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ID# 001735

Director of Behavioral Health

All Med Search
San Antonio, TX 78201
Acute Care
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $120,000
Per Year
Employment Type
No Travel

Job Description

This position has a fast track career path to Vice President of Nursing for Behavioral Health

Salary is ~$110,000. Relocation Assistance is available

Job Summary
Contributes to the fulfillment of the organizations nursing’s mission and vision by planning, designing, implementing, monitoring, and improving care delivery, programs, policies and standards, outcomes, and management systems.

Provides administration, direction, coordination and leadership to Behavioral Health departmental staff and organizational priorities. Functions as a staff and patient advocate within an environment of service excellence. Advances a professional practice environment within a shared governance system. Facilitates appropriate stewardship of resources. Maintains compliance with JCAHO and other certifying/regulatory bodies. Has 24-hour accountability for department.

Essential Duties

1. Provides ongoing direction and guidance for nursing areas, including employment/discharge, performance assessment, skill and behavioral competency assessments and validation, orientation and training, counseling and appraisal, and role development. Works to optimize staff potential and retain qualified, competent, and engaged employees.

2. Develops and accomplishes nursing and departmental strategic and operational goals.

3. Facilitates the continuous and timely availability of nursing services to patients through effective staffing systems, clinical and education services, and appropriate recruitment and retention efforts.

4. Implements and monitors clinical standards of nursing care and practice based on current nursing research, evolving best practices, and nationally recognized professional standards. Monitors outcomes and takes actions as appropriate to facilitate the provision of safe and therapeutically effective nursing care.

5. Facilitates the design and implementation of clinical and organizational programs and initiatives based on patient/community need, strategic plan, and/or organization and physician interest. Assures a line of sight with the mission, critical success factors, and value enhancement initiatives.

6. Develops and supports a departmental, nursing, and organizational culture that embraces service excellence for hospital staff, physicians, and community (patients and families within their cultural context).

7. Develops the philosophy of patient-centered care within the department and organization.

8. Facilitates an environment of ongoing performance improvement. Effectively utilizes statistical tools and methods to communicate and measure results.

9. Appropriately stewards the resources of the Health System to assure quality care outcomes within the context of the approved budget. Utilizes best practice information to continually work to improve operational results. Develops annual capital, operational, and staffing budgets based on historical trends, benchmarks, volumes, patient populations and needs.

10. Collects and utilizes appropriate data in decision making and outcomes reporting. Analyzes variances and takes corrective actions as needed to achieve results.

11. Develops strong working relationships with the medical staff to assure collaboration on practice issues and patient care outcomes.

12. Collaborates with nursing and hospital leadership in designing, providing, evaluating, and improving patient care/services and organizational systems. Promotes a team environment that supports staff, physicians, and patient and family-centered care.

13. Supports the facilities mission and values with internal and external contacts.

14. Develops and/or participates in activities that promote and advance community health.

15. Develops strong supportive relationships with area nursing colleges (instructors and students).

16. Assumes responsibility for duties and projects that may be assigned by other executive team members.


•Graduate of an accredited RN Program.
•Bachelors Degree in Nursing.
•Director, Behavioral Health requires Masters Degree in Nursing or academic plan to complete within one year.
•Behavioral Health Certification .

•Current licensure to practice in the state of Texas (or eligibility) as a Registered Nurse.
•Individual is responsible to maintain a current nursing license.
•BLS certification.

•Three years progressive management/nursing leadership experience.
•Recent hospital experience.
•Director experience

Additional Skills Necessary:
•Excellent interpersonal skills.
•Demonstrated effective problem-solving and organizational skills.
•Maturity, poise, and professionalism necessary to represent nursing and GSH.
•Results-oriented focus.
•Role model for change.
•Good computer skills/knowledge for operations analysis to include: word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, flow-charting, timecards, productivity modeling.
•Good budgetary skills including development, analysis, and resolution of variances.
•Highly effective verbal, written, and listening skills.
•Personal values and ethics consistent with the CHI/Organizational Mission.
•Strong belief in service excellence and patient-centered care.
•Program development and project management preferred.
•Prior experience with a professional practice model (i.e., shared governance) and philosophy preferred.
•Strong financial, analytical, and budgetary skills preferred

To apply or for further information please send your resume. (Word format is preferred)