Policy Director

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JOB TITLE:                Policy Director                                                 FLSA STATUS:         Exempt           

DEPARTMENT:         Government Affairs                                         PREPARED DATE: July 2022

REPORTS TO:           Senior Vice President, Government Affairs


The Policy Director leads public policy analysis, advocacy, and implementation on key laws, regulations, and agency actions of material importance to the operations of Washington State hospitals. The Policy Director provides the substantive expertise and direction needed to develop the legal and policy structure in order to further our hospital members’ ability to deliver quality, cost effective care. The Policy Director has responsibility for specific pieces of achieving the organization’s public policy goals; influences state and federal elected bodies, elected officials and administrative agencies; and assists hospital members in following and taking advantage of new laws.  Furthermore, the Policy Director translates understanding of hospital needs to achievable policy measures.

Policy Director scope of policy issues:

  • Hospital operations and construction, certificate of need, pharmacy, workplace, environmental and other policy areas as assigned.


  • Engage WSHA members in public policy and advocacy.
  • Serve as lead staff on key health care issues with the state legislature, federal congressional delegation, and state and federal administrative agencies.
  • Identify public policy opportunities or threats and create and develop proposed legislation in response.
  • Identify opportunities for WSHA to address public policy challenges with voluntary efforts and lead this work.
  • Encourage hospital member involvement in public policy, including preparing members to testify. Coordinate with WSHA lobbyists.
  • Develop WSHA response on proposed rules and agency guidelines.  
  • Develop partnerships with other organizations that share WSHA interests and coordinate actions.
  • Direct work of WSHA decision support staff to identify and display relevant data and information.
  • Present information at legislative committees, regulatory hearings, and other governmental meetings, as well as to partner organizations.
  • Present and facilitate discussions with the WSHA Board and committees.
  • Convene and chair WSHA sponsored work groups of hospital members, such as hospital pharmacists, financial counselors, hospital legal staff, hospital reimbursement staff, and others.
  • Represent WSHA at outside workgroups and committees.
  • Keep members informed on WSHA advocacy efforts through phone conferences, webinars, newsletters, bulletins and other communication vehicles.
  • Assist members in following important state laws, and in implementing new laws.
  • Develop relationships with key agency staff, member staff and partner organizations to identify and pursue hospital member interests.
  • Contribute to the development of WSHA strategic goals.
  • Participate as part of the policy development team — sharing work, expertise, and resources.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


This position has no supervisory responsibilities. 


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. 


For policy director, at least three years of professional public policy and/or advocacy experience with a health care related organization, association, governmental entity, or political organization, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree or juris doctorate strongly preferred.

Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex law and regulations and communicate conclusions and recommendations in plain English to key audiences.
  • Ability to draft legal memos, policy documents, regulations, and legislation.
  • Familiarity with Washington State law and regulations.
  • Knowledge of state, federal and local political processes.
  • Ability to build effective relationships and represent WSHA in a professional and confident manner
  • Deep knowledge of health care environment.
  • Strong project coordination/management and leadership skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Able to successfully communicate effectively and work with diverse populations.
  • Ability to conceptualize, analyze and communicate complex health policy issues to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong, collaborative team player also able to successfully work independently.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects with competing priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfortable giving and receiving feedback in a constructive manner to colleagues and supervisors.

Skills & Abilities for Legal Affairs Position:

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex law and regulations and communicate conclusions and recommendations in plain English to key audiences.
  • Ability to draft legal memos, policy documents, regulations and legislation.
  • Familiarity with Washington State law and regulations.

Computer Skills

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint required.  Proficiency with email required.


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 or Olympia, and infrequently overnight travel is required.


Contact Us

Washington State Hospital Association
999 Third Avenue
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98104

Map / Directions

206.281.7211 phone
206.283.6122 fax


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