Careers

El Centro de Corazón was founded in 1994 in Houston’s impoverished East End community as a social service organization with an initial focus on early childhood development. Over the years, El Centro expanded its focus to include the overall health of residents of the East End and the greater Houston area.  Today, El Centro is a designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with three health centers that offer pediatric and adult primary care, women’s health services, pediatric and adult dental care, and behavioral health services.  El Centro is also providing primary care services in The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD’s Southeast clinic.  Additionally, El Centro is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient Centered Medical Home – Level 1 at its John S. Dunn Health Center.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to careers@elcentrochc.org or fax to 832-494-1636 for consideration.

No phone calls please.

El Centro de Corazón is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current Job Opportunities

Medical Assistant (Bilingual English/ Spanish)

Overview

Under the direction of the Clinic Manager, performs clinical skills in a medical care environment to all El Centro’s patients. The Medical Assistant is a member of the interdisciplinary medical team of the health center (OB/GYN, Family Practice, and Pediatric practice).

Duties and Responsibilities

  •  This position is responsible for the intake work with patients as they enter the clinical care area.
  • The medical assistant is a liaison between the front desk staff and the medical providers in the provision of care.

 

Qualifications

  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • CPR Certification
  • 1- year minimum of experience is required

 

To Apply

Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

Outreach and Enrollment Specialist (Bilingual-Spanish/English)

Overview

Under the direction of the Outreach and Enrollment Manager, the Outreach and Enrollment Specialist will work to provide outreach opportunities for community residents, as well as El Centro patients, who lack access to healthcare and health insurance. The O/E Specialist will assist applicants with eligibility determination and enrollments through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Outreach and Enrollment Specialist is responsible for building/strengthening enrollment collaborations with local partner organizations.
  • The overall goal for this position is to increase health insurance coverage and access to quality primary, health, dental and behavioral care for community residents and El Centro patients.

 

Qualifications

  • Oral and written communication skills at a level typically acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s degree program in public health, health education, communications or related
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Knowledge of health and human services infrastructure, health insurance programs and public coverage options
  • Strong computer skills with proficiencies in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and internet-based applications
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate multiple tasks, as well as to enthusiastically communicate with potential enrollees
  • Ability to work effectively and professionally in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of and ability to work and engage with the uninsured, under-served and under-represented populations
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is required
  • Must have at least two years of experience working with low-income populations in healthcare or human service field
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must be able to travel with the use of personal vehicle

 

Working Conditions

  • For the most part, ambient room temperatures, lighting, and a traditional office environment exists
  • Exposure to outside weather conditions/elements.

 

 To Apply

Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

Behavioral Health Specialist

Overview

Under the direction of the Behavioral Health Services Director, the Behavioral Health Specialist will provide individual, family and group psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, and families to all El Centro‘s patients. Delivers care appropriate for an outpatient, primary care FQHC with a multicultural, multilingual patient population.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Behavioral Health Specialist is a member of a multidisciplinary team and is responsible for providing clinical consultations with medical providers.
  • Additionally, provides brief and crisis interventions to primary care patients as needed.

 

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree
  • State Licensed to provide therapy (Psychologist, LMFT, LPC, LCSW)
  • Previous counseling experience with strong clinical skills with children and their families
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Valid driver’s license

 

 To Apply

Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

Referral Specialist

Overview

Under the direction of the Referral Specialist Lead, the Referral Specialist assists patients and their families with referrals to specialty care services and/or other medical and social services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Referral Specialist is responsible for managing and processing patient referrals to outside specialties, hospitals, and clinics as indicated by medical providers.
  • Assists referred patients with applications for insurance and other indigent health care programs.
  • Acts as liaison between patients and outside hospitals and clinics.

 

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • One-year minimum experience as referral specialist in a healthcare setting
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology and familiarity with provider specialties
  • Strong assessment of organizational skills
  • Strong cultural competence
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and written skills
  • Must be fluent in English and Spanish

 

To Apply

Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

 

Pediatrician

Overview

Under the direction of the Chief Medical Officer, delivers primary care commensurate with training and experience to all El Centro‘s patients. Delivers care appropriate for an outpatient, primary care FQHC with a multicultural, multilingual patient population.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Pediatrician will provide care in the disciplines of general pediatrics by planning and carrying out medical care programs for children, birth to adolescence, to aid in mental and physical growth and development.
  • The pediatrician is responsible for examining patients to determine the presence of disease and to establish preventive health practices, prescribes and administers medications and immunizations, and performs a variety of medical duties.

 

Qualifications

  • Must have a minimum of 2 years’ experience
  • Must have a valid license to practice in Texas and experience working in a high volume clinic environment
  • Board Certified
  • Current PALS certification
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred
  • Must enjoy working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical standards of health care delivery.

 

Continuing Education and Training Requirements

Participates in trainings required by licensure and/or by the funding source.

To Apply

Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

Psychiatrist

Overview 

Under the direction of the Behavioral Health Services Director, delivers care commensurate with training and experience to all El Centro’s patients. Delivers care appropriate for an outpatient, primary care FQHC with a multicultural, multilingual patient population.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Psychiatrist will provide care in the disciplines of general psychiatry by planning and carrying out psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for children and their families.

 

Qualifications

  • Must have a valid medical license to practice in Texas, and be in good standing 
  • Have experience working in a high volume clinic environment
  • A graduate of a formal accredited medical school and certified to practice by Texas State Board
  • Preferably Board Certified in Psychiatry with a high level of competency in working with mental health issues, children and adolescents, families and diverse cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic settings
  • Interest and/or experience in collaboration with interdisciplinary health teams
  • Possess unrestricted DEA certificate
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish/ English) preferred. 

 

Continuing Education and Training Requirements

Participates in trainings required by licensure and/or by the funding source.

To Apply

Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

 

Behavioral Health Consultant – Women’s Health

Overview 

Under the direction of the Behavioral Health Services Director, the Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) for Women’s Health will function as an integral member of the primary care team by providing brief consultative visits to women. The provider will work to support the integration of services between the medical and behavioral health care rendered to the patients in the form of brief interventions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain a visible presence in the clinic to support behavioral health efforts
  • Provide direct behavioral health consultation to primary care providers
  • Perform brief behavioral interventions to patients
  • Perform brief, limited follow up visits for appropriate patients
  • Evaluate crisis situations and apply appropriate interventions
  • Actively participate in meetings that support El Centro de Corazón’s (ECDC) integrated primary care behavioral health care model
  • Conduct risk assessments as needed
  • Conduct initial patient assessments as needed
  • Conduct psychosocial assessments
  • Document and maintain clinical records, including writing progress notes with interventions performed, developing treatment plans, and documenting recommendations made to primary care provider in a timely manner
  • Conduct appropriate discharge of patients
  • Facilitate referrals to Behavioral Health Specialists (BHS) to ensure a smooth transition to traditional therapy models of care
  • Provide individual, family and group psychotherapy services as needed
  • Perform case management duties as necessary
  • Participate in case staffing and administrative meetings
  • Educate primary care team in the basic principles of brief behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions and reinforces their use in the medical visit.
  • Support other programs at El Centro by providing behavioral health education and other duties as assigned
  • Engage in community outreach and provide community presentations when needed
  • Participate in clinical supervision and seek peer consultation as needed.
  • Ability to work a full-time schedule. Provide 8 hours of direct patient care.
  • Maintain productivity as assigned by Behavioral Health Services Director.
  • Other duties as assigned and abides by agency’s policies and procedures and Behavioral Health Department Policies and Procedures.

 

Qualifications

  •  Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the social or behavioral sciences.
  • Licensed to provide therapy by state board pertaining to individual’s profession (Psychologist, LMFT, LPC, LCSW) bilingual (Spanish) and abides by respective licensing board Code of Ethics. Candidate must be in good standing with credentialing board.
  • Previous counseling experience (minimum of 3 years) with strong emphasis on working with women’s issues related to reproductive health. Experience in the medical field working with mental health issues preferred, such as postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety as well as with families, and diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic settings.
  • In-depth knowledge of DSM-V; well-practiced in all psychotherapeutic modalities.
  • Strong clinical and assessment skills, cultural competence, basic casework skills (referrals, advocacy), strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility to be able to work in different work settings and environments, ability to work as part of multi-disciplinary team, ability to provide vision, feedback and creativity to a growing and changing mental health department.
  • BHC must work in provider area in close proximity to PCP.  BHC will need to adapt to various work spaces including exam rooms and administrative offices.

 

Mental Demands

Mentally challenging position due to continuous exposure to extreme issues and mental health trauma.

Physical Requirements

Required to sit, stand, walk and move about throughout the day; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus.  Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions

For the most part, ambient room temperatures, lighting and a traditional office environment exists.  May experience traumatic situations including psychiatric and medical crisis situations within the environment; some exposure to hazardous materials or physical risks requiring basic safety precautions; exposure to blood borne pathogens requiring PPE.  Exposure to virus, disease, and infection.

To Apply

Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.