COVID-19 Planning 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 COVID-19 Planning Coordinator will work with the Planning Manager to strengthen the Division’s public health capacity. This role with be responsible for supporting administrative tasks of the Planning component of this response as well as conducting research to ensure that plans are data driven and supported by evidence.

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: 
  • Assist in development of reporting documents and track areas for improvement
  • Document plans around contact tracing initiatives, testing sites, data management, and other activities related to COVID-19
  • Schedule and document meetings, trainings and other events as they occur
  • Prepare written reports, documents, and participate in grant writing related to COVID-19 plans
  • Conduct community outreach to identify partners that can support us in the planning process
  • Conduct research to identify areas where additional plans would be beneficial and summarize findings for the Planning manager and other program managers as needed
  • Develop tracking mechanisms using Microsoft Excel and other databases as needed to ensure the Division is recording expenses, overtime and any other measures that might be needed
  • Work with the Planning Manager to develop after action reports for all phases of the response as well as when specific components of the response are over
  • Create presentations and reports to succinctly capture main lessons learned throughout the response
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 Planning 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