Organ Recovery Coordinator

  • Location: Altoona Iowa or North Liberty Iowa

    Employment Type: Full-Time

    Department: Organ Recovery

    Exemption Status: Exempt

    OSHA Category: I

  • Position Overview:

    Organizational 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:
    The Organ Recovery Coordinator is responsible for the surgical and preservation portion of the donation process by providing organ preservation services for local and non-local organ recoveries to maximize organ viability. Oversees the organ recovery process in the operating room including, aiding surgeons during recovery, preservation of organs using perfusion machines, recovery of tissues and organs for transplant and research, and documenting and communicating information throughout the donation process. Coordinates the acceptance and recovery of organs for research. Align daily activities with the strategic and operational goals of the organization.

  • Job Qualifications:

    • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a health care related field required.
    • Operating room experience and/or prior donation/preservationist experience preferred.
    • Certified Transplant Preservationist preferred.
  • Schedule:

    10-12, 24h shifts/month running 8am-8am with weekends and holiday shifts required on a fairly distributed basis amongst team.

    ** Orientation period requires more availability to ensure training opportunities are not missed**

  • Organization Responsibilities:

    Essential Functions and Performance Responsibilities:

    • Operate within a sterile environment to assist surgical team in recovery and packaging of organs.
    • Facilitate recovery of research organs and tissue grafts in the recovery room according to policies and procedures.
    • Document concurrent and accurate information in iTransplant and the OPTN organ tracking system throughout the organ and tissue donation process.
    • Place kidneys on perfusion machine and monitor and attend to perfusion machine while an organ is perfusing.
    • Communicate and interact with transplant surgeons to provide information pertinent to the perfusion and preservation of organs.
    • Coordinate allocation of research organs; making offers to research partners and documenting acceptance status.
    • Assist local transplant teams at donor hospitals throughout the United States by facilitating transportation, providing coordination of recovery process, and packaging and labeling of organ.
    • Serve as organizational expert regarding recovery and preservation of organs and demonstrate competency in essential job functions.
    • Assist in clinical supply management and maintenance of core area at office.
    • Attend team and organizational meetings and ongoing trainings beyond call shift expectations.

    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.
    • Stand for long periods of time in an operating room.
    • Use of sharp surgical instruments which may cause damage or injury if used incorrectly.
    • Exposure to biohazardous material such as blood, other body fluids, communicable diseases and pharmacological agents. Standard/universal precautions and use of personal protective equipment is required.
    • Travel to the office and donor hospitals throughout the state of Iowa at any given hour of the day or night.
    • Travel to donor hospitals through the United States via chartered aircraft at any given hour of the day or night.
    • Drive a vehicle under various weather and physical conditions that may lead to visual and mental fatigue.
    • Stooping, kneeling, reaching, and handling (seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hands).
    • Express ideas verbally and convey detailed or important spoken information.
    • Receive detailed information through oral and auditory communication.

    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.