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Job Title: Special Advisor to the Health Commissioner
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Organization: Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Posted: 3/28/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Health Policy
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Philadelphia,  PA   
Compensation: depend on experience and the range of salaries for persons with similar responsibilities
Position Description: Details:

This will be a contract position in which the candidate will be an employee of the Public Health Management Corporation. The position will begin in May 2018.


The Special Advisor will, at least initially, provide direction for two initiatives of the Health Commissioner’s office: A Running Start – Health, the City’s plan to improve the health of young children; and Room2Breathe, the Health Department’s effort to provide home-based remediation services to children with asthma. In addition, the Special Advisor will have responsibility for coordinating the Department’s Policy Group and conducting research and program development on new issues that arise. Finally, the Special Advisor will assist with the administration of the Department’s two-year Urban Health Policy Fellowship program for recent college graduates, and an initiative to improve the primary prevention of childhood lead poisoning. This position will report directly to Philadelphia’s Health Commissioner.

This work will involve:

- Management of the work of internal and external stakeholders to achieve common health objectives - Assessment of current program operations and development and implementation of actions to improve their systems - Development of metrics to track program progress, and use of existing data systems to regularly measure these metrics - Writing and preparation of a variety of internal and external documents, including public reports, program operations overviews, referral guides, internal summary documents, and group emails to stakeholders - Presentations to internal and external stakeholders on ongoing program operations and new proposals - Research and synthesis of scientific and general literature - Other duties as assigned by the Health Commissioner

Qualifications: 1) experience in program operations and management 2) the ability to motivate and coordinate the work of internal and external stakeholders 3) the ability to understand complex data systems and use them to track the progress of programs 4) excellent written and oral communication skills 5) the ability to creatively solve problems that inevitably arise during multi-stakeholder initiatives.

Candidates must have a baccalaureate degree (a Masters degrees in public health, public administration, or a related field is a plus) and at least two years’ experience in program operations or management in nonprofit or government organizations.

Organization Description: The City

Philadelphia, a diverse city of 1.6 million people, boasts some of the leading educational and medical institutions in the country. Over decades, the city has lost many traditional manufacturing jobs and now has the highest poverty rate of any big city in the nation. Philadelphia residents have high rates of health problems associated with poverty, including smoking, obesity, drug and alcohol use, childhood lead poisoning, and asthma, and the unhealthy conditions that connect the two. With the City economy improving in recent years, the health department has the responsibility to help all City residents enjoy the health benefits of that recovery.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), with some 900 staff and a budget of $350 million, promotes and protects the health of all Philadelphians and provides a safety net for the most vulnerable. The agency leads programs to prevent communicable diseases (including HIV, other STDs, tuberculosis, and vaccine-preventable diseases); prevent chronic diseases and promote healthy behaviors; prevent environmental health risks; investigate outbreaks of disease; respond to public health emergencies; and promote the health of women, children, and families. In addition, the department operates eight primary care clinics. PDPH has been an innovator in public health, proposing policy solutions to problems like smoking, obesity, and the opioid crisis, and intends to continue that tradition with creative solutions to both long-standing urban health problems and new problems.

Closing Date: 6/28/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Thomas Farley,  Special Advisor to the Health Commissioner
Contact Location: 1101 Market Street
Room 1320
Philadelphia   PA  19107
Contact Location: 1101 Market Street
  Room 1320
  Philadelphia   PA  19107
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How to Apply: To apply: Send resume and two references electronically to:

Thomas Farley, MD MPH

Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

c/o Jean Ottis

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