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Deputy Assistant Secretary - Washington State Department of Health

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Location: Olympia, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: February 3, 2018
Job #12142
Posted: January 3, 2018
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance

About the Position and HSQA
Reporting to the Assistant Secretary for the Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance (HSQA), the Deputy Assistant Secretary directs and manages administrative functions for the division including strategic planning, budget, personnel, facility space planning, communications, rules and legislation, administrative policy development and quality improvement. 

This position has operational oversight responsibility for the division and is responsible for integrating and aligning the work of division office directors and managers with agency policy and planning.  The position oversees and is responsible for six (6) direct reports including managers at the WMS Band 2 level and 25 FTEs; directly responsible for a biennial budget of approx. $10 million, and oversight responsibility for the division’s biennial budget of $165 million.
This key leadership position requires someone with strong organizational and management skills who also gets excited about handling the hard to identify or complex problems that require broad strategic thinking and planning.  This position has operational oversight for the division and also works on high profile projects with agency impact.Responsibility for budget, personnel, facilities, administrative policy development, and quality improvement requires someone who has the ability to oversee a diverse set of operations and sometimes make difficult decisions.  This can also mean being responsible for hard conversations intended to move managers, staff and the agency forward.

  • Strategic leader in operations, ensuring performance, culture and infrastructure are in place to meet the division’s mission.
  • Demonstrated experience leading administrative functions including financial management, human resource management, facilities management, information technology, strategic planning, and quality improvement.
  • Acts as a resource for those hard to identify problems or barriers for division programs.
  • Ability to operationalize the Assistant Secretary’s vision ensuring operational infrastructure is in place.
  • Ability to problem solve at both a divisional and agency wide level on issues of significance that impact the agency’s mission, such as shared services, IT and HR challenges.
  • Makes recommendations and reallocates resources within the division to support priorities and assist across the agency when needed.
  • Ability to strategically partner with peers across the agency to recommend and adopt agency administrative policy.
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships across lines of business and central administrative programs to problem solve and innovate.
  • Ability to manage multiple division and agency priorities and demands – assisting with priority setting, identifying predictable surprises and raising issues early.
  • Participates on the division leadership team and acts on behalf of the Assistant Secretary when needed.

The Health Systems Quality Assurance Division is responsible for oversight of Washington State’s health care delivery system, which includes licensing and regulating over 400,000 health care professionals and 7,000 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. 


About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives
Washington 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.

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.  
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 on duties and work location.) 

What we’re looking for:
The ideal candidate is a leader with strong organizational and management skills. A strategic leader in operations, ensuring performance, culture and infrastructure are in place to meet the division’s mission.Someone who has the ability to oversee a diverse set of operations and sometimes make difficult decisions. 

Intrigued? We’d love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to learn more about the position and submit your application. 

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