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RN - Director, Surgical Services

Company: Gables Search Group
Location: Charleston
Posted on: October 7, 2021

Job Description:

Director of Surgical Services-Charleston, SC

Shift: Full Time-No Weekends

This Medical Center is a 313-bed Healthcare facility in Charleston, South Carolina. The hospital is well-known in the community for its 24-hour emergency room and Level II Trauma Center. 

The Center features a wide array of specialized services, including the Joseph M. Still Burn Clinic, a Breast Care Center, and the South Carolina Institute for Robotic Surgery. The quality of these services have earned the facility many awards and accreditations, such as a Chest Pain Center accreditation by the American College of Cardiology and a Stroke Center accreditation from The Joint Commission. Staff members say the supportive management, emphasis on teamwork, and excellent work-life balance are among the top reasons to work here. 

Job Summary:

The Director of Surgical Services Department leads the perioperative team by focusing on safe patient care while effectively managing operations. The Director Surgical Services has 24/7 responsibility for their departments.

Job Responsibilities:


  • Accurately identifies real/potential problems affecting the service and implements solutions with follow through and communication.
  • Actively participates in service, departmental and hospital wide committees as assigned, providing ongoing communication to those one represents.
  • Advances the customer experience in Surgical Services. 


  • Coaches subordinates providing feedback; constructive critique of work; facilitates individual development plan; and documents their job performance.
  • Adheres to all Human Resource policies.
  • Effectively communicates departmental, organization and industry information to staff.
  • Facilitates evidence based employee engagement practices.
  • Effectively builds strong relationships and networks to deliver upon organizational and department goals.
  • Participate in employee and patient rounding
  • Identifies and mentor potential future leaders


  • Enforces standards of care for surgical services and develops processes to measure and ensure consistent compliance.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates an ongoing surgical services program which assures quality patient care consistent with the Hospital mission.
  • Monitors compliance with regulatory, accrediting and hospital policy, environmental, patient, and personnel safety
  • Oversees a PI program that consistently monitors and evaluates critical aspects of care.
  • Responsible for department’s operational excellence by ensuring delivery of quality services in accordance with applicable policies, procedures, and professional standards.
  • Follows the Hospital Exposure Control Plans/Blood borne and Airborne Pathogens.
  • Enforces safe procedural site and patient verification policy
  • Monitors and responds to quality event reporting


  • Supports new program strategies and/or program enhancements which would expand patient services.
  • Develops, prioritizes and defends a capital equipment requests.
  • Is responsible for the fiscal management of department; assures proper utilization of organization’s financial resources.


  • Advances the growth agenda for Surgical Services.
  • Strives to become the OR of Choice for physicians, patients, staff, and payers in the community they serve


  • Demonstrates a poised and confident demeanor that reassures others and commands respect within the organization and the community.
  • Develops and builds strategic internal and external networks.

Supports System by:

  • Promoting consistent positive patient interactions that advance the agenda of unparalleled patient service
  • Practicing and adhering to the “Code of Conduct” philosophy and “Mission and Value Statement”
  • Performing other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Master's degree MHA, MSN, MBA, or related field preferred 


  • 3+ years of experience in Surgical Services, preferably OR nursing required
  • 3+ years of experience in a leadership role preferred
  • Or equivalent combination of education and/or experience 

Licenses, Certifications, & Training:

  • Currently licensed as a registered professional nurse in the state in which he or she practices, in accordance with law and regulation required
  • Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) preferred
  • Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM) preferred
General Comments


Reports to VP of Surgical Services

Vacancy Period: 90 Days

Reason for vacancy:  incumbent left for another opportunity

Level II Trauma - Busy - approx 21 OR’s

Types of Service: Cardiac, Ortho, Thoracic, Urology and use of Robotic equipment

Type of culture: Close knit group-Team oriented

Length of process:  "In general, this hiring manager will move quickly if she is interested in the candidate."

Salary Range: Mid: $117K (3+ years of experience), Max $145K (10+ years of experience).  Up to 15% annual performance incentive (bonus) 

Relocation Assistance: $10K


Keywords: Gables Search Group, Charleston , RN - Director, Surgical Services, Other , Charleston, South Carolina

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