COVID Screening Coordinator

Organization: 
Urban Affairs Coalition
Division / Program: 
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
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 is expanding its 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.

A large component of surveillance and response activities is isolation of ill individuals and quarantine of exposed individuals to ensure disease incidence remains low.  There are several challenges associated with isolation and quarantine measures for people who are experiencing homelessness, addiction, mental health conditions, intellectual disabilities and others.  PDPH, with other city agencies, has expanded capacity to provide temporary accommodation for these people to observe them through their isolation or exposure period and is seeking professional staff to help implement disease control measures as needed to special populations in Philadelphia for the duration of the COVID-19 response.

Position Summary: 

The COVID Screening Coordinator will assist in planning for and carrying out logistical procedures relating to the screening process for temporary housing placement at the I&Q facilities run by PDPH. The coordinator will also assist with other duties as required. The PDPH facilities are being used as I&Q sites for individuals who cannot isolate or quarantine safely and 1) test positive for COVID-19, 2) have a test result pending, or 3) are known to be exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive.

This position is full-time, and grant funded for a minimum of one year. Continuation of the position is dependent on sustained grant funding.

This position is full-time, and includes a rotating schedule including evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays. The position is grant funded for a minimum of one year. Continuation of the position is dependent on sustained grant funding.

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: 

  • Maintain oversight of screening process by keeping track of progress and status of patients under review
  • Attend regular Screening Team meetings to stay up to date on protocols and assist in quality improvement processes
  • Assume the responsibilities of a COVID Temporary Housing Screener when necessary
  • Troubleshoot problems as they arise during the screening process and elevate concerns to the COVID Logistics Supervisor when necessary
  • Manage, update, and oversee the screening schedule
  • Collaborate closely with other members of the Isolation and Quarantine (I&Q) Team as required
  • Ensure the execution of standard logistics procedures within the Screening Team
  • Assist the COVID Logistics Supervisor with surge planning, provider outreach, and trainings for partner organizations
  • Oversee the screening and logistical planning for the City Alternative Care Facility (ACF) including tracking the workflow for the site, staffing the Screening Team appropriately, representing the I&Q Team in working groups, and reporting back to the Logistics Supervisor
  • Collaborate with other teams within the COVID Containment Division, PDPH Divisions, and City departments
  • Act as a liaison for the isolation and quarantine RFP

Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in public health or biologic/social science along with 2 to 3 years of work experience in public health, social work, social science research, or community engagement
  • Ability to work on a rotating schedule including evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays
  • History of working within a team setting and delegating tasks effectively
  • Experience in the health or social work field
  • Knowledge of community resources or experience dealing with individuals with substance abuse issues is a plus
  • Communicate directly with individuals to be housed, when necessary
  • 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: 

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

This job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of less than 50 pounds. 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 iscott@uac.org with "COVID Screening Coordinator" in the subject line.
Additional Application Info: 

TO APPLY

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  

A cover letter that includes: 
- Your experience in or with Philadelphia, if any  
- Your past or proposed contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion