Director of School Nursing- CPS

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third-largest school district in the United States, serving over 350,000 students in more than 600 schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers.  CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career, and civic life.  In order to fulfill this mission, we make three commitments to our students, their families, and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability, and integrity. Six core values are embedded within these commitments. In that regard, CPS values approaches that are:  Student-centered;  focused on the whole child; and dedicated to equity, academic excellence, community partnership, and continuous learning.

The DSN will operate from both the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services’ (ODLSS) and the Office of Student Health and Wellness (OSHW) in service of this mission, value and focus.  This is a dual-reporting position under the direction of the Chief of ODLSS & the Chief Health Officer respectively. The DSN is responsible for the delivery of nursing services to all students, in accordance with CPS policies and state and federal regulations.  This includes day to day oversight and coordination of approximately 400 citywide clinicians (e.g. Advance Practice Nurses, School Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses) to ensure appropriate delivery of related health services for all students with disabilities, as mandated within each student’s Individualized Education Program and Section 504 of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition, the Director will also support the mission of the district to promote and protect health through health and wellness policy-making and provision of health services among the general student population.  In addition, the DSN must support ODLSS Business Services efforts to monitor nursing service delivery compliance.

The Director of School Nursing will be held accountable for the following responsibilities:

Establish a clear vision for success of this role that is aligned to the District’s 5-Year Vision, ODLSS & OSHW department goals, and dedicated to the fulfilment of the educational and health-related needs of students.

Develop and execute a strategy to achieve identified goals and manage the Nursing team’s continuous improvement processes.

Supervise a staff of approximately 400 school nursing professionals including:

Mid-level Managers

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Registered Nurses with the School Nurse professional educator licensure with an endorsement in school nursing

Registered Nurses

Licensed Practical Nurses

Manage a multi-million operational budget comprised of federal, state, local, and competitive grant funds.

Participate in competitive bid processes via Requests for Proposals (RFP), the Board Report approval process, and contract negotiation processes for the unit.

Engage in research and evaluation of school-based nursing services to act as a change agent for school-based health services.

Provide consultation regarding the formation of health policies, goals and objectives for the District.

Ensure student compliance with state health mandates, including but not limited to immunizations, physical examinations and the documentation associated with the minimum health requirements for school participation.

Ensure effective and efficient delivery of health services to all students as appropriate

Support schools on effective methods of nursing service implementation and the evaluation of those services

Leverage nursing staff to support citywide health-related efforts as needed

Develop, implement and monitor the allocation of school nursing resources to all schools, including management of external staffing agency nurses

Support dissemination of health-related programs and services to school nursing staff and schools (e.g., PBIS, MTSS)

Collaborate with internal and external partners to ensure provision of high-quality professional development for school nursing staff that is aligned with the overall strategy and best practices

Collaborate with partners to support recruitment strategies to secure high-quality school nursing candidates

Support relationships with external personnel agencies to ensure high-quality and cost-effective school nursing services provision

Support the planning and implementation of programs that require clinical and related services including but not limited to Extended School Year and Summer Assessment

Collaborate with schools and internal stakeholders to address parent concerns regarding special education and school nursing service delivery

Collaborate on development and implementation of COVID and other emergency Health Protocols in schools

Build nursing capacity to support school-level responses to COVID like:

Investigation of unreported COVID cases

            PPE management and ordering

Assist with conceptualization and implementation of mass vaccination programs & protocols

Promote Healthy CPS initiatives & lead Wellness Teams in schools

Perform additional duties as assigned

In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Director of School Nursing must possess the following qualifications:

Type of Experience Required:

Minimum of five (5) years of experience as a Registered Nurse (RN)

Minimum of five (5) years of experience overseeing a large number of clinical personnel, preferably in an urban school district or other public health setting

Type of Education Required:

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, public administration, or a health-related program required; doctorate degree preferred

Current Professional Nursing Professions License by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)

Current National Provider Identifier (NPI) number

Current State of Illinois Medicaid provider number

Possession of a current APRN License (Certified Pediatric or Family Nurse Practitioner) in the State of Illinois preferred

A current State of Illinois Professional Educator License endorsed as a School Service Personnel or LBS1, preferred

Ability to plan, coordinate, and execute efforts across multiple, regionally dispersed units

Bilingual candidates preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Strong knowledge of CPS’ e-IEP and ability to navigate, with precision, the SSM system or comparable student information system and/or electronic medical records system;

Knowledge of the Illinois School Code and special education regulations.

Understanding of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Understanding of IDEA, ADA, and other laws supporting individuals with disabilities;

Knowledge of the Illinois Administrative Codes: Public Health and experience applying various  rules to real-world practice;

Ability to work effectively with school-based staff, citywide staff, and governmental and community-based agencies;

Exceptional analytical, strategic, and critical thinking skills with a focus on driving results;

Excellent time management and organizational skills in order to meet continuous critical deadlines;

Strong leadership, team building and communication skills (speaking, writing, and listening);

Ability to manage professionals, review work effectiveness, and develop colleagues’ skills as needed;

Demonstrated ability to collaborate; and

Proficient in using Microsoft Office and G Suite tools.


As a condition of employment with CPS, employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.  

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