Senior Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive & Chair, Nursing

Req Number: AJ383
Location: New York, NY
Posted: 4/6/2021
Category: Life Sciences/Healthcare : Consumer Health
Job Type: Permanent

TITLE:  Senior Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive & Chair, Nursing

ORGANIZATION:  Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:  Reports to the Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer and to the Chief Operating Officer.



Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center that has devoted more than 135 years to exceptional patient care, innovative research, and outstanding educational programs. Today, the organization is one of 51 National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, with state-of-the-art science flourishing side by side with clinical studies and treatment.  Memorial Sloan Kettering generates over $5.5 billion in annual net revenues and is staffed by over 20,000 employees. 

The close collaboration among an interdisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists is a unique strength, enabling the organization to provide patients with the best care available while working to discover more-effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer. Educational programs train future clinicians and scientists, and the knowledge and experience gained at Memorial Sloan Kettering has an impact on cancer treatment and biomedical research around the world.


The Senior Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive & Chair, Nursing will be joining the most established and high-quality comprehensive cancer center in the world as a key member of the MSKCC senior leadership team. This team is collectively dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of cancer and associated diseases through programs of excellence in patient care, research, and education.

Unique is the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team building upon a well-established nursing practice that crosses 25 sites of care and spans the full continuum of care across both New York and New Jersey. In keeping with Dr. Thompson’s charge for “accelerated progress that calls for the highest level of expertise, compassion and commitment’; this individual will ensure the development and articulation of an evolving strategic vision for the practice of professional nursing in partnership with other institutional leaders. 

Healthcare worldwide was forced to reform rapidly over the past year. As part of the executive team, this is an opportunity to develop changes to practice and innovate in this comprehensive oncological setting. The pandemic has led to heightened awareness concerning the fragility of patients with cancer and how healthcare systems can protect them. In addition, inpatient and ambulatory care clinical practice changes were accelerated based on defining moments and copies strategies from clinical oncology nurses, advanced practitioners, nurse leaders and researchers. This executive will be stepping in to promote the willingness of leadership to engage all stakeholders in shared decision making to develop, implement, and support practice innovation and change.

Thinking about the desired attributes of a Chief Nurse for this fast paced and complex environment and taking into account the published Nursing Leadership Competencies among the ONS, AONL, HLA, and NCHL, the following competency domains have been identified for Nurse Executives and include the following: Executive Leadership Skills, Complex Healthcare Systems Thinking, Interpersonal Effectiveness; Knowledge; Business Acumen; and Personal Mastery.


Executive Leadership Skills

  • Member of the hospital executive team, representing the professional practice nursing in the MSKCC corporate structure;
  • Participates in the ongoing review of the organization's mission, strategic plan and operations, policies and procedures, and resource allocation;
  • Advises the Chief Operating Officer and Physician-in-Chief on an individual basis and as a member of committees/councils/ad hoc task forces on hospital organizational structure, policy formulation, strategy, problem-solving, clinical program development, and other key MSKCC priorities;
  • Develops an effective collaborative relationshipwith the Executive Vice President/Hospital Administrator;
  • Serves on various community agency and governmental boards whose activities are health care related and may influence care delivery at MSK or whose activities are consistent with the mission of MSK. Encourages and supports nursing staff participation in community service.

Complex Healthcare Systems Thinking

  • Collaborates with organizational executives, senior and interdisciplinary leaders in the integration of care across the full continuum of care in the growing and complex academic medical setting;
  • Serves as a colleague, resource, and mentor to other senior managers on specific departmental, divisional and/or system-wide programs;
  • Participates in the development and implementation of effective and ongoing programs to monitor, evaluate, and improve the quality of care for patients and their families served throughout the MSKCC system;
  • Strategically aligns and mentors nursing practice into a system-wide interprofessional and interdependent collaboration necessary for a standardized and consolidated model of care;
  • Serves as a visionary and empowers nurses at all levels across the enterprise to participate in decisions that impact their work; fosters and rewards teamwork; and maintains a practice environment that inspires shared leadership, high levels of staff satisfaction and engagement.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Accountable for establishing strong professional relationships with trustees, executive management team, the internal and external nursing community, as well as the internal and external related professional patient care services;
  • Accountable for mutually establishing interdisciplinary working relationships with the Department Chairs, medical staff, and other clinical leaders across the full continuum of care;
  • Will form partnerships through use of influence, teamwork, trust, and transparency;
  • Will incorporate the unique experiences and characteristics that unify individuals and groups while also distinguishing them from one another;
  • Supports others without bias by having the courage to challenge institutional norms.


  • Ongoing responsibilities for the nursing service strategic planning regarding vision, mission and strategic initiatives, finances, human resources, material resources, information resources, and performance improvement;
  • Fosters an environment for statesmanship and scholarly, evidence-based nursing practice, education, and research;
  • Participates in public speaking, publishing, and creating an environment for scholarly, professional nursing practice;
  • Fosters innovative collaborative patient care models and recommends the implementation of best practices;
  • Promotes nursing practice guided by the MSKCC Code of Conduct, the Patient's Bill of Rights, the American Nurses Association Standards for Nurse Administrators, and the Nursing Department's professional practice model (Relationship-Based Care) and care delivery model (primary nursing);
  • Advocates for the pursuit, translation, and utilization of advanced knowledge in oncology nursing.

Business Acumen

  • Oversees the development and implementation of information systems to support the clinical practice and business functions of department;
  • Develops system policies, implementation, analysis, and alignment with the regulatory guidance necessary to transform the clinical enterprise into an effective delivery system;
  • Directs and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of direct reports in implementing their duties and responsibilities;
  • Ensures processes are in place to monitor personnel credentials, annual performance appraisal, competency review and adherence to mandatory programs;
  • Responsible for the formation, approval, and monitoring of the nursing service budget.

Personal Mastery

  • Pursues voluntarily the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and skills needed for personal and professional development;
  • Able to change in response to intrinsic and extrinsic factors to assure a rewarding tenure in a new setting;
  • Serves as an example by maintaining personal health maintenance that reflects physical, mental, emotional and spiritual care of oneself.


  • Incumbents will be required to have a Master’s Degree in Nursing and a Doctoral degree is preferred (PhD, DNP, EdD);
  • ANCC Advanced Nurse Executive Certification required;
  • Ten years of progressive leadership and experience as a proven nurse leader in a large, progressive, complex tertiary Academic Medical Center or Comprehensive Cancer Center;
  • Intimate knowledge of how the various components and interests of the health care industry work together;
  • Deep knowledge of current healthcare industry issues including payment reform, access to care, health system transformation, enhanced quality and patient safety, regulatory relief, strengthening the workforce, and care of vulnerable populations;
  • Understands how to build, manage, and keep trust in situations where decision and action must be taken, by various stakeholders, without complete information or where there is great uncertainty;
  • Able to take on large and complex problems and filter them through a wide range of possible solutions with a curiosity to imagine what has yet to be discovered;
  • Able to generate common, multi-dimensional threads of interests and involvement among entities that look at a challenge from different and yet complementary vantage points;
  • Looks for ways in which differences can complement one another to integrate divergent perspectives into a cohesive and new solution;
  • Has the self-confidence to seek team members who are strong, smart, capable and share a unity of purpose and reliability of achievement;
  • Brings to the organization subject matter expertise, an interest in and sense of the problems facing their organizations and a closer proximity to solutions;
  • Exhibits strength of character and is viewed as a highly visible and effective leader within the organization they serve as well as across the country; and
  • A courageous and innovative individual with a “can do attitude” that can inspire an organization to do its best even in difficult circumstances.


Korn/Ferry shall provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified candidates, and will refer candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis.