Environmental Coordinator, Philadelphia Department of Public Health Substance Use Program

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Posted Date: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 9:45am
Expiration Date: 
Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 9:45am
Job Summary: 

Job Title: Environmental Coordinator                                        

Department/Program: Philadelphia Department of Public Health Substance Use Program          

Reports to: Harm Reduction Coordinator     

FLSA: HR will determine

Status: Full-time

Supervises N/A

Created/Revised: 10/2/19

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)’s Substance Use Program is hiring an Environmental Coordinator who will provide essential support to the Harm Reduction team. Emphasis will be placed on community education relating to safe syringe disposal and drug-related litter clean-up. The individual filling this position will be responsible for contracts related to sharps disposal in Kensington and surrounding neighborhoods. The Environmental Coordinator will also work closely with community businesses and neighbors in Kensington and other areas of the city. Reporting to the Harm Reduction Coordinator, the person in this role will work very closely with staff within PDPH’s Substance Use Program, community-based organizations throughout Philadelphia, and other stakeholders.



Under the supervision of the Health Department’s Harm Reduction Coordinator, the Environmental Coordinator will perform the following essential job functions:

  • Coordinate activities relating to safe syringe disposal and drug-related litter clean-up.
  • Develop and oversee business contracts and protocols
  • Oversee data collection and input
  • Coordinate regular outreach in highly affected neighborhoods.
  • Seek out opportunities and venues for outreach activities.
  • Schedule and conduct community-based training and education sessions regarding proper sharps disposal.
  • Collaborate closely with other members of the harm reduction staff during outreach and community events (Narcan distribution and training, tabling, etc.)
  • Participate in outreach activities during and following surges in overdose.
  • Participate in local, state and national conferences, conference calls and workgroups addressing opioids and related public health topics.
  • 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 OR an 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

Work Environment:

Standard office setting with extended periods at work station and periodic use of office equipment. This position also requires extended time in the field and includes the use of biohazardous waste disposal tools and other outdoor equipment.

Position Type and Work Schedule:

Full time position, typical hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Flex office schedule options available with supervisor approval.


Local travel to multiple sites and community meetings weekly with extended travel periodically.

Physical Demands:

Ability to transport materials including equipment or supplies weighing up to 30 lbs.

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.