Psychiatrist & Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Bellingham, WA

Employer: Unity Care NW
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Bellingham, WA

Job Description:

WHO WE ARE: Unity Care NW is a private, non-profit, federally qualified health center (FQHC) that has been proudly and successfully serving the greater Whatcom County area since 1982. With clinics located in Bellingham & Ferndale, WA, we offer comprehensive primary medical, behavioral health, and dental care as well as pharmacy services to a diverse and often underserved patient population of all ages. Employing almost 300 caring and compassionate employees, our mission is to increase the years of healthy life in the people & communities we serve. Safety is our priority through the Covid-19 pandemic-to learn more about what we’re doing to ensure the safety of patients and staff, please view the following website:

WHAT WE VALUE: Here at Unity Care NW, we value:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation

We’re proud of our inclusive culture and strive to demonstrate our Values in Action in all that we do. We value each individual on our team and aim to onboard a diverse workforce of the very best talent, whose ambitions and values align with ours.


  • A salaried position in a collegial work environment without the overhead and cost of running your own private practice
  • Supportive staff including Psych RN, Medical Assistant, counselors, case managers, medical records staff, and referrals specialists with an on-site Pharmacy
  • Patient Centered Medical Home Certification through the National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • Outpatient setting only with no call & no hospital rounding
  • Fully implemented EMR system (Centricity) with one-on-one training provided
  • Competitive compensation package that includes a sign-on/relocation bonus
  • Malpractice insurance with tail coverage
  • Medical, dental, & vision insurance401(k) retirement plan with employer match after 1 year
  • Generous paid time off6 paid holidays
  • Continuing Education days & dollars and reimbursement of state license, DEA & board certification fees
  • Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance
  • Alternative transportation benefit
  • Wellness reimbursement benefit
  • Ability to apply for loan repayment via the National Health Service Corps (NHSC)-for information see
  • Ability to apply for loan repayment via the Washington Student Achievement Council-for information see
  • For Nurse Practitioners, ability to apply for loan repayment via the Nurse Corp Loan Repayment Program-for information see


Live in a community consistently rated one of the most desirable in the USA! Beautiful Bellingham, WA, is a popular university & retirement community of 80,000 nestled between the Salish Sea and the foot of the Cascade Mountains and Mt. Baker. A short distance from Seattle, Vancouver BC and the San Juan Islands, Whatcom County houses several charming small towns. Enjoy all the area has to offer, from a vast range of recreational & outdoor activities, excellent schools, unique shops, local festivals, farmers markets, diverse restaurants, community events, and visual and performing arts.

Job Duties:

We believe mental & emotional health is an important part of overall health and wellness. Our behavioral health providers work closely with patients and their Primary Care Providers to help them meet their health care goals. As a Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at UCNW, you would provide comprehensive psychiatric care to patients in a community health center setting working with a multi-disciplinary team to effectively educate, provide consultation to, and support primary care providers, behavioral health professionals, support staff and other collaborative partners with diagnoses, medication management, and treatment plans. You would provide general psychiatric care to adults, a few requiring Medical Assisted Therapy under our Substance Use Disorder program, and may work with adolescents & children, too. You would work at both our Bellingham & Ferndale, WA, clinics which are within 10 miles of each other.



  • Be a Physician who graduated from an approved school of medicine as a DO or MD, completed a Psychiatric residency, is in good standing with their state's board of licensing, and is board certified in Psychiatry
  • Be a Nurse Practitioner who graduated from an approved program, is in good standing with their state's board of licensing, and has a certification in Psychiatry through the AANP or ANCC
  • Have at least two years’ experience working with adults as a Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, preferably at a community health center or community mental health clinic or similar setting with under-served populations.
  • Have experience working with children &/or adolescents (a plus)
  • Have completed Medical Assisted Therapy (MAT) training, including training on the use of Buprenorphine & Vivitrol, or be willing to take this training
  • Have experience with substance use disorders and medication assisted therapy (preferred, not required)
  • Have a current DEA certificate with an "X Waiver," or be willing to obtain this waiver upon acceptance of offer, to treat opioid dependency with approved buprenorphine products
  • Have experience with Medicaid patients and related insurance knowledge
  • Be able to understand and respond effectively and with sensitivity to special population groups, including those defined by race, ethnicity, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, economic standing, & others
  • Be proficient with Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

How to Apply:

If you are passionate about everyone having the opportunity to live their healthiest life, we would love to hear from you! Please visit our Careers Page at or contact Vicki Curtis, Provider Recruiter, at [email protected] or 360-788-2661.

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Unity Care NW has an Employee Health Program for the safety of our patients and staff. The program requires all employees to receive annual flu immunizations unless an appropriate accommodation is granted.

Contact Information: 

Name: Vicki Curtis
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 360-788-2661