Senior Director of Behavioral Health

Job Type:

  • Full-time

Number of Hires for this Role:

  • 1


  • Seattle, WA
  • Hybrid Work Schedule due to COVID-19

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is seeking a full-time dynamic, dedicated, and professional Senior Director of Behavioral Health to join our team!

About WSHA:

WSHA has been in existence for over 80 years and is the trusted voice and indispensable resource that leads, challenges and assists Washington hospitals and health systems to improve the health of the communities they serve. We are a strong advocate for and provide value to our members in achieving their missions by committing the following:

  • Service: 
    • We are a member-led association committed to providing servant leadership.
  • Integrity: 
    • We are honest in our work and operate with transparency and accountability.
  • Collaboration: 
    • We act cooperatively, incorporate diverse perspectives, and use the power of the collective to achieve our mission.
  • Innovation: 
    • We are agile and drive continuous quality improvement.

We are in beautiful downtown Seattle, surrounded by wonderful views of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains, with easy access to bus lines or underground parking.

For more information about WSHA, visit us at

Position Summary:

The Senior Director of Behavioral Health oversees implementation and execution of the vision and goals for WSHA’s Behavioral Health program. The position also builds relationships with and represents WSHA to important outside organizations. The Senior Director is responsible for one direct report as well as developing and managing small but high-functioning teams. The position interacts extensively with internal WSHA leaders, including the Senior Vice President for Safety and Quality, as well as the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, leaders from WSHA member organizations, leaders from state agencies and with other stakeholder and community partners.

This is done in a context of adding value for participants and meeting regulatory expectations (such as CQIP) delivering on grant and contract expectations and Federal contract requirements.

The Senior Director of Behavioral Health 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 Senior 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 Senior 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 Senior Director translates understanding of hospital needs to achievable policy measures. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Serve as program leader, and administrative point person in the design and execution of responsibilities associated with assigned projects. Foster partnership with particular focus on collaboration with strategic organizations related to areas of focus and coordinate action if needed on legislation or rulemaking.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. Engage in continuous learning and study to understand emerging trends in assigned topics, current focus of transformation and latest evidence in quality care. Identify when these areas may warrant public policy development and legislation or voluntary efforts for improvement for members.Create process to measure progress on core strategies with meaningful reports which result in improving performance with help of data analytics.Identify content, manage and lead Safe Table Collaboratives to provide evidence, best practices, and other information to improve care.Serve members providing services that are a valuable resource and one in which members want to be engaged.Advance and incorporate rapid cycle improvement and technical assistance based on national and local developments and feedback in a way that best accomplished the goals of the program.Present at meetings determined to be important including for clinical experts, government, association partners etc.Interface between the participating groups and cohorts, contracted resources and internal resources to provide high level customer service. Also communicates directly with participating groups as needed. Encourage hospital member involvement in public policy, including preparing members to testify and coordinate with WSHA lobbyists. Develop WSHA response on proposed rules and agency guidelines.   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 the involuntary treatment and behavioral health workgroups.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.Participate as part of the policy development team — sharing work, expertise, and resources.  Manages web site for areas of accountability making sure they are up to date.Maintain and improves systems to effectively support the project’s integrity and sustainability.Oversee national and local experts to support value to members and results.   
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  This position supervises one Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Improvement. Responsibilities include attracting, interviewing, hiring, orientation and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work in a way that empowers staff to work independently; appraising   QUALIFICATIONS: 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.    Education/Experience Master’s Degree with clinical, health care or related field and a minimum of five years’ experience in leadership in a hospital, health clinic or health system setting; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Clinical credential strongly preferred.   The ideal candidate would possess inpatient behavioral health experiences in Washington at the leadership level.   Demonstrated knowledge of topic areas, operations, program development, and complex project management.   Skills & Abilities:  Expertise in measurement and improvement in areas for which this role is accountable.Demonstrated ability to lead and achieve rapid results on strategic initiatives.Ability to conceptualize, analyze and communicate complex health policy issuesAbility to develop, lead, and participate in partnerships and joint ventures with other organizations.Develops programs to meet the needs of other states, systems, and rural health care settings.Strong and varied clinical and operational experience.Excellence in developing, managing and coaching staff.Ability to develop organizational structures and manage staff to help achieve goals when working with important partners such as health care systems and state agencies while being very lean.Strong working knowledge of improving care processes, working with communities, and working with a variety of disciplines in complex projects.Excellent capabilities in finding and sharing clinical best, emerging or consensus practices; must have prior experience gathering data, designing reports, and developing systems to collect and present data.Strong team player who is able to coordinate a number of activities at one time.Excellent customer/member relations skills as well as verbal and written communication skills.Demonstrated ability to plan, research, develop, and deliver with very high satisfaction by members.Understanding of culture and change management.Must have demonstrated expertise in at least one of the primary areas of focus.Comfortable giving and receiving feedback in a constructive manner to colleagues and supervisors   Computer Skills:  Strong computer and data management skills, including proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, especially PowerPoint, and ability to produce graphs, charts and spreadsheets. Demonstrated ability with web based tools such as managing and updating website content.Ability to gather, interpret and analyze data using computer software.   

Salary and Benefits:

WSHA offers a competitive base salary plus benefits and generous paid leave, among many other benefits.

If you are interested in this position, please apply through our career center at

WSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Seattle, WA 98104

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