Job Description

Job Title: Unit Director - Rehab Brain Injury/Stroke
Job ID: 80279063
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Rotating
Facility: UPMC Mercy
Department: Rehab Brain Injury
Location: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219


UPMC Mercy is hiring a Unit Director to lead and support its Rehab Brain Injury and Rehab Stroke departments!

As one of the leading rehabilitation programs in the United States, patients of the UPMC Mercy Rehabilitation Institute have access to state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive services to assist with recovery. We recognize that each patient's needs are different and have a dedicated patient care team that includes:

  • Rehabilitation nurses who manage various aspects of the patients' care and education
  • Physiatrist who oversees rehabilitation techniques, medical management and methods of treating and preventing impairment in conjunction with UPMC Mercy
  • Physical therapists who focus on restoring movement and function
  • Occupational therapists who work with the patients on recovering skills needed for everyday living
  • Speech language pathologists who work with communication, swallowing, and cognition
  • Case Managers who help direct each patient's plan of care
  • Neuropsychologists who help treat a patient's memory, thinking, and concentration

Our Rehab Brain Injury unit is an 18-bed unit where each patient receives both an individualized and multidisciplinary approach to brain injury care. Brain Injury can lead to physical disabilities, as well as long-term problems with thinking, memory, behavior, and social interactions. Our staff is specifically trained to focus on the patient’s impairments, functional limitations, and participation restrictions, to guide them to the next stage of recovery. Our Brain Injury team is specially trained in treating patients with disorders of the consciousness (DOC) after traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury.  

In our 24-bed Rehab Stroke unit, our multidisciplinary team is specially trained to collaborate with patients and family members to create and meet both short-term and long-term goals. UPMC Mercy is a dedicated Comprehensive Stroke Center as accredited by the Joint Commission.

The Unit Director for both Rehab Brain Injury and Rehab Stroke maintains 24-hour accountability for leading and managing the human resources, clinical, financial and administrative operations of an assigned area in order to continuously improve the quality of patient care and create a healthy workplace for staff in collaboration with organizational leadership. Join our team today!


  • Collaborates with medical staff to monitor patient outcomes; set clinical quality priorities, recommend and implement professional improvements and initiatives and implement unit based patient safety initiatives. 
  • Monitors dashboard indicators and quality in unit/department to meet organizational goals and develops action plans to address specific concerns and improve quality.
  • Utilizes research and evidence-based practice to support improvement in clinical care.
  • Shares learning from improvements with other units and/or spreads across the business unit or system. 
  • Analyzes nurse and patient satisfaction outcome data and develops action plan to address as needed.  
  • Supports and encourages involvement of staff nurses in the development and implementation of evidence based practice and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive communication.
  • Resolves and manages conflict effectively and in a timely manner. 
  • Extends trust by acknowledging the contributions of others; listens first, creates transparency in communications, confronts reality, and clarifies expectations. 
  • Cares for patients and self by planning a department work schedule in collaboration with team members that supports safety, appropriate worked hours, and a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Conveys information and ideas clearly through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message. 
  • Coaches staff on cultural diversity and addresses workplace horizontal violence and impairment.
  • Creates an environment which recognizes and values differences in staff, physicians, patients, and communities.
  • Demonstrates the ability to create a shared vision applies critical thinking skills and utilizes financial and quality data and conceptual knowledge in the development of the department vision and operational plan.
  • Involves staff and key stakeholders in the development of a vision for the unit/ department within a shared governance model of practice. 
  • Orchestrates complex change and acknowledges the psychological transition on self and others.
  • Involves stakeholders and experts in planning, designing, and redesigning change. 
  • Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one/s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations and individual involved.
  • Supports staff during times of difficult transitions. 
  • Demonstrates ability to influence the external environment through participation in professional and advocacy organizations.
  • Establishes a culture of caring by promoting decisions that are patient centered and within the framework of Relationship Based Care, using the nursing process that meets the clinical, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient, family and staff. 
  • Ensures that nurses practice in accordance with established Clinical Standards of Performance as defined by organization, system, professional and regulatory organizations.
  • Applies national best practices and uses evidence based practice to build a culture of excellence in patient care. 
  • Promotes interdisciplinary partnership and consultation of hospital staff and health care team through participation in committees and related activities to ensure appropriate care and services for patients and families. 
  • Sets clinical, financial, and human resources priorities for improvement in concert with organizational goals.
  • Demonstrates sound fiscal responsibility in the development and management of the department budget and holds staff accountable for the efficient use of resources including but not limited to managing flexible staffing patterns to meet patient care needs.
  • Sets high standards of performance for self and others by imposing standards of excellence and development of inquiry skills that are innovative, optimistic, and supportive of professional growth. 
  • Creates developmental paths and plans for staff to increase the expertise and caliber of staff.
  • Initiates innovation in staff development, clinical orientation, continuing education, and supports specialty certification. 
  • Develops a best practice climate for the growth and development of students as well as new nurses.
  • Actively recruits nursing students through the establishment of exceptional clinical experiences. 
  • Supports shared governance through a unit-based professional practice council and utilization of staff feedback to make changes to improve care, nursing practice, and /or the work.


  • 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 year of hire/transfer date and completed within three years of enrollment. (i.e. public health, informational technology, administration, etc.)
  • Minimum of 4 years of progressive leadership experience required with relevant clinical experience preferred.
  • The individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below. 
  • They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures.
  • Analytical ability necessary to evaluate staff, address and improve clinical 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:
Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse.

  • Registered Nurse (RN) 
  • Act 34 
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities


Salary Range: $0 / hour

Union Position: No

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