Director of Nursing

Director of Nursing

The Austen Riggs Center is currently seeking a Director of Patient Services.

The Austen Riggs Center is seeking an experienced nurse leader to direct a complex and relationship-based psychiatric nursing service. The Director of Nursing works collaboratively with other specially trained clinicians to provide the highest quality care for patients in a fully open and voluntary therapeutic milieu. Supervising a nursing staff of about thirty, the person in this pivotal role promotes the center’s core values of supporting patient authority, fostering relationships, and understanding oneself and others. This position requires psychiatric nursing leadership experience, outstanding clinical skills and an advanced degree in nursing (or in progress).

The Austen Riggs Center is internationally recognized for excellence in providing intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy in an open community. Located on a bucolic campus in the quintessential New England town of Stockbridge, MA, the Center provides a continuum of hospital, residential, and day treatment for people with a variety of complex psychiatric troubles, many of whom have not been able to succeed in other settings. Nursing staff members provide support and guidance as patients develop relationships, pursue treatment goals, and build on their strengths and areas of competence.  

Education and Licensure: Registered Nurse licensed (or eligible) in Massachusetts; Advanced degree in nursing (or in progress); At least 5 years of relevant experience. 

Compensation: The Austen Riggs Center offers a comprehensive and competitive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications. 

Position Summary: The Director of Nursing is a professional registered nurse who is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and evaluating psychiatric nursing care at the Center. The Director oversees nursing standards, staffing and fiscal operations, fosters collaborative relationships, and promotes a supportive professional environment for staff and patients.  

The Director of Nursing is responsible for the ongoing operation and management of nursing services, and, as part of the Center’s leadership team, participates in the development of the Center as a whole including its mission, strategic planning, resource allocation, and policy development.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and competencies:

  • Demonstrated excellence in psychiatric nursing, with a minimum of five years of progressive leadership experience.
  • Experience in strategic planning and development, supervising and budgeting, project management and program development.
  • Current understanding of mental illness, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis patients.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as a member of the senior leadership team while serving as an advocate for nursing.
  • Ability to collaborate with medical staff in areas of clinical care, education, and research.
  • Background in quality improvement activities.
  • Thorough knowledge of healthcare regulatory requirements.
  • Experience working within a psychodynamically oriented treatment setting in a leadership role.
  • Familiarity with relevant technology, including electronic health records.

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Serve as progressive and strong partner in conveying the Austen Riggs culture and community throughout the organization.
  • Foster the professional practice of nursing in the service of positive patient outcomes.
  • Assess, mentor, and motivate the nursing leadership in alignment with the Center’s strong clinical and educational focus.
  • Model and actively support a shared leadership approach with the medical staff and other senior leaders of the organization.
  • Maintain knowledge of psychiatric nursing in other settings throughout the country and be aware of necessary or desirable practice changes. 
  • Foster opportunities for interdisciplinary clinical and research work.
  • In partnership with human resources, recruit and retain talented individuals for positions of nursing leadership and enhance leadership development for both internal staff and new recruits.
  • Create a continuous learning environment and support professional development.

                                                                Apply now for Austen Riggs Center employment opportunities.