Job Description

Job Title: Clinical Director (RN - Surgical Services)
Job ID: 668004
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight, Monday thru Friday
Shift: Day Job
Department: General Surgery
Location: 201 State St, Erie PA 16550


Are you an experienced Registered Nurse with a passion for surgical services? Are you a good communicator, team player, and patient advocate? Are you a highly efficient, self-driven leader who is ready for a new challenge? This could be your chance!

UPMC Hamot is actively seeking a full-time Clinical Director to support the perioperative service lines at our hospital's main campus in Erie, PA.

In this highly visible role, you will work closely with your direct reports - leaders over the Operating Rooms, Pre/Post Op care, and Central Sterile Processing - to enhance the experience of care for our patients. Drawing on your strong clinical knowledge of surgical services, you will plan, organize, and direct all aspects of patient care, operational processes, financial management and performance within these areas.

The position has oversight for the 18 Operating Rooms in the hospital’s main OR which provide services for multiple specialties, including general surgery, orthopedics, bariatrics, neurosurgery, kidney transplant (with future expansion in transplant programs anticipated), GI, and cardiothoracic. Our facility has a high volume and cutting-edge robotics program which features one of the nation’s top robotic’s surgeon.

Additionally, this role will lead the active women’s services surgical program which includes 5 ORs and recovery room in the attached women’s hospital. Surgeries include C-Sections, breast, obstetrical, female urological and gynecological procedures. Robotics is utilized in this arena as well.

The position spans the patient experience from the preoperative visit to post-operative care. The Clinical Director oversees an expense budget over $37 million and almost 200 FTEs (staff).

Ready to take on this amazing opportunity and challenge? Apply today to learn more!

More about UPMC Hamot:

UPMC Hamot is a 433-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center. Supported by a 300-member medical staff and nearly 3,000 dedicated employees, UPMC Hamot’s mission is to serve its patients, communities, and one another in the UPMC Hamot tradition of quality, health, healing, and education. UPMC Hamot’s superior health care services are continually recognized by notable accrediting bodies.

  • Achieves the outcomes of the organization in relation to core measures, regulatory influences, pay for performance, HCAPS, staff and customer satisfaction and identifies areas for ongoing growth and development. Conducts an analysis of clinical variance trends and directs programmatic activities which are congruent to and assists in achieving organization operational imperatives, and implements clinical practice changes. Collaborates with medical staff and key stakeholders to improve patient outcomes; set clinical quality priorities, recommend and implement professional improvements and initiatives and implement service line based patient safety initiatives. Identifies and participates in research activities; promotes and utilizes evidence based practice. Identifies appropriate risk assessment strategies and leads risk reduction strategies within service line.
  • Demonstrates a philosophy of lifelong learning. Establishes and achieves professional standards for quality, legal, and ethical professional practice that is supported by regulatory guidelines and policies and procedures. Demonstrates ongoing departmental and personal development, coaches and advises direct reports and professional staff in the formulation of their professional development plan. Creates a structure and supports a shared governance model, facilitating staff involvement in decision making. Promotes the ongoing development of the Professional Practice Council. Promotes peer to peer accountability
  • Demonstrates the ability to create a shared vision; applies critical thinking skills and utilizes financial and quality data as well as conceptual and didactic knowledge in the development of the service line / program vision and operational plan. Conducts an analysis of areas of responsibilities, including strengths, opportunities, weaknesses and threats to define proactive processes and shares this information with the Vice President of Patient Care Services for development of an organizational strategic plan. Demonstrates initiative to address complex, high-risk problems and translates them into opportunities and challenges. Recognizes the need for a varied leadership style based on the situation and developmental stage of an individual or group. Enables individual contributions at all levels within their area of responsibility. Assumes a leadership role in the establishment of liaisons, networks and/or acquisition of resources to facilitate the growth and development of programs within the system and the community.
  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive communication. Integrates all team members into the team's work. Extends trust by acknowledging the contributions of others; listens first, creates transparency in communications, confronts reality, and clarifies expectations. Seeks opportunity to adopt best practice, eliminate duplication and maximize efficiency.
  • Ensures a culture of caring by promoting and supporting decisions that are patient centered and within the framework of Relationship Based Care. Participates in professional organizations to enhance personal growth and facilitate collaborate relationships at a regional, national and international level. Demonstrates continuous improvement in patient, caregiver and physician satisfaction. Prepares , monitors, and achieves budgeted annual man-hours, expense and capital budget for responsible cost centers based on an analysis of needs of patients, clinical programs, staff and physicians. Directs program teams to function within scope of practice as defined by clinical discipline and job description. Develops and evaluates clinical systems and process that facilitate delivery of comprehensive patient/family care across the continuum.


  • BSN required at time of hire or transfer into position.
  • Masters degree in Nursing or related health care field required, either at time of hire/transfer, OR must be enrolled in a program within one (1) year of hire/transfer date and completed within three (3) years of enrollment.
  • Current Masters prepared nurse a plus
  • Knowledge of clinical practice human resource management normally gained through a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in health care including supervision and leadership.
  • Extensive perioperative experience strongly preferred
  • Positive outlook with excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated and measurable track record of success in perioperative services
  • Analytical ability necessary to evaluate staff, address and improve clinical and programmatic issues and devise solutions to complex problems.
  • Leadership ability to develop staff, establish and maintain standards of performance within a national context for professional nursing practice and comply with administrative requirements.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to effectively create relationships to support a healing environment with patients, families, staff, physicians and hospital personnel including senior management in both written and verbal communication.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Registered Nurse
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $0 to $0

Union Position: No

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