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Infection Prevention Specialist

Number of Positions: 2

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 lay people can understand to minimize transmission of emerging infectious diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected schools and daycares, including staff, students, and families, and the whole community. Youth programs are faced with infection control challenges as they care for students and prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a part of the CDPH COVID Bureau Youth Settings team, you will engage with schools and daycares, provide advice about infection prevention and control mitigation strategies and give guidance to optimize infection control practice.


As a key member of the CDPH COVID-19 Team, the Infection Prevention Specialist role functions as a technical advisor and takes an active role in COVID-19 prevention and control activities. This position also collaborates with, informs, and guides youth programs as part of the CDPH COVID-19 Response Bureau.


  • Interact with schools, daycares, and other youth settings to provide infection prevention guidance and resolve infection control problems

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to develop infection control policy and maintain understanding of facility-level regulations

  • Disseminate evidence-based infection prevention and mitigation strategies

  • Ensure alignment with state policies and activities

  • Review and investigate reported COVID infections

  • Compile infection control recommendations

  • Write reports summarizing consultations and recommendations

  • Educate stakeholders about infection prevention practices

  • Other duties as assigned




  • Bachelor's or graduate degree in Public Health, Nursing, Epidemiology, Medicine 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.


  • Knowledge and understanding of infection control principles, including gap analysis, mitigation plan, personal protective equipment

  • Familiarity with school and childcare settings

  • Excellent oral and written communication

  • Experience in a human service delivery program, including program administration and delivery

  • Familiar with public health reporting, information system standards, and public health data practices

  • Skilled at systematic problem-solving, research, and analytical practices

  • Proficient at operating computers and adapting to new software


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 1, 2021. No exceptions will be made.

City of Chicago

Department of Human Resources

Lori Lightfoot, Mayor