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Providence Health & Services Regional Director of Ethics - Western WA in Renton, Washington



The Regional Director of Ethics will sit in Renton, WA and provide services primarily within the Western Washington region of PSJH. He/she will support and advance the theological and ethical dimension of the PSJH health care ministry consistent with the PSJH Mission and Values and the Theology and Ethics statement of Vision; "We animate and energize the moral identity of PSJH as a ministry of the Catholic Church at the service of all, empowering caregivers and leaders in developing personal and professional capabilities for ethical decision making in alignment with the Mission and Values of PSJH. We nurture conditions where individuals and the organization can act with integrity and justice in identifying and responding to emerging ethical and social issues." This role is responsible for the overall planning, operation, and evaluation of ethics services within a PSJH region, and works closely with Mission Integration leaders in the provision of ethics services. The Regional director of Ethics provides ethics education, clinical and organizational ethics consultation, and policy development and review for ethics committees, physician and nursing staffs, residents, ministry leadership, patients and families, and others as is appropriate. The Regional Director of Ethics serves on local ministry ethics committees and various committees and councils of the Theology and Ethics Department, contributes to system-wide projects and initiatives of the Department, and participates in departmental, divisional, and system goals.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform all duties and responsibilities consistent with the Mission and Values of PSJH and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (EROs).

  • Provide support for, and general oversight of, local ministry ethics committees within the region and local ethics champions or embedded ethics resources together with Mission leaders as appropriate.

  • Provide supervision of Clinical Ethicist (if applicable).

  • Serve as a member of the local ministry ethics committees within the region and chairs or co-chairs a Regional Ethics Council as appropriate.

  • Serve as a member of the PSJH Ethics Leadership Council.

  • Serve on regional and system committees as appropriate.

  • Provides Institutional Review Board service as needed.

  • Develop ethics education programs and provide ethics education for local ministry ethics committees within the region, physician and nursing staffs, local and regional ministry leadership, Mission Integration leadership formation programs, and others as appropriate.

  • Provide clinical ethics consultation for and in collaboration with local ministry ethics committees within the region, clinical consult teams, patients and families, physician and nursing staffs, local ministry leadership, and others.

  • Participate in or leads regional and local Mission and Value Discernments as appropriate.

  • Develop and recommend appropriate local ministry and regional ethics policies and contribute to the development and review of other policies with significant ethics dimensions as needed in collaboration with stakeholders and committees.

  • Assess needs in the areas of ethics education, consultation, Mission fidelity (including ERDs compliance), and other appropriate areas and recommends measures to address these needs to appropriate local ministry ethics committees and councils of the Theology and Ethics Department and to the SVP.

  • Develop resources and tools for the advancement of ethics education, clinical ethics consultation, policy, and other appropriate areas, including the development of quality improvement tools.

  • At the direction of the SVP, participate in system-wide projects and initiatives of the Theology and Ethics Department.

  • Annually assist the SVP in identifying budgetary needs and collecting budgeting data for the Theology and Ethics departmental budget.

  • Maintain collaborative relationships with the regional Chief Mission Integration Officer and local Directors of Mission Integration, Ethicists, other Mission Integration leaders, other ministry leaders of PSJH, and makes referrals as appropriate.

  • Assists other Regional Directors of Ethics as needed, and assists with ethics needs in other PSJH regions at the direction of the SVP.

  • Provide ethics expertise for PSJH advocacy and government relations efforts as needed.

  • Collaborate with and provides ethics services for PSJH Affiliate as appropriate.

  • In collaboration with the SVP, assist with the ethics review of partnerships as needed.

  • Assist Mission leaders with church relations as needed.

  • Engage in Department-funded professional development activities with the approval of the SVP.

  • Engage in writing self-initiated or requested publications in the area of health care ethics for internal and external publications with appropriate advance notification of the SVP.


Above all, we are looking for a servant leader whose personal and professional background demonstrates a genuine passion for the mission and core values of Providence St. Joseph Health. You have a style that emphasizes openness, collaboration, visibility, and connectivity. A strong, confident, results-oriented, and decisive leader with the capacity to balance the big picture and strategic perspective with a focus on operations and the details of execution. You can articulate how your work improves healthcare delivery in the communities that we serve.



Required education and experience for this position include:

  • Master's Degree in Bioethics, Moral Philosophy, or Moral Theology; or equivalent educ/experience.

  • 2 years of supervised clinical ethics experience in a health care setting.

  • More than 10 years of related experience.

  • At least 8 years of leadership experience.

  • Thorough knowledge of Catholic Healthcare ethics and in the Ethical & Religious Directive for Catholic Health Care Services.

  • Knowledge of Catholic moral and social teaching and the Catholic moral tradition.

  • Knowledge of the mission, values and priorities of Catholic health care.

  • Knowledge of ethical theory, bioethics and common bioethical issues, clinical ethics, and organizational and social ethics.

  • Ability to appropriately communicate and apply Catholic moral and social teaching and tradition to clinical, social, and organizational issues.

  • General knowledge of health care delivery, operations, and priorities.

  • Knowledge of the nature and function of health care ethics committees.

  • Ability to create and implement items such as procedures, policies, educational tools, and quality metrics.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; effective communication with diverse groups; ability to facilitate meetings; ability to manage conflict and build consensus; appropriate personal attributes such as compassion and prudence. Ability to engage in practices of self-care and resilience.

  • Teaching/presentation skills and facilitation with adult learning methods; critical thinking; creative problem solving; expertise in moral reasoning

  • Ability to facilitate, coach, and negotiate in ethics consultations and mission discernments.

  • Cultural sensitivity in interactions with staff, leadership, patients, and families.

Preferred education and experience for this position include:

  • PhD. in Bioethics, Moral Philosophy, or Moral Theology; or equivalent educ/experience.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

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As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

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Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Leadership

Location: Washington-Renton

Req ID: 254098