Overview

Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of PHCW PT Infection Preventionist within the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section in Atlanta, Georgia.

Won’t you join us?

This is temporary or hourly paid work performing professional health care services. Positions in this job are established for less than 9 months or scheduled for less than 30 hours per week and are not eligible for benefits if the position status is temporary (i.e., SCOA 513). Positions in this job are established for greater than 9 months and scheduled for greater than 30 hours per week if the position status is permanent labor (i.e., SCOA 512). Normally permanent labor positions are eligible for Health Insurance benefits.

Job Responsibilities:

The Part Time Infection Preventionist will be responsible for leading prevention assessments and serving as an NHSN expert in their assigned region (North, Metro, Central or South Georgia).  In coordination with the HAI/AR Program, Part Time Infection Preventionist will provide oversight and subject matter expertise to coordinate prevention in various healthcare settings and provide oversight of infection control and response work of healthcare providers and district staff. These positions are responsible for strengthening infection prevention and control capacity in their assigned jurisdictions and overseeing execution of infection control and outbreak response recommendations to healthcare executive and infection control leadership as well as district epidemiologists.

Tasks include:

  • Leads district wide HAI/AR MDRO prevention program by assigned districts.
  • Applies reports from the HAI/AR analytics team to develop prioritized prevention responses in their region.
  • Develops and communicates response targets and goals to regional district staff and other stakeholders and oversees infection control and response work for regions.
  • Conduct trainings in infection control for the state.
  • Schedules and provides efficient infection prevention and control consultation.
  • Perform onsite prevention-based infection prevention and control assessments, including a review of healthcare facilities infection prevention plans, direct observation of infection control practices using a standardized tool (e.g., ICAR), and surveillance capacity.
  • Document and compile findings from on-site visits and summarize them in a report and/or tracking system, with key findings and recommendations provided to the participating healthcare facility and other key stakeholders, including the HAI/AR Program.
  • Conduct follow-up site assessments to ensure that the healthcare facility has implemented mitigation recommendations based on report findings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

RN, MT (ASCP), MPH
2-5 years’ experience within the acute care setting.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess experience in the following:
RN, MT (ASCP), MPH, preferably Certified in Infection Control (CIC).

2-5 years’ experience within the acute care setting.
2-5 years’ experience working in infection control and prevention.
2-5 years’ experience using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) HAI surveillance criterion.

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY FOR THIS POSITION AT www.dph.georgia.gov