Mount Sinai Careers
Director; Infection Prevention
The Mount Sinai Health System
Do you have what it takes to wear the badge?
The Mount Sinai Health System’s commitment to excellence extends beyond delivering world-class health care. The System’s ongoing success is dependent upon our highly motivated, nonclinical professionals working to improve business operations. Our leadership team is driven to provide exceptional service by cultivating a workforce that is dedicated to upholding Mount Sinai’s mission of delivering innovative, breakthrough medicine with compassion and integrity.
Are you ready to discover the world of limitless possibilities that comes with wearing the badge? Explore more about this opportunity and how you can help us write a new chapter in our story of unrivaled patient care!
What You’ll Do:
Director of the Infection Prevention Department is responsible for managing and
supervising all activities related to the prevention, control, documentation
and reporting of healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) and communicable diseases
at The Mount Sinai Hospital. These
responsibilities include partnering with the Hospital Epidemiologist in setting
standards and evaluating compliance for practices that are associated with the
prevention and control of HAI. The Director is responsible for designing,
implementing, directing and maintaining the Hospital’s Infection Prevention
program and ensuring consistency with recommendations from public health
authorities, regulatory standards, and current published literature in the
field of hospital epidemiology and infection prevention and control. The
Director provides consultative services to all areas of MSH as necessary.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Directs the day-to-day operations of the Infection Prevention Department, including setting and achieving goals, participating in performance improvement activities, collaborating with other hospital departments and external agencies, advising Hospital leadership on issues related to infection prevention, and developing and ensuring adherence to hospital policies.
- Supervises and evaluates work activities and professional growth of Infection Preventionists (IP) and support personnel, including overseeing and directing the maintenance of competencies and skills of staff through training and development.
- Establishes and maintains accurate records of work schedules and assignments for staff, according to workload, and staff availability.
- Directs program for recruitment, hiring, retention and training of infection prevention personnel.
- Prepares budgets to control costs and allocates funds in accordance with departmental functions. Performs regular reconciliations, analysis and justification of cost variances. Recommends and implements cost effective measures in department operations.
- Prioritizes program tasks, time management, and initiate special projects in collaboration with the Hospital Epidemiologist.
- Consults, advises and informs Hospital Epidemiologist/Associate Hospital Epidemiologist concerning administrative or other department/program issues, needs and problems.
- Maintains appropriate, effective communication between MSH departments, including medical, nursing, allied health and ancillary staff members and department leaders regarding performance improvement initiatives, health and safety of healthcare workers, regulatory requirements, and hospital policy and procedures.
9. Interpret, review, maintain and evaluate policy effectiveness of established department policies and formulate new policies as necessary.
- Maintains current knowledge of standards of practice, accreditation and regulatory requirements; makes recommendations when necessary to improve practices and assure infection prevention program is compliant with regulatory requirements.
11. Under the direction of the Hospital Epidemiologist, participates in regional and national collaboratives as well as utilizes and initiate research to improve departmental functions and patient safety.
- Oversees, directs and supervises the HAI Reporting Program as it relates to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Directs the development of and monitoring activities of the IPs related to surveillance activities and outbreak investigations and management.
- In collaboration with the Hospital Epidemiologist, utilizes data to drive performance improvement activities and infection control interventions by overseeing data collection activities, ensuring integrity of data, and disseminating data and reports to senior leadership, department leadership, and front-line staff.
- In conjunction with the Hospital Epidemiologist, serves as a liaison to the local and state department of health for issues related to infectious disease outbreaks, healthcare-associated infections, and any other infectious disease-related issues.
What You’ll Bring:
Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration, Public Administration or related field.
Minimum Related Experience:
Minimum five years experience in field health care setting with progressive job-related experience specific to area of responsibility. Two years in leadership role required.
Minimum Licensing Requirements:
New York State License in Nursing with current registration, if applicable.
Active certification endorsed by the Certification Board of Infection Control (CBIC)
Minimum Computer Skills:
Advanced MS Word, (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Access, Outlook etc.
Knowledgeable in fields
related to infection prevention and control, microbiology, patient care
practices, clinical infectious diseases, pathology, medical statistics or
biostatistics, epidemiology and adult education principles.
Working knowledge of and ability to use online services for research. Knowledge of performance improvement monitoring and development of performance improvement indicators. Demonstrated excellent written, oral and presentation skills. Demonstrated assertiveness, conflict resolution, negotiation and collaboration skills and customer focused interpersonal skills. Demonstrated experience designing, implementing and leading full-continuum, multi-hospital and clinic infection prevention programs.
Do you share our dedication to extraordinary service and have what it takes to wear the badge? Apply now!
Who We Are:
Over 35,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.
Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospital campuses, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
The Mount Sinai Health System is committed to the tenets of diversity and workforce that are strengthened by the inclusion of and respect for our differences. We offer our employees a highly competitive compensation and benefits package, a 403(b) retirement plan, and much more.
The Mount Sinai Health
System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and
respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our
employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background,
or sexual orientation.