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Job Description: Central Office Statewide Director of Nursing Services

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a four year college or three-year nursing diploma program accredited by the National League of Nursing, at minimum a diploma graduate to also have a bachelor of science degree, preferable in nursing.
  • A post graduate degree in nursing is preferred.
  • Possess a current, unencumbered License, as Registered Nurse in Tennessee.


  • Experience as a director of a nursing facility/organization and/or a community public health entity AND experience equivalent to seven years of increasing responsible professional nursing work, including one of the following: 
    • Experience equivalent to five years of medical surgical nursing, critical care, or emergency room nursing manager;
    • Experience equivalent to two years of community/public health nursing program manager, one of which may include working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
    • Experience equivalent to five years of nursing with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Experience in data collection, analysis and report writing.
  • Experience in computer software programs such as Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Experience in teaching health care students and practitioners is preferred.

The Director provides statewide advisory services and nursing consultation/direction for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) Licensed Development Facilities, Community Home Based Wavier Program, Mortality Systems and Specialty Nursing; e.g., infection control, behavior, etc. The Director directly supervises three Central Office field Mortality Nurses, one located in each of the three grand regions and reports to the Central Office Director of Health Services. An Assistant Director of Nursing Services currently is under development and would also report to the Director of Nursing Services. This position functions at the executive level and availability and accessibility after-hours and weekend call to support the Department designated needs is required.
The position requires the following knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Advanced knowledge of nursing Tennessee law and rules that govern nursing and how these are applicable in a given situation.
  • Knowledge of laws, government regulations, agency rules and the political process. The advanced level of knowledge must be incorporated into daily decisions to promote equal rights to staff and the persons served.
  • Advanced knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources, leadership techniques and coordination of human and other resources.


  • Advanced skills to identify problems, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement solutions.
  • Advanced skills to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weakness of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Advanced skills in bringing others together collaboratively to identify solutions or reconcile differences.


  • Advanced ability to identify when something is wrong or likely to go wrong both at the level of the individual person supported and the system.
  • Advanced ability to analyze and evaluate how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations and the environment will affect outcomes, as well as identifying measures or indicators of system performance/actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the Department.


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The State of TN is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s policy of nondiscrimination, the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities does not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in its policies, or in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, services or activities.  Candidates with disabilities who require special accommodations or alternate communication formats should contact the interviewing agency contact person listed below in advance of the interview so that reasonable accommodations can be made.  Candidates requiring T.D.D. access should contact the Tennessee Relay Center at 1-800-848-0299 to be relayed to the interviewing agency contact person.