Job Description

Job Title: Director, Transplant Center - RN (Heart & Lung)
Job ID: 683210
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight, Monday thru Friday
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
Department: Transplant_Heart
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Are you an experienced transplant nurse with a passion for staff development and supervision? Are you a visionary leader looking to advance your career? Check out this rare opportunity!

UPMC Presbyterian, located in the heart of the Oakland neighborhood in the city of Pittsburgh, is an adult medical-surgical referral hospital and a site of ongoing research and graduate programs in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The hospital is a renowned center for organ transplantation, and a recognized leader in cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, critical care medicine, and trauma services as a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center. Founded in 1893, UPMC Presbyterian continues to provide state-of-the-art medical care to patients in the tristate area and throughout the world.

Established in 1981, UPMC Transplant Services has performed more than 19,500 organ transplant surgery procedures, including liver, kidney, pancreas, small bowel, liver/small bowel, heart, heart/lung, double-lung, single-lung, and multiple-organ transplants. A leader in organ transplantation services, our program is dedicated to advancing basic science and clinically applied research. Above all, we are committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive care.

To drive the nursing efforts for our Heart and Lung transplant programs, we are seeking a full-time Director, Transplant Center.

The Director, Transplant Center will be responsible for day to day, overall supervision and coordination of clinical operations for Heart and Lung adult transplant programs and clinics. This includes managing performance of staff, productivity, patient flow, patient access and billing, and to assure extreme regulatory agency standards are met.  As Director, you will also work collaboratively with the respective Medical and Surgical Directors of these transplant programs to develop and implement policies, procedures, and operational changes and to assure quality patient care services.

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  • Assists in the marketing and business development activities related to the strategic growth of the transplant program including participation with development of collateral materials, meetings with referral sources and participation with key community organizations. Responsible for the education of community and central nursing personnel in all aspects of transplantation and general orientation of new staff members.Promote professional self-development by attending seminars, reading professional publications and taking part in professional organizations.
  • Collaboration with department leaders and responsible for developing, reviewing, revising and implementing policies and procedures in compliance with all regulatory agencies including OPTN/UNOS, CMS, DOH, TJC, etc.
  • Directs, monitors, and participates in the delivery of care to advance the quality of care delivered and/or improve work processes for efficiency; coordinates care with transplant case management and transplant social work personnel; and ensures that continuity of care for patients is facilitated through collaboration with appropriate outpatient transplant nursing units.
  • Has operational accountability for the program/clinic on a 24/7 basis. Supervises and coordinates the daily activities of the programs/clinic. These include monitoring productivity, scheduling staff to provide coverage during operational hours and adjusting assignments as needed, monitoring patient flow, strategically resolving operational problems to prevent future issues, and taking all necessary steps to maximize patient care services.
  • Provides direct patient care or performs triaging or phone care, acting as a role model for clinical expertise; assures all MD's and provider extenders get all the support and assistance they need to provide optimal patient care.
  • Provides oversight with respective Medical and Surgical Directors and participates in routine M&M and patient selection committee meetings. Serve as the liaison between internal and external stakeholders functioning as a key resource as it relates to the specific transplant program.
  • Responsible for the management of all clinical and support staff. This includes the recruitment and selection of staff in conjunction with HR; effective onboarding and training of staff; effective delegation of work duties; performance management including annual evaluations, performance coaching/counseling and administration of corrective action according to organization policies and procedures; and ensuring all staff follows appropriate safety procedures and federal and state regulatory requirements related to patient care.
  • Utilizes EpicCare (electronic medical record) and other applicable transplant databases to document all patient interactions, including medication refills and telephone calls. Supervises patient scheduling functions, and works closely with the medical director to assure optimal patient access and customer services; provides assignment of patients (pre, waitlist and post-op) to respective nurse coordinators.
  • Works collaboratively with Program Administrator, Division Chief, Medical and Surgical Directors, transplant center/clinic staff, transplant/dialysis and other nursing unit colleagues; and effectively communicates with all members of the health care team.
  • Works in collaboration with the Program Administrator and Chief to develop an annual budget to assure patient care services and MD needs are met; manages resources including staffing, supplies and equipment to meet budgetary requirements. Maintains ongoing assessment of all patients associated with specific transplant program and provides status updates to respective Medical Directors and transplant program leadership; performs annual evaluation of relevant transplant program.


  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing.
  • Master's degree in Nursing, Business, or Public Health required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of transplant experience including hospital and progressive management experience in an ambulatory care setting or office practice required.
  • Ability to function autonomously and direct individuals working within the transplant division.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a timely and efficient fashion.
  • Ability to meet the demands of multiple individuals in response to sudden workload changes.
  • Demonstrated decisiveness and ability to commit appropriate resources to achieve the desired result, and assume responsibility for outcomes of decisions made.
  • Excellent presentation skills and written and verbal communication skills required
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Registered Nurse
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $0 to $0

Union Position: No

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