Infection Control/Preventionist

CDC Foundation Published: October 5, 2020
Location
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Job Type

Description

The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the sole entity authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has launched approximately 1,000 programs and has served as a strategic partner to CDC during public health emergencies. This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the public's health.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

The CDC Foundation seeks candidates for a full time Healthcare Epidemiologist/ICP II to support the CDC.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the public's health. The CDC Foundation offers a competitive salary and attractive benefits package.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Identify and monitor specified community acquired infections (CAIs), performs targeted surveillance, outbreak investigations, and ad hoc projects as defined by the Infection Control Committee, CHCC Epidemiologist and Board of Trustees.
• Lead all planning and implementation of Community Based Infection Control practices and investigations.
• Collects, monitors, and maintains records and data pertinent to surveillance.
• Assist/Reports surveillance, investigations and projects as defined above by Director of Environmental Health and Disease Prevention. In addition reports and collaborations are to be created with partnership to Hospital Infection Control Program and appropriate committees, administrative staff, including supervisors/managers.

• Lead sanitary rounds for ELC program where designated by Director of Environmental Health and Disease Prevention as needed.
• Participate with Hospital IC Team in making rounds of the different hospital units for the purpose of monitoring any patient care issues that may root from community acquired infections.
• Assist during an outbreak for the purpose of:
• Investigation of possible communicable disease exposures among health care workers, patients and/or visitors.
• Contact tracing of possible sources of infection or transmission of microorganisms within the community.
• Investigation of clusters or outbreaks of infections or colonization.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:

• Reviews and assists Director of Environmental Health and Disease Prevention in revising, updating or creating Infection Control policies associated with Infection for community acquired infections.
• Provides recommendations utilizing professional guidelines (CDC, APIC, etc.) to comply with regulatory and accrediting agencies such as federal, state, and local health agencies.
• Conducts and provides update on policies & procedures to CHCC employees through in-service.
• Attends all meetings of the Infection Control Committee and participates in other committees as assigned by the Director of Environmental Health and Disease Prevention.
• Leads all education and outreach initiatives to CNMI community in regards to Infection Control.

 

COORDINATION & OTHER DUTIES:
• Acts as department liaison for Infection Control.
• Assist in planning with other departments and personnel to reduce the risk of disease transmission and improved infection control practices.
• Performs other job-related duties as assigned by Director of Environmental Health and Dis
• Performs the full range of supervisory responsibilities, including assigning, prioritizing, and reviewing work; maintaining position descriptions; conducting employee performance management; approving/disapproving leave and travel requests; participating in staffing activities; coordinating employee discipline; and training staff, including coaching and team building
• Directs and coordinates Department staff providing infection prevention expertise in all types of settings in response to COVID-19 outbreaks.
• Serves as advisor in developing and formulating short and long-range goals, objectives and policies
• Provides expert consultation to Department field staff, county/municipal health departments, and healthcare providers and facilities via phone or email to guide prevention and control of healthcare associated infections
• Provide expertise in infection prevention, the use of PPE in a facility-based setting, and infection control measures
• Educates individuals and groups about risk, prevention, transmission, and control of infection, disease-specific care, appropriate precautions, and appropriate assessments
• Supervises other staff as assigned by completing performance evaluations, approving/disapproving leave, effecting discipline, and making hiring decisions.
• Collaborates with clinical teams responding to infection prevention policy, procedure and process questions across the provider spectrum.
• Assists in liaising with State Unified Incident Command Structure and regional Department staff directly involved in COVID-19 response
• Plans, implements, manages and evaluates infection prevention and control activities in healthcare settings (e.g. hospitals, LTCFs, dialysis centers, behavioral health facilities)
• Investigates, manages and conducts surveillance of suspected and confirmed outbreaks of infection and provide education and support to ensure case reporting
• Monitors and investigates known or suspected sources of infections in order to determine the source and contain outbreak
• Conducts risk assessments to identify and respond to potential areas of exposure.
• Reviews medical records to abstract data for national registry submissions. Researches and evaluates best practices and stay abreast of evolving public health guidance
• Evaluates research and evidence-based practices and incorporate appropriate findings into routine practice.
• Writes infection control recommendations using best practices and published guidance (if available) to guide facility or provider response to outbreaks and infection control breaches.
• Other duties as assigned.
• The employee may be asked to assist in non-healthcare settings when circumstances require.

QUALIFICATIONS

• High level candidate with advanced degree in nursing, public health, epidemiology, or related field.
• Extensive knowledge of and experience in infection prevention and outbreak management of communicable diseases.
• Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; collegial; energetic; and able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, stakeholders, and partners.
• Strong technical skills including word processing, spreadsheet development and management, and database management, with an emphasis on proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
• Ability to effectively communicate with and provide consultation to nursing and medical staff, patients and families, professional colleagues, State/Federal partners, and the general public on applied infection prevention principles, disease processes, and outbreak management.
• Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of State and Federal standards, certifying and accrediting bodies, guidelines, and regulations applicable to healthcare, infection control, in the area of assignment

• Ability to organize, develop and conduct formal training programs.
• Ability to train, supervise and coordinate the work of others in the operational area.
• Familiarity with data management systems.
• Strong technical skills including word processing, spreadsheet development and management, and database management, with an emphasis on proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience reviewing and editing documents.
• Demonstrates appropriate data fluency and is able to utilize a computer, tablet, and/or cell phone with appropriate access to required applications, databases, and/or web-based platforms, daily.

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law. We comply with all applicable laws including E.O. 11246 and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria in accordance with 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.5(a)(12) and 60-741.5(a)(7). As a federal government contractor, we take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

The CDC Foundation is a smoke-free environment.

Relocation expenses are not included.

 

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