Kaiser Permanente Associate Manager - Inpatient Care Coordinators (KSMC) in Clackamas, Oregon

The Associate Manager, Care Management is responsible for managing daily department operations and provides support and assistance to the manager and will be assigned distinct areas of focus within the department, such as quality/training, regional plan hospital staff management and KP hospital staff management. The associate manager under the supervision of the manager holds direct administrative authority for the department. He/she is directly accountable to the manager of the department. The associate manager is a 'back up' resource for the staff in absence of the manager. The associate manager facilitates work flow in the department and with ancillary, departments and outside services. Assure the provision of high quality, reputable and cost-effective services while meeting regulatory requirements through supervision and management of multidisciplinary professional and support staff (licensed and non-licensed). The associate manager assists with the management of the department personnel, provision of safe, cost effective, quality patient transitions, a safe work environment and the facilitation of educational activities for the staff. The associate manager has direct reports and supervision authority over those reports.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Use established channels of communication to share information, receive feedback and report problems. Facilitate the communication of plans and decisions to staff and providers to facilitate linkages and flow of information to others. Build credibility with physicians as a champion for patient transitions, quality, social work and care coordination professionalism.Effectively facilitates consensus building to accomplish goals and objectives. Provide constructive feedback and reports problems as well as positive comments. Builds and maintains an environment which recognizes and values differences in staff, physicians, patients and communities. Collaborate with social work and nursing programs to provide required resources. Routinely rounds on staff to communicate key messages and identifies concerns and issues.Routinely rounds on patients to gain feedback.

  • Act as an expert resource for staff and utilizes knowledge in clinical area of practice. Direct supervision and evaluation of professional/staff practices, research and trends. Apply knowledge to the development of standards of care and practice to ensure optimal patient outcomes. Create, modify and evaluate policies and procedures. Maintain personal and professions growth of staff and others. Partner with medical staff and other disciplines to assist with establishment of patient care goals for department development. Evaluate department care delivery model and the needed staff or resources to provide safe, optimal care. Ensure safe, therapeutic environment, both for in the moment organizational support and long term. Ensure staff is educated on risk management and compliance issues and correct action is identified in areas of potential liability. Ensures staff support for expedited patient transitions by initiating escalations paths.collaborate with all departments involved in transitions in care and/or community partners.

  • Articulate the organizations performance improvement program and goals. Develop, implement and maintain quality/service monitoring processes. Key contributor in formulation of department goals which are reflective of measurable objectives and evidence based practices. Maintain department compliance with all regulatory requirements.Monitor department quality/service programs with safety, environment, pharmacy and documentation issues.Support the quality/trainer role and facilitate the quality plan developed by the staff.Facilitate and seek resolution of customer complaints and facilitate improvement in processes or circumstances to improve the level of customer satisfaction.

  • In collaboration with the Regional Manager, provide leadership and direction in accordance with the organization and departmental goals, objectives and behavioral standards of the organization. Assist the manager with performance evaluations. Provide counseling, coaching, and monitoring of personnel. Perform/participate in in corrective action process. Facilitate inter-departmental relationships so that mission, vision, goals of department and organization are achieved. Demonstrate critical thinking and use of evidence based practice. Support the Unit Based Teams (UBT) to accomplish tasks and goals. Actively participates/leads committee's and task forces as needed. Ensures staff compliance with all mandatory classes and education. Facilitate a culture of creative thinking and act as a change agent to challenge the status quo.Responsible for own professional growth and supports work-life balance.Ensure staff has the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate, safe care to patients and families through education, coaching, training, teaching or experience. Work with outside vendors, agencies to assure coordination of services and represent the organization in a professional manner.

  • Develops and maintains regional Care Management written resources and standards of care, including procedures, clinical practice resources, nursing staff competencies. Works with physician advisors, business partners and colleagues for Care Management, Quality Assurance, health systems and EMS to maintain regional quality and appropriate resource utilization.Provides clinical oversight to staff in the department (professional and support staff) to ensure staff are at capacity and have resources available to ensure growth and development. Oversees orientation and development of curriculum. Defining and communicating professional practice.

  • Collaborates with other department leaders in the development of department budget, providing input and evaluation of processes, equipment and make recommendations. Educate team members on financial implications of department operations. Drives towards achieving financial and operational targets.

  • Participates in weekend and holiday call.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum five (5) years of clinical experience as RN


  • BSN OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Certified Case Manager (CCM): CCM certification date to obtain to be determined by manager upon hire/transfer

  • Current Oregon and Washington RN license required. License in state where assigned required upon hire/transfer, application for license in secondary state required within 6 weeks of hire/transfer and must be obtained within 6 months.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers required upon hire/transfer.

Additional Requirements:

  • Minimum two (2) years of demonstrated knowledge in area of clinical care management expertise.

  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge of process improvement techniques, and be able to facilitate complex group interactions within a sophisticated audience.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and understanding of core leadership concepts

  • Demonstrated subject matter expert in care management

  • Ability to adapt to constantly changing priorities and managing a wide range of projects

  • Must exhibit efficiency, collaboration, candor, openness and results orientation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Utilization management experience with MCG or InterQual Care Guidelines software

  • Experience working with interdisciplinary teams including but not limited to social work, rehabilitation services, nursing leadership, etc.

  • Masters degree in health related field

  • Nurse Practice Act, Joint Commission, Labor Law, all related and affiliate contracts, worker's compensation, policies and procedures, human resource policies and procedures, OSHA, CMS, Health Department, Employee benefits, National labor relations board, standards of practice of professional organizations.

  • Demonstrated ability to determine key issues and develop appropriate action plans from multidisciplinary perspectives.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead professionals and manage others through influence and collaboration

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and interpret quantitative/qualitative information with analytical problem solving and guidance.

  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment

  • Knowledge of community resources

  • Working knowledge of the managed care industry

  • Able to work autonomously

  • Operational knowledge of computerized clinical documentation and office application systems including use of laptop/notebook computers.

  • Demonstrates customer-focused service skills

  • High level communication skills which allow for collaborative and timely interactions with clinicians, managers, staff, members and community partners.


TITLE: Associate Manager - Inpatient Care Coordinators (KSMC)

LOCATION: Clackamas, Oregon


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.