Opioid Education Project Manager, The Philadelphia Department of Public Health

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Posted Date: 
Friday, August 9, 2019 - 9:45am
Expiration Date: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 9:45am
Job Summary: 

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health appreciates diversity among its staff and does not discriminate based on race, age, religion, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity.

Position Title: Opioid Education Project Manager

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Annual Salary: $60,000

Employment Status: Full-time position with benefits. This is a grant-funded position; thus, continuation of the position depends on continued availability of funds.

Job Description:

This position involves communications support for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)’s Substance Use Program.  The Opioid Education Project Manager will oversee two (2) Communications Specialists responsible for developing materials that will help healthcare providers and the public to understand the opioid 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 opioid webpage, and assessing the outcomes of current communications initiatives to determine how they might be changed for better results. The Opioid Education Project Manager will work closely with staff from the Substance Use Program, the Deputy Health Commissioner, and any sub-contracted agencies involved in grant activities.

Essential Duties:

Under the supervision of the Substance Use Program Manager, the Opioid Education Project Manager will perform the following essential job functions:

  • Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate message strategies that meet Substance Use Program needs/goals.
  • Provide communications expertise in the development and implementation of printed and online publications, websites, and presentations.
  • 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 Substance Use Program staff and partners.
  • Ensure the accuracy of health communication content.
  • Participate in Emergency Preparedness drills, exercises, and trainings for PDPH, as needed.


Completion of a Master’s Degree program in public health or related field; AND three (3) or more years of public health education experience.


  • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Office Suite tools and their graphical components.
  • Advanced skill with Adobe Creative Suite or similar.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills with ability to prepare a variety of documents and to liaise / influence others
  • 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.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with persons contacted in the course of work.
  • Sensitivity to and experience working with ethnically, culturally and sexually diverse individuals, communities, agencies and organizations.