Dir Infection Control

The Director Epidemiology & Infection Control has a dual reporting structure consisting of system-wide and affiliate specifically Rhode Island Hospital responsibilities.  For Rhode Island Hospital responsibilities the role reports to the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.  For system-wide responsibilities the role reports to the Executive Vice President for Nursing Affairs. The Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention is responsible in collaboration with the Lifespan system Medical Director for Epidemiology & Infection Prevention for developing maintaining and systematically evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the system-wide program designed to identify reduce and prevent healthcare-associated infections; the systematic collection and analysis of infection data using epidemiological principles and statistical methods to identify trends and risk factors; design implement and evaluate prevention strategies; serve as educational resource for all Lifespan system and affiliate programs related to infection prevention and control (IPC) and epidemiology providing expert knowledge and guidance; lead in the development and revisions of policies and procedures investigation of suspected outbreaks and exposures to infectious agents collaboration with public health agencies and interdisciplinary team members as may be needed by Lifespan affiliate-based infection control staff or in specialized situations as assigned by system leadership. Approximately 60% of time in this role will be spent leading affiliate work and 40% will be spent at the system level.



In collaboration with the Medical Director develops directs and evaluates the Lifespan infection prevention and control program with focused leadership and support to the Rhode Island Hospital infection prevention and control activities spending approximately 60% time at Rhode Island Hospital and 40% time across all other affiliates.

In collaboration with the Medical Director provides strategic leadership in the development implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive Infection Prevention and Control Plan for all Lifespan affiliates ensuring external regulatory and accreditation expectations are met. Educates Lifespan and affiliate executive management department leaders and members of the medical staff in the changing and emerging local and national infection prevention and control initiatives.

Collaborates with key affiliate and system leaders and stakeholders to align infection prevention and control practices across the system including ambulatory settings into a unified system program.  Reports infection prevention and control activities to the relevant system and/or affiliate Infection Control Committee and/or appropriate system or affiliate leadership groups.  Streamlines committee structures to realize an efficient and effective structure to support a system program.

Develops and executes strategy for reducing HAI rates leveraging Lifespan's technical operational clinical and OpX infrastructure.

Provides leadership and oversight for deployment of activities and technologies to eliminate preventable HAIs.

Aligns the strategy of infection prevention and control teams with Lifespan�s mission areas of strategic focus and quality priorities.

Collaborates with system affiliate and department leadership to execute tactics for reducing preventable HAIs.

In collaboration with the Lifespan Medical Director for Epidemiology & Infection Prevention and Chair(s) of the affiliate Infection Control Committees supports the selection design and dissemination of performance metrics of infection prevention. Collaborates with OpX leadership in developing a reporting format for key stakeholder group dissemination that facilitates analysis action planning and desired change.  Serves as a member of Infection Control Committees and Councils.

Engages collaboratively with affiliate Chief Nursing Officers Chief Medical Officers and other key affiliate leaders to ensure optimal communication.

Provides direct supervision and guidance to affiliate-based infection prevention and control leaders and ensures infection preventionist competency evaluation against available professional standards (e.g. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology [APIC] competency domains)

Demonstrates competence in performance improvement and implementation science. Leads performance improvement teams for affiliate/system develops interprofessional competencies applies translational research methods uses advance performance improvement tools/methods focus on reliability and sustainability.

Develops and coordinates the implementation of Infection Control policies standards and procedures achieving alignment across the system where feasible.

Develops and implements educational programs on infection prevention and control topics for all levels/functions of hospital staff. 

Collaborates in research and other scholarly activities in the field of infection prevention and control as needed.


Clearly demonstrable expert-level knowledge in infection control and prevention.

Knowledgeable in process design process measurement data analysis and improvement strategies and the use of process analysis/modeling/simulation tools. Ability to work with quantitative data.

Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to tailor message to individuals and audiences throughout the organization and through all levels of leadership

Strong organizational skills with the ability to focus detailed concentrated effort to multiple projects and re-establish priorities as necessary. Ability to effectively respond to time sensitive issues and meet deadlines

Initiative and ability to work independently (self-direction) while thriving in a setting requiring collaboration and teamwork for maximal efficiency and effectiveness. Attention to detail that ensures follow through on all initiatives implemented and all projects undertaken
Strong leadership skills

Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills

Working knowledge of quality and safety improvement strategies and methods


Other information:


Master's degree in Nursing Public Health or a Clinical area with a strong working knowledge of health care processes and structures and terminology
Certification in Infection Control is required. Certification must be kept current as a condition of continued employment

3+ years of Director level operations healthcare consulting or management related to infection control and prevention with academic acute care setting and system experience preferred.


Supervision and responsibilities for up to 20 FTEs.


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: Rhode Island Hospital USA:RI:Providence


Work Type: Full Time


Shift: 1


Union: Non-Union