Director, Environment of Care

UC Health brings together the region’s top clinicians and researchers to provide world-class care to the Cincinnati community and beyond. From the flagship University of Cincinnati Medical Center to the state-of-the-art West Chester Hospital, UC Health delivers the absolute best in treatment and care. 

Continually recognized for excellence and backed by the academic strength of the University of Cincinnati, which is one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, UC Health is revolutionizing how discovery-driven care is delivered. UC Health physicians are teachers and researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and provide patients with high-quality and innovative medical treatment and care. 

It is an exciting time of growth and expansion. The UC Health Board recently approved over $250M in facilities, including significant renovation to the front drive and main lobby, a new emergency department with a patient tower, a new 3-story building adjacent to the hospital, and eight new operating rooms. It is a significant time of positive change and the excitement is palpable and the Division Director will lead facility operations during this exciting stage of organizational change and growth.

Position Description

The Director, Environment of Care holds primary responsibility to assure standardization and optimization of NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code compliance and The Joint Commission Environment of Care accreditation standards across the UC Health enterprise. The Director will ensure the development and updating of enterprise-wide compliance policies, procedures, processes, and training in supporting plant operations, facility management, construction, and safety operations.

The Director will ensure compliance with all applicable Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), The Joint Commission (TJC), state and local codes, and regulations and accreditation standards. The Director will develop and conduct Life Safety and Environment of Care training programs and serve as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for site leadership and Environment of Care committees. The Director will serve on other committees as assigned. Further, the Director will manage programming and planning and design of all Life Safety Code and Environment of Care accreditation compliance programs and manage contracts for life safety compliance work across the Enterprise, to include all hospitals, ambulatory care locations, and long term and assisted living facilities in the UC Health System.

The Director, Environment of Care is a new position for UC Health and will report directly to the Vice President, Facilities, Construction & Real Estate. The Director has the opportunity to create the most efficient and service-orientated department structure. There are three (3) direct reports, with the expectation that the Director will evaluate the current programs and recommend system and process changes and any need for additional talent needed to support continuous survey readiness. 


The Director, Environment of Care position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Fire Safety, Business Administration, or equivalent, as well as a minimum of 6–10 years equivalent experience in a large scale, complex healthcare system. Healthcare management experience is required. Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager (CHFM) or Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) certification is preferred. In-depth knowledge of NFPA 101 Life Safety Code (2012 edition) and The Joint Commission Environment of Care accreditation standards is required.

Experience in leading and supporting healthcare organizations in their efforts towards regulatory compliance required. Experience in developing service and training programs, with an emphasis on The Joint Commission, CMS, and engineering systems, highly desired. The Director will develop Environment of Care and Life Safety training programs and materials for all hospital staff regarding accreditation compliance and readiness.

The Director is expected to maintain current knowledge in areas of responsibility through contact with industry peers and involvement with healthcare engineering associations. Visibility and availability to key site leadership and frequent site visits are required. The ideal applicant will bring a demonstrated history of the effective management of diverse teams and the ability to think strategically to solve complex problems related to compliance and the Environment of Care. The Director must be a collaborative professional who leads by example and sets high standards with staff and colleagues. Emotional intelligence is required,

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