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Executive Director, Portland, OR

Oregon Patient Safety Commission

Executive Director

Portland, OR

March 11, 2017

Advancing Patient Safety in Oregon since 2003

Position Announcement:
Executive Director


The Oregon Patient Safety Commission (OPSC) seeks to advance, support, and encourage patient safety in Oregon. By working to reduce the risk of patient harm and encourage a culture of patient safety through education, shared learning, and improved transparency, we are furthering our vision of safe healthcare for all Oregonians.

We are a multi-faceted, semi-independent state agency created by the legislature in 2003 to further patient safety in the state. We operate multiple mission-driven programs, which include the Patient Safety Reporting Program, Early Discussion and Resolution, and various quality improvement initiatives. OPSC’s semi-independent status gives the organization access to resources while allowing it to approach the work from a nimble, non-regulatory standpoint. OPSC prides itself on having a grassroots foundation and history of innovation.

OPSC is based in Portland, Oregon, and has a biennial budget of $4.5 million. There are 14 staff members (14 FTE) and plans to expand to 17 staff by 2018.

The Opportunity:

Looking for a position where you can have a significant impact on people’s lives? Do you enjoy organizational growth and change? As executive director of the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, you will lead a team of dedicated, mission-focused, and technically trained staff. Your exceptional leadership and management skills will ensure that OPSC effectively fulfills its mission, working collaboratively within the organization and with dozens of partners. Your sharp skills in team building, legislative advocacy, equity and inclusion, and operational management will strengthen OPSC and see the organization through an expected period of exciting growth. The board and staff will appreciate your approachability, passion for our mission, promotion of work-life balance, and sense of humor.

Link to Full Job Description: OPSC Executive Director Position

Link to Home Page: OPSC Home Page

Education and Experience Required:

  • BA or BS in Healthcare Administration, Social Services, Management, Communications, or related field or equivalent experience. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant paid experience as a senior or executive director of a nonprofit organization, government agency, or healthcare-related business.
  • Seven years of experience working in a healthcare facility or healthcare-related field. Ten years preferred.

Core Competencies Required:

The ability to...

  • Think creatively and serve as a thought leader.
  • Create partnerships and collaborations—internally and externally.
  • Speak publicly to a variety of large and small audiences.
  • Create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where all people feel welcome.
  • Work with the board of directors, staff, and community partners to develop strategic and operational plans.
  • Provide leadership in structuring planning processes, developing clear strategic direction and goals, and communicating results.
  • Develop organizational and program budgets; monitor expenditures and revenues; and report to the board of directors and government entities.
  • Recruit, hire, and develop a highly functioning team.
  • Ensure teamwork among the staff and community partners by creating an environment that encourages and promotes open communication, accountability, and clarity of direction.
  • Understand and support development of new software

Additional Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of national and local healthcare delivery systems and patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Thorough understanding of the legal and regulatory framework in healthcare.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural, diverse environment and communicate effectively with a broad range of individuals and groups.
  • Fiscal management, including experience in developing and managing budgets in excess of $1,000,000.
  • Experience working with a large, diverse board of directors.
  • General understanding of employment laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to coach, counsel, supervise, and evaluate job performance of assigned staff in a timely manner.
  • Ability to efficiently use Microsoft Office and other common office software programs.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.

Salary and Benefits Information:

  • $110,000 - 120,000, depending on experience.
  • Generous benefits package including employer-paid health insurance, vacation and sick leave, 10 holidays, four personal days, flexible spending accounts, and an employer contribution to retirement plan (PERS).

How to Submit an Application:

  • Send a cover letter and chronological resume to our search consultant, Kathy Kniep, at kathy@kkniep.com, by March 31, 5pm. In your cover letter, please tell us how you heard about the position and answer these questions, supplying a one-paragraph answer to each. Thank you.
    • What motivates you to advance patient safety?
    • What do you consider your greatest leadership attributes?
  • An email acknowledgement will be sent to all applicants within two business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within that timeframe, please contact Kathy Kniep: kathy@kkniep.com or 503-309-3433.
  • Applications received after March 31, 5pm, may not be considered.
  • All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The board and staff of the Oregon Patient Safety Commission believe they can meet the organization’s mission only with a diverse board and staff who actively cultivate a culture of equity and inclusion.

“The names of patients whose lives we save can never be known. Our contribution will be what did not happen to them. And, though they are unknown, we will know that mothers and fathers are at graduations and weddings they would have missed, and that grandchildren will know grandparents they might never have known, and holidays will be taken, and work completed, and books read, and symphonies heard, and gardens tended that, without our work, would have been only beds of weeds.”

―Don Berwick, Past President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

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