Infection Prevention and Control Specialist OR Senior Specialist

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University of Maryland Baltimore
Location
Baltimore, MD

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Job Description
The University of Maryland, Baltimore Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is now hiring an Infection Control and Prevention Specialist or Senior Specialist to join the Office of Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Response (OARHAIR) in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response Bureau (IDEORB) of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). The individual in this position will act as the team lead for the coordination and response to the containment of antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings including (but not limited to) the coordination of facility screenings and the performance of infection prevention and control assessments for facilities identified with targeted or novel antimicrobial resistance.  Additionally, the individual in this position will assist with other activities, as assigned, that improve our understanding and efforts to reduce the incidence of healthcare associated infections and improve antimicrobial stewardship across the entire healthcare spectrum, including assisting with infection prevention and control activities, education, and facility assessments.  The individual in this position will work closely with internal MDH partners, Maryland’s 24 local health departments, healthcare facilities and communities, other state agencies, and federal partners.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), contractual position. The selected candidate may be hired as either a Specialist or Senior Specialist depending on their qualifications.

UMB offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to eligible employees. This is contractual position offers a generous leave package of 10 vacation days, 3 personal days, 8 holidays, and 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; professional learning and development opportunities; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB.

In the Fall of 2021, UMB will require all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.

Primary Duties:

•    Coordinates response to and activities associated with the containment of antimicrobial resistance (AR) in Maryland.
•    Guides healthcare facilities, particularly long-term care facilities, and local health departments, on the investigation of outbreaks of Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
•    Trains and evaluates nurses on infection prevention practices at Maryland healthcare facilities.
•    Coordinates interventions and activities designed to reduce HAI/AR (e.g. antibiotic stewardship programs, HAI prevention bundles).
•    Promotes the use of tools developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MDH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and other partners for the prevention of HAIs.
•    Advises healthcare facilities on enrolling in and reporting data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
•    Develops educational materials to keep healthcare facilities apprised of ongoing MDH and CDC HAI/AR activities.
•    Develops and implements surveys or needs assessments of healthcare facilities to better understand gaps in knowledge, attitudes, and practices with regard to HAI/AR
•    Provides consultation to local health departments, institutions, other health care facilities and public and private agencies concerning program implementation and operation.
•    Presents findings to various audiences (e.g. lay audiences, epidemiology and program staff, leadership staff, external partners and stakeholders) at meetings and conferences
•    Develops reports, factsheets, and resources for healthcare facilities.
•    Participates in the IDEORB 24/7 on-call system.
•    Performs other duties as assigned.



Qualifications
Specialist

Bachelor’s degree in nursing, public health, or another scientific discipline (e.g. MSPH) appropriate to the position and one year of infection prevention and control experience in acute care required.

Senior Specialist

Bachelor’s degree in nursing, public health, or another scientific discipline (e.g. MSPH) appropriate to the position and 3 years of infection prevention and control experience in acute care required. 

Preference may be given to applicants with certification in infection prevention and control.

Licensure:  Nursing candidates must possess or be eligible for a state nursing license. 

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to follow data security and confidentiality guidelines is required.
  • Excellent skills with Microsoft Office products (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) are required.
  • Ability to communicate scientific and technical ideas both verbally and in writing to a lay audience and an audience of healthcare professionals; writing samples may be requested.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Prior experience with quality improvement/patient safety or infection prevention initiatives is preferred.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience.

UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at [email protected].

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact [email protected]. Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.



Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff
Shift: Day Job
Organization: School of Medicine - Epidemiology and Public Health
Job Posting: Jul 7, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing

Organization

Welcome to the Baltimore campus of the University of Maryland, founded in 1807 along a ridge in what was then called Baltimore Town. Today, this 61-acre research and technology complex encompasses 65 buildings in West Baltimore near the Inner Harbor.

The University is Maryland's only public academic health, human services, and law center. Seven professional and graduate schools train the majority of the state's physicians, nurses, dentists, lawyers, social workers, and pharmacists.

Under the leadership of President Jay A. Perman, MD, the University is a leading partner in the redevelopment of the west side of Baltimore. The University of Maryland BioPark, which opened in October 2005, promotes collaborative research opportunities and bioscience innovation.

Sponsored research totaled $567.1 million in Fiscal Year 2010. With 6,349 students and 6,717 faculty members and staff, the University is an economic engine that returns more than $15 in economic activity for every $1 of state general funds appropriation. The University community gives more than 2 million hours a year in service to the public.

Mission


The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State¹s public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.

 

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Equal Opportunity


The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran's status to recruit, hire, compensate, train and promote employees and applicants for employment in all job levels with regard to their qualifications and without consideration to the aforementioned categories. Exceptions to this policy will be made only as allowed by law for example, due to bona fide occupational qualifications or lack of reasonable accommodations for disabilities.

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