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Program Leader II, Workforce Health and Safety, Full time, Days

Location Chicago, Illinois Business Unit Northwestern Medicine Corporate Job REQID 76747 Job Function Human Resources/Academy/Payroll Shift Day Job (1st) Apply Now

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


  • $10,000 Tuition Reimbursement per year ($5,700 part-time)
  • $6,000 Student Loan Repayment ($3,000 part-time)
  • $1,000 Professional Development per year ($500 part-time)
  • $250 Wellbeing Fund per year($125 for part-time)
  • Annual Employee Merit Increase and Incentive Bonus
  • Paid time off and Holiday pay


TheProgram Leader II reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.


TheProgram Leader II is responsible for providing planning, support, and overall coordination of the employee health and safety program for the health system within a designated geographic location or a specified business unit(s) of Northwestern Medicine.


  • Routinely monitors employee injury data for a designated division, department, or service line.  Meets with leadership and staff routinely to develop and recommend measures for assuring safe practice/behavior.
  • Recognizes and anticipates hazardous or unsafe practices.  Identifies solutions (training, alternative products, change of practice) when unsafe behaviors or potential for injury is present.
  • Provides professional and consultative support (i.e. professional advice, recommendations, evaluations, inspections, development, or hands-on assistance) to assure that safe work practices, procedures, and policies follow best practice, in addition to, all pertinent regulatory, accreditation, and licensure standards. 
  • Enforces compliance with safe practice, policies, and regulatory requirements related to occupational health and safety
  • Coordinates collection, compilation and reporting data from resources within NMHC, as necessary, to effectively track metrics related to occupational health and employee safety. 
  • Maintains accurate documentation related to NMHC’s occupational health and employee safety programs (i.e. Employee Injury Reports, OSHA Injury Logs, Safety Data Sheets, training records, etc). 
  • Promotes occupational health and employee safety activities by actively participating in various hospital and system-wide committees, implementation teams, and other task force teams as assigned.
  • Keeps current on legislation, regulatory changes, code changes, maintains knowledge of current and emerging issues and trends in areas of specialty.  Participates in regulatory processes, surveys, inspections as needed. 
  • Creates and executes project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Designs, develops, implements, and evaluates the continuous improvement of NMHC’s occupational health and employee safety programs and initiatives.
  • Lead complex projects involving internal departments and external partners by engaging stakeholders, managing workplans, and delivering measurable results.
  • Influence and communicate with all levels of leadership.
  • Apply rigorous analytical skills and persuasive leadership skills to projects and initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in occupational health, environmental health, healthcare administration, healthcare management, public health, or related field. 
  • 3+ years of relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of Joint Commission, OSHA, CMS and IDPH standards and other relevant regulatory health and safety codes
  • Analytical skills
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, including group presentations
  • Proven software competencies (MS Office Suite)
  • Ability to travel to designated NM locations


  • Master Degree in Occupational/Environmental Health, Public Health, Business, or related field and/or comparable experience.
  • 1-3 years of project management or process improvement experience
  • Certified Hospital Safety Professional (CHSP)
  • Experience with health and safety regulations related to healthcare and ambulatory occupancies

Program Leader II, System

Supports overall Workforce Health and Safety for the system while collaborating with Leaders, Regional Managers and Program Leads and other key stakeholders

  • Support the creation, development, measurement and report of Workforce Health and Safety metrics to measure key programs and opportunities
  • Provide support on Workforce Health and Safety system, SafetyNet, and work with the third-party programmer to ensure enhancements and or break/fixes are completed timely and on budget
  • Coordinate/liaison with Occupational Health partners to collaborate on projects, improve processes, and coordinate mass vaccination clinics
  • Provide support during integration and alignment of Workforce Health and Safety programs for acquired or merged companies
  • Assist with Workforce Health and Safety policy updates


Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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