Hospice Executive Director

    • Job Tracking ID: 512088-658310
    • Job Location: Egg Harbor Township, NJ
    • Job Level: Executive
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 19, 2018
    • Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Journey Hospice is a new program of LSMNJ, and as with all Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey programs and services, Journey Hospice provides compassionate care to people—together. Journey Hospice serves people of all backgrounds, faiths, and ages experiencing loss and life-limiting illness. At this time, Journey Hospice provides its services in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties in New Jersey.

Our Program has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, experienced Hospice leader!

Through the power of the Holy Spirit and in response to God’s love as revealed in the Gospel, the mission of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey is to serve those in New Jersey who hurt, who are in need, or who have limited choices.

LSMNJ team members are dedicated to providing healing, hope and hospitality, regardless of religious background through a diversified social ministry program addressing many critical human care needs.

We are seeking employees that share those same values and want to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the agency; ensuring the development, implementation, and enforcement of all policies and procedures, including patient rights; planning for and administering the managerial, operational, fiscal, budget/financial issues and reporting components of the agency; overseeing and participating in the Quality Assessment/Performance Improvement (QAPI) program for patient care; ensuring that all personnel are assigned duties based upon their education, training, competencies, and job descriptions; ensuring the provision of staff orientation and staff education; ensuring governmental regulation and compliance; and establishing and maintaining liaison relationships, communication, and integration with hospice staff and services and with patients and their families, in accordance with the philosophy and objectives of the hospice program.


  1. Supports the mission and values of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, which is: Through the power of the Holy Spirit, and in response to God’s love as revealed in the Gospel, the mission of the Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey is to serve those in New Jersey who hurt, are in need, or have limited choices.
  2. Completes annual compliance and HIPAA training and exhibits behavior as set forth by the LSMNJ Code of Ethics and Business Integrity in the performance of duties.
  3. Adheres to the Organization’s Policies and Procedures regarding the Compliance Program of the organization and is timely in reporting any possible concerns.
  4. Follows all local, state and federal regulations as they pertain to the position.
  5. Adheres to to the Organization’s Policies and Procedures covering Privacy and Security in Complicance with HIPAA regulations.
  6. Other duties as assigned by my supervisor, necessary for the efficient operation of the department/facility.
  1. Promotes effective planning and utilization of agency resources for efficient and cost effective delivery of quality patient care.
  2. Develops written goals, objectives and activities for the delivery of Hospice services.
  3. Plans for and administers the managerial, operational, fiscal and reporting components of hospice.
  4. Ensures the development, implementation and enforcement of hospice policies and procedures, for the delivery of patient care services, including patient rights, in accordance with standards as established by regulatory or accrediting bodies.
  5. Serves as the agency’s Corporate Compliance Officer.
  6. Incorporates QAPI principles into clinical service delivery systems.
  7. Oversees annual program evaluation and improvements.
  8. Participates in program planning, identifying new program areas, establishing policies and procedures related to service delivery and evaluation of agency programs.
  9. Maintains ongoing communication with the Managing Partner as appropriate relative to the provision of care and practice issues.
  10. Serves as a resource in problem solving, mediating and negotiating between Hospice Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) members.
  11. Acts as a role model in the development of staff.
  12. Ensures the provision of staff orientation and staff education.
  13. Empowers the Hospice IDT to take ownership of its actions and responsibilities.
  14. Collaborates in strategic planning with other members of senior leadership, obtaining input as needed from the Hospice Team.
  15. Facilitates professional growth and change in a proactive manner from staff members.
  16. Demonstrates professionalism through accountability and confidentiality.
  17. Performs speaking engagements on hospice and provides inservice education to contractors, referral sources and other appropriate groups, as required.
  18. Responsible for recruiting, recommending for hire, transferring and terminating agency clinical employees and contract personnel.
  19. Determines staffing patterns and clinical productivity that will accomplish stated objectives for each organization and promote maximum utilization of personnel.
  20. Ensures the provision of staff orientation and staff education for all hospice staff
  21. Ensure that all personnel are assigned duties based on education, training, competencies, and job descriptions.
  22. Performs supervision of direct patient caregivers and interdisciplinary team including Medical Director, Nursing Supervisor, Coordinator of Volunteers, Director of Community Education, Dietary Counselor, Social Worker, Spiritual Counselor, Bereavement Counselor and Therapists in a manner that reflects patient care standards.
  23. Participates in the interview process and selection regarding potential candidates for the Hospice team.
  24. Supervises employees for performance relative to patient care and case management, providing feedback and on-site supervision as required.
  25. Completes 3-month probationary evaluations as well as annual employee performance evaluations/appraisals.
  26. Assists in setting annual performance goals and provides feedback.
  1. Monitors, evaluates, and promotes collaborative, productive team functioning of all interdisciplinary members.
  2. The administrator shall ensure the development and implementation of an infection prevention and control program.
  3. Collaborates with other members of leadership to facilitate quality patient care for all agency organizations.
  1. Understands the need for effective and efficient utilization of staff and contract personnel and maintains productivity according to agency standards.
  2. Utilizes available resources for data, such as computer system reports, in maintaining staff schedules, assignments and visits.
  3. Participates in budget preparation, daily census and visit projections for clinical services.
  4. Evaluates services provided through such means as patient outcomes, statistical and financial data and other quality improvement activities.
  5. Assists in the investigation of patient/customer concerns and complaints.
  6. Approves requests for time off assuring that there is coverage for all clinical departments/ positions.
  7. Focuses on maintaining nursing and aide staffing to parallel census needs for the agency.
    1. Coordinates with the Nursing Supervisor, Coordinator of Volunteers, Dietary Counselor, Social Worker, Spiritual Counselor, Bereavement Counselor and Therapists and other referral services to assure a consistent census.
    2. Appropriately manages staffing to accommodate referrals.
    3. Works to recruit, train and maintain staff based on agency and community needs.
    4. Oversees that teams and clinicians function within clinical caseload guidelines and productivity standards as determined through agency management, budgetary and regulatory processes.
  8. Supervises/assists in achieving financial case management for agency patients.
  9. Prepares Annual Agency Evaluation.


Experience and Skills:

Basic Qualifications


Education/Training/Certifications: Possess a master's degree in administration or a health related field or possess a baccalaureate degree in administration or a health related field

Certification in nursing administration, community health, hospice or home health desirable.

Must be a licensed driver with an automobile in good working condition and have automobile insurance in accordance with New Jersey laws


Skill(s): Must demonstrate strong leadership skills and clinical competency.

Demonstrated ability to supervise clinical and administrative personnel.

Experience in dealing with Medicare Home Health and Hospice standards and New Jersey Hospice regulations.

Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Background reflecting strong interpersonal skills including the ability to market, teach and relate tactfully with staff and members of the community/customers.

Computer skills and ability to use agency software systems.


Experience: Minimum two (2) years of Direct leadership experience in hospice care setting.


LSMNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer.