Regional Medical Officer - Washington State Department of Health

LOCATION: Multiple Locations, WA

CLOSING DATE: open until filled


JOB #: 18588

POSTED: April 5, 2022


Applicant review begins April 25, 2022. This recruitment will remain Open Continuous.  The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision and/or to close this recruitment at any time.  

Regional Medical Officer (WMS MD Band – 4 Positions

(Central Corridor, Eastern Plains, South Gorge, and Northwest Waterway) Washington

Homebased with extensive and frequent travel in the 

Assigned Washington State Region


Our ideal candidate has a driving passion for the work, brings humility to their job and interactions, and understands how their actions affect others. They see the needs and objectives of others and take them into account while achieving their own objectives, and they adapt their approach and expectations accordingly.

Our ideal candidate strives for engagement and partnership, even when confronted with others who are not open or collaborative. They are nimble and adaptive when faced with resistance, demonstrate resilience, and can have courageous conversations when needed.

The Department of Health (DOH) is creating regional offices that will provide additional infrastructure to implement our agency priorities and support health across Washington State. These positions are part of a 2-position team that supports a DOH regional office.   Each regional office will have a Regional Medical Officer and a Regional Coordinator.  The Regional Medical Officers will be physicians licensed to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine in the state of Washington.
Under the general supervision of and in support of the Chief Science Officer (CSO) and the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases, our Regional Medical Officers will partner with local health and Tribal leaders to guide and support key science, health, and medical needs across the regions and state.   The Regional Medical Officers will provide public health recommendations to promote the health, safety, and well-being of Washingtonians by understanding and serving as a trusted partner in their assigned regional area and the state as needed. They will also support the work of local health officers by providing backup, connecting them with DOH resources, and offering subject matter expertise.  
Our Regional Medical Officers will also support the Secretary of Health in serving on a team of primary science experts on public health issues. These positions are responsible for being versed in the latest science, public health practice, and medical knowledge, and helping implement evidence-based initiatives in their regional area. As a team, they may also provide subject matter expertise to work outside their regional areas by drawing upon a diverse background of experience in public health domains including behavioral health, environmental health, informatics, communicable diseases, and others.
Our Regional Medical Officers will partner with all sectors of the public health system in support of key agency and local priorities. These positions will serve as a key liaison within their region to Department of Health staff and between external health partners and organizations to advance priority work as needed.


  • Region 1 – Central Corridor (Counties: Okanogan, Douglas, Chelan, Kittitas, and Grant)
  • Region 2 – Eastern Plains (Counties: Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Asotin, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla, Franklin, and Benton)
  • Region 3 – South Gorge (Counties:  Klickitat, Yakima, Skamania, Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Pacific, Lewis, and Thurston)
  • Region 4 – Northwest Waterway (Counties: Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pierce, King, Snohomish, Kitsap, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Whatcom)

Applicant Profile (Required Qualifications)

  • Doctor of Medicine from an accredited school of medicine or osteopathy in the United States, or an equivalent degree from a foreign medical institution.
  • Completion of three (3) years of medical residency program/patient care training with preference given to preventive medicine or primary care-related training programs.  Note: a residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body for the American Medical Association (AMA) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Licensed to practice medicine in the state of Washington, by start date or within 30 days of hire.

As well as demonstrated experience in the following leadership competencies:

  • Start with mindset – Turn your mindset outward by seeing the humanity in others.
  • Be the change – Change your mindset regardless of whether others change theirs.
  • Be fully capable – Own your work, plans, actions, and impact. Position others to own theirs.
  • Build relationships – Eliminate the unnecessary distinctions that create distance between yourself and others.
  • Rethink systems and processes to turn them outward – Create an environment that energizes people rather than manages objects.
  • Measure results – Move yourself and your teams to achieve collective goals.

These positions report to the State Medical Epidemiologist for Communicable Disease within the Office of Health and Science. Learn more about the Washington Management Service.    
The annual compensation is between $112,152 and $291,000, 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 program.
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, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.
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