Executive Director of the Association of Washington Public Health Districts (AWPHD)

Do you have experience in health care leadership and policy? Are you a dynamic executive level leader with strong communication skills?  Do you have knowledge of public institutions or local government? Do you enjoy convening groups to devise and implement common strategies to move forward?  Would you like your work to have impact throughout the Northwest region? Would you like to work with a group of dynamic, dedicated, passionate people who are committed to transforming health care throughout the state of Washington?

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we want to talk to you about joining the Washington State Hospital Association as the Executive Director of the Association of Washington Public Health Districts (AWPHD).

AWPHD focuses its efforts on the needs of rural hospitals and public hospital districts. AWPHD’s goal is to ensure vibrant health care delivery from Washington’s public hospital districts by helping districts leverage opportunities and address challenges of local government status. The Executive Director of AWPHD manages the affairs of the Association as an independent organization while receiving support from and coordinating activities and issues with the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) which also has all the publicly-owned hospitals as members. The Executive Director of AWPHD is a WSHA employee who leads AWPHD through a management agreement with WSHA. The position is supervised on a day-to-day basis by the WSHA CEO and also reports to the eleven-member AWPHD Board of Directors.

WSHA 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 best practices in health care and patient safety are shared, and that the quality and safety of health care accelerate. Our offices are located in beautiful downtown Seattle, surrounded by wonderful views of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains, with easy access to bus lines or underground parking. We offer an engaging and supportive workplace and a mission-driven organization.

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

Leadership and Member Services:

  • Serve as the lead executive of the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts; oversee finance, budget and operations.
  • Serve as the chief steward and promoter for the AWPHD mission, vision, values and goals.
  • Promote the importance of public hospital districts.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with AWPHD members, visiting them, speaking to their boards and management teams, and providing direct member services to them. Do this in coordination with WSHA’s member services and rural teams.
  • With member input, create and execute a strategic plan for AWPHD.
  • Create and implement training for public hospital district executive staff and commissioners on topics related to their publicness, including: governance/leadership development for public entities, open government regulations, opportunities and risks of interlocal agreements, construction and purchasing. Do this in conjunction with WSHA’s events and education team.
  • Ensure the AWPHD legal manual is up to date and accessible to members.
  • Write documents important to public hospital districts, including analyses of new laws, bulletins about emerging issues and communications among districts.
  • In conjunction with WSHA membership and events staff, plan and execute membership events including the annual CEO retreat, the annual rural conference and AWPHD member meetings.
  • Staff the AWPHD Board of Directors meetings, assisting board officers in ensuring the board is focused on strategic goals and emerging issues.
  • Manage contracts with lobbyists, lawyers, various consultants and Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC).
  • Build partnerships with organizations that share common interests of AWPHD members.
  • Lead work to develop and steward special government-generated funds that support AWPHD and public hospital districts and implement the board’s direction for their management and use.
  • Consult with WSHA’s rural team to ensure work is coordinated as needed.
  • Serve as a member of WSHA’s Senior Leadership Team, ensuring coordinated leadership of the two organizations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Policy and Advocacy:

  • Lead policy development, policy analysis and legislative advocacy efforts that relate to the public nature of Washington’s public hospital districts, in conjunction with WSHA’s government affairs team.
  • Develop and advocate for state laws that allow for effective governance at the district level.
  • Build relationships with and member opportunities to access the expertise of key state regulators for local governments including the State Auditor’s Office, the State Attorney General’s Office, the Public Disclosure Commission and the Secretary of State.
  • Advocate on behalf of public hospital districts on issues that relate to their public nature with these relevant state agencies, in conjunction with WSHA’s government affairs team.
  • Build relationships with other organizations (for example, other local government associations) to jointly advance positive policy goals or to defeat negative policy proposals.
  • Lead AWPHD’s efforts to evaluate amicus brief opportunities in state and federal courts when cases relate to public hospital district local government issues, in collaboration with WSHA’s legal team.

Desired qualifications, skills, and abilities


A minimum three to five years of executive policy and management experience, local government experience, and experience in hospital or health care finance and policy; or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Past experience with an association organization or collaborative organization strongly preferred. Master’s degree with emphasis in health policy or administration, social policy, law, local government or related field strongly preferred.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Comfortable creating and delivering presentations in person or via webcast.
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, writing, and speaking).
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage to a budget.
  • Comfortable giving and receiving feedback in a constructive manner to colleagues and supervisors.
  • Successful experience as a leader and manager.
  • Team player able to work collaboratively and successfully manage multiple priorities.
  • Able to successfully work collaborative with other groups with overlapping missions.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain strong professional relationships.
  • Demonstrated skill in meeting facilitation.
  • Proven ability to lead and participate in strategic planning process.
  • 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.
  • Preferred personal attributes:  impeccable integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, commitment to quality and excellence, self-directed, creative, curious and innovative.
  • 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 occasionally throughout the state of Washington.
  • Proficient with MS office suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and able to learn new systems as needed.

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, for immediate consideration, please apply through our career center at:


WSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Seattle, WA 98104

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