CRS Field Navigator

Equal Opportunity Employer

The mission of the Health Federation of Philadelphia is to promote health equity for marginalized communities by advancing access to high-quality, integrated, and comprehensive health and human services.  Health equity is at the heart of all our work. We believe in and are firmly committed to equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status.  This commitment applies to all aspects of the Health Federation of Philadelphia’s employment practices, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promotion.


The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)’s Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction Division is hiring a CRS Field Navigator who will provide support to the Division’s efforts to reduce community blight in neighborhoods most affected by substance use. The individual filling this position will be responsible for supporting Project Reach’s Block to Block initiative designed to provide low barrier employment for community residents affected by economic inequalities. This individual will also be responsible for engaging community members with ongoing concerns in their communities and supporting Block to Block participants’ access to necessary resources. The CRS Field Navigator will report to the Environmental Manager and work very closely with staff within PDPH’s Substance Use Division, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services and the Opioid Response Unit in the Managing Director’s Office



  • Comfortable working Kensington.
  • Oversee and work alongside 10-15 individuals participating in PDPH’s Block to Block Same Day Same Pay Program.
  • Engage with community residents/organizations on ongoing needs related to neighborhood blight and providing remediation solutions to improve quality of life.
  • Support Block to Block participants access essential resources as needed.
  • Enter daily stats of B2B participants, trash pick-ups, locations, syringe pick-up/sweeps, supplies used and distribution of Narcan and/or Harm Reduction supplies into REDCap (database).
  • Administer Narcan in the event of an overdose; and provide training in the field to community residents/organizations/and or businesses.
  • Foster positive relationships and understanding towards co-workers, participants, community members.
  • Ability to work in inclement weather.
  • Ability to use full range of motion including handling and frequently lifting of moving heavy objects and/or equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to stand and walk for 3+ hours.
  • Other duties assigned by the Environmental Services Manager.


  • HS Diploma or general education degree (GED); or combination of education and 1 + year related work experience.
  •  OR  Associates Degree with two + year’s related work experience
  • Certified Recover Specialist


  • Knowledge of/and or personal experience with substances and substance use, as well as harm reduction
  • Experience and/or knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of outreach, education, and community-based networking.
  • Sensitivity to and experience working with ethnically, economically, culturally, and sexually diverse individuals, communities, agencies and organizations.
  • Enthusiasm for fieldwork, providing direct service to neighborhood residents.
  • Comfort with using the following equipment: Push Broom, Rake, Trash Cans (manually transport), Leaf Blower, Tongs, Sharp Containers, Latex Gloves, Work Gloves, Face Mask
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze and think critically to apply reasonable judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Must have a clean driver’s record and a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, to prioritize and handle multiple tasks, and to work independently in a high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with person(s) contacted in the course of work.
  • Bilingual (Spanish Speaking)

Work Environment:  90% Field, 10% Office

Position Type and Work Schedule:  37.5 hours/weekly, 7.5 hours per day – Wednesday through Sunday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Hours may vary depending on department initiative and needs.

Travel:  Daily local travel to multiple sites, throughout Philadelphia and focused in Kensington area.

Physical Demands:  Ability to lift and move equipment up to 35 lbs. and walk 2+ hours a day.

Salary and Benefits:  Our employees are our most valuable resource, so we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, which can include:

  • Medical with vision benefits
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life, AD&D and long-term care insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, with a company contribution
  • Paid time off including vacation, sick, personal and holiday
  • Employee Assistance Program

Eligibility and participation is handled consistent with the plan documents and HFP policy. 


The Health Federation reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Company desires. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this position. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, responsibilities and/or skills to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied, or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at will.” The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals.