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Clean Communities Specialist Lead Support Staff, The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)’s Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction Division

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 4:45pm
Expiration Date: 
Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 4:45pm
Job Summary: 

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)’s Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction Division is hiring a Clean Communities Specialist 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 supervising an intensive neighborhood clean-up program within PDPH that employs city residents to pick up trash, including discarded drug paraphernalia. The Clean Communities Specialist will also be responsible for engaging community members to understand ongoing needs and identify opportunities to address concerns. The Clean Communities Coordinator will report to the Division’s Clean Communities Coordinator 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.



  • Contribute to a neighborhood clean-up program with a focus on removing litter and discarded drug paraphernalia from city streets and sidewalks
  • Responsible to oversee 2-5 individuals (temporary staff and/or volunteers) participating in PDPH’s neighborhood clean-up program; this will entail working alongside them and being available to answer questions/concerns
  • Engage community members while in the field and offering harm reduction supplies as able or redirect to the CC Specialist
  • Identify ongoing needs related to neighborhood blight and remediation and report your findings/concerns to CC Coordinator and Specialist
  • Maintain daily inventory of cleaning equipment before and after use
  • Return all equipment to its assigned location
  • Assure all tasks are completed
  • Ability to work in inclement weather
  • Employee must be able to use full range of motion including handling and frequently lifting of moving heavy objects and/or equipment up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to stand and walk for 2+ hours
  • Must be able to engage, interact and work towards fostering positive relationships, with respect and understanding towards co-workers, volunteers, guest and community members.
  • Must comply with all policies and procedures
  • Other duties assigned by CC Specialist and Coordinator


  • Bachelor’s degree in health or social sciences 


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


  • 4+ years of relevant work experience


  • 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.
  • 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:

100% field based

Position Type and Work Schedule:

  • Non-traditional hours, 22.5 hours/week
  • Thursday-Monday, 11:45a-4:45p


Local travel to multiple sites and community meetings

Physical Demands:

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