Director Of Nursing 2


Recruitment #220909-2759MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is recruiting for a full-time Director of Nursing 2, based out of the Central Office located in Hartford, CT. This position oversees and directs all health and clinical services for the department and is a critical member of the commissioner's leadership team. Functions include:
  • Clinical direction of the agency's nursing, health and clinical directions, serving as the primary clinical liaison to the Department of Public Health (DPH).
  • Clinical oversight of the agency's medication administration program.
  • Approval of Healthcare Coordination applicants.
  • Clinical review and sign off of do-not-resuscitate order (DNRs).
  • Sign off on mortality review cases.
  • Other related duties.
This full-time, 40 hour per week position works a Monday through Friday schedule. Although first shift hours are assigned, candidate must be flexible to meet the needs of the agency. We offer competitive benefits including health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. Paid time off is also offered, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals.

Why our state
We are passionate about helping advance Connecticut into the future. Every single day is an opportunity to positively impact the lives of Connecticut citizens. Our employees:
  • Serve the public through meaningful work
  • Seek limitless opportunities to grow
  • Enjoy a work/life balance
  • Are interested in diversity and fresh perspectives
There are so many things to love about living, working, and playing in our state including these Key Facts and Figures:

  • #4 in the U.S. for employees with advanced degrees
  • #7 in private R&D investments
  • #3 in the country for quality of K-12 education
  • #5 for quality of life in the U.S.
  • 2,000 miles of hiking/bike paths
  • 618 miles of scenic coastline
  • 21 world-class art museums
  • Five Tony-Award winning regional theatres, and more!
Do you have administrative or supervisory nursing experience in a health care organization? Are you able to deal calmly and effectively with high-stress situations?
Apply Today!

Selection Plan

  • Must have a valid drivers license.
  • Will be required to travel.
  • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.
If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Jennifer Borenski, EEO Specialist 2 at (860) 418-6143 or

To Apply:
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules

Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
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  • If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Elizabeth Weston at and reference the recruitment number.
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, the Department of Administrative Services is unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
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In the Departments of Children and Families, Correction, Developmental Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Veterans Affairs, this class is accountable for directing nursing services by ensuring that nursing professional practices comply with appropriate standards of delivery for evidence-based patient-centered care, within an assigned region, a large hospital division, a medium-sized hospital or for statewide services.


  • Provides oversight and direction of all DDS health and clinical services, including facilitation of various statewide meetings and boards.
  • Serves as commissioner’s designee on statewide and interagency committees.
  • Supports the DDS incident command structure as appropriate.
  • Participates in agency critical incident management.
  • Participates in development and implementation of the medication administration program.
  • Conducts DNR reviews.
  • Assesses healthcare coordination nurse provider applications.
  • Serves as primary advisor on health and clinical issues to DDS leadership.
  • Partners with institutions of higher education to facilitate nursing, dental, and allied health clinical internships with appropriate healthcare professionals.
  • Collaborates with hospitals and schools of medicine to educate and expose physicians and practitioners to the unique healthcare needs of persons with intellectual disability.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • More information can be found here


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


Three (3) years of experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity in a health care organization/facility or hospital nursing. 

Note:  For State employees, this is interpreted at or above the level of a Supervising Nurse.


  • Experience with community standards of nursing practice.
  • Experience with underserved populations, specifically persons with intellectual disability.
  • Experience with medication administration and nursing delegation to non-licensed employees.
  • Experience or coursework in current developments in the field of nursing.
  • Experience with the development of policy and procedures relevant to health and nursing standards of care.
  • Experience with healthcare disparities and ability to proactively facilitate equitable healthcare for vulnerable populations.
  • Experience in the mortality review process and analysis including facilitating change in nursing practice when indicated.
  • Experience working collaboratively with state agencies, private providers and stakeholders.
  • Experience creating content and delivering training to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite applications.


  1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.
  2. Incumbents in this class serving in the capacity of the Nurse Executive are required to possess a master's degree in nursing, public health administration, health care administration, hospital administration or a related field.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  4. 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.