COVID-19 Training Coordinator

Division / Program: 
Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)
Position Details
Program Summary: 

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), through its newly created Division of COVID-19 Containment, is responsible for monitoring COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 exposure within Philadelphia and developing appropriate mitigation strategies. In order to do this, PDPH will be expanding the City’s surveillance and detection capabilities to ensure that cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia residents are quickly identified and investigated. As the lead agency responding to this public health crisis in Philadelphia, this Division will also work to educate residents on COVID-19, develop policies to slow the spread of disease, manage isolation & quarantine sites, provide infection control guidance to healthcare institutions and work with partners to address other public health issues related to COVID-19 as they arise in the City of Philadelphia. All of the interventions implemented by this Division will build upon existing public health infrastructure in the City of Philadelphia to lay the foundation for future public health surveillance efforts.

Position Summary: 

The Training Coordinator will work with program managers to ensure that new staff and volunteers are oriented to program activities and have the necessary training to complete tasks independently. The Division of COVID-19 Containment is rapidly expanding and priorities will shift as we learn more about the disease so this position will be expected to anticipate training needs and quickly develop comprehensive trainings that the entire division can utilize.

Salary & 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.

Key Duties & Responsibilities: 
  • Develop virtual trainings, onboarding materials and protocols for volunteers to utilize on a rolling basis
    • Monitor and evaluate resources developed by other organizations that can be used to effectively train staff and affiliates
  • Develop onboarding materials for all new staff hired within the Division and develop a schedule for their first week of work that will orient them to past, current and future activities of this response
  • Work with program managers to identify gaps in knowledge among staff and develop specific trainings to address those gaps
    • Conduct research on topics related to COVID-19 to develop accurate trainings with information that staff might need to execute their jobs
  • Collaborate with experts in the appropriate fields to get their assistance when developing trainings that require specialized knowledge (e.g. clinical)
  • Lead the development and implementation of internal trainings to strengthen response capabilities of Division of COVID-19 Containment staff, in accordance with priorities outlined by the Chief of Staff
  • Collaborate with the COVID-19 Planning Manager to develop and coordinate trainings and materials for staff and MRC volunteers to support response operations
  • Employ an equity lens in the development of all training modules 
  • Collaborate with the Testing Site Education Coordinator to engage with and develop training opportunities for community partners 
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, or other related field
    • Master’s degree in a related field is preferred
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to interact appropriately and effectively with a wide range of persons
  • Candidates should have strong critical thinking skills, excellent English language skills, including composition, grammar, and public speaking
  • Computer skills are necessary and should include the ability to access and navigate various databases and software programs following training
  • Flexibility, professionalism and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously are highly valued attributes
  • Equally comfortable working individually and within a team environment that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration in a dynamic urban health department
More Details: 


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.

Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Forward cover letter and resume to with "PDPH Training Coordinator" in the subject line.
Additional Application Info: 


At the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, we value health justice. Our work is guided by a commitment to all people’s health and humanity, and we recognize the impact that COVID-19 has on our city's diverse population. We are dedicated to building a staff that reflects the diversity of Philadelphia. We encourage applications from individuals who identify with one or more of the following groups:

a) People of color,

b) Individuals with disabilities,

c) LGBTQ+,

d) First-generation college students,

e) Individuals from a family that has qualified for federal financial assistance,

f) Other historically underrepresented or marginalized groups.

Applicants who are originally from and live in the Philadelphia area are also strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit:

1. A resume or CV

2. A cover letter that includes:

    - Your experience in or with Philadelphia, if any .

    - Your past or proposed contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion