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Regional Director Infection Prevention & Control

Location: Seattle, WA Job Number: 907232 Date posted: 10/11/2020

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Directs the management, planning, development, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement of the Washington region's infection prevention and control program across entire care continuum, including hospital, ASCs, and ambulatory settings. Accountabilities that support the goal to eliminate potential infection hazards for members, physicians, staff and visitors: Compliance with all IC&P related Accreditation (TJC, DNV, AAAHC) and Regulatory standards (CMS, Washington); strategic planning for and direction of hospital, ASC and ambulatory clinic infection prevention activities; expert consultation related to cleaning, antisepsis, disinfection, and sterilization, and facility design and construction; implementation of education and training programs. Directs the reporting of communicable diseases as required by the Washington Department of Health, and coordinates efforts in KP with state agencies in the event of a disease outbreak.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Directs the planning, development, implementation, evaluation/improvement of infection prevention and control services and programs that meet or exceed established standards/performance measures for quality, member/patient satisfaction, cost, physician/client department satisfaction, patient and employee safety, clinical outcomes and regulatory compliance. Provides Infection Prevention and Control liaison and consulting for the region for all anticipated and unanticipated needs.

  • Directs human resources management processes; provides supervision and leadership to Infection Prevention and Control Department staff to include hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, managing, developing and evaluating staff performance and development. Staff include infection Preventionist in the hospital, ASC, and ambulatory settings.

  • Directs compliance with applicable regulatory requirements through interpretation of Regulatory Standards, investigation of disease outbreaks and exposures, as well as surveillance and reporting communicable diseases to Washington Departments of Public Health as required. Collaborates with Risk Management in leading situation management related to exposures, recalls and other events in which infectious disease transmission puts patients and the organization at exposure risks.

  • Directs the development and review of Infection Prevention and Control Standards of Care Policies and Procedures; develops, implements and improves systems, methods, and processes to evaluate and improve performance and quality outcomes and measures for infection prevention and control services and programs throughout the region.

  • Development and reporting of analytics including oversight of external data submissions to regulatory agencies.

  • Collaborates at the national level with the other KP Regional Directors of Infection Prevention & Control to set KP national Infection Prevention policies, define and implement strategies.  Serves as Chair in rotation with other directors.

  • Directs the development and implementation of all education and training programs designed to support the reduction or prevention of infection across hospital, ASC and ambulatory care settings and professional disciplines.

  • Directs surveillance activities to include monitoring and reporting as well as development of applicable intervention(s) for identified infection trends in the hospital, ambulatory surgery centers, and all ambulatory clinic settings.

  • Initiates and directs research projects and epidemiological investigation of significant clusters of infection or serious communicable disease concerns.

  • Creates and maintains infection prevention and control services and programs across the continuum of care and ensures that those services and programs are of uniform and consistent value, quality, performance and cost throughout the region.

  • Oversees the financial performance of the department.

  • Develops and conducts Infection Prevention and Control program planning addressing risks for the acquisition and transmission of infectious agents and establishing priorities and setting goals and strategies accordingly. Interpreting and translating the region's strategic vision for employees.

  • Defines, influences and supports at the national level the role of the Infection Preventionist in the ambulatory setting.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum five (5) years of relevant nursing experience.
  • Minimum five (5) years of progressive leadership experience.
  • Minimum five (5) years directing an infection prevention and control program in an accredited (i.e. Joint Commission, DNV) Healthcare Facility.
  • Education
  • Bachelor's degree in science in nursing, public health, epidemiology or related field.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • Current Washington State RN License by date of hire/transfer.
  • CIC: Certified by CBIC (Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology) required at time of hire/transfer.

  • Additional Requirements:
  • Excellent analytic skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Comprehensive command of MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
  • Extensive knowledge of CDC, APIC, AORN, SGNA, AAMI and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standards, requirements and recommendations.
  • Knowledge of Employee Health regulations and standards.
  • Knowledge of available resources such as AIA/ASHE and SHEA guidance.
  • Experience in performance improvement, safety science and engaging front line clinical staff in improvement.
  • Experience with automated, electronic data collection/reporting processes (i.e. MedMined).
  • Experience with infection investigative process including tuberculosis and surgical site infections.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum two (2) years of management of an infection prevention and control program in an acute care and outpatient setting.
  • Minimum two (2) years of management of an infection prevention and control program in an integrated delivery system consisting of multiple sites and a broad range of services (i.e. hospital, ambulatory surgery, eye care, orthopedics, dermatology, dental).
  • Master's degree in nursing, public health, epidemiology, healthcare administration or related field.
  • Primary Location: Washington,Seattle,Capitol Hill Main Building Additional Locations: United States Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE-WA-04|NUE|Non Union Employee Job Level: Director/Senior Director Job Category: Nursing Licensed Department: Infection Prevention Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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