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Director of Nursing (SPSA 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 CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov 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:  Nov 20, 2021

Chester, IL, US, 62233-2542

Job Requisition ID:  8519

Agency:  Department of Human Services 

Posting ID: 10-78-8519-29328

Opening Date: 11/09/21
Closing Date/Time:  12/09/2021 
Salary:  Anticipated Salary: $6,454 - $11,454 per month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Randolph 
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 Chester Mental Health Center in Chester Illinois. At Chester Mental Health Center, we treat individuals with dignity and compassion. Our mission is to assist patients to achieve their full recovery potential.

Job Responsibilities

1.  Serves as Director of Nursing for the Chester Mental Health Center.


2.  Serves as full-line supervisor.


3.  Manages and directs the health care services for the facility.


4.  Assist the Medical Director in the management of health-related services within the facility.


5.  Develops in-service education programs for professional and paraprofessional nursing staff.


6.  Develops budget and staffing plans for review by the Facility Director.


7.  Conducts personal inspections of the various offices and 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 patients.


10. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Illinois.
  2. Requires a master’s degree in nursing, health care administration or business administration.
  3. Requires prior experience equivalent to four (4) years of progressively responsible professional nursing experience in a public or business organization.

Preferred Qualifications (in priority order)

  1. Five (5) years of professional experience working in a psychiatric hospital.
  2. Three (3) years of professional supervisory 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. Three (3) years of professional experience working with current diagnostic and treatment modalities for psychiatric patients.
  8. Three (3) years of professional experience communicating with internal and external stakeholders in oral and written form relative to the care and treatment of patients.

Conditions of Employment

1. Ability to serve on-call on a rotating basis, after hours, weekends and holidays.

2. Requires the ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance.

Work Hours:  Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 4:00pm 
Work Location: 1315 Lehmen Dr Chester, IL 62233-2542 

Division of Mental Health

Chester Mental Health Center
Agency Contact:  Sarah.Raftis@illinois.gov 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Health Services; Social Services 


About the Agency

IDHS serves families in need all 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.