Under the administrative supervision of the Executive Director – Southborough and the clinical supervision of the school’s primary care physician, The Director of Health Services is accountable for managing The New England Center for Children’s Health Services program. This includes planning and administering a wide range of health care services. The Director of Health Services performs standard practitioner duties by independently diagnosing and treating a full range of acute illnesses, injuries, and stable long term conditions, including ordering prescriptive medications. This position supervises nurse practitioners and nurses as well as department administrative positions.
· Provide leadership on major health issues. Coordinate department needs within the school structure. Serve as liaison and contact person with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and other appropriate agencies, as well as with students and families.
· Plan, coordinate, and direct the activities of Health Services, ensuring that the program is in compliance with the MA state school health guidelines and federal regulations.
· Maintain open channels of communication among nurses and nurse practitioners in order to enhance operational methods and provide optimal patient care within NECC.
· Implement and participate in establishing department goals and objectives on an annual basis. Update standards and guidelines as necessary.
· Develop policies and procedures related to the potential health issues in the school, collaborating with other departments as needed.
· Participate in NECC Directors’ meetings and planning committees.
· Provide primary care to students as coverage for the Primary Care NP.
· Recruit and coordinate with physician providers.
· Recruit and supervise nurses, nurse practitioners, and other health care and support staff.
· Monitor job performance of nurses in order to regularly evaluate each nurse.
· Implement disciplinary procedures when necessary.
· Coordinate community-based specialty medical services. Provide the health care providers with education and support to enable them to provide health care for the students and ensure continuity of care
· Provide professional development for nurses, directly and/or indirectly etc.
· Inform all nurses of any new procedure or policy implementations introduced by the healthcare facility’s administration.
· Participate in the planning and implementation of health and safety strategies and programs for students and staff. Develop, assess and implement Health and Safety curriculum for staff.
· Maintain effective infection control procedural protocol.
· Demonstrates ability to deal effectively with a range of individuals/groups within and outside of the school as both a health care provider and administrator essential.
· Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of health care standards.
Bachelor’s degree in nursing required
Master’s degree in Nursing (Pediatric, Family, Nursing Administration) or related field such as public and school healthcare administration or business preferred.
About The New England Center for Children
The New England Center for Children is a leading autism center and research institute committed to our mission: To transform the lives of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology. We help children with autism acquire the skills they need to maximize their independence. The organization provides a comprehensive structure to help children with autism at every stage: home-based, day, and residential programs, partner classrooms in public school systems, consulting services, ACE ®ABA software, and ongoing research on educational best practices.