Director of Nursing

$166,958 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • ACT, Australia
  • 23 Nov, 2021
Full time Executive and Management Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Full-time Permanent

Closes: 06 December 2021

Classification: Registered Nurse Level 5.5
Salary: $166,958 plus superannuation
Position No: 11362 - 01YZG
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 22 November 2021
Contact Officer: Rhonda Maher on or 0466 770236

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together

Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community

Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind

The Division of Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Services (RACS) is seeking an accomplished senior nurse leader with an aptitude for people leadership, impeccable interpersonal skills, and demonstrated successful outcome-driven performance and organisational achievement.

Under current Public Health Emergency Directions all Canberra Health Services staff are required to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by 29 October and be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021.

In order to be eligible for employment with Canberra Health Services you will be required to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 by way of a Vaccination Certificate or provision of an authorised exemption, for consideration. Please ensure you include this information with your application documentation.


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person-centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:

Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Services (RACS) is a vibrant and diverse Division within Canberra Health Services providing multidisciplinary rehab, aged and community-based care across a range of settings. This includes Canberra Hospital, University of Canberra Hospital (UCH: specialist rehabilitation facility on the grounds of the University of Canberra), Community Health Centres and Village Creek Centre in Kambah.

The RACS Director of Nursing is supported by three Assistant Directors of Nursing (UCH, Geriatrics, Community Nursing). Although the DON’s office is located at UCH, the role also covers services at Canberra Hospital and across the Community. The Director of Nursing role is pivotal in building relationships within and across teams to achieve high standards of care and deliver against CHS’s key indicators.


CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

  • Innovative, adaptable and flexible with strong organisational skills and high degree of drive for change and provide responsive services to meet clients’ needs
  • A strong focus on person centred care and a commitment to quality outcomes
  • Excellent communication skills

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Relevant registration or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a minimum of five years’ experience working professionally in a senior management / operational role is preferred.
  • Post graduate qualifications in health management and/or Post graduate qualifications in Nursing are highly desirable.
  • The successful applicant will need to be available for occasional weekend and after-hours work.
  • Have an understanding of how the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role in alignment to the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening & vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.

Job Closing Date

06 Dec, 2021