Director, Patient Safety

Job ID 2020-35892
Area of Interest
Location Name
70th & SPW Admin Offices
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Quality and Safety Support
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province

About Us

Hope. Care. Cure. These three simple words capture what we do at Seattle Children’s –- to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Are you ready to engage with a mission-driven organization that is life-changing to many, and touches the hearts of all? #HOPECARECURE


Our founding promise to the community is as valid today as it was over a century ago: we will care for all children in our region, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent, academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.


In 2019, U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Seattle Children’s among the nation's best children's hospitals – for the 27th year in a row. We received national rankings in all 10 specialty areas evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, and are honored to be the only pediatric medical center in Washington to be ranked.


As a Magnet designated institution, and classified among America’s best large employers by Forbes, we recognize the importance of hiring and developing great talent to provide best-in-class care to the patients and families we serve. Our organizational DNA takes form in our core values: Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration, Equity and Innovation. Whether it’s delivering frontline care to our patients in a kind and caring manner, practicing the highest standards of quality and safety, or being relentlessly curious as we work towards eradicating childhood diseases, these values are the fabric of our culture and community. The future starts here.


Director, Patient Safety


Responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive patient safety strategy and program in a collaborative dyad partnership with the Medical Director of Patient Safety. Collaborates with the Medical Director of Event Review, other hospital leadership, and staff to support the organization in achieving outstanding performance on key patient safety metrics. Develops a comprehensive program to reduce patient harm, support the culture of safety, proactively identify risk and encourage adverse event reporting. Ensures national benchmarks and regulatory requirements related to patient safety are achieved and maintained. Develops, implements and maintain policies and procedures that meet regulatory (Federal and State) and accreditation requirements.

Supports the Chief Quality Officer and Senior Director of the Center for Quality and Patient Safety in building capability and capacity from the front line to the board in the principles of high reliability and safety. Shares best practice within and outside Seattle Children's Enterprise to enhance and promote our values of excellence and safety as a core value. Collaborates with organizational leaders to accomplish the mission and goals of the patient safety program. Integrates and utilizes the IHI Model for Improvement and Continuous Innovation and Improvement (CII) methodology to promote excellence in clinical care and service.


Required Education/Experience:
- Clinical Degree including but not limited to Pharmacy or Nursing. Advanced education at the Master’s level; equivalent education maybe considered.
- Minimum of five (5) years years management and/or administrative experience in a hospital or health care setting
- A combination of experience, education and training which substantially demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in a hospital-based role involving patient safety.
- Demonstrated success implementing organization-wide projects utilizing improvement/change management methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma, IHI model of change, or related experience
- Extensive knowledge of current patient safety concepts and best practices; regulatory requirements and standards; and ability to demonstrate compliance.

Required Credentials:
- Current Washington State license in area of clinical expertise

- Previous or current experience in managing the safety or quality functions of a large institution or integrated clinical service
- Clinical pediatric experience
- Operational or supervisory experience in a complex healthcare system
- Local, regional, and national safety presentation experience sharing best practices via poster, workshop and/or presentation formats

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.


Seattle Children’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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