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Infection Prevention Specialist

Number of Positions: 1

Mission : To promote and improve health by engaging residents, communities and partners in establishing and implementing policies and services that prioritize residents and communities with the greatest need.


The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)) mitigates the spread of infectious diseases and communicates scientific and medical concepts in a way that anyone can understand to minimize transmission of emerging infectious diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected older Chicago residents. including residents of skilled nursing facilities. Healthcare facilities are faced with infection control challenges as they care for patients and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within their workplace settings. As a part of the CDPH COVID Bureau Healthcare team, you will engage healthcare providers across the spectrum of care about their infection prevention and control mitigation strategies and provide guidance to optimize infection control practice.


As a key member of the CDPH COVID-19 Team, the Infection Prevention Specialist identifies and investigates COVID outbreaks and health care associated infections (HAIs) reported to the Chicago Department of Public Health. The incumbent conducts on-site visits and supports healthcare partners with guidance, training, and technical support in implementing appropriate infection prevention and control measures.


  • Interacts with physicians, nurses, department managers, supervisors, and occupational health and other professional staff members to provide resource information and resolve infection control problems

  • Coordinate with state regulatory bodies to escalate situations of continued infection control non-compliance

  • Work with internal and external stake holders to develop Infection control policy and maintain understanding of facility level regulations

  • Participate in multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary HAI advisory group

  • Conduct on-site visits/gap analysis of Chicago healthcare facilities

  • Disseminate evidence-based infection prevention and control practices

  • Monitor evidence-based Infection prevention mitigation strategies

  • Ensure alignment with State HAI planned activities

  • Act as a healthcare facilities liaison by reviewing and investigating reported HAIs

  • Monitor appropriate implementation of isolation protocol and other infection control measures

  • Compile Infection control recommendations

  • Write reports summarizing consultations and recommendations

  • Educate stakeholders about infection prevention practices

  • Specific education includes: standard and transmission based precautions, immunization, sharps injury prevention, hand hygiene, and equipment and environmental cleaning/ disinfection/sterilization

  • Attend multi-jurisdictional HAI infection prevention meetings to understand the burden of HAIs within the state of IL.




  • Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Nursing, Epidemiology, Medical or Clinical Laboratory Science

  • Minimum of four years of work experience in infection prevention and control management

Licensure or Certifications

  • Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) is required within six (6) months of hire.

  • A valid State of Illinois driver's license


  • Knowledge and understanding of healthcare infection control principles including healthcare facility surveillance, gap analysis, mitigation plan and recommendations regarding transmission based precautions, personal protective equipment, environmental services agents, respiratory protection

  • Familiarity with federal infection control regulations specific to healthcare facilities, including CMS, HHS, OSHA, and FDA

  • Familiarity with healthcare facility outbreak mitigation guidance from organizations like APIC, SHEA, Joint Commission, and CDC

  • Analytical ability and comprehensive knowledge base to analyze a variety of data, ascertain HAI data and reports, identify infection control gaps and formulate remedial recommendations.

  • Teaching abilities to conduct educational programs

  • Lead groups, prioritize tasks, work individually as well as part of a team

  • Excellent oral and written communications

  • Excellent technical writing skills

  • Experience educating healthcare workers

  • Experience in a human service delivery program which includes program administration and delivery working with a variety of stakeholders


You have a strong focus on:

  • Reducing health inequities – providing medical care and services to communities of color hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Facilitating teamwork – promoting communication, cooperation, and identifying with overarching project goals

  • Patient First Care – delivering the highest quality care possible to patients in all communities

NOTE : The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

Location: City of Chicago, Department of Public Health 2160 W Ogden Ave. 60612

Days: Monday - Friday

Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm

All employees of the City of Chicago must demonstrate commitment to and compliance with applicable state and federal laws, and City ordinances and rules; the City's Ethics standards; and other City policies and procedures. Equivalent foreign degrees, accreditations, and credentials in evaluating qualifications will be considered. The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.

Disclaimer - "Accredited" means any nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or law school where the applicant is enrolled in or has completed an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Juris Doctorate degree program.

Education & Employment Verification : Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diploma must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired. NOTE: You must provide your transcripts or diploma, professional license, or training certificates at time of processing, if applicable.

NOTE : To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.

Selection Requirement: This position requires candidates to complete an interview which will include a written exercise. The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, based on the oral interview and written exercise will be selected for hire.

This position is funded by a federal grant. These funds may be extended, but CDPH cannot guarantee this position will be funded past December 2022.

Application Instructions : Interested applicants should apply at the City of Chicago’s application website:

VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE: The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge. Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented. To receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?” In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service. For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 (Member Copy-4) to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationery stating dates of service and character of service. For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationery verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application. Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference.

Evaluation : Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applicants will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation.


The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59 pm C.S.T. Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59 pm CST on April 22, 2021. No exceptions will be made.

City of Chicago

Department of Human Resources

Lori Lightfoot, Mayor