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Division Director of Infection Prevention

St Josephs Hospital and Medical Center Phoenix, Arizona
Requisition ID 2021-193944 Employment Type Full Time Department Infection Control Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Day Standard Hours 8 AM to 5 PM

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Located conveniently in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona,St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a 571-bed, not-for-profit hospital that provides a wide range of health, social and support services.  Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph's was the first hospital in the Phoenix area. More than 125 years later, St. Joseph's remains dedicated to its mission of caring for the poor and underserved.

We are extremely proud to be a nationally recognized center for quality quaternary care, medical education and research. St. Joseph's includes the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, Norton Thoracic Institute, Cancer Center at St. Joseph's, Ivy Brain Tumor Center, and St. Joseph's Level I Trauma Center (which is verified by the American College of Surgeons). The hospital is also a respected center for high-risk obstetrics, neuro-rehabilitation, orthopedics, and other medical services. St. Joseph’s is considered a sought-after destination hospital for treating the most complex cases from throughout the world. Every day, approximately 20 percent of the hospital’s patients have traveled from outside of Arizona and the United States to seek treatment at St. Joseph’s.

U.S News & World Report routinely ranks St. Joseph's among the top hospitals in the United States for neurology and neurosurgery.  In addition, St. Joseph's boasts the Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph's, and a strategic alliance with Phoenix Children's Hospital.

St. Joseph's is consistently named an outstanding place to work and one of Arizona's healthiest employers. Come grow your career with one of Arizona's Most Admired CompaniesLook for us on Facebookand follow us on Twitter.

For the health of our community ... we are proud to be a tobacco-free campus.


Job Summary:

The Division Director of Infection Prevention is accountable for the design and maintenance of a comprehensive infection prevention program and provides support in all infection prevention related activities associated with hospital accreditation standards, state and CMS regulations, Board of Stewardship Trustees established goals, performance improvement, mentorship of new Infection Preventionists, and education within their respective geography, which are intended to ensure that the facility’s patients, personnel & visitors will be protected from transmission of diseases & infection as identified in the core competency model by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). 

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Standardize Infection Prevention strategies, workflows, and priorities to maximize efficiency and impact of the department across facilities within the Southwest division (Arizona and Nevada).
  • Establish ongoing assessment and development of Infection Preventionists that are new to the profession by creating pathways to certification by ongoing mentorship.
  • Provide subject matter expertise in established guidelines by AAMI, AORN, CDC, IDSA, and APIC to support acute care and non-acute care compliance with Hospital Accreditation Standards, State and CMS regulations, and other external audits within Infection Prevention standards.
  • Strategize performance improvement initiatives that promote consistency in adoption and improved patient outcomes across facilities within the division.
  • Represent the division on strategic decisions and initiatives within the Infection Prevention council and Supply Chain standardization committees
  • Collaborate with national, division and facility leaders to implement standardized Infection Prevention strategies within the division.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in related healthcare field (e.g. Nursing, Microbiology, Public Health).  


  • Five (5) years of Infection Prevention leadership.
  • Must demonstrate adeptness in supporting the development of programs focused on achieving positive outcomes within infection prevention.
  • Exceptional knowledge with CMS and TJC regulatory standards. 
  • Experience in an integrated health system is preferred.
  • Experience in a matrix management environment involving integration of multiple entities is strongly desired. 


  • Certification in Infection Prevention and Control by the Certification Board of infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC).


  • Demonstrates exceptional ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and accurately to varying stakeholders without direct oversight. 
  • Possess expertise in project management, performance improvement, risk management principles, patient safety theory, and planning.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legislative processes, applicable regulations, and outside regulatory agencies.
  • Highly adaptive and ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong leadership skills and fiscal management skills, with the ability to create a goal-oriented climate of teamwork, collaboration and consistent achievement of objectives.
  • Proficiency in analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills, with ability to identify system vulnerabilities and develop and apply innovative solutions
  • Skilled to conveying complex information clearly and concisely to all levels of staff, management, and outside personnel, with the ability to motivate, influence, and persuade others.
  • Knowledge of relevant healthcare information technology.

Preferred Experience:

  • Familiarity with Google Workspace.

We offer the following benefits to support you and your family:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance (no premium for employee benefits)
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Matching 403(b) retirement program
  • Fully Funded Pension Plan
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee Life Insurance
  • Annual Performance Bonus


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