Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Chief Nursing Officer

Chief Nurse Executive

Recruitment #211230-2753MP-001


OUR MISSION: 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. 

Are you dedicated and committed to improving the lives of others?  Do you want to make an impact while participating in a dynamic health care environment in the public sector? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our leadership team committed to the goal of making a difference in individuals with mental health and/or addiction challenges.  

POSITION DETAILS: The DMHAS, Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), seeks a qualified individual for the position of Chief Nursing Officer (Chief Nurse Executive) within CVH Administration.  This position is located in Page Hall at 351 Silver Street, Middletown, CT. It is full-time, forty hours per week, with a work schedule of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., may be required to cover other shifts as needed.  The position number is 126312. 

WHO WE ARE: 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. 

As the Chief Nursing Officer, you will be responsible for: 

  • Managing standards of practice and care for nursing throughout the entire hospital; 
  • Overseeing the hospital administration goals and objectives to staff; 
  • Ensuring quality services and safety within the hospital environment and transitions to the community for individuals who receive our services; 
  • Overseeing the treatment program to ensure clients derive a benefit from their time at CVH; and 
  • Implementing psychosocial rehabilitation programming and social skills training hospital-wide. 
We continue to provide services to a diverse patient population in a number of specialized treatment programs, where an individual’s potential for growth and change is our priority.  We hope you take this opportunity to join our team and make an impact by serving your state!

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU - Competitive Benefits

  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Comprehensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Retirement healthcare offerings; 
  • Paid time off including vacation, sick and personal leave accruals as well as 12 paid holidays per calendar year; 
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; and 
  • Outstanding work-life balance!  
Interested in knowing more about a leadership role in nursing, check out the video below!      

Selection Plan

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. 

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

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

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

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. 

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. 

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. 

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. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Doreen Clemson at Doreen.Clemson@ct.govor (860) 785-9855.  


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; and
  • Perform related duties as required.    
 Additional information 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 possess the following: 

  • Experience as a 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.