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Job Description

Job Title: Unit Director- Transitional Recovery Unit / Comprehensive Recovery Unit (TRU/CRU)
Job ID: 748349664
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Management
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Transition to Recovery
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. This is nearly one in five adults. Are you searching for the opportunity to make an impact on these individuals? Are you passionate about dispelling widespread stigma and misunderstanding associated with mental health?
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is seeking a dynamic leader to manage the operation of the Transitional Recovery Unit / Comprehensive Recovery Unit (TRU/CRU) at our Oakland location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Transitional Recovery Unit (TRU) is the only Extended Acute Treatment program in Allegheny County. This 10-bed program serves individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. These patients require the intensive structure and support of an inpatient program but will also benefit from developing skills and supports for living in the community. Psychiatric Rehabilitation is the primary treatment model.


Comprehensive Recovery Unit (CRU) is an extension of the Transitional Recovery Unit consisting of 10 private beds. This program also serves individuals with serious and persistent mental health illness. These individuals are displaying a remission of symptomology but still require the intensive structure and support of an inpatient program. 

The captain of our clinical team, the Unit Director, fosters the 24- hour operational health of each unit by effectively managing financial, human resource, clinical, and administrative concerns. The Unit Directors seek to create a workplace environment conducive to open dialogue, exceptional nursing practice, and progressively raise standards in patient care and safety through quality improvement initiatives.

A strong clinician with keen problem-solving and executive leadership skills, the Unit Director uses research and evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes. This proven leader will analyze available data to identify clinical problems as well as monitor nurse and patient satisfaction. The Unit Director will collaborate with the clinical staff and senior management to set goals, design action plans for improvement, and implement practical changes in a manner that is respectful of staff and encourages full participation at all levels.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Psychiatric nursing 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 licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in practicing state.

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $0 / hour

    Union Position: No

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