Organ Donation Coordinator

  • Location: Altoona or North Liberty Iowa

    Employment Type: Full-Time

    Department: Organ Maximization

    Exemption Status: Exempt

    OSHA Category: I

  • Position Overview:

    Organization Overview:

    Our organization is dedicated to transforming lives and inspiring all to donate life. We are a family of professionals working together to increase awareness around the need for organ and tissue donors alongside nurturing and guiding our families throughout the gift of life. We facilitate the recovery of organs, tissues, and corneas in Iowa. We honor donors and support donor families at the time of donation and on a continuing basis.

    We believe in going above and beyond to support donor families during and after the donation process. Our core values are what guide us, allow us to excel at serving our community, and keep our culture at Iowa Donor Network alive.


    Position Overview:

    Our Maximize the Gift Work system continues to grow our team of experts to advance our team. The Organ Donation Coordinator is responsible for maximizing donation and transplantation opportunities in compliance with industry standards. The coordinator evaluates and coordinates the medical management of the organ donor to maximize organ function. The Organ Donation coordinator also works with a team to facilitate allocation of organs and coordinate the organ recovery process.

  • Job Qualifications:


    • Must be a Licensed Registered Nurse, Respiratory Therapist, Paramedic/EMT, or prior experience working as a clinical coordinator in another OPO.
    • Prior experience and current knowledge of medical/surgical critical care, trauma, or emergency care in the hospital setting required.
    • Ability to obtain and maintain an ACLS, PALS, and BLS certification.
    • Maintain a valid driver’s license and personal auto insurance.
    • Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, preferred.
    • CPTC certification, preferred.
  • Schedule:

    • Hybrid of 10; 12 hour and 24 hour call shifts per month, required holidays and weekends.
    • Expectation to work 24 hour shifts during orientation and transition to hybrid 12- and 24- hour shifts after orientation.

    **training requires more travel and call to gain proper experience

  • Organization Responsibilities:

    Essential Functions and Performance Responsibilities:

    • Gather and accurately assess patient medical records and Donor Risk Assessment Interview (DRAI) to determine suitability for organ donation.

    • Recognize and treat pathophysiological effects of brain death.

    • Work with multidisciplinary hospital teams to assess, treat and care for critically ill patients in the ICU

    • Medically manage organ donors to maximize the gift of donation.

    • Obtain specimens and coordinate serological and histocompatibility testing.

    • Complete post donor chart submission for quality assurance per defined timelines.

    • Collaborate with Family Services and Hospital Services to increase donation.

    • Assist with procurement, preservation, packaging, labeling, and shipment of organs.

    • Collaborate closely with Iowa Donor Network clinical team members, donor hospital staff and physicians, transplant center representatives, and other essential stakeholders and partners.

    • Participate in departmental meetings, educational activities, quality assurance initiatives, and required training as assigned.

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment

    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

    • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.

    • Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing when representing IDN.

    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

    Physical Requirements:

    • Must receive required vaccines based on outlined schedules to protect our employees, healthcare personnel, donors, recipients, and families we may come into contact. (e.g., Influenza obtained annually by December 1st and COVID vaccine upon required timeline.)

    • Maintain a current valid driver’s license and be insurable through IDN’s insurance.

    • Respond to call/page within 10 minutes and arrive to office within one hour of call or as assigned.

    • Work a rotating on-call schedule with extended hours.

    • Lift equipment and supplies weighing 50 lbs and occasionally up to 75 lbs.

    • Travel to the office and donor hospitals throughout the state of Iowa at any given hour of the day or night.

    • Stooping, kneeling, reaching, and handling (seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hands).

    • Express ideas verbally and convey detailed or important spoken information

    • Capability to travel by vehicle or plane

    Organizational Responsibilities:

    • It is required that IDN employees demonstrate commitment to the mission and vision, maintain effective communication, exhibit teamwork, respect diversity, follow policies and procedures, maintain confidentiality of all donor, recipient and organizational information, demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness while meeting productivity standards, observe safety and security procedures, be consistently punctual and dependable, actively participate in performance improvement activities and continually demonstrate behavioral expectations and core values.

    • Employee’s obligation to maintain the confidentiality of information shall survive the termination of employee’s employment with IDN.

    • All requirements are subject to modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed in this position. I will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by my supervisor. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, I know that I must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. I realize neither the job description nor this document creates an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.

Our Vision:

All are inspired to donate life.