Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Chief Nursing Officer

Chief Nurse Executive

Recruitment #211118-2753MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

The Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) boasts a rich history first opening its doors over 150 years ago in 1868. As the State’s public hospital, we provide treatment of mental illness and currently comprise of 18 inpatient units over two campuses (Middletown and Hartford). In our operational framework, recovery is defined as a process of restoring or developing a positive and meaningful sense of identity apart from one’s condition and then rebuilding one’s life in the fullest sense. Recovery is an individualized patient-centered approach. Achieving and maintaining an optimal state of health and wellness is integrated in our recovery approach. Individuals acquire and practice life skills that will assist them in their recovery process.

Are you passionate about caring for our most vulnerable population? If so, we invite you to learn more about an exciting opportunity within our Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH). We have one current full-time job opportunity for a Chief Nurse Executive (PCN: 126312) position within CVH Administration. The schedule is 40 hours weekly, 1st shift, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., may be required to cover other shifts as needed. We are conveniently located at 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT.

In this role you will:
  • Manage standards of practice and care for nursing throughout the entire hospital;
  • Oversee the hospital administrations goals and objectives to staff;
  • Ensure quality services and safety within the hospital environment and transitions to the community for individuals who receive our services;
  • Oversee the treatment program to ensure clients derive a benefit from their time at CVH; and
  • Implement psychosocial rehabilitation programming and social skills training hospital-wide.
We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, as well as, paid time off! We offer outstanding work/life balance and limitless opportunity!

Selection Plan

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however applications to this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in this job class.

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.

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This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications - as listed on the job opening - will be considered for this role, as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application.

Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

Effective October 1, 2021 and in order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

Should you have questions regarding this recruitment please contact Andrew Pebley at or (860) 785-6185.


In the Department of Correction, Health Services, and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Connecticut Valley Hospital, this class is accountable for directing all nursing services by ensuring that nursing professional practices comply with appropriate standards of delivery for evidence-based patient-centered care.


  • Promotes the mission, vision, and values of the organization; 
  • Directs, administers and organizes the Nursing/Patient Care Services in order to provide the level of care required by current psychiatric, medical, and nursing standards; 
  • Develops or assists in the development of related policy incorporating current nursing research and professionally recognized standards; 
  • Develops or assists in development and implementation of plans for nursing care; 
  • Interprets and administers laws, regulations and standards pertinent to nursing practice; 
  • Plans and coordinates with the Chief Fiscal Officer (or fiscal designee), utilizing the respective Nursing Leadership members for planning the budgeting requirements for personnel, supplies, and equipment; 
  • Responsible for cost controls to insure maximum effectiveness of funds expended from the approved departmental budgets; 
  • Plans and recommends to Administration new facilities or equipment, or modification thereto, needed to provide patient care; 
  • Supports and develops Nursing/Patient Care Services in the coordination of the employee selection process, work assignments, performance evaluations including recommending disciplinary action, and staff development for these services; 
  • Recommends, supports, and participates in education services, programs of education, and training, including orientation of new employees; 
  • Encourages and facilitates the professional advancement of employees by coordinating and affording opportunities for further education and/or experience; 
  • Participates in Quality Assurance programs; 
  • Maintains continuing quality assessment and improvement analysis and evaluation of patient care delivery and communicates with Administration on the activities/issues of Nursing/Patient Care Services; 
  • Participates in policy decisions that affect Nursing/Patient Care Services in the hospital; 
  • Recommends the modification, addition, or deletion of personnel policies to ensure reasonable hours and acceptable working conditions to provide patient care coverage; 
  • Initiates and participates in problem-solving, policy-forming conferences for Nursing/Patient Care Services; 
  • Maintains close coordination with all department to insure continuity and collaboration of services; 
  • Protects human and civil rights of patients and/or clients and staff; 
  • Represents the hospital/facility in meetings of professional and/or community organizations; 
  • Interprets the goals of the Nursing/Patient Care Services areas to the community by maintaining harmonious and effective relationships with the education system, volunteer groups, agencies, and the community; 
  • Ensures that cordial relationships are maintained with patients, their families and friends, clergy, and other interested groups in the community; 
  • Responsible for coordinating twenty-four hour nursing coverage for facility or assigned unit(s);
  • May speak on behalf of nursing; 
  • May oversee other disciplines including but not limited to pharmacy, respiratory therapy or social work; 
  • May participate in strategic planning; 
  • May participate in research activities; 
  • May be a member of standing committees; 
  • Additional duties can be found here.


Considerable knowledge of nursing principles and practices in appropriate specialty; considerable knowledge of nursing administration; considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of current developments in field of nursing including current complexities of the healthcare industry; considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal regulations and accreditation guidelines; knowledge of behavioral health nursing; knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; knowledge of research procedures as applied to nursing; knowledge of trend variance analysis; knowledge of governmental accounting and budgeting; some knowledge of marketing; some knowledge of and ability to develop strategic plans; significant leadership skills and ability; considerable ability to problem solve; demonstrated ability to multi-task and coordinate a high level of activities under various conditions and constraints; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.


A master's degree in nursing, public health administration, health care administration, hospital administration or a related field and three (3) years of experience in a health care organization/facility or psychiatric hospital, working in a managerial or administrative capacity.

Note:  For State employees, this is interpreted at or above the level of Director of Nursing 1.


Our preferred candidate will:
  • Be an experience Nurse Leader;
  • Experience in a Behavioral Health Setting.


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.

2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.