Communications Assistant
 Philadelphia, PA

Requisition Number: COMMU03155

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), through its Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program (BT-PHP), located within the Division of Disease Control (DDC), 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 Communications Assistant will support health and risk communications by reviewing guidance created for regional partners and issuing updates related to COVID-19 on PDPH platforms. This position will assist with outreach material development and help create preparedness and response-related social media posts. The Communications Assistant will work to expand the reach of the Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program throughout Philadelphia as well as working to improve communications within PDPH.

This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, with occasional work after hours and on weekends to support Program activities. The position is grant funded for a minimum of one year. Continuation of the position is dependent on sustained grant funding.

Specific Duties:

  • Utilize the PDPH Emergency Staff Notification System, the Health Alert Network and the Health Information Portal to disseminate relevant information related to public health and risk in Philadelphia
  • Develop materials including posters, social media posts, pamphlets and flyers designed for both the public and medical community in Philadelphia
  • Regularly update contact information for DDC and PDPH employees to ensure all employees are receiving consistent and relevant updates related to their jobs
  • Work with other program areas to develop educational materials for their partners focused on specific health issues such as COVID-19
  • Continually update the Health Information Portal to ensure information is accurate.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health or related field preferred, with an emphasis on health communications or other relevant field from an accredited college or university
  • Two years of work experience in a professional setting preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Attention to detail, excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to organize and present information effectively.
  • Applicants should be equally comfortable working individually and within a team environment that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Experience in community-based outreach, health education, and/or experience in risk communication activities in a public health or health services agency.

Work Environment 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 at times requires rapid turnaround of communications on short notice.


  • This position reports directly to the Assistant Program Manager of Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness of DDC.

Salary and Benefits:

  • 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:

  • Interested applicants should submit an electronic cover letter that expresses the individual’s interest and expertise along with a resume to:

Emily Klein

Hiring Coordinator, Division of Disease Control

Philadelphia Department of Public Health