Position title
Assistant Director of Nursing
Application Requirements

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must successfully submit a completed application prior to the posting deadline. Applications submitted with incomplete or missing education and/or work experience sections will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. These applicants will be disqualified from consideration. The attachment of a resume to the application does not fulfill this requirement and will not prevent incomplete applications from being rejected.

Education and work experience fields must be completed, regardless of the presence of an attached resume. Please answer any supplemental questions truthfully and completely. Use the employment history section of your application to substantiate your answers to supplemental questions. Once the posting closes, all applications will be reviewed. The information provided on the application will be utilized to determine whether or not each applicant meets the minimum requirements for this position as noted in the Job Description. Please read the Minimum Requirements thoroughly and then demonstrate that you meet these requirements on your application.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered for the position. Qualified, eligible applicants will move on to the next step, either a Written Exam or an Education and Experience Review.

There is not a Written Exam for this position; instead, we will conduct an Education and Experience Review, in which we assign points to each applicant's education and relevant work experience as depicted on their application. We encourage all applicants to provide a comprehensive, concise history of their education, certification, licensing, and employment on their employment application so that we are able to accurately assess their experience.  Eligible candidates will be ranked on an Eligibility List based on their total score on the Education and Experience Review.


Equal Employment Opportunities – It is the policy of Northampton County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or any other status protected by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and any other state, federal, or local law.

Questions regarding this job posting may be directed to Sherry Christman, Human Resources Analyst, at schristman@northamptoncounty.org or 610-829-6382.


The Assistant Director of Nursing assists the Director with the planning, coordination and control of all services provided through the nursing department in the county inpatient nursing facility. Work includes the oversight of nursing recruitment, including job posting, review of applications and resumes, as well as candidate interviewing, selection and hiring.

This position reports directly to the Director of Nursing.

This position exercises supervision over the following classifications:  Nursing Supervisor, RN (Registered Nurse), LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), and CNA (Certified Nurse Aide). This position also indirectly supervises the following classifications:  Clerical Specialist (Scheduler), Secretary 2 - Nursing Administration, and Unit Clerks.

Essential Duties Of The Position

Receives shift reports and meets with prior shift nursing supervisor to identify personnel or other problems requiring immediate response or action.

Responds to inquiries regarding appointment and promotion procedures. Explains applicable criteria depending on nature of position, union status of class and/or other elements.

Responds to administrative and professional inquiries regarding nursing service. Is responsible for overall nursing service upon assignment or in supervisor’s absence.

Attends meetings regarding staffing, organizational issues or other related topics. May represent the nursing department at meetings of standing and special committees within and outside the facility.

Reviews nursing supervisors' records for personnel actions such as resignations or transfers to identify vacant positions.

In the absence of internal candidates, initiates process for external hiring. Reviews applications received for background and selects those meriting interviews. Conducts interviews explaining the available position, County employment practices, and facility rules and requirements. Determines applicant's qualifications, characteristics, work history, interest and availability. Makes selection or discusses recommendation with higher level nursing management depending on position being filled.

Submits paperwork to human resources office and schedules individual for pre-employment physical and/or testing. Develops lists of new hires for use in developing training programs.

Oversees schedulers and shift supervisors including fire drills, quality reports, etc. Covers as supervisor as needed. Takes call on a rotating basis. Assists Director of Nursing as needed.

Interprets and transmits policies to medical staff and personnel and ensures compliance with policies.

As required, assists with preparation of periodic reports concerning various phases of the facility operation and its financial conditions. Oversees regulatory reports including, not limited to, daily PPD, staffing sheets, Department of Health requests, etc.

Assists with covering Risk Management as needed to include daily review of Event reporting system.

Responsible for oversight over medication errors including keeping updated reports.

Oversees unemployment and worker’s compensation needs, and attends unemployment hearings as needed.

May meet with patients and family members to discuss and resolve problems, concerns and complaints. Daily rounding on nursing units with rotating coverage.

*An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all, of the duties listed in this job description. Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE - Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution with coursework in geriatrics, rehabilitation or a closely related field is preferred; AND

At least three (3) years of professional nursing experience, one (1) year of which shall have been supervisory in nature, including responsibility for coordinating activities across organizational lines, developing and implementing procedural requirements, or similar functional assignment; AND

CERTIFICATION/LICENSE - Possession of licensure as a Registered Nurse issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS - Applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and present valid proof of vaccinated status, in order to be eligible for hire at Gracedale Nursing Home. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), people are considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).

Upon hire employee must have a drug screening and COVID-19 testing. Employees may also be periodically tested for COVID-19 as required or recommended. In addition, Gracedale Nursing Home will follow The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements with regard to booster(s) needed for workers in health care settings.

Thorough knowledge of professional nursing principles, practices and standards commonly employed in inpatient nursing home facilities.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of professional, technical and ancillary nursing service personnel staffing and management.

Knowledge of the goals and objectives of inpatient nursing home facilities.

Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.

Ability to learn the specific organizational structure, reporting relationships and personnel system requirements of the County inpatient nursing home facility.

Ability to conduct effective interviews of job applicants, providing and securing information.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with managerial, professional and technical personnel, associates, and job applicants.

Ability to maintain and insure the preparation of accurate and detailed records and reports.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand and communicate in English to perform the duties of this position.

Ability to express ideas and communicate County policy on professional and/or administrative subjects, both orally and in writing.

Job Benefits
Full-time employees of the County of Northampton are afforded a package of benefits which includes the following:
Medical Insurance
Vision and Prescription
Life Insurance
I. Medical Insurance
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents.  Cost to the employee to participate in the plans varies by the coverage selection and number of dependents; and may be subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. The employee may also elect to opt out of the County's medical insurance if proof of coverage through the spouse's employer is provided. Under this arrangement, the employee is provided with an annual $1,500.00 opt out payment.
II. Vision and Prescription
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. Coverage under the vision plan varies and depends upon the employee's choice of doctor and frame selection.
III. Dental Coverage
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member.
IV. Life Insurance
A life insurance policy is afforded to full-time employees beginning on the first day of employment, unless specified differently in a collective bargaining agreement. It remains in effect as long as the employee is actively employed and terminates upon resignation or retirement. $20,000 is afforded to all eligible employees.
V. Retirement
All full-time employees and part-time employees working more than 1000 hours per year qualify for County of Northampton retirement benefits, in which employees must contribute 5% of their earnings, and employees may choose to add additional voluntary contributions, not to exceed an additional 10%.   Additionally, employees may participate in an optional deferred compensation plan [457(b)] which may provide present tax advantages and future retirement savings. Such arrangements are made directly with the providers and the County will administer payroll deductions only.
Additional Information

Telephone, personal computer (including word processing and other specialized software), calculator, fax machine, copy machine, scheduling charts, blood pressure gauges, thermometers, patient record charts, and other necessary medical equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk or hear.

The employee must possess agility and strength sufficient to lift, support, and maneuver heavy patients of limited physical capacity. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works in an office environment, but primarily is involved in all areas of the facility.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office and moderately loud in patient care areas.

PAY GRADE:            CS-31

Employment Type
Job Location
2 Gracedale Avenue, Nazareth, PA, 18064-9213, USA
Base Salary
$79,770.00 Per year
Date posted
May 2, 2022
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