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Executive Director within the Office of Health Professions, Tumwater, WA

Washington State Department of Health

Executive Director

Tumwater, WA

August 2, 2018

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Executive Director within the Office of Health Professions (WMS Band 2) - DOH4172

Salary $76,092.00 - $102,348.00 Annually
Location Thurston County – Tumwater, WA
Job Type Full Time - Permanent
Department Dept. of Health
Job Number DOH4172
Closing 8/22/2018 11:59 PM Pacific


Executive Director (WMS Band 2)
within the Office of Health Professions
Tumwater, Washington

Reporting to the Office Director of Health Professions (OHP), the Executive Director within OHP is responsible a staff of six (6) carrying out the work of the Veterinary Board of Governors, the Optometry Board, and the Board of Hearing and Speech.

This position is also responsible for assigned secretary regulated professions including dispensing opticians, radiologic technologists, x-ray technicians, genetic counselors, orthotics and prosthetics, and animal massage therapists. Additional significant position responsibilities include the Washington Recovery and Monitoring Program (WRAMP) and the contracts with the Washington Physician Health Program (WPHP) and the Washington Recovery Assistance Program for Pharmacy (WRAPP).

The Office of Health Professions is responsible for the regulation and support of the health professions (including the regulatory boards, commissions, and committees), impaired practitioners, medical marijuana and prescription monitoring program. Learn more about the Office of Health Professions and Facilities.

The Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance (HSQA) is responsible oversight of Washington State's health care delivery system which includes licensing and regulating over 460,000 healthcare professionals and 5,000 facilities. HSQA also works closely with communities and local health partners to build strong health systems and prevention programs across the state to help ensure communities have access to good health care and emergency medical services. Learn more about HSQA.

About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives

Work at Health logo public health employer of choiceWashington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about DOH and DOH Infographic (Download PDF reader).

DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:

  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve. View the DOH "Diversity is Rising" video.
  • We have an engaging Wellness@Health program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
  • We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options. (Depending upon job duties.)
  • We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers. Take the DOH Workplace Modernization Virtual Tour.
  • We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding. Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work. (Depending upon job duties and work location.) View KING 5's Drew Mikkelsen report on the Infant at Work program.

What we're looking for

Success in this position requires that one be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interaction, and who listens and understands how their words and actions affect others.

Our ideal candidate is a transformative leader comfortable with innovation and ambiguity, who is able to problem-solve complex policy issues, create meaningful partnerships and work collaboratively to meet shared objectives as well as create a climate where people are motivated to do their best. A leader who supports and empowers staff when making tough decisions, who is willing to address difficult issues and say what needs to be said, and who recognizes the values that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.

Preference may be given to candidates with the following DESIRED education and experience:

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in the following areas:
    • Regulatory work with healthcare professionals.
    • Supporting the work of regulatory boards or commissions.
    • Leading performance improvement activities, resulting in improved services, efficiency, or cost savings.
    • Providing technical assistance on compliance with healthcare facilities or practitioners regulation.
    • Directing the development of necessary legislation, budgets, and application of resources.
    • Effectively leading and directing large groups of managers and professionals.
    • Applying knowledge of state health profession regulatory framework, the legislative process, national and state trends in healthcare.
  • Demonstrated expertise in verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in relationship-building, facilitation and negotiation skills.

As well as demonstrated leadership competencies in the following:

  • Collaborates – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Manages Complexity – Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Decision Quality – Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Cultivates Innovation – Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Persuades – Using compelling arguments to gain the support and commitment of others.
  • Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Plans and Aligns – Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
  • Resourcefulness – Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Builds Effective Teams – Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Values Differences – Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.


This position reports to the Office Director of Health Professions. Learn more about the Washington Management Service.

The annual range of compensation is between $76,092 and $102,348, depending upon qualifications.

Washington State offers a full benefits package including vacation and sick leave, family medical and dental coverage, life insurance, retirement, and a deferred compensation.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce. Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Cher Williams at (360) 236-4545,, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.

Application Process

Intrigued? We'd love to hear from you. Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

  1. A detailed Letter of Interest that addresses your qualifications, as they relate to the position.
  2. A Resume
  3. Five (5) or more professional references, to be included in your profile.

DO NOT attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process, or that are password protected. These type of documents cause errors when downloading application materials and will not be forwarded to the hiring supervisor. Veterans, please feel free to attach a copy of your DD214 (redact SSN).

Live and Work in a Great State

Washington State offers a total work/life package of pay, benefits, flexibility and workplace opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and out of life. Washington State is a great place to work, play, and be a part of a community. Washington offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed. From the high-energy urban center of Seattle, one of the nation's top-ranked cities, to the more relaxed pace of our rural communities, Washington's distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature.

The position is located in Tumwater, Washington, right on the edge of Olympia, the state's capital. The Tumwater/Olympia area has a vibrant city with a small-town feel conveniently situated between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Mount Rainier and the rugged Cascade Mountains provide majestic scenery to the east while Washington's Pacific Coast is just an hour's drive to the west. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two universities and a community college within a ten-mile radius. Learn more about the City of Tumwater, and about the Olympia and the Thurston County area.

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