Senior Director — Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest


Are you a senior clinical or health care leader with experience working on improvement initiatives or end of life issues?  Have you taken an initiative and driven it forward to successful completion?  Would you like work with a group of dynamic, dedicated, passionate people who are committed to improving health care in Washington State?

If this sounds like something you would like to be part of, we want to talk to you about joining the Washington State Hospital Association as the Senior Director of the Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest initiative.  

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest (Honoring Choices PNW) is a joint initiative of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA).  We are currently recruiting for a Senior Director for this very important health care initiative.  The goal of Honoring Choices PNW is to educate the public and health care providers on the importance of having those difficult end of life discussions with patients, provide assistance to them to allow those conversations to begin, and then convert those conversations into legally valid advance planning documents.

The Washington State Hospital Association has been in existence for over 80 years, and continues to grow and evolve as the needs of Washington residents and our member hospitals change.  We are committed to ensuring that all Washington residents have access to quality health care, that all children receive needed immunizations, and that best practices in health care and patient safety are shared.   We are in beautiful downtown Seattle, surrounded by wonderful views of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains, with easy access to rail, transit, or parking.  The Senior Director position will be a WSHA employee located in the WSHA offices, but will work with leadership at both WSHA and WSMA in driving forward this initiative.

The Senior Director position is a full-time position within WSHA’s Patient Safety Department, responsible for strategic and operational responsibility across multiple states for the Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest program. Honoring Choices envisions that everyone in Washington and other states with whom we work, should receive care during the last stage of their life that honors their personal values and goals. The Senior Director will be expected to articulate the vision throughout the community, develop implementation strategies, establish goals for the program, and monitor achievement of those goals.  The Sr. Director, with support from fundraising experts, will also be involved with fundraising for the initiative (more than $5 million of the required $8 million has already been raised). The Senior Director will supervise the Manager, Honoring Choices PNW and the Community Outreach Coordinator.

Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Establish strategic and tactical goals to increase conversations about end of life care, decisions regarding end of life care, and have those conversations produce legally valid documents for advance care planning in the Pacific Northwest. Ensure all goals are measurable and reportable.
  • Establish timelines and manage resources as needed to achieve goals. Develop and implement new programs and tactics as needed to ensure achievement of strategic goals.
  • Assist with the completion of the $8 million fundraising campaign ($5 million of which has already been raised) and develop the sustainability plan for ongoing success.
  • Staff the advisory and oversight committees for Honoring Choices PNW, ensuring all voices are heard before strategic decisions for the program are made.
  • Understand and advocate for public policies that support advanced care planning.
  • Work with staff to develop systems to ensure consistent, high-quality program management, including program administration and communications that include sharing learnings with a broad range of communities.
  • Act as the spokesperson for Honoring Choices PNW to health care leaders, community groups, and policy makers.
  • Work collaboratively with the senior management teams at both WSMA and WSHA to integrate cross-program activities and functions.
  • Coordinate development of contracts necessary for program implementation in consultation with leadership and legal counsel from WSHA and WSMA. Maintain familiarity with contractual commitments and participant agreements and ensure compliance.
  • Serve as Honoring Choices PNW faculty.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities

  • Master’s degree in a clinical field, health care, public health, marketing, education or related field, preferred.  Bachelor’s degree required
  • A minimum of seven (7) years as a senior clinical or health care leader responsible for program development, physician relations, operations and/or complex project management preferably in a cause-driven organization or health care setting.
  • Demonstrated leadership and relationship management abilities, combined with strong team building and development skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, research, develop and deliver timely results on projects and initiatives.
  • Proven ability to influence others, and connect and create partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including diverse populations.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage to a budget.
  • Familiarity with fundraising processes preferred, with the ability to effectively engage a wide range of stakeholders including advisory groups, health care organizations, foundations, corporate sponsors and community-based organizations.
  • Preferred personal attributes:  impeccable integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, commitment to quality and excellence, and self-directed with demonstrated interest in health care and advance care planning.
  • Team player able to work collaboratively and successfully manage multiple priorities.
  • The proven ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities
  • Strong analytical skills combined with solid judgment, calmness under pressure, and a strong work ethic.
  • Effective time manager able to remain flexible in a constantly changing environment.
  • Proficient with of MS Office, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Excel.
  • Able to travel up to 30% regionally and/or nationally as required.

If you have the skills and abilities listed above, feel that you would be a good fit for this position, and would like to be part of this exceptional organization, please send a current resume and cover letter via for immediate consideration. No calls please. WSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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