Executive Director Professional Practice & Nursing Excellence

The Executive Director will lead nursing efforts across all inpatient, outpatient and community settings to establish an environment that supports the delivery of high-quality patient care. The Executive Director reports to and supports the Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing & Patient Services Officer and is accountable for inter-professional practice; the Magnet program; and Quality with a focus on improving outcomes. He/She promotes quality staff and patient outcomes through the development of programs and systems that achieve COH’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan. He/she will advance a culture of professional & inter-professional practice, foster evidence-based practices and continuous improvement, cultivate lifelong learning, and partner in the implementation and enhancement of technology to support clinical practice and service excellence. The Executive Director supports the PDCA model of quality improvement and partners with physicians, hospital executives, senior leaders, managers and staff to integrate annual quality goals with quality improvement/safety initiatives and to execute key performance improvement strategies. Direct reports include: a Magnet Program Manager, a Clinical Informaticist, a Patient Services Quality Manager, and a Performance Improvement facilitator.

The Executive Director is responsible for oversight of the Magnet designation program across the enterprise. He/She maintains expert knowledge of current Magnet requirements and is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the ANCC Magnet application process to ensure designation including active participation in Nursing Shared Governance Councils.


  • Bachelor and Masters’ degree one of which must be in nursing. Active or eligible for RN licensure in California.
  • Eight to ten years of nursing leadership preferred, minimum of five years required.
  • Experience in leading an organization to achieve Magnet recognition.
  • Experience in Quality Improvement.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills. Ability to implement change.
  • Ability to engage and influence physicians, staff, and leadership through effective communication and data driven decision making.


Located just northeast of Los Angeles, COH’s Duarte main campus is a lushly landscaped sanctuary with serene gardens designed for quiet contemplation. With additional locations across Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties, COH’s unique approach to care is available in various communities.

Please contact us for additional information about this opportunity or send nominations to:

Erinn Riley, Search Associate, eriley@kirbybates.com (610-810-1515)

Jane Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN, Executive Vice President Search Services, jfitzsimmons@kirbybates.com (617-514-0050)

Peggy Loughery, MSN, RN, Vice President Search Services, ploughery@kirbybates.com (610-709-6434