Director, Rural Health Programs


JOB TITLE:                Director, Rural Health                                     FLSA STATUS:       Exempt   

DEPARTMENT:         Rural Health                                                     

REPORTS TO:           Vice President, Advocacy and Rural Health


The Director, Rural Health leads and implements programs and tactics to improve health and health care delivery in rural Washington State. The Director works under the supervision of the Vice President for Advocacy and Rural Health and works closely with the staff of the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts, members of the Government Affairs and Quality and Safety teams and others to assure the timely, coordinated and strategic deployment of relevant resources.


  • Assist in strategic agenda setting for the rural membership and act in a lead capacity on relevant policy and programming initiatives.
  • Assist in staffing the Rural Hospital Committee, and as requested, participate in agenda planning and presentations to the Strategic Planning Committee, the Public Policy Committee.
  • Support/operationalize strategies and tactics to improve the stability and sustainability of rural hospitals and health systems in rural Washington
  • In conjunction with staff from safety and quality, assist in design and implementation of rural population health initiatives.
  • Assist with the implementation of rural workforce initiatives, including but not limited to nursing training slots.
  • Plan and facilitate regular communication with the rural membership on key program and policy issues, including rural administrator calls.
  • Promote and support dialogue between rural health system leaders, local health and human service organizations and community leaders to preserve/improve access to essential services in rural communities.
  • Facilitate development of common agendas with strategic partners and develop relationships with key agency staff, member staff, and partner organizations.
  • Ensure coordinated understanding of and response to the challenges and opportunities to support the transition to integrated care systems.
  • Staff and/or lead key rural groups and rural oriented activities within WSHA’s membership.
  • Ensure open communication of rural priorities and alignment of objectives with other departments, including but not limited to Quality and Patient Safety, Policy and Advocacy, WHS and AWPHD.
  • Support the development and deployment of rural safety and quality initiatives, including the rural CNO collaborative and rural health equity programs.
  • Act as a convener of external rural stakeholders including the Department of Health, the Washington Rural Health Collaborative and Washington Rural Hospital Network.
  • Work to align activities and agendas across stakeholder groups.
  • As a member of the government affairs team, work with WSHA members and WSHA lobbyists to influence state and federal elected bodies, elected official and administrative agencies.
  • Support the VP of Advocacy and Rural Health in advocacy, including planning and staffing of advocacy days and implementation of the strategic advocacy plan.
  • Engage WSHA members in public policy and advocacy.
  • Participate in internal strategic planning discussions.
  • Act as an educational and strategic planning resource to local hospital boards and aid in their engagement and development.
  • Act as a representative of WSHA in appropriate forums at both the state and national level.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Related experience and/or training in policy analysis, development or work within a hospital system; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience in a federal or state policy development environment preferred.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Familiarity with state and federal health care laws and regulations
  • Demonstrated community engagement experience
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Self-starter with strong analytical skills
  • Ability to articulate complex issues
  • Ability to discern key policy and messaging points
  • Ability to travel one day a week and/or up to three nights a month, mostly within Washington
  • Comfortable giving and receiving feedback in a constructive manner to colleagues and supervisors

Computer Skills:

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint required.  Proficiency with email required.  Ability to learn and adapt to new technology related to the position.


The physical demands and work environment described below represent the activities and surroundings of the positions.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work is typically performed in an office environment, with a moderate noise level.  The position requires working in an office environment with the usual office equipment, including copiers, fax machines, and computers.   The employee is frequently required to talk and hear on the telephone and in person with individuals and groups.  The incumbent may carry materials/equipment weighing up to 25 lbs on occasion.  The incumbent is required to read and respond to documents in hard copy and electronic form.  The position requires frequent or occasional travel within Washington State to member facilities, and on occasion, overnight travel is necessitated.



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