Providence St. Joseph Health

Position: Vice President, System Governance Services

Location: Seattle, Washington


Providence St. Joseph Health is one of the nation's largest healthcare providers, reporting over $24 billion in revenue and serving over 13 million patients. The system encompasses 51 hospitals, 1,085 clinics, and 16 supportive housing facilities; 119,000 caregivers (all employees), 25,000 physicians, and 38,000 nurses; a health plan and 2.1 million covered lives; and 90 non-acute services. PSJH provides a comprehensive range of services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington through a diverse family of Catholic, other faith-based, and secular organizations. 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 legal officer of Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH), the vice president for system governance services serves as the primary staff liaison to the board of directors and provides support and thought leadership to the CLO and CEO in all matters relating to system governance, with oversight of all activities related to the execution of the system board's governance responsibilities. The VP supervises the manager of the Governance Office and assistants, and maintains professional relationships with board members, particularly board leadership. He or she will collaborate with the executive team, working closely with those who support board committees, and will routinely present to the board; in addition, the VP will work collaboratively with the community governance team.


  • A bachelor's degree is required; an MHA or an MBA with a healthcare or non-profit concentration or a PhD in organizational design is preferred
  • 15 years of progressive leadership experience supporting, staffing, and partnering with non-profit boards of directors
  • Familiarity with Catholic health care and sponsorship

Search Team:

Steven M. Derks
President and Chief Executive Officer

Joe Johnston

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