Philadelphia Area Resources for COVID-19

Consultant for Racial Equity in Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction, Health Federation of Philadelphia

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 4:30pm
Expiration Date: 
Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 4:30pm
Job Summary: 

The Consultant for Racial Equity in Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction will assess current programs and initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Philadelphians who use drugs and make recommendations based on those assessments. The individual filling this job will report to the Client Engagement Coordinator and work closely with all staff members of the SUPHR Division. This person will also play an integral role in the newly formed Racial Equity in Overdose Prevention Work Group, comprised of individuals across City agencies and organizations.



  • Assessing initiatives aimed at advancing health equity strategy to reduce health disparities among BIPOC populations who use drugs in Philadelphia
  • Working collaboratively with internal and external partners and stakeholders and with external community organizations and agencies to address disparities among BIPOC Philadelphians who use drugs
  • Conceptualizing and collaborating on the planning, design, implementation, training, and reporting of specified equity initiatives
  • Lead the development of executable and measurable organizational policy and equity implementation plans and evaluation strategies and establish equity goals and priorities.
  • Researching evidence-based practices and nationally recognized criteria, designing, and recommending opportunities to enhance efforts through scaling best practices, technology platforms or other culturally relevant modes of communication, and insights and perspectives generated by impacted and diverse stakeholders


Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field preferred. 


  • Minimum 3 years of experience in health equity work
  • Knowledge of the War on Drugs and its lasting effects on BIPOC communities, specifically in Philadelphia
  • Knowledge of and ability to work and engage with individuals who are part of specific populations, including individuals who use drugs, incarcerated individuals, recent immigrants, uninsured, under-served and under-represented populations
  • Experience and/or knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of harm reduction, preferred
  • Experience working with both municipal government agencies and community members, including public speaking, training, and/or individual and small group engagement
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Skilled in Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel
  • Ability to work with a variety of cultures and diverse audiences

Work Environment:

Standard office setting with extended periods at work station and periodic use of office equipment. This position also requires periodic work in the field interacting with staff and program participants.

Position Type and Work Schedule:

Full time 6-9 month position, typical hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm but will require attendance at community meetings that may take place outside of normal work hours.  


Frequent local travel to multiple sites, community meetings and field work.

Physical Demands:

Ability to transport materials on occasion

Salary and Benefits:

Pay Rate: $30/per hour

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.