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CHIEF NURSING OFFICER & SENIOR ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR, PATIENT CARE SERVICES Req #:201454Department:HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER - ADMINISTRATIONJob Location: Harborview Medical Center Posting Date:04/22/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Shift:First Shift Notes:Interested candidates should submit confidential resumes/CV’s to the organization’s executive search consultants at the email address below:

Diane Smith, Consultant
Toni Davis, Senior Associate
[email protected] We're on a mission
As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service.

Harborview's Mission: A comprehensive healthcare facility dedicated to the control of illness and the promotion and restoration of health. Its primary mission is to provide healthcare for the most vulnerable residents of King County; to provide and teach exemplary patient care; to provide care for a broad spectrum of patients from throughout the region; and to develop and maintain leading-edge centers of emphasis.

Harborview Medical Center is seeking candidates for Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Associate Administrator for Patient Care Services. With 413 beds, over 1900 FTEs, and more than 100 cost centers, the CNO has the primary accountability and responsibility for the practice of nursing across three clinical divisions and fully partners with the Medical Director in the evaluation and implementation of clinical programs and services. The CNO is a member of the Harborview Medical Center executive team and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

The Chief Nursing Officer has primary accountability and responsibility for the practice of nursing, including advanced practice nursing, and the development and leadership of nursing services across the organization. The position provides leadership and direction for all aspects of nursing, particularly efficient and cost-effective operations, service excellence, patient safety, and quality. In addition to nursing practice, the position has primary responsibility for the Patient Care Services Division, the largest operational division at Harborview Medical Center.


  • Bachelor’s degree in assumed; a Master’s degree required. Either the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree must be nursing. An MHA, MBA, DNP, or other advanced education with a healthcare focus enhances candidacy.
  • Current Washington State nursing license or eligible for nursing licensure in the State of Washington.

  • Knowledge and Work Experience
  • An accomplished nursing leader with experience in a clinically complex, high-acuity environment with Level 1 Trauma Center experience is strongly preferred. Experience working in an urban setting and serving an underserved population in a safety net hospital is desired. Experience in a public healthcare setting is helpful.
  • Previous Chief Nursing Officer experience is strongly preferred. Candidates must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience leading nursing and patient care divisions in a complex, tertiary medical center.
  • Experience leading a highly engaged, mission-oriented nursing team is required. Experience leading within a unionized environment would be a plus.
  • Experience working within a multi-site, matrixed healthcare delivery system is desired. Experience with Academic Medicine is helpful.
  • Extensive healthcare management skills with a valance of leadership, business skill, financial acumen, and clinical expertise.
  • Experience in leading an organization to achievement of Magnet or Pathways to Excellence designation would be a plus. Shared Governance experience and experience with clinical councils is required.
  • Experience with capital planning and design/build projects for new inpatient space.
  • A mission-driven leader who thrives on challenge and public service; demonstrates compassion, commitment, and dedication to serving the underserved. Finds joy and purpose in service to the community.
  • Serves as an inspirational role model for nurses at all levels in the organization.
  • Has financial acumen and understands productivity and efficiency. Familiar with process improvement techniques such as Lean and Six Sigma. Can evaluate and streamline operational processes, ensuring efficient, cost-effective delivery of care.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.

  • Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


    Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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