Access and Functional Needs Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 2/20/2021

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    2/20/2021

Job 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. Due to the complex and resource-intensive nature of public health emergencies, extensive planning is needed to ensure that the City is prepared to respond effectively.

The Access and Functional Needs Coordinator will provide subject matter expertise to the BTPHP program to assess and ensure the needs of persons with disabilities and access and functional needs are integrated into local public health emergency preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery efforts. They will establish partnerships with applicable governmental and non-governmental agencies for effective engagement with these communities throughout Philadelphia. Planning efforts will focus on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution response. The candidate may review and analyze national public health policy and its potential impact to persons with disabilities to provide recommendations to PDPH leaders.

Specific Duties: 

  • Provide subject matter expertise to the BT-PHP program and ensure the needs of persons with disabilities and access and functional needs are integrated into public health emergency preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery efforts.
  • Provide subject matter expertise in the updating of PDPH’s emergency response plans to better serve the needs of people with disabilities and access and functional needs during outbreaks, pandemics and other emergencies.
    • Focus on updating and refining plans for vaccine distribution.
    • Incorporate engagement planning methods and tools.
  • Prepare reports including observations, conclusions and recommendations for improvement of inclusion people with disabilities and access and functional needs into COVID-19 mitigation and recovery efforts.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with and provide guidance to applicable federal, state, local, tribal or territorial (FSLTT) governmental and non-governmental agencies.
  • Review, synthesize and formulate impacts of draft recommendations to national public health policy and its potential impact to persons with disabilities and access and functional needs.
  • Actively participate in an ASTHO/NACCHO-hosted community of practice to increase regional and national collaboration.
  • Represent DDC and PDPH at local, regional, state and national preparedness meetings.
  • Serve as liaison to other agencies for emergency preparedness efforts, particularly those involving access and functional needs and persons with disabilities.
  • Participate in Public Health Preparedness program activities including trainings, exercises, and real public health response activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in public health, social work or related field preferred from an accredited college or university. Three to five years of work experience in public health preparedness or emergency management or disaster- related work preferred. Experience working with persons with disabilities and access and functional needs is preferred. Previous non-profit or government experience a plus. Specific desired experience includes project management, strategic planning, and partner relations.
  • The position requires attention to detail, excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills, and the ability to develop and maintain collaborative networks. Candidates should have excellent English language skills, including composition, grammar, and public speaking, and proficiency in Microsoft Office and other various software and virtual platforms. Applicants should be equally comfortable working individually and within a team environment. Flexibility, professionalism and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously are highly valued attributes. Fluency in languages other than English is also desirable. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position.

Work Environments and Physical Requirements:

  • 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 may require some travel and occasional participation in off-site functions. The position requires responding to public health emergencies and some after-hours activities to accommodate training and exercise activities.

Salary: 

  • Is commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package consisting of medical and dental coverage, paid sick, vacation, and personal time, and a retirement plan.

How To Apply:

  • Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by email to:
  • Alexandra Skula Community Preparedness Manager, alexandra.skula@phila.gov