Director, Behavioral Health Nursing Services

Magnet designated Dayton Children’s Hospital has exclusively retained Kirby Bates Associates to identify their new Director, Behavioral Health Nursing Services.

The Director, Behavioral Health Nursing Services is a newly created role. The Director will report to the Senior Service Line Director for Behavioral Health and will be responsible for nursing operations on the Behavioral Health Units, including inpatient and outpatient services.  In addition, the Director will participate in assisting the Senior Service Line Director as Dayton Children’s Hospital develops a new 54-bed behavioral health facility.  This new facility, which is in the design stage, is in response to the increased need in the Dayton area for inpatient behavioral health services and is slated to open in late 2024. The Director, Behavioral Health Services will work collaboratively with the Associate Chief Medical Director, the behavioral health medical directors, key physicians, and other key stakeholders to assure comprehensive, patient-centered behavioral healthcare.

 Opportunity Highlights: 

  • Ranked #1 on the Forbes list of Best Employers by State 2022.
  • 2022 Women’s Choice Award for Best Children’s Hospital and Best Children’s Hospital for emergency care.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across the organization to develop processes/procedures to assure seamless transfer of patients across the behavioral health care continuum.
  • Only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the area.
  • Recognized by US News & World Report as Best Children’s Hospital for orthopedics.


  • BSN and master’s degree required
  • Minimum of 5 years inpatient nursing experience in pediatric behavioral health
  • Minimum of 3 years leadership experience
  • RN License


For additional information or to nominate someone for this position, please contact:

Wendy Siegel, RACR                                                                  Dennis Kain, MHA, FACHE

Senior Executive Recruiter                                                     SVP, Search Services                                              


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