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Job Title: Health Equity Advisor
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Organization: Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Posted: 6/13/2022
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Philadelphia,  PA   
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Position Description: The Health Equity Advisor will ensure Public Health Preparedness Program interventions maintain a focus on equitable access to emergency information and services in priority areas and with priority populations. The Health Equity Advisor should be able to advise the Program on diversity, equity and inclusion both as it relates to structural contexts impacting disparity and local dynamics impacting community preparedness and resilience. The Health Equity Advisor is expected to develop mechanisms for internal and external evaluation of equity initiatives within the Program and serve on program and division level health justice and racial equity workgroups. This position is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, with occasional work after hours and on weekends to support Program activities. This is a grant-funded position; continuation of the position is contingent upon sustained funding.


• Ensure PHP program interventions maintain a focus on equitable access and are appropriate given structural inequities and dynamics specific to Philadelphia communities.

• Review and contribute to public health emergency response plans to ensure an equity lens.

• Maintain competency in emerging changes to key topic areas and participate in local, regional, and national policy change to tackle systemic disparities, when appropriate.

• Provide trainings to increase competency of the Program to contextualize key topic areas, within local and national systemic structural inequity. Trainings may vary by Program area and strategy.

• Develop mechanisms to identify and address any issues related to equity that may be negatively or positively impacting relationships with partners.

• Participate in Program, Division, and Department equity workgroups where appropriate.

• Develop metrics and methods to measure the Program’s progress in promoting health equity.

• Participate in Public Health Preparedness program activities, including trainings, exercises, and emergency responses.

• Collaborate with internal and external partners as needed to foreground Public Health Preparedness in contexts focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

• Serve as a core member of the response team for the Department for a variety of emergencies.

• Other duties as assigned.


Evidence suggests, those from marginalized groups often only apply to jobs if they meet all of the qualifications. However, perfect candidates don’t exist! You are encouraged to apply if the above duties interest you, and the sum of your professional and academic experience balance to overcome the absence of some of the education or experience preferences highlighted below.

• Bachelor’s degree in communications, public health, social work, public administration or related field.

• Three years of public health-related professional experience. Experience working with programs that explicitly foreground diversity, equity and inclusion a plus.

• Commitment to health justice and racial equity.

• Ability to manage a variety of projects in a fast paced, matrixed environment, with tight deadlines.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills.

• Ability to communicate information effectively to a variety of audiences.

• Flexibility, professionalism and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously are highly valued attributes.

Organization Description: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), through its Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program (BT-PHP), located within the Division of Disease Control, is the lead administrative and planning agency for public health emergency preparedness and response in the City of Philadelphia. BT- PHP is responsible for establishing local public health preparedness priorities, developing and testing response plans, coordinating with local, state, and federal partners, and managing the public health response to real events.

Closing Date: 9/13/2022
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Contact Name: Alyssa Jacobsen,  Workforce Manager
Contact Location: 1101 Market St
12th Floor
Philadelphia   PA  19107
United States
Contact Location: 1101 Market St
  12th Floor
  Philadelphia   PA  19107
  United States
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How to Apply: We are dedicated to building a staff that reflects the diversity of Philadelphia. Interested applicants should submit an electronic cover letter that expresses the individual’s interest and experience and any past or proposed contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, along with a resume to Alyssa Jacobsen, Workforce Manager, at

Additional Information: This is not remote work. The applicant will work from the Health Department offices or other locations as assigned. This job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of less than 50 pounds and involves viewing a CRT or VDT screen 50 to 75 percent of the time. The position requires responding to public health emergencies on short notice and some after-hours activities to achieve Program objectives.

This position reports to the Preparedness Program Manager.

Web Site Delete Date: 9/13/2022