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Oregon Health & Science University Director, Infection Prevention and Control in Portland, Oregon

OHSU Healthcare’s Director of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) provides strategic planning, regulatory compliance, and operational oversight for IPC and guides OHSU’s overall IPC activities in both inpatient and ambulatory areas.

The Director leads prevention activities to minimize infection incidence, impact, and risk to patients, visitors, employees and professional staff using OHSU’s Performance Excellence System. The Director oversees outbreak investigation, surveillance for healthcare-associated infections (HAI), data submission to internal and external stakeholders, and related activities.

The Director works collaboratively with IPC Medical Directors, Quality Management, Regulatory Affairs, Occupational Health, Nursing Directors, Healthcare Administration, and others. The Director also serves a consultative role to the schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing, as well as West Campus.

The Director serves a functional role within OHSU Healthcare by managing strategies for regulatory engagement, and serves as the point of contact for IPC within OHSU partner facilities, including indirect supervision of the Infection Preventionist at Hillsboro Medical Center. The Director exemplifies the principles of the OHSU Culture of Safety Position Statement by committing to a Just Culture, a Reporting Culture, a Learning Culture, and an Engaged Informed Culture.

The position reports directly to Vice President & Chief Nursing Executive, OHSU Healthcare

Serves as IPC team leader to direct staff responsible for the delivery of high quality IPC services and to ensure the development of effective policies, processes and procedures. Actively participates in IPC activities as a member of a team of infection prevention professionals, including sharing on-call responsibility. Leads IPC’s continuous improvement activities to align with the OHSU Strategic Plan and regulatory requirements, using OHSU’s performance improvement methods. Acts as a change agent and employs continuous improvement to achieve all goals and work products. Promotes a multi-disciplinary team approach to developing and achieving annual departmental objectives. Assesses and improves the program’s integration throughout the organization.

Leads active IPC activities internally through representation on relevant committees and performance improvement teams, developing policies and procedures, providing education, and promoting research. Ensures active infection prevention efforts externally through participation and collaboration with OHSU partner facilities and on local, state, and national committees and educational programs. Responds to patient safety events and manages patient complaints related to infection risks.

Ensures OHSUs continual compliance with OSHA, regulatory, state and federal laws, rules and regulations in relevant areas of responsibility. Keeps abreast of industry and best practice trends and serves as a resource to others. Actively participates in organized rounds and tiered huddles, providing updates at frequent intervals.

Recruits, selects, engages, motivates, and retains a workforce of engaged professionals who identify with and advance the department’s goals and objectives. Builds and maintains a climate of trust, respect, integrity, and continuous improvement to achieve a commitment to common goals and strategies.

Ensure that IPC develops, organizes, and executes a communication plan to inform stakeholders of progress toward eliminating healthcare-associated infections. Assures and improves systematic collection, reliability, and validity of data, including HAI inter-rater reliability and metrics on the quarterly operations report.

In conjunction with key stakeholders, develops the annual OHSU Healthcare IPC strategic plan compliant with regulatory requirements and based on a comprehensive risk assessment.

Develops, recommends and monitors IPC operating and capital budgets to ensure cost efficient operations, integration and financial performance that equals or exceeds targets.

  • Master’s Degree in health-related field

  • Minimum of 5 years infection prevention and control experience

  • Minimum 5 years relevant clinical infection prevention and control management experience

  • Epidemiologic, microbiologic and clinical practice knowledgebase and skills related to infection prevention and control

  • Basic understanding of statistical and data analysis

  • Knowledge of health care environmental safety, patient safety, quality improvement

  • Knowledge of multi-generational workplace, group dynamics, and ability to be a team player

  • Expert command of regulatory standards in healthcare with ability to apply regulatory/accreditation standards related to infection prevention and control

  • Demonstrated change leadership, the ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships and to elicit high levels of performance from employees at all levels in the organization and stakeholders from a variety of external sources

  • Evidence of leadership, creativity, innovation, and initiative

  • Effective verbal and written communication

  • Ability to successfully manage operations in high-stress, fast-paced environment.

  • Experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully work in partnership with IPC medical directors

  • Experience that demonstrates the ability to meet stringent deadlines in a dynamic environment.

  • Current certification in Infection Control (CIC)

  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

  • Clinical background such as nursing or pharmacy

  • MSN or MPH advanced degree

  • Advanced training in epidemiology

  • 3 additional or concurrent years of experience in a leadership capacity in a highly complex clinical environment

  • Formal process improvement and lean training and ability to demonstrate results achieved

  • Demonstrated financial analysis and fiscal management skills

  • Experience with Epic

  • Valid Oregon License in applicable discipline.

  • Fellow status with the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC) or Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists of America (FSHEA)


Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

Recruitment ID: 2020-6252

External Company URL: dturner

Street: Marquam Hill

Job Type: Unclassified Administrative

Posting Pay: Commensurate with experience

Posting FTE: 1.00

Drug Testable: Yes