The Joint Commission

Project Director Patient Safety Initiatives

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Performs a variety of professional, technical, and administrative assignments that support the overall successful functioning of the Joint Commission Office of Patient Safety (OPS).  

  1. Manage complex projects that involve sensitive/confidential data.
  2. Routinely perform a deep dive into the OQPS database by conducting quick but rigorous analysis that is designed to answer a specific (research) question.
  3. Prepare reports and interpret results to communicate with diverse audiences.
  4. Serve as a subject matter expert on OQPS data and data base maintenance
  5. Maintain the OQPS database and continuously look for opportunities to enhance our ability to make use of the information in it.
  6. Leads and coordinates projects and special initiatives as directed.



  1. Provides management and oversight of the relevance, integrity, confidentiality, and usability of OQPS databases.
  2. Prepares and/or coordinates internal and external publications, position papers and reports regarding safety issues by performing qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  3. Proactively identifies risks, recommends risk mitigation and process improvement strategies.
  4. Systematically organizes qualitative/narrative data, interpret the findings and effectively present them to different types of audiences in meaningful and easy to understand manner to senior leadership and other divisions/depts beside OQPS.
  5. Leads and coordinates project planning by forecasting estimates for completing project tasks. Ensures deadlines and commitments are met by keeping management informed of project status. Develops work plans for various strategic priorities of the OQPS.
  6. Serves as a liaison to the Information Technology department to clearly articulate OQPS data and technical needs. Recognizes opportunities to improve applications and processes.
  7. As appropriate, becomes involved with relevant patient safety research initiatives.



  1. The level of knowledge equivalent to that ordinarily acquired through completion of a Master’s degree in public health, health policy and administration, or a related field.
  2. Knowledge of the health care environment, with five to seven years’ experience in, project management and healthcare operations is preferred. Clinical background or registered nurse preferred.
  3. Previous experience of working with large datasets and of conducting qualitative data analysis and data interpretation for various audiences in meaningful ways.
  4. Ability to take direction and independently take action while keeping OQPS leadership informed.
  5. Demonstrated ability to manage large, important projects, including leading staff in completing the project deliverables within timelines, budget and available resources.
  6. Strong verbal and writing skills, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and the ability to analyze and resolve problems. Written communication skills necessary to produce proposals, position papers, and responsive replies to correspondence.
  7. Excellent computer proficiency with experience using a variety of computer platforms and software programs including PowerBI and SQL services.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee assigned to this position.  The description is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and abilities, and working conditions associated with this position.  All requirements are subject to possible modification due to business needs and/or reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.



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