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Title:  Director of Nursing Services

Application Deadline Date:  06/05/2022
Req ID:  31686
Department:  Vermont Veterans' Home

Bennington, VT, US

Position Type:  Exempt
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  Salary based on experience and qualifications


The Director of Nursing Services (DNS) is responsible for the day to day planning, administrative, and supervisory work involving the management of all aspects of  gerontological nursing care services for the residents at the Vermont Veterans’ Home (VVH), including the supervision of training programs for nursing care personnel.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Reporting to the facility’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or designee and the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the overall execution and coordination of the Home’s nursing services.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of nursing care outcomes.
  • Providing oversight to all staff who provide care at the Home.
  • Establishing policies and procedures governing the conduct of nursing staff and ensuring nursing staff are held accountable for the care they provide.
  • Ensuring that policies and procedures are approved by the CEO and BOT related to nursing care services provided at the Home. 
  • Follow the State’s Collective Bargaining Agreement when implementing discipline.


The Nursing Services Director will actively participate in the Home’s Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) process, which requires attendance at QAPI meetings. The Director is responsible for reporting on the department's QAPI projects and regular participation in Performance Improvement Projects and VVH's Risk Meetings and Wound Rounds.


Additionally, the incumbent is responsible for oversight of VVH's care planning and interdisciplinary progress from admission through discharge, which includes evaluating care needs of current and prospective residents to ensure the facility can meet their individual needs. The Director will develop and implement an organized system of care which includes coordinating with various departments in the facility, and ensuring that nursing practices comply with State, Federal, and Veterans' Administration regulatory and legislative requirements.


The Director will hold regular staff meetings across all levels of the nursing department. It is vital that the incumbent is able to promote, establish, and maintain positive relationships with residents, families, staff, community, and other professionals. The incumbent is also responsible for developing and monitoring the nursing department's budget to include, but not limited to: hours of care per resident per day, staffing, supplies, and technological resources.


This is a full-time exempt position eligible for benefits.

Who May Apply

This position, Nursing Services Director (#31686), is open to all State employees and external applicants. 
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Melissa Jackson at
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.
Any person who has had a charge of abuse, neglect or exploitation substantiated against him or her OR who has been convicted of an offense for actions related to bodily injury, theft or misuse of funds or property is not eligible under the Vermont Veterans’ Home licensing requirements. Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position, including Vermont and national criminal record checks, adult and child abuse registry checks, the Office of Inspector General exclusion database, and motor vehicle driving record checks where applicable.
Pursuant to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule regarding COVID-19 Vaccination, the Vermont Veteran’s Home (VVH) is requiring all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination. Those with a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief preventing vaccination can request an exemption without fear of retaliation or impact on job candidacy. Such exemption must be approved by the State of Vermont prior to an effective start date with VVH. If you wish to request exemption, please indicate this at the time of your interview and the necessary paperwork will be provided to you.

Environmental Factors

Duties primarily performed in a clinical setting. Work may require travel off-site. Exposure to communicable diseases, blood borne pathogens, potentially physically and verbally violent patient population and other stressful situations may occur. May be required to work evenings, nights, weekends and extended shifts as the need arises.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) AND possession of licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Vermont or eligible to practice in the state of Vermont via a multi-state license AND at least five (5) years of experience in long-term care as a Director of Nursing, Charge Nurse, or Nursing Supervisor.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in nursing
Geriatric focus preferred
Veteran or experience with Veterans

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status.  The State’s employment decisions are merit-based.  Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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