Assistant Director, Honoring Choices PNW

Are you a health care leader with experience working on end of life issues or improvement initiatives? Would you like the impact of your work to be statewide? Would you like work with a group of dynamic, dedicated, passionate people who are also 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 Assistant 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 an Assistant Director.
Honoring Choices® Pacific Northwest is an initiative to inspire conversations about the care people want at the end of life. This comprehensive initiative uses a variety of approaches, such as an advance care planning program, community engagement, physician education, advocacy, and the development of a central repository. We help the public make informed choices about end-of-life care. We help health care organizations and community groups discuss, record and honor end-of-life choices.

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 Assistant Director position will be a WSHA employee located in the WSHA offices and will report to the Senior Director of the Honoring Choices initiative, but will also work with leadership at both WSHA and WSMA in driving forward the initiative.

The Assistant Director is a full-time position within WSHA’s Safety and Quality department, responsible for the vision, planning and implementation of advance care planning programs in health care settings and medical groups centered on knowing and honoring values at the end of life. Responsibilities include creation of vision, implementation strategies, day to day operations, program and project management, data collection and reporting. This work will create synergy with projects being done in the community setting related to Honoring Choices PNW. This position works with the Honoring Choices PNW team to lead complex projects and coordinate state-wide efforts through logistics, customer and partner relations, and exceptional organizational skills.
Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Advance Care Planning

• Serve as the key program leadership and administrative point person for health care organizations in the vision and execution of responsibilities associated with Honoring Choices PNW
• Develop and maintain relationships across hospitals, health systems, and medical groups to support the implementation of comprehensive advance care planning systems
• Maximize the number and quality of advance care planning initiatives in the healthcare setting across the Pacific Northwest to reach program goals
• Provide consulting and training to partner and prospective partner organizations
• Conduct personalized assessments with senior leader and front-line teams and generate individualized action plans. Provide ongoing, high quality project management and support
• Maintain accountability for and regularly provide reports on established program performance goals
• Identify challenges and solutions to health care implementation of advance care planning
• Enhance and create materials as needed for health care workers
• Create and execute processes to manage health care facilitators, instructors, and faculty to achieve the goals of Honoring Choices PNW
• Assist in fundraising efforts as needed and ensure each organization is delighted they donated
• Provide support to website and program materials
• Provide feedback for rapid cycle change on the advance care planning program with a vision for growth opportunities.

HCPNW Lead Health Care Faculty

• Serve as Lead Faculty for all health care teams. Provide meticulous project management, problem solving, and ongoing support to all faculty and teams. Lead regular calls and coordinate communication and education to teams in collaboration with the Community Engagement Program Manager

Other Work
• Work with Community Engagement and Program Manager and HCPNW internal leadership on strategic planning, such as timelines, goals and objectives, and scope of work.
• Coordinate meetings, work plans, presentations, trainings, reports, and other work as needed
• Participate in the development and organization of collateral pieces and other marketing materials: work with team(s) and communications staff to optimize and organize the best representation of Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest to participating stakeholders and public
• Cultivate rapid cycle improvement based on national and local developments and feedback evolving implementation to best meet needs of the program.

Desired Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities
• Bachelor’s degree in education, healthcare, or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
• A minimum of five (5) to ten (10) years as a leader in a cause-driven organization or health care setting required.
• Experience in one or more of the following required: a direct clinical role in a healthcare setting, or a leadership position in safety and quality in a healthcare setting, or proven experience in advance care planning theory and application.
• Minimum of 1 year experience with data collection methods and analysis strongly preferred.
• Proven ability to connect, create, and successfully maintain partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders, include culturally, racially, and religiously diverse populations.
• Minimum of five (5) years successfully leading high functioning teams preferred.
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to quickly connect and effectively interact with diverse audiences.
• Comfortable interacting with internal executive level and staff members as well as external contacts including physicians, administrators, and executives.
• Proven ability to develop work plans, timelines and track progress.
• Proven ability to develop, meet, and exceed specific performance metrics.
• Comfortable giving and receiving feedback in a constructive manner to colleagues and supervisors.
• Strong computer skills, including but not limited to MS Office, outlook, Excel, Word.
• Proven ability to analyze and display data in an actionable manner.
• Must be able to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously, adhere to strict deadlines and compressed schedules, and thrive in a constantly changing environment.
• Proven history of effectively working both independently and as a member of a team.
• Excellent presenter and trainer.
• Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated project management abilities.
• Ability to remain flexible and adaptable in a changing environment.
• 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.
• Able to travel up to 30% regionally.
• Comfortable giving and receiving feedback in a constructive manner to colleagues and supervisors
• Proficiency with Microsoft office suite required, Must be able to gather, interpret and analyze data using computer software and be able to create charts and graphs from that data.

How to apply

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 apply through our career center through this link:

for immediate consideration. No calls please.  WSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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