Director Of Nursing 2


Recruitment #230109-2759MP-001


Are you ready to take the next step in your Nursing career, while continuing to make a difference in the lives of others? If so, then the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center is looking for you to be a part of their team.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) seeks a qualified individual for a Director of Nursing 2.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work/life balance!
The Schedule:
  • Full-Time
  • 40 hours per week
  • 1st Shift: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • On-call coverage as needed. 
  • Albert J. Solnit Children's Center - North and South Campus.
The Albert J. Solnit Children's Center – South Campus serves as a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, providing treatment to adolescent females between the ages of 13 and 17 with complex psychiatric needs.  It is located on a 67-acre campus at 915 River Road, Middletown, CT 06457.

The Albert J. Solnit Children's Center – North Campus serves as a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, providing treatment to adolescent males between the ages of 13 and 17 with complex psychiatric needs.  It is located at 36 Gardner Street, East Windsor, CT 06088.  

The Albert J. Solnit Children's Center provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents with severe mental illness and related behavior and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting. The Solnit Center facilities support our dedication to helping youth improve their individual and social competencies.

Discover the opportunity to: 
  • Engage in a rewarding career; 
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success;
  • Make a difference in the public sector, and 
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.  
About the State of Connecticut: 
Living in Connecticut allows you to live with mountains, forests, ocean fronts, rivers, and a wonderful green countryside right at your doorstep. The state has charm, elegance, and a high standard of living. Our school systems offer an outstanding education, and our communities are among the safest in the country. Connecticut experiences all four seasons and gives you the option to choose living in sophisticated country-life or living in the center of a lively city. 

We encourage you to come see all that Connecticut has to offer by joining the DCF team!

Selection Plan

Application Process:

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 

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

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified.

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

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

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

Selection Process:

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Contact Information:

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. 

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Christopher Lavallee at



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.


  • Directs staff and operations of the nursing department;
  • Coordinates, plans and manages nursing activities including making staff assignments;
  • Formulates program goals and objectives;
  • Develops or assists in development of related policy incorporating current nursing research and professionally recognized standards;
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
  • Evaluates staff;
  • Prepares or assists in preparation of the nursing budget;
  • Maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of department who might impact on program activities;
  • Develops or assists in development and implementation of plans for nursing care;
  • Participates in recruitment and retention programs;
  • Makes rounds to determine quality of nursing care;
  • Participates in Quality Assurance Programs;
  • Assures optimal quality of provided care in a safe environment;
  • Develops and/or implements effective ongoing programs to measure, assess and improve quality of nursing care, treatment and services delivered to patients;
  • Develops productive work teams; protects human and civil rights of patients and/or clients and staff;
  • Recommends disciplinary actions;
  • Collaborates with clinical instructors for educational programs;
  • Represents hospital and/or facility in meetings of professional and/or community organizations;
  • Compiles data and prepares periodic reports;
  • Responsible for coordinating and providing twenty-four hour nursing coverage for facility or assigned units(s);
  • Intervenes in crisis situations and investigates all unusual incidents;
  • Leads and participates in meetings; 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;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Directs staff and operations of nursing services within an assigned region spanning multiple correctional facilities;
  • Ensures coordination and provision of comprehensive nursing services delivered 24-hours a day, 7 days a week;
  • Directs development or assists with development of nursing policies, procedures and protocols;
  • Assists in evaluating nursing staff and recommends corrective action; protects human and civil rights of patients and staff;
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of the nursing budget and makes decisions or recommends a course of action with regard to management of the nursing budget;
  • Directs or assists with development and implementation of nursing services staffing plan policies;
  • Provides supervision to nurse supervisors regarding nursing standards, procedures, protocols and policies;
  • Ensures nursing practices comply with appropriate professional standards;
  • Develops and monitors nursing performance expectations;
  • Develops, administers and maintains nursing programs that deliver, monitor, evaluate and improve quality and appropriateness of all nursing care;
  • Ensures facilities implemented an effective system that certifies competence to perform nursing duties, including performance of physical assessments and outpatient urgent and emergency protocols;
  • Ensures continuous quality improvements and sustainable constitutional levels of nursing care;
  • Ensures nursing services well-functioning and timely delivery of patient care available to all patients in accordance with appropriate standards of nursing care;
  • Identifies and implements solution for operational and organizational issues pertaining to nursing;
  • Assesses professional nurse training and orientation needs and participates in development of orientation and education programs to promote staff development;
  • Performs competency assessments;
  • Mentors and coaches nursing personnel throughout region;
  • Directs and oversees health care accreditation and/or re-accreditation process;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Performs related duties as required. 


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


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

NOTE: For state employees, this experience is interpreted at the level of a Supervising Nurse.


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


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.