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Assistant Director of Nursing

Company: Fair Haven Community Health Care
Location: New Haven
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FHCHC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

For nearly 50 years, we have been a health care leader in our community focused on providing excellent, affordable primary care to all patients, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Fair Haven is proud to have a diverse and motivated team of professionals who are constantly seeking ways to enhance and improve the health and well-being of all patients.

It's an exciting time for FHCHC. We are growing and looking for great talent to join us! If you are a passionate, caring professional interested in improving the health of our community, we'd like to know more about you.

Fair Haven Community Health Care

FHCHC is a forward-thinking, dynamic, and exciting community health center that provides care for multiple generations at nearly 80,000 office visits in 14 locations. Overseen by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are patients themselves, we are proud to offer a wide range of primary and specialty care services, as well as evidence-based patient programs to educate patients in healthy lifestyle choices. As we grow and are able to bring high-quality health care to more areas that need access, we continue to put our patients first in everything we do. The mission of FHCHC is "To improve the health and social well-being of the communities we serve through equitable, high quality, patient-centered care that is culturally responsive."

This is a unique and exciting opportunity as FHCHC is about to double its current pediatric patients by virtue of a novel collaboration with its local academic health center. We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality medical and dental care, regardless of ability to pay.

Job purpose

The Assistant Director of Nursing assists the Director of Nursing in planning, organizing, developing, and directing the day-to-day functions of the clinical support department in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and policies that govern FHCHC.

Duties And Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Nursing, the Assistant Director of Nursing helps to manage all the services provided by the nursing personnel of the Center and supports the overall mission of the nursing department. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Oversees and directs the process for Nursing Department Recruitment (recruitment, selection, hiring, onboarding, and orientation).
  • Assist the DON in determining appropriate staffing levels across all FHCHC sites.
  • Maintains nursing staffing levels per the Department of Nursing Staffing Plan. Revises and keeps Nursing Department Position Control current.
  • Coordinates the recruitment process for staff-level positions (Nursing/Medical Assistants).
  • In collaboration with the Nurse Manager, oversees the orientation and onboarding process of nursing staff.
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with Nursing School Affiliations.
  • Reviews and evaluates the performance of nursing staff performs on the spot coaching and guidance for Nurse Managers and staff.
  • Working in collaboration with HR, coaches, and supports the Nurse Manager with staff counseling and disciplinary process.
  • Acts as a resource to Nurse Managers in managing daily and ongoing clinical scheduling activities.
  • Organizes and facilitates regular meetings of the nursing department; maintains and distributes meeting minutes and follows up on issues in a timely fashion.
  • Oversees ongoing training and staff development for Nursing Department, including annual competency program, standards development, and performance improvement activities.
  • Keeps abreast of current Nursing Research and implements best practices within the department.
  • Works collaboratively within the FHCHC management group, representing the Nursing Department's interest and promoting patient-centered care.
  • Ensures nursing department is compliant with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Seeks out learning and continuing education opportunities to enhance professional growth.
  • Maintains community-level relationships, representing FHCHC in community activities as required.


    BSN required; MSN or related field preferred; three to five years of ambulatory care experience, preferably in a federally qualified health center setting, is required. Prior nurse manager experience and leadership skills including the ability to motivate & supervise is a must.

    The selected candidate will have excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Current experience with an electronic medical record (EPIC is highly desirable). Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, PPT, Excel, Word).

    Spanish speaking strongly preferred.

    OSHA Status:

    Category II-Increased Risk Position

    Potential exposure to hazardous waste and bloodborne pathogens, clinical setting.

    Physical requirements:

    Physical Demands: Requires walking, bending, sitting, standing, writing, reading, telephone use, data input into a computer, pulling medical records,

    Mental Demands: Ability to cope with continuously changing priorities under potentially stressful conditions

    Manual Dexterity Required: Ability to use a keyboard, telephone.

    American with Disabilities Requirements:

    External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job specific functions (listed within each job-specific responsibility) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis.

    Fair Haven Community Health Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FHCHC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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