Website Northwest Human Services, Inc.

NWHS is a mission focused not-for-profit!

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Northwest Human Services (NWHS) is an innovative Federally Qualified Health Center in Salem Oregon that has been providing residents of Marion and Polk counties with compassionate and professional medical, dental, mental health, and social service supports for over 50 years. We offer job security, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to serve and support our diverse urban and rural communities.

With the retirement of our CEO, we are seeking a health care leader with a vision of continued growth and prosperity for the future. If you have a drive to work for the betterment of your community and share your expertise in designing and delivering high quality, affordable and dignified access to healthcare for all who need it, keep reading!

This role works closely with the Board of Directors and agency leadership to establish long-range strategic initiatives and short-term goals and oversees the organization’s financial structure to ensure financial stability and sustainable funding. The CEO inspires teams to continue the pursuit to enhance service offerings while expanding access to populations that have been socially and economically marginalized.

The CEO will provide leadership for all aspects of the company’s operations and serves as the company’s representative to the board of directors, community partners, employees, customers, government agencies and the public, and performs other related duties to promote the mission of the organization.

Location: Administration | 681 Center St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

Position Status: Full-time Salaried 40 hours a week | Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Programs and Staff

Provide leadership and direction in the coordination of all programs and services provided by Northwest Human Services with a focus on cross-program integration of clinical services,
Ensure that local, state and federal grant and contract requirements are fulfilled and ensure regulatory compliance regarding all agency activities.
Promote fiscal responsibility for the organization. Work closely with the Chief Financial Officer, Board of Directors and other leadership to monitor program reports and budgets to continue our legacy of financial stability.
Make recommendations to the Board and carry out Board policies. Keep the Board apprised of actions taken to address programmatic, political and cultural challenges as they arise.
Represent the organization and collaborate on boards and committees with community partners, governmental agencies and private providers to meet the health care needs of people who live in Marion and Polk Counties.

The Board of Directors

Work with the Board Chair and nomination committee to orient new Board members and support ongoing education and leadership development of Board members.
Serve as a non-voting ex-officio member of the Board and Board committees.
Ensure regular and ongoing training is provided to the Board as appropriate.
Ensure staff support to the Board and Board committees, as necessary.
Ensure timely submission of grants, budgets, annual plans, and operating policies and procedures for Board review and approval.


Develop and promote positive relationships with community partners and local medical providers.
Represent the organization in the community and upon select boards and committees to ensure that NWHS has an active, visible and positive public image.
Establish and maintain contact with the business and legislative community.


The CEO develops and leads a team of professionals, including hiring, mentoring and counseling leadership staff on established policies, procedures, protocols, and personnel policy guidelines. This includes supporting a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging throughout the agency. In alignment with compliance standards, the CEO ensures the development, approval and implementation of policies, procedures and protocols that meet HRSA, Joint Commission and other state and regulatory standards and requirements. In collaboration with NWHS leadership, this role ensures consistently applied standards for training and competency certification for all agency personnel.


Must have a master’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience, in a healthcare related field. Five years’ progressive professional growth and executive experience in an FQHC, FQHC Look-Alike, community health center or non-profit primary care setting is required.
Must have the ability to work effectively with medical professionals and have experience with licensing and credentialling; Continuous Quality Improvement/Total Quality Management and risk management.
Must have demonstrated ability in public speaking, and strong written and oral communication skills.
Must have fiscal knowledge and experience, including forecasting and budgeting for operating and capital expenses; negotiating capitated payment agreements, and reviewing and editing service contracts.
Must have strong administrative skills, combined with the creativity and vision necessary to guide the agency into the future, and ability to analyze urgent situations accurately and take appropriate action.
Must have proven ability to relate to people of all ages from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and experience working with or serving on a board.
Must have strong writing/editing skills and experience administering grants and contracts.
Knowledge and experience in working with IT departments and EHR systems. preferred.
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and qualifications for the role.

SUMMARY OF BENEFITS: Our Agency provides a benefits program that is comprehensive and competitive within our industry.

·         Competitive Salary

·         Full Comprehensive Health Plans: Medical with two plan options

·         Dental & Vision options

·         Flex Spending Account

·         Group Life: Short-Term & Long-Term Disability 100% paid by employer.

·         403(b) retirement plan with 3% employer match

·         PTO – 10 hours a month for FT positions @ 40 hrs./wk.

·         7½ paid holidays each year + 2 paid floating holidays for FT positions.

·         Continuing Education & Training Benefits

.      Gym Membership & Smoking Cessation reimbursement


At NWHS, we offer a first-class employment experience, with a focus on teamwork, integrity, growth, and life balance. We are a mission focused organization providing compassionate and professional medical, dental, psychiatry, mental health, and wraparound services for those in our community who need it most – uninsured individuals, families, the homeless, and migrant workers.  As a Federally Qualified Community Health Center we value a culture of equity, diverse perspectives, and life experiences. Our organization embraces innovation, collaboration, and work-life harmony.

Established in 1971, our medical clinics in Salem and Monmouth Oregon are Tier V Patient Centered Medical Homes. Our West Salem location offers fully integrated primary care, psychiatry, mental health therapy, and dentistry,  all on the same campus. Our care teams are committed to the overall wellness of our patients and we work together to ensure patient needs are expertly evaluated and treated with compassion and respect.


If you are interested in joining a team that makes a difference in the lives of many, apply online at:

For more information, contact the HR/Recruiting Department at: | 503.588.5828

All candidates who receive a written offer of employment will be required to undergo a criminal records check.

Equal Opportunity Employer | We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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