1) Oversees the Universityâ™s infection prevention programs, policies, and procedures that prevent infections and promotes safety.
2) Develops, implements, and provides a training plan for the Contact Tracing.
3) Develops an Infection Control Risk Assessment Protocol for University community members.
4) Trains and manages the Contact Tracing staff on identification and investigation of any instances of communicable disease on-campus.
5) Performs analysis of data, and prepares reports, including relevant charts, tables and graphs of communicable disease on-campus.Â
6) Collaborates with partners at the UCM and the University of Chicago to establish infection control objectives.
7) Escalates issues or complex cases to Infection Control at UCM to ensure proper actions are taken to protect the community.
8) Interact with persons from multiple cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds with respect and compassion in context of infectious disease investigation.
9) Provides timely written and verbal reports of findings, investigations of problems or important inquiries, and ensures that recommendations are implemented and problems are resolved.
10) Assesses the need for isolation precautions and institutes these precautions correctly.
Provides guidance to the Contact Tracing staff on investigation of suspected infection problems, clusters or outbreaks including exposures to communicable diseases.Â
11) Leads implementation of programs to accomplish targets and provide measurements related to infection prevention and surveillance to meet patient safety goals and meet regulatory requirements at the local, state, and federal level.
12) Appropriately follows and applies current standards and regulations from, but not limited to, UCM, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), The Joint Commission (tJC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), College of American Pathologists (CAP), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Association of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN).
13) Assists with emergency planning or procedures as needed.Â
Responds to and identifies issues related to patient safety and with assistance makes appropriate recommendations for resolution or referral to other departments, such as Risk Management, Safety, and/ or other medical providers.
14) Review and maintain records of all surveillance and investigation activities carried out by Contact Tracing staff.
15) Performs other duties assigned.
NOTE: The Infection Control Lead is a one year term position.
1) Requires strong interpersonal and communication, and management skills, both oral and written.Â
2) Ability to work well with senior management, directors, medical staff, and employees at all levels of the organization and externally.
3) Requires excellent computer skills, including advanced use of Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel. Must be able to operate common teleconferencing applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and others.
4) Requires a thorough understanding of epidemiologic methods and statistics.
5) Thorough understanding of concept of confidentiality.
5) Must be able to be on call 24/7.
6) Must have strong organizational and management skills.
7) Must be able to work independently to collect and critically evaluate information to characterize and manage infection problems.Â Â
8) Must have the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.Â Â
9) Must be able to identify situations that warrant consultation with Infection Control practitioners at UCM.
The physical demands characterized here epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Â
In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee may need to:
1) Visit various buildings on campus to conduct case contact interviews.
2) It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively.Â
3) The employee may be required to frequently lift objects of up to 10 pounds in weight such as a lap computer and other general office supplies.
4) Vision requirements for this position include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.Â
The job requires interaction with individuals potentially exposed to an infectious respiratory disease. However, interviews will be conducted virtually to the extent possible.
Physical and Dexterity Requirements
Requires sedentary work that involves:
1) Sitting for long periods of time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
2) Requires continual use of a computer keyboard and other peripheral devices.
1) The job requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing, and speaking
1) Bachelorâ™s Degree
2) Masterâ™s Degree in Public Health
3) Certification in CIC or CBIC
1) 2-5 years of experience in infection control
1) Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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