Nursing Executive

County of Santa Clara
$259,123 - $332,509 Per year CA 2325 Enborg Ln, San Jose, CA 95128, United States Apply before 5/24/2024 11:59


Custody Health: The County of Santa Clara’s Custody Health Services Department (CHS) provides a comprehensive and integrated system of medical, psychiatric and substance abuse care to inmates/patients in the County of Santa Clara Jail system.  CHS is a department within the County’s extended health care system. The Nursing Executive position provides strategic direction, executive level leadership, and general management for all nursing and other designated patient care functions and services within the Custody Health Services Department.  The role assumes 24/7 responsibility and has accountability to ensure high quality, safe and appropriate nursing care, competency of clinical staff, and appropriate resource management related to patient care.  This executive leader position reports directly to the Director of Custody Health  and indirectly to the Chief Nursing Executive for the County of Santa Clara Health System to ensure standardization of nursing practice and scope.   The Nursing Executive works collaboratively and in partnership with other CHS leaders including the executive medical director and administrative director. 

Under general direction, manages and directs nursing and/or administrative functions, activities, services, and staff for Santa Clara Valley Healthcare (SCVH). This position is responsible for the standards of care, practice, and quality governing nursing practice. This position has the authority for recruitment, retention, education, and oversight of the practice of nursing in the healthcare setting throughout all assigned clinical practice areas.

Filing Period and Application Procedure
This recruitment is continuous until filled; the first initial review is Friday, May 24, 2024.  Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The recruitment may be extended or closed as early as 10 days after issue date.  Candidates should be aware that this recruitment can close at any time once a strong pool of candidates is established.

To be considered for this position, please submit:
 Résumé and Cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate including specific examples from your experience (maximum of 3 pages);
Thorough referencing, background investigation and license/certification verification will be conducted once mutual interest has been established. 

Following the final filing date, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in the employment standards. The most competitive candidates will be invited to continue in the process.  Please contact Quynh Truong, if you have any questions regarding this recruitment.

For additional information on the County of Santa Clara, please visit 
 Subscribe to our Executive Leadership Careers Newsletter! 


Or follow us on:

Typical Tasks

Typical Management Responsibilities

  • Responsible for overseeing the overall nursing operations for multiple services lines, departments, or a hospital.
  • Directs the daily operations of nursing services to ensure safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient centered care that is well-integrated with clinical disciplines;
  • Plans, organizes, directs, manages, and evaluates services, short- and long-term goals, objectives, policies, procedures, activities, programs, staff, and functions of assigned responsibilities; 
  • Develops, implements, evaluates, and monitors services and programs to ensure quality, patient and staff safety, infection prevention, and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and accreditation standards within assigned areas of responsibility; 
  • Designs, recommends, and initiates efficient, cost-effective approaches and programs to ensure that quality, timely, and appropriate services are provided; 
  • Provides administrative direction and serves as a liaison with medical staff and ancillary service areas; 
  • Plans, coordinates, and monitors personnel, services and supplies, and fixed assets-capital improvements purchasing and budgeting; 
  • Identifies continuing education needs of staff and ensures the development of education programs for staff and patients; 
  • Provides leadership to ensure appropriate planning, budgeting, and financial management for nursing operations; 
  • Collaborates and coordinates with the leadership team to assist in strategic planning and operational management; 
  • Serves as a clinical resource and serves as a representative on committees; 
  • Participates in the utilization of research design and facilitates the development of research protocols; 
  • Assumes 24 hour-day and 7 day-week responsibility for areas of oversight; 
  • May assume Disaster Service Worker duties, as assigned;
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned. 

Employment Standards

Employment Standards:
Considerable training, education and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the above tasks and the possession of the following knowledge and abilities.

Training and Experience Note: The required knowledge and abilities would typically be acquired through education and experience equivalent to a master's degree in nursing administration, public or business administration, healthcare administration or a closely related field, possession of a California Registered Nurse License, and a minimum of five (5) years of clinical nursing experience in a large health and hospital system, including two (2) years of experience in an administrative/supervisory role.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of organization, administration, program development, financial planning, and budgeting;
  • Principles and practices of personnel management, including human resources, performance evaluation, training, and labor relations; 
  • Principles of healthcare and hospital system organization and administration; 
  • Regulations and laws common to the operation of hospitals and healthcare organizations in California and accreditation program requirements;
  • Current trends regarding budget, financial and administrative systems, and methods for assessing and resolving operational system issues; 
  • Current standards and trends related to healthcare and nursing services, as well as systems for safe, efficient, and quality care. 

Ability to:
  • Effectively plan, organize, manage, staff, and direct the nursing activities of a large health and hospital system;
  • Direct, prioritize, and manage comprehensive projects, and implement and monitor large systems and change processes; 
  • Identify problems and formulate constructive policies, procedures, and solutions to resolve issues;
  • Learn and apply relevant policies, regulations, and administrative procedures;
  • Work effectively with diverse client and community populations in planning and overseeing services and operations;
  • Keep informed of current healthcare and administrative trends; 
  • Work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary management team in a large healthcare system;
  • May serve as designee in the absence of the Chief Nursing Officer; 
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; 
  • Interface with the public and elected officials.