rumors about this confidential search. Most are not true.
Every so often, we here at PS Partners need to run a confidential job announcement, in which we offer just enough details to give you an idea of what kind of candidate an organization is looking for – without naming the organization itself.
This can be a tricky balance, as you might imagine. And it’s made even more difficult by the feverish speculation that such announcements often generate.
We understand the excitement; after all, PS Partners only works with the most elite and fascinating organizations. What sort of entity would not only meet our exacting criteria, but also insist that we work in near-total secrecy? (Emphasis mine, but be honest … somewhere deep down, isn’t it yours, too?)
At this point, I think it would be appropriate to address and dismiss some of the more avid rumors that we’ve been hearing about this search.
This search is not – I repeat, NOT – for the Ukrainian Special Forces, or any branch thereof. NASA’s announcement of the historic Artemis II crew has spurred suppositions that this might be about finding folks with the right stuff for Artemis III, but there is zero connection between that announcement and this one. And any queries that Peckman Search Partners might be retained to help find “the next James Bond” should be referred to Ian Fleming’s estate.
Well, now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s what we can tell you about this new search.
It’s for a Chief Clinical Officer position at a Pacific Northwest social-service organization that focuses on wellness and patient care. The role, which reports to the Chief Executive Officer, includes strategy development; oversight of clinical staff; responsibility for regulatory compliance; and representation of the organization at external events.
A master’s degree or Ph.D. in psychology, mental health, social work, or a related field is required, as is a decade or more of clinical-leadership experience.
And by the way, the same organization is also hiring for additional leadership positions in Residential Services and Clinical Services.
I hope that gives you enough to get a sense of whether either of these positions might be a fit for you, or for someone you know. If so, we’re interested in hearing from you – and that’s no idle rumor.
PS From PSP: Speaking of Artemis II and the space program, as a placement specialist I think it’s kind of fascinating to think about how NASA and its counterpart agencies around the world select and train their astronaut teams.
I mean, talk about a high-stakes, no-takebacks personnel decision! If someone “isn’t working out” on a mission, it’s not like you can just replace them midway through their lunar orbit. It’s not just about finding exactly the right individuals; it’s also about assessing how individuals mesh with each other, including under potential physical, mental, and emotional stresses that most of us couldn’t even imagine.
In the coming decades, these decisions may become even more complex and fraught as the US and other nations consider even longer space missions, including perhaps one day to Mars. In the meantime, for all your Strategic Teambuilding needs here on Planet Earth, get in touch with Peckman Search Partners, and we’ll get you launched. ###