Nurse Practitioner

Equal Opportunity Employer

The mission of the Health Federation of Philadelphia is to promote health equity for marginalized communities by advancing access to high-quality, integrated, and comprehensive health and human services.  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.


This is advanced level nursing work, providing direct care people who use substances and may be unhoused. The Nurse Practitioner will work in partnership with a Field Nurse to offer harm reduction focused care in a mobile street-based as well as community-based clinical settings in areas most affected by poverty and substance use in Philadelphia. The Nurse Practitioner will report to the Medical Director, and work closely with the Department of Public Health, other City agencies, hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and community partners to improve the care of people who use substances in Philadelphia. The Nurse Practitioner will work in partnership with a Field Nurse and Medical Director to develop and disseminate standards and best practices for the care of people who use substances across street-based, outpatient, and inpatient settings.

Job Specifications


Under the supervision of the Medical Director, the Nurse Practioner will perform the following essential job functions:

  • Provide person-centered care in collaboration with patients
  • Conduct brief history of current concern and relevant patient history
  • Perform physical examinations and assessments
  • Provide medical diagnosis and prescription of medical therapeutic or corrective measures.
  • Formulate plans and prognoses and prescribing or recommending drugs or other forms of treatment.
  • Appropriately order laboratory and diagnostic tests and interpret laboratory data
  • Provide comprehensive wound care including assessment, care plan creation, wound dressing, education, anticipatory guidance, triage and referrals.
  • Provide HIV and HCV prevention, mental health, sexual health, and substance use disorder care.
  • Provide resources and facilitate connections to medical care and treatment for HIV, HCV, mental health, and substance use disorders
  • Advocate for people who use substances to access evidence-based healthcare at organizational and local levels
  • Educate patients in general health care practices and harm reduction strategies
  • Facilitate access to harm reduction supplies (e.g., naloxone and fentanyl test strips)
  • Provide indicated vaccinations and preventative health screenings
  • Integrate psychosocial care into medical services and screen for unmet needs (e.g., legal, housing, food)
  • Facilitate referrals to case management and social services to address unmet needs
  • Report incidents and/or injuries/needle sticks
  • Implement proper utilization of PPE
  • Ensure proper documentation of clinical care
  • Ensure proper biohazardous waste transport and disposal 
  • Assist with setup and break-down of street-based clinics and transport of medical supplies
  • Conducts case conferences to present educational cases to other healthcare personnel.
  • Host trainings on integrating harm reduction into clinical care, and improving the care of people who use substances
  • Outreach and engage organizations and facilities serving people who use substances
  • Collaborate closely with healthcare organizations to develop culturally appropriate materials and strategies to improve the care of people who use substances
  • Work and advocate to dismantle stigma, discrimination, and racism in healthcare


  • A minimum of 2 years of clinical nursing experience
  • Experience working with unhoused individuals and/or individuals who use substances
  • Experience working with patients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
  • Knowledge of harm reduction principles, practices, and strategies
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care and strengths-based frameworks
  • Knowledge of the clinical managing complications associated with substance use (e.g., chronic wounds)
  • Comfort interacting with a variety of health care professionals, including attending meetings and providing trainings 
  • Sensitivity to and experience working with ethnically, economically, culturally, and sexually diverse individuals, communities, agencies, and organizations.



  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Possession of Licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner as issued by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Education in the area of specialization (e.g., Adult Care or Family Health)
  • X-waivered DEA registration

Work Environment

  • Approximately 25% (4-7hrs/wk) in a standard office setting
  • Approximately 75% (13-16hrs/wk) in the field
  • Street outreach and collaborative events may require staff to work in extreme weather conditions occasionally. Will be responsible for up to 4 tabling/collaborative events a year.

Position Type/Work Schedule

  • Typical hours are 9am-5pm
  • Part-time position for up to 25 hrs/wk and a minimum of 20hrs/wk
  • This position is grant funded until 2023, with the possibility of extension to a full-time position.


The applicant must work from the Health Department offices and/or travel to various parts of the City for assignments, street outreach, and collaborative events.

Physical Demands:   This job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of less than 50 pounds.

Salary and Benefits:  $48/hr. Health Federation offers 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. 


Application:  If interested, please send a resume/CV and a cover letter.



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.