Oregon Health & Science University

Organ Donation Coordinator

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Hospital/Clinic Support
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
Cascade Life Alliance
Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
Clinical call for 24hr period
On call shifts of 24 hours 8am-8am.
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Organ Donation coordinator utilizing healthcare knowledge, expertise, independent industry specific judgement and medical protocols coordinates all aspects of organ donation for transplant and research in the Donor Service Area (DSA) hospitals in Oregon, southern Washington, and southwest Idaho.


Assesses and evaluates potential organ donors, communicates with donor families, directs clinical management of the organ donor, evaluates and places organs for transplant, coordinates the organ recovery process with transplant and medical teams and assists those teams with the surgical recovery and transportation of organs for transplant and research.


The Organ Procurement Organization's (OPO's) Organ Donation Coordinator provides education to residents, critical care interns, nursing, respiratory therapy, physician assistant and medical students.

Function/Duties of Position

  • Uses independent judgment and established parameters to screen for potential organ, tissue, and eye donation in all DSA hospitals; obtain consent for donation; communicate with donor families, hospital staff and transplant teams; conduct donor management in ICU; place organs for transplant and assist with organ recovery; complete required donor follow up; screen import organ offers
  • Develops and delivers individualized curriculum to educate students regarding the federal rules requiring hospital staff to call a Donor Referral Line with every potential hospital death, the requirements for clinical support of the severely head-injured patient and the need for multi-professional coordination and assistance in the donation process.  Student groups include the following:  residents, medical students, critical care interns, nursing and physician assistant students and respiratory therapy.
  • Provides education of hospital staff and other professional staff regarding donation; cooperates with Hospital Services Coordinators in conducting After Action Reviews; participates in PNTB committees.
  • Accesses and manages privileged information in 82 partner donor hospitals amongst many shareholders related to organ donation as per the federal mandate of the National Transplant Act of 1984 in order to fulfill the mission of organ donation.  This includes but is not limited to physicians, nurses, medical examiners, district attorneys, transplant centers and OPOs nationwide and internationally as well as the federal government and multiple regulatory bodies.
  • Acts as a consultant and support for physicians and other healthcare professionals in our 82 partner facilities, in which we are contracted to provide professional services in matters related to organ donation, clinical management, and support of potential donors.  Such consulting, for example, can include catastrophic brain injury guidelines, declaration of brain death, and Federal Guideline requirements for the “Conditions of Participation” for Medicare facilities.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's of Science Degree with healthcare related focus or equivalent experience.
  • 3-years recent relevant clinical or donation related experience or equivalent.
  • Extensive clinical healthcare knowledge base, with the ability to quickly and independently exercise sound clinical judgement in an often stressful environment. 
  • Excellent communication skills, flexible, highly motivated, a good team member with a positive attitude.
  • Must be able to work in an adaptive fashion with a wide range of professional and nonprofessional constituents including but not limited to governmental officials, students, healthcare staff and the public.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and access to a vehicle.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • American Board for Transplant Certification (CPTC) credential.
  • Kidney perfusion or recent organ procurement coordinator experience.
  • Extensive successful practice experience as an ODC in an AOPO accredited OPO.
  • CPTC certification as an Organ Donation Coordinator will be required within two years of hire.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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