Psychiatrist/ Nurse Practitioner - NEED Program

Saco, ME 04072


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$10,000 Sign-On Bonus!
Join the New England Eating Disorders (NEED) Program at Sweetser! This team is highly committed to the work that they do and to one another. With employees that have been committed to the NEED program for the length of their careers, working for NEED is a rare opportunity. This position allows the opportunity to work alongside a treatment team of expert eating disorder clinicians, dietitians, and nursing staff. You will have the unique opportunity to receive training in this highly specialized field.

A psychiatrist or a psychiatric NP for NEED at Sweeter is a key position that provides high-quality eating disorder treatment and assessment. The psychiatric provider would act as the leader of the eating disorder treatment team, would be responsible for maintaining an awareness of the overall medical condition of a client, and would be responsible for how best to coordinate with other medical professionals to best meet the needs of the client. The psychiatric provider has an important role in coordinating treatment to develop an overall successful treatment plan that addresses medical, psychiatric, and clinical issues. The psychiatric provider would have the opportunity to receive clinical supervision by Sweetser's medical director who has been with the organization for 25 years.

REQUIRED LICENSURE:Psychiatrist or Psychiatric NP (conditional licensure considered).

SCHEDULE: Full time or part time options available


  • Provides ongoing, high quality assessment and evidence-based psychiatric treatment of patients in the eating disorder program.
  • Exhibits an ability to engage patients and support people using an interpersonal style appropriate for psychiatric care and behavioral modification goals.
  • Engages in quality improvement and monitoring activities and assures that the treatment process and policies meet current standards of practice and medical staff are involved in quality improvement.
  • Leads the multidisciplinary treatment team and ensures that the team works in a collaborative manner, addressing the strengths, weaknesses, goals, and objectives for individual patients and their care.
  • Engages in close communication with team members and is readily available to address concerns and provide recommendations.
  • Collaborates and consults with patients' external treatment team providers to develop treatment plans reflective of continuity of care considerations.
  • Organizes and prioritizes workload, recognizing one's own needs and the needs of the program.
  • Exhibits a conscientiousness for issues of safety, and swiftly and appropriately identifies resources for addressing issues.
  • Demonstrates considerable independence in judgment and initiative, while regularly communicating significant issues and opportunities in a timely way to supervisor.
  • Utilizes staff meetings and supervision effectively by participating appropriately and being prepared.
  • Takes appropriate action in accordance with policy to address risk issues including critical incident reporting and issues related to confidentiality.
  • Displays a high level of knowledge about the program and provides expert insights, aligned with the program's mission, into programmatic development considerations.
  • Recognizes and respects diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, and physical ability and thoughtfully evaluates how such factors impact work.



  • Medical training leading to a degree of M.D. or D.O. from an accredited institution.
  • Completion of a course of training in Psychiatry or Child Psychiatry with a certificate of completion from an accredited psychiatric residency training program or from a child psychiatry fellowship program.
  • Board certification (generally from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - ABPN) in either Psychiatry or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (preferred), but physicians who are "board-eligible" in psychiatry or child psychiatry may be recruited. Board-eligible psychiatrists joining Sweetser are highly encouraged to pursue board certification as a priority educational and professional goal.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner:

  • Master's degree from an accredited program in psychiatric nursing required.
  • Family certification preferred.


  • Maine license (or license eligible) required.
  • A valid DEA certificate is required, with full prescriptive authority including Schedule II controlled substances preferred.
  • A valid state driver's license is required.

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