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University of Rochester Project Nurse, Health Systems Change-PHS - 231552 in Rochester, New York

Project Nurse, Health Systems Change-PHS Job ID 231552

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 044 Public Health Sciences


Position Summary

Serves as the Health Systems Change Project Nurse for a 5-Year (2021-2026) NYS DOH Bureau of Tobacco Control funded contract that seeks to improve the health of Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates County residents by optimizing health system policies, training strategies, performance evaluation, and access to resources (for providers and patients), and by assisting with the design and implementation of policy-based protocols to identify nicotine-dependent patients and clients at every encounter and to implement strategies to treat nicotine dependency. Manage and disseminate evidence-based resources and materials to health systems to facilitate patient treatment and referral to evidence based cessation services. Health systems include behavioral health and medical health networks, hospitals, medical centers, community health centers, and the like. Under broad guidance from the Director/Principal Investigator and with significant latitude for judgment, provide clinical expertise and guidance in the planning, implementation, coordination, operation, quality improvement and evaluation of this contract over a 5-year period. The project seeks to improve clinician knowledge and behaviors related to addressing nicotine addiction by facilitating sustainable policy-driven and evidence-based training, resources, and systems-change tools including performance improvement.

Supervision/Direction Received

The Project Nurse reports to the Director (PI) and oversees all day-to-day center operations with significant latitude for independent judgment and decision making.


  • Recruitment – Directs the planning, coordination and implementation of activities to identify and establish professional relationships with health system decision makers. This includes but is not limited to medical, behavioral and other health care networks, clinics, hospitals, and medical professional organizations (e.g., Community Health Center Association of NYS). With minimal supervision and wide latitude for independent judgment, lead meetings with physicians, CEO’s and other decision makers to commit their organization to follow evidence based strategies for nicotine addiction treatment. 20%

  • Technical Assistance – Using independent judgment, analyze and develop individualized written policies, protocols and standards of care for each practice. Track and assure compliance of these written protocols and standards of care based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence and the projects NY State Department of health defined deliverables. 15%

  • Project Oversight - Supervision of project staff including post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students. Assist in development of budget projections and justifications for health system interventions, materials, staff and non-salary expenses. Review and approve expenses and monitor spending against projections. Provide budget information for ongoing project management. Ensure that deadlines and deliverables are met for vendor agreements (e.g. NYS DOH Bureau of Tobacco Control quarterly and annual reports and grant proposal renewals). Communicate with Department Grants management specialists regularly. 20%

  • Data Management/Collection – Provide professional direction and supervision to staff for project data collection processes and database preparation. Based on experience and expertise develop and update written protocols for data analysis and program evaluation. Establish and monitor quality control processes and feedback. Findings derived from these data will be used to inform this project and the state wide initiatives and serve as the basis for future research inquiry and funding applications. 10%

  • Training Development/Presenting – Train clinicians and other health care providers in policy-based nicotine dependence screening, documentation, intervention and referral. Based on scientific knowledge and expertise concerning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, recommend specific training modules, CME/CEU trainings for specialized practices, and other state provided resources. Recommend and track changes and intervention approaches based on project needs and review of scientific literature. 20%

  • Contribute scientific writing for dissemination of project findings at local, state, and national conferences. 5%

  • Serve as primary liaison to regional and state tobacco control partner meetings and contribute to state wide Bureau of Tobacco Control Program sustainability efforts including meeting with elected officials and their staff. Represent Center for media opportunities (TV, radio, print media, social media, etc.). Represent Center at New York State Department of Health meetings 5%

  • Other projects and job duties as assigned. 5%

Machines and Office Equipment Used

Machine and equipment used includes PC’s, laptops, overhead projectors, LCD projectors, and video displays. Software includes Microsoft Office and other software (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, REDCap, SAS, BOX), and basic internet-based HTML programming languages. State mandated reporting internet-based programs, and the like.


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing or closely allied health-related field and at least 3 years’ related experience. Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in a health-related field. Previous supervisory experience is preferred.

  • Certification in appropriate Human Subjects Protections (e.g., HIPAA, CITI, etc.) will be required within 2 weeks of hire. Hours will be 40 hours per week.

  • Previous work experience in nursing or closely allied medical or behavioral health profession is required including familiarity with clinical office protocols / workflow as well as Epic/e-record systems.

  • Competencies and observable behaviors including strong independent leadership, presentation, interpersonal, and communication skills, including written communication

  • Capacity to participate in live and recorded media events (TV, radio, social media) as the representative of the Center.

  • Ability to problem-solve between systems/organization (analyzing communication flow and level of progress/cooperation), with a high degree of professionalism and efficiency (quick responses to community needs, rapid follow-through, functionality, etc.).

  • Valid driver’s license required. Contract deliverables require extensive field travel and public speaking.

  • Work hours may include occasional evenings, overnights and weekends.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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