CNO/McLean Hospital & VP Nursing, System Behavioral Health/Mass General Brigham

Chief Nursing Officer/McLean Hospital

VP Nursing, System Behavioral Health/Mass General Brigham  

Boston, Massachusetts

Kirby Bates Associates is pleased to partner with Mass General Brigham (MGB) in their search for a VP Nursing, System Behavioral and Mental Health (SBMH) and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for McLean Hospital (MCL). This senior level executive will oversee nursing policy and practice for SBMH, which encompasses the pertinent clinical services across the MGB system.

Founded in 1811, McLean Hospital is a leader in psychiatric care, research and education and is the largest psychiatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.  MGB is deeply committed to providing high-quality and compassionate mental health care and currently offers mental health services in 12 of its 17 hospitals and organizations.

  • McLean Hospital has been named the Number 1 hospital in the U.S. for Psychiatric Care (U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023).
  • A Harvard Medical School teaching facility and the recipient of multiple NIH grants, McLean is the flagship freestanding psychiatric hospital of SBMH offering leading, groundbreaking research, clinical interventions, and emerging technology in the care of patients with neurological and rehabilitative conditions.
  • The top freestanding psychiatric hospital in the U.S. for 20 consecutive years.
  • McLean, Mass General, and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals have consistently been recognized among the top mental health and substance use disorder programs in the United States.
  • SBMH has more than 600 licensed inpatient psychiatric and substance use disorder beds, accounting for the largest behavioral health inpatient capacity in Massachusetts.

Reporting to the Chief, SBMH and the President of MCL, the CNO/VP will serve as the executive responsible for nursing across MGB inpatient, outpatient, partial, and residential programs, and services.

Opportunity Highlights: 

  • Lead behavioral health/psychiatric nursing and research within an organization that heavily funds research.
  • Collaborates with leadership across the MGB system and across various sites on the delivery of high-quality mental and behavioral health care.
  • Serves as a catalyst for MGB’s values to advance a culture of collegiality, collaboration and clinical excellence across the enterprise.
  • Inaugural system level behavioral and mental health leadership role.
  • Lead nursing within an organization that strives to shape the future of mental health diagnosis and care through innovative research.


  • Bachelors and Master’s degree, one of which should be in Nursing. Doctorate preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible leadership experience.
  • Experience working within an academic medical center that is part of a large, complex health system.
  • Significant leadership in a complex tertiary or specialty care setting with progressive management responsibilities.  Experience in an academic setting with an active role in the educational and research communities is preferred.
  • Experience with behavioral and mental health care, including a broad range of settings and levels of care is preferred.
  • Experience in a union environment is desirable.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact:

Wendy  Siegel, RACR  

Senior Executive Recruiter                          

Troy Keach, MA

Vice President


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