All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored.
UW Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals.
The UW MEDICAL CENTER OFFICE OF HEALTHCARE EQUITY has an outstanding opportunity for a DIRECTOR OF EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION (ED&I).
The DIRECTOR OF EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION (ED&I) will evaluate, plan, organize, direct, and facilitate the activities that support University of Washington Medical Center’s capacity to care for a diverse patient population and workforce. As the primary EDI representative for UWMC, this leader will maintain and continue to support the UW Medicine Healthcare Equity Blueprint. These responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, directing the professional, operational, marketing, financial, personnel, employee relations, and educational activities associated with advancing EDI at UWMC and as part of the larger UW Medicine health system.
The Director of ED&I will support activities and special projects to implement a work plan that provides all administrative divisions within UWMC a sustainable framework to support a safe, respectful, equitable, and inclusive environment. In addition, will recognize and address unequal relations of power and privilege to strengthen our clinical care for patients and staff advocacy support. This work will directly confront bias and racism at the individual, program, departmental, and systemic levels through innovative programs and policies.
The Director of ED&I also serves as an expert resource and partner for issues related to equitable care, access, and outcomes for patients at UWMC as well as across UW Medicine through active engagement with UW Medicine’s Office of Healthcare Equity efforts. This includes a comprehensive approach to improving healthcare equity and reducing healthcare disparities across the UW Medicine clinical sites of practice.
The Director of ED&I is responsible for independent decision-making, planning, and taking actions based on identified organization goals and strategic objectives. This individual will represent the best interests of UWMC and UW Medicine as one of the primary EDI leaders in the health system.
UW Medicine Office of Healthcare Equity’s overall strategy includes:
Establishing the training resources, programs, events, and policies to create an environment that supports diversity, equity and inclusion across all aspects of the UW Medicine workforce.
Working with the communities we serve to better learn their needs and engage them as partners in identifying and addressing care equity opportunities.
Developing and implementing strategies to promote healthcare equity for all patients regardless of age, race, ethnicity, language, religion, spiritual practice, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and socioeconomic and mental/physical status. The Director of ED&I directly supports the UWMC and UW Medicine Patients Are First Pillars:
Focus on Serving the Patient & Family
Provide the Highest Quality Care
Become the Employer of Choice
Practice Fiscal Responsibility
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Business, Public Health, Health Administration, or related field.
At least three to five (3-5) years of demonstrated experience with management of equity-focused programs and initiatives in a large, complex healthcare setting.
Experience working with diverse populations as colleagues and direct reports.
Experience in a leadership role.
Training and ongoing individual work in assessing and decreasing own biases and supporting inclusion.
Effective communication and service excellence skills.
Demonstrated management/leadership skills including organization, time, and project management.
Project planning management experience.
Public speaking and presentation skills.
Data knowledge/skill using a variety of different software programs.
Ability to coordinate information gathering and dissemination within a complex clinical and administrative system.
Ability to lead multidisciplinary clinical and non-clinical implementation projects.
Knowledge of hospital environment and healthcare trends.
Ability to analyze data for opportunities for improvement.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently within teams and independently.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to organize and teach educational offerings.
Advanced written and verbal communication.
Flexibility in meeting workload fluctuations.
Demonstrated experience with collaborative community relationships advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Business, Public Health, Health Administrator, or other related field preferred.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.
Active member of a professional organization with specialty certification
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This position will require travel to UWMC campuses, UW Medicine sites, and externally to various community locations. The Director of EDI will also maintain accessibility, response, and follow through to off-shift and weekend staff. UWMC staffs around the clock to support the patient care needs 24/7/365.
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.