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Director of Nursing (SPSA Opt 8N)

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties.  Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at or call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

Sponsorship for Employment

The State of Illinois does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent employment with the State of Illinois, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Disclosure of Salary Information

In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  Jun 22, 2022

Alton, IL, US, 62002-5012

Job Requisition ID:  14212

Agency:  Department of Human Services 

Posting ID: 10-77-14212

Opening Date: 04/26/2022
Closing Date/Time:  07/07/2022 
Salary:  Anticipated Salary: $9,334 - $10,417 per month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Madison 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Term Appointment Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 000 



Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. Please note that the Department of Human Services must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended.  You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document in lieu of a Resume or CV.

Position Overview

The Division of Mental Health is seeking to hire a licensed Registered Nurse to serve as the Director of Nursing and to oversee and supervise professional and paraprofessional nursing staff in the care and treatment of psychiatric patients at the Alton Mental Health Center located in Alton, Illinois. The Alton Mental Health Center strives to provide equitable access to social/human services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as Director of Nursing for the Alton Mental Health Center.
  2. Serves as full-line supervisor.
  3. Manages and directs the health care services for the facility.
  4. Develops and establishes the goals and objectives of nursing care and clinical support services.
  5. Develops in service education programs for professional and paraprofessional nursing staff.
  6. Develops budget and staffing plans for review by the Hospital Administrator.
  7. Conducts personal inspections of the various offices and forensic and civil living units.
  8. Conducts staff meetings with both subordinate managers and other subordinate staff to discuss new policies and procedures.
  9. Provides active nursing care to forensic and civil patients.
  10. Secures work site for patient safety.
  11. Performs other duties are required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Illinois.
  2. Master’s degree in nursing or a health care related field with a minimum of four (4) years nursing leadership experience.


Bachelor’s degree in nursing or a health care related field with a minimum of six (6) years nursing leadership experience.


Associate’s degree in nursing or a health care related field with a minimum of ten (10) years nursing leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications (in priority order)

    1. Five (5) years of professional experience working in a psychiatric hospital.
    2. Three (3) years of professional experience assigning work, providing guidance to subordinates, recommending counseling and/or discipline following collective bargaining agreements, training staff, approving time off.
    3. Two (2) years of professional experience recommending and implementing nursing policies and procedures relative to the latest trends and nursing standards.
    4. Three (3) years of professional experience recommending and preparing nursing treatment plans for patients.
    5. Three (3) years of professional experience providing training to paraprofessional and professional nursing staff.
    6. Three (3) years of professional experience performing quality assurance assessments on nursing services and treatments provided to patients.
    7. Proficiency in the use of office equipment including personal computers and basic computer skills.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires ability to pass the IDHS background check.
  2. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law.
  3. Requires the ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance.
  4. Requires the ability to serve on-call on a rotating basis, after hours, weekends and holidays.
  5. Requires the ability to maintain current certification of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate.

Work Hours:  Mon - Fri, 8:00AM - 4:30PM 
Work Location: 4500 College Ave Alton, IL 62002-5012 

Division of Nursing

Alton Mental Health Center

Nursing Services – Forensic Building
Agency Contact: 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Health Services; Social Services 


About the Agency:

The Illinois Department of Human Services serves families in need across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.