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NWone Executive Director Position Description

Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives (NWone)

Executive Director

Position Description


About NWone:

NWone is an affiliated chapter of the American Organization of Nurse Executives serving nurse leaders in Oregon and Washington.  It has 450+ members across the continuum of leadership from emerging leaders to CEOs.  Though members are largely from the states of Washington and Oregon, the organization also has members from other states across the nation.


NWone is incorporated in the state of Washington and is a 501C3 Charitable Organization.  It provides innovative programmatic leadership on issues pertinent to the professional practice of nursing and its leadership.  NWone maintains collaborative relationships with the Oregon Center for Nursing, the Washington Center for Nursing, the Oregon Council of Deans, the Oregon Council of Associate Degree Programs, the Council on Nursing Education in Washington, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Networks, the Washington State Hospital Association, the Oregon Nursing Leadership Council, the Oregon Nursing Association, the Washington Nursing Association and the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Action Coalitions in both Washington and Oregon.

Summary of the Position:

The Executive Director (ED) role is a half time position reporting to the Board of Directors of NWone responsible for promoting and sustaining the mission, vision, and values of NWone and for ensuring the position and vitality of the organization in its ability to lead and serve its membership.  The ED is responsible for the implementation of organizational goals and objectives as outlined in the organization’s strategic plan, and for assuring organizational alignment with the policies, and bylaws of NWone.   Key to the success is his/her ability to define and create new revenue streams to assure the organization’s fiscal vitality (particularly through the annual conference and other educational offerings), and to build, maintain, and align strategic partnerships and relationships with external stakeholders.   He/she works closely with the Secretary Treasurer to build and diversify revenue streams, monitor expenditures and operate within budget guidelines.  He/she assures the cost-effective functioning of the NWone office and effective use of support staff and volunteers.  He/she maintains membership records and participates in the recruitment of new members and the maintenance of existing memberships.  He/she networks with other individuals and organizations to ensure the visibility and relevance of NWone as a leader and resource in addressing issues related to nursing, health care, and health care leadership.  He/she represents the organization to the public and is able to articulate and relate across the spheres of nursing and health care leadership.

Role Priorities Include:

  • The ED, along with the Board of Directors, sets the priorities for leading, directing and serving the needs of the organization and its members
  • Meets and responds to the professional needs of organizational members in a changing health care environment
  • Provides critical direction relative to the definition and achievement of strategic objectives
  • Oversees the implementation of successful educational programming and offerings through conferences or other modalities
  • Identifies and grows diverse revenue streams to ensure the organization’s financial vitality.
  • Articulates and honors the mission, vision, values, and strategic objectives of NWone
  • Functions as the representative nursing voice to the organization’s strategic partners and fosters alliances with the various publics and organizations, across both Washington and Oregon, which share common interests and concerns
  • Develops relationships and successful strategies to facilitate regional council success
  • Organizes philanthropy
  • Manages the NWONE office headquarters through the establishment of sound administrative practices, providing leadership and motivation to staff, volunteers, organizational members, and the organization’s constituencies.
  • Portrays a strong and articulate professional image
  • Engages with colleagues from other chapters of AONE in an effort to lead contemporary offerings and activities.

Span of Responsibility:

Oversees administrative support staff, consultative staff, a healthy budget and asset statement and total membership of 450+.


  • Registered Nurse licensed in the state of Washington or Oregon. If licensed in only of these states candidate must be eligible for licensure in the other state and expectation is to attain licensure within 6 months of hire.
  • Master’s Degree in nursing or a related field
  • Excellent communications, public speaking, and writing skills, event planning
  • Demonstrated financial acumen and has experience in fundraising
  • Demonstrated recognition of the value in nursing practice in all settings
  • Demonstrated evidence of visionary nursing and health care leadership
    • Understanding of the legislative and government process
    • Ability to network with other organizations and with key stakeholders
    • Demonstrated flexibility and creativity
  • Demonstrated skill in leading and facilitating groups and in the implementation of programs/projects
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a Board of Directors to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership role with a reputation for leadership excellence
  • Experience as a member of a non-profit board or with association management
  • Must be able to meet the following physical demands:
    • Able to independently travel by air or vehicle
    • Able and licensed to drive a car
    • Visual and auditory acuity
    • Able to lift 35 pounds



Revised: 7/25/17