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Clean Communities Coordinator, Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)

Posted Date: 
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 5:30pm
Expiration Date: 
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 5:30pm
Job Summary: 

: Experienced

: Main HQ Center City - Philadelphia, PA

: Full Time

: 2 Year Degree

: $33,000.00 - $43,000.00 Salary/year

: Up to 50%

: Swing

: Health Care

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)’s Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction Division is hiring a Clean Communities Coordinator who will provide essential support to the Division’s effort to reduce community blight in neighborhoods most affected by substance use. The individual filling this position will be specifically responsible for creating and managing an intensive neighborhood clean-up program within PDPH that employs city residents to pick up trash, including discarded drug paraphernalia. The Clean Communities Coordinator will also be responsible for engaging community organizations and neighborhood residents to understand ongoing needs and identify opportunities to address concerns. The Clean Communities Coordinator will report to the Division’s Medical Director 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.



  • Establish and manage a neighborhood clean-up program with a focus on removing litter and discarded drug paraphernalia from city streets and sidewalks
  • Identify specific streets/intersections/parks in need of clean-ups and determine the needed frequency of intensive efforts
  • Help coordinate projects to address these specific areas; recruit and manage volunteers interested in contributing to these clean-ups
  • Supervise the trainings of all volunteers and staff, including how to recognize an overdose and use naloxone, as well as how to safely dispose of discarded sharps
  • Maintain records of all data related to community clean-ups, including (approximate) amount of collected trash and number of hours contributed by staff and volunteers
  • Collaborate closely with community organizations to identify ongoing needs related to neighborhood blight and remediation
  • Perform other activities related to opioid and substance use initiatives, as identified
  • Participate in Emergency Preparedness drills, exercises, and trainings for the Health Department, as needed



  • Bachelor’s degree in health or social sciences


  • Associate’s degree with two+ years of relevant work experience.


  • Knowledge of/and or personal experience with substances and substance use
  • 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
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to analyze and think critically to apply reasonable judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • 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 persons contacted in the course of work.

Work Environment:

Approximately 50% office based, 50% field based

Position Type and Work Schedule:

Non-traditional hours (approximately 11a-7p), including occasional weekends, as yet to be determined


Local travel to multiple sites and community meetings

Physical Demands:

Ability to transport materials, routinely moves equipment or supplies weighing up to 50 lbs