Providence St. Joseph Health

Position: Chief Legal Officer

Location: Seattle, Washington


Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) is one of the nation's largest healthcare providers, a $25B+ health system spanning seven states and encompassing 51 hospitals, 829 clinics, and 14 supportive housing facilities; 24,000 physicians and 106,000 caregivers; two health plans covering 1.9 million policyholders; $3.1 billion in community benefit; 30 million admits/visits; and 90 non-acute services. PSJH is a national, Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving over 13 millions patients each year and driven by a belief that health care is a human right.

With a vision of creating "Health for a Better World," PSJH is now in the midst of an exciting transformation. The leadership team has aligned itself toward a vision and framework ("Health 2.0") intended to transform health care to be more patient-centric, using its tremendous data assets to coordinate care, improve operational and clinical efficiencies, and modernize operations through technology.

Job Description:

Reporting to the chief executive officer, the executive vice president and chief legal officer (EVP/CLO) of Providence St. Joseph Health has overall responsibility for providing, managing, and coordinating the legal activities and affairs of PSJH and its ministries through the Department of Legal Affairs. The EVP/CLO is an officer of PSJH and a member of the Executive Council, the top-level management decision-making group in the organization, which is accountable for setting strategic direction, leading efforts to achieve organizational commitments, determining operational priorities, and ensuring that PSJH operations and services are integrated and achieving operational, clinical, and administrative excellence. As a result, the EVP/CLO must be able to help develop and lead enterprise strategy as well as "own" legal counsel, analysis and compliance with a balance of risk and reward in fulfilling on the PSJH mission and goals.


  • A Juris Doctor degree or equivalent from an ABA-accredited law school is required; an additional master's-level degree in a healthcare-related field is preferred
  • A minimum of 15 years of significant experience in corporate and healthcare law is required, including a minimum of seven years in a substantive leadership position within a health system, law firm, healthcare-sector organization, or consultancy
  • Strong preference will be given to those having experience in providing healthcare and corporate legal advice to a major healthcare system operating in multiple locations, encompassing both healthcare delivery and financing functions
  • Admission or eligibility for admission to the Washington State Bar is required
  • A balanced understanding of the clinical, business, legal, financial, operational, strategic, and human dimensions of various types of healthcare services, including knowledge of integrated delivery systems and managed care organizations
  • Success in driving strategy and transformation across a large organization that spans a broad geography
  • Experience balancing innovation with available resources to deliver the highest value to an organization
  • A successful track record of developing, growing, leading, and inspiring high-performing teams

Search Team:

Steven M. Derks

Joe Johnston

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