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Clean Communities Specialist, 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 cleanup program with a focus on removing litter and discarded drug paraphernalia from city streets and sidewalks
  • Supervise a team of 6 – 9 individuals (lead support staff, temporary staffing 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
  • Collaborate closely with community organizations to identify ongoing needs related to neighborhood blights and remediation
  • Perform other activities related to opioid and substance use initiatives, as identified
  • Take lead in emergency situations as needed. Be willing to administer naloxone (Narcan) in the event of an opioid overdose.
  • Participate in Emergency Preparedness drills, exercises, and trainings for the Health Department, as needed.
  • Make sure supplies and equipment are safe to use and stocked
  • Ability to work in inclement weather.
  • Employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, push, pull repetitive motions.
  • Employees is able to use full range of motion including handling and frequently lifting of moving heavy objects and/or equipment up to 25 lbs. or more.
  • 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.
  • Maintain the safety and security of co-workers, volunteers and community members.
  • Other duties assigned by CC Coordinator or Environmental Coordinator


  • 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, 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:

Approximately 20% office based, 80% field based

Position Type and Work Schedule:

Non-traditional hours (approximately 10a-6p), 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

Salary and Benefits:

Salary – $38,000

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.

The Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or any classification protected by federal, state or local law.