Philadelphia Area Resources for COVID-19

Graphic Designer, Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 4:15pm
Expiration Date: 
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 4:15pm
Job Summary: 

This position provides graphic design and web design support for the Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction (SUPHR) division at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH). SUPHR is responsible for developing materials that will help the public understand the substance use crisis, its associated challenges, and the City’s response. This includes designing and distributing educational materials, creating ad campaigns aimed at increasing public knowledge about particular drug-related issues, developing and updating content for the Department’s substance use webpage, and assessing the outcomes of current communications initiatives to determine how they might be changed for better results. The Graphic Designer will work closely with staff from the Substance Use Program and any sub-contracted agencies involved in grant activities to meet these goals.

The Graphic Designer will report to the Communications Program Manager and work closely with staff in SUPHR, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services, the Police Department, Philadelphia-based community based organizations and civic associations, and health care providers associated with all major Philadelphia area hospital emergency departments.


Under the supervision of the Communications Program Manager, the Graphic Designer will perform the following essential job functions:

  • Provide communications expertise in the development and implementation of printed and online publications, websites, and presentations.
  • Website designing, building, and/or maintaining.
  • Using scripting or authoring languages, management tools, content creation tools, applications, and digital media.
  • Develop content for posting on various digital media outlets, including ensuring consistency across communication channels and working within local and state requirements and guidelines.
  • Assist in translating complex information into easy-to-understand health messages.
  • Regularly monitor media outlets for any pertinent information related to the opioid crisis.
  • Summarize and present information to SUPHR staff and partners.
  • Ensure the accuracy of health communication content.



  • Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree OR an Associate’s Degree with at least (2) years of relevant work experience.


  • Advanced skill with graphic design software including Adobe Creative Suite, as well as other visual design tools.
  • Proficiency using CMS platforms such as Squarespace, Wordpress, and Sitecore and proficiency using web design tools including Sketch and Figma
  • Working knowledge in front-end development web programming languages such as HTML and CSS, JQuery, and JavaScript.
  • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Office Suite tools and their graphical components.
  • Experience using visual media to create infographics, brochures and other communication and marketing materials.
  • Ability to translate scientific literature into compelling visuals that resonate with target audiences.
  • Experience providing technical support for communication activities.
  • Operational knowledge and understanding of effective communication strategies, messaging, and custom audience targeting.
  • Proficiency in document development with ability to implement originality and a clear understanding of the information being communicated.
  • Ability to evaluate, analyze, and disseminate information in a variety of venues.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills with ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities
  • Detail-oriented with ability to quickly grasp scientific and technical information.
  • Excellent organization and problem-solving skills with ability to handle multiple projects and priorities.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, to prioritize and handle multiple tasks, and to work independently in a high-pressure environment.
  • Sensitivity to and experience working with ethnically, culturally and sexually diverse individuals, communities, agencies and organizations.
  • Ability to translate communication style to multiple cultural environments.
  • Knowledge of substance use and drug related terminology.
  • Ability to speak a second language considered a plus.

Work Environment:

Standard office setting with extended periods at work station and periodic use of office 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 about once or twice a week.

Physical Demands:


Salary and Benefits:

Salary - $55,000

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

Equal Opportunity Employer

The mission of the Health Federation of Philadelphia is to improve access to and quality of health and human services for underserved  and vulnerable populations.  Health equity is at the heart of all our work. We believe in and are firmly committed to equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status.  This commitment applies to all aspects of the Health Federation of Philadelphia’s
employment practices, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promotion.