Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Outreach Specialist, Health Commissioner’s Office

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

Department/Program: Health Commissioner’s Office

Reports to: NAS Program Coordinator

FLSA: HR will determine

Status: Full-time

This position supports the Substance Use Division at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health by providing outreach services to the families of infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).  Outreach will include but is not limited to harm reduction training, infectious disease prevention education, contraceptive counseling and linkage to requested social services. The person filling this position will report to the NAS Program Coordinator and work very closely with staff within the Maternal, Child and Family Health Division, the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Maternity Care Coalition, the PA Department of Health, and with prenatal and neonatal practitioners associated with all major Philadelphia health systems.  



  • Communicating with hospitals as part of active surveillance activities
  • Conducting hospital visits to the families of infants diagnosed with NAS to introduce the program
  • Conducting home visits to collect clinical and risk factor data for mothers of infants diagnosed with NAS
  • Educating the families of infants diagnosed with NAS and connecting them to available services, including home visiting programs and early intervention
  • Educating the families of infants diagnosed with NAS on harm reduction techniques, including naloxone provision and infectious disease prevention
  • Entering, reviewing, and validating NAS data collected in the Health Department’s data management system
  • Performing related work as required


  • High school diploma or GED AND at least one (1) year of experience in a medical, public health, or related field


  • Completion of a bachelor’s or Associate’s degree program at an accredited college or university in a public health, science, or related field
  • Lived Experience is preferred by not required


  • Knowledge of
    • methods and techniques of disease control field investigation
    • interviewing techniques as they relate to high risk or vulnerable populations
    • applicable surveillance and medical aspects of NAS
    • patient privacy and patient confidentiality practices and guidelines
  • Skill in
    • interviewing and eliciting sensitive information
    • working with and maintaining sensitivity for high risk or vulnerable individuals, including those who are incarcerated or using illicit substances
    • Microsoft Office software applications and use of a personal computer
  • Ability to
    • compile and collect data to identify public health problems
    • communicate well, both verbally and in writing
    • employ good judgment in dealing with sensitive problems
    • establish effective relationships with infected individuals, health care providers, and others

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 two to three times a week.

Physical Demands:


Salary and Benefits:

Salary - $43,000

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 are 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.