The Regional Director aims to advance health care ethics theory and practice through education, consultation, and scholarship. This may occur by directing educational programming and resources. This may also happen through consultative services for care delivery across the continuum, organizational decision-making, integrated care networks and health plans, and other lines of business in the Oregon Region. The Regional Director aspires to ensure that clinical and organizational decisions are congruent with sound ethical thinking and consistent with the theological and ethical principles of the Catholic Church. Hence, the Regional Director also aims to ensure such practices and decisions respect human dignity and promote social justice.
This position serves as a resource and consultant primarily within the Oregon Region and collaborates in the work of the Theology and Ethics department and with the Vice President on matters related to health care ethics as they pertain to patient care, population health and community health management, professional education, policy formation (development and revision), and organizational decisions. In serving as a resource, the Regional Director provides and makes possible education for caregivers and core leaders, students and residents, licensed practitioners, and the community at large regarding ethical issues as they impact the delivery of health care in the contemporary environment. A key strategic focus of the educational efforts is not only the imparting of ethics-related knowledge but, as importantly, the development in others of the ethical components of their professions' competencies, including the ability to identify and process ethical issues correlative to their roles. The Regional Director helps guide Providence as a leader in health care ethics.
Required experience/education for this position include:
Ph.D. in Moral Theology or related theological discipline with an expertise in health care ethics; or equivalent education/experience.
Coursework/Training in ongoing formal study in health care ethics.
5 years of Experience with the applications, teachings, principles, and traditions of the Catholic Church.
5 years of evident success in possessing a distinguished record as a teaching scholar with expertise in ethics, as a mentor and colleague with a clear commitment to enhancing the distinctive mission and quality.
10 or more years of clinical experience as an ethicist in a health care or related organization, including academic institutions.
8 years of leadership experience.
Thorough knowledge and understanding of the applications, teachings, principles, and traditions of the Catholic Church, and fulfills job responsibilities consistent with Catholic moral and social teaching and tradition and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
Understanding of the principles and practice of adult learning.
Theoretical and practical understanding rooted in theology of the mission and values of Providence Health & Services, and of the health care ministry of the Church and teachings of the Catholic Church and other denominations. Personal and professional life will reflect these values.
Understanding of the theory and the ability to practice adult learning, with the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs.
Demonstrated advanced skills in group communications and group/team processes, including skills of facilitation, negotiation, conflict mediation, etc.
Demonstrated excellent skills in both verbal and written communication.
Demonstrated confidence and effectiveness in public speaking and group presentations.
Demonstrated organizational skills, including the ability to work as a team member and to interact creatively with others, and the ability to cross all organizational boundaries and establish relationships with all publics both internal and external.
Understanding of health care ethics and ethical decision-making processes; and the ability to facilitate reflection, values clarification, and decision-making in light of the chrism of the Sponsors of Providence Ministries, Providence Health & Services, and the Catholic tradition.
Demonstrated understanding of the Roman Catholic moral and social tradition as articulated in such documents as the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
Demonstrated reverence for diversity in all interactions.
Ability to advance the academic quality and educational mission of Providence Health & Services with a specific focus on ethics.
Ability to integrate creative scholarship with teaching and other areas of learning, in collaboration with others to incorporate the intellectual foundations and realistic questions on social justice and ethics, in teaching, learning, scholarship, and practice.
Preferred experience/education for this position include:
Two years of fellowship training in clinical ethics by an established, well-organized program.
Healthcare Ethics Consultant – Certified (HEC-C) designation from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH); or who demonstrate the professional competencies to perform the professional duties in a portfolio of professional work.
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