WSNA is seeking an executive director to take over leadership of the organization after Executive Director Sally Watkins retires in the fall. Watkins announced her upcoming retirement in November 2020, with the intention of supporting the transition of the new executive director and retiring by October 2021.
Recruitment is now underway for the new executive director. To be considered for the position, all applicants must have a current registered nurse license, as well as a master’s degree. Candidates who have at least three years’ experience at the executive management level of a complex organization related to nursing service, education, professional association, union or other health care entity are preferred. Extensive knowledge of contemporary issues in nursing, health care, union administration, and professional association operations and management is necessary. Candidates must also be able to work effectively with an eleven-member board of directors and other governance structures in a large organization with more than 16,000 members.
The executive director leads all association operations, including hiring and overseeing a staff of more than 55. He/she/they also leads WSNA’s work in strategic planning, public policy, advocacy, patient and nurse safety, and in advancing collective bargaining and professional development for registered nurses. Excellent interpersonal, fiscal and leadership skills a must.
The Washington State Nurses Association provides representation, resources and education that allow nurses to reach our full professional potential and focus on caring for patients and our communities.