Unit Director

Recruitment #062220-MDDZ71-350600

Summary Statement

The incumbent in this position manages and supports the Assistant Hospital Director operations. The incumbent supervises and manages areas to ensure compliance and accreditation in the support of the Hospital. The incumbent in this position also supports and provides direction to the Assistant Hospital Director in a variety of functions.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Provides direction, coordination and motivation to treatment teams to ensure a continuum of quality/individualized patient oriented activities.  Provides direction to direct care and clerical staff in maintaining client records in compliance with accreditation/certification standards and hospital policy.
  • Manages staffing for all unit employees to ensure proper coverage of a 24 hour, seven day week operation and staff adherence to treatment standards.  Identifies staff training needs and communicates them to the department heads and the training coordinator.
  • Coordinates with maintenance supervisor the custodial upkeep and cleanliness of the treatment unit.
  • Coordinates with support services the level of dietary, laundry, housekeeping and pharmaceutical supplies to ensure effective and efficient operations of the unit; Monitors same to ensure that the unit can function effectively and efficiently.
  • Manages the transfer of patients to and from the unit to insure continuity of treatment and appropriate flow of patient information.
  • Ensures unit operating expenses are in conformance with the hospital budget.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records of unit activities.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Unit Director
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Six months experience in health or human services program administration such as overseeing and directing the development, implementation and evaluation of health or human services programs and services; planning and establishing short and long range program goals and objectives; developing and implementing program policies and procedures and ensuring compliance. Providing advice to other agency organizational units through consultation.
  2. Three years experience in interpreting and ensuring compliance with regulatory standards for psychiatric inpatient or outpatient programs.
  3. Three years experience in providing psychiatric health care.
  4. Three years experience in interdisciplinary team approach to the delivery of mental health services.
  5. Six months experience in developing policies or procedures.
  6. Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others. 

Conditions of Hire

Pre-employment Drug Testing:  Upon a conditional offer, you must undergo pre-employment drug testing as part of the hiring process.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.


To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at statejobs.delaware.gov.


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