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 Special Initiatives Specialist (Bilingual English/Spanish) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Job information
Posted by: City of Philadelphia 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Other
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 721423907 / Latpro-3670456 
Date posted: Mar-11-2019
State, Zip: Pennsylvania, 19019


Special Initiatives Specialist (Bilingual English/Spanish)

  • 1101 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

With a workforce of over 25,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As an employer, the City of Philadelphia operates through the guiding principles of service, integrity, respect, accountability, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Through these principles, we strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all of our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential.

Agency Description

The mission of DBHIDS is to improve the health status of Philadelphians in need of behavioral health and/or intellectual disability services. This is accomplished through an emphasis on recovery and resilience-focused behavioral health services, as well as an emphasis on self-determination for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help individuals realize their goals and attain the highest quality of life possible. We work with persons recovering from mental health and/or substance use, individuals with intellectual disabilities, families, and service providers to ensure that high quality services are accessible, effective and appropriate. We are committed to developing a system of care that is data-driven, employs evidence-based practices, promotes cultural competence and eliminates health care disparities.

Job Description

This position will provide support to the community in accessing behavioral health resources, linkages and support to community members. This position will supervise staff members with lived experience in providing linkage and support to behavioral health resources.  This position will work with the community to gain a greater understanding of the specific behavioral health needs and available services within the community.  This position will foster greater engagement and increase participation for DBHIDS in community-based events and increased dissemination of behavioral health information while increasing opportunities for collaboration between DBHIDS and the community.

Essential Functions:

  • Assess, refer and link individuals to behavioral health and other service resources within the community, and provide a warm hand-off
  • Provide support and supervision to staff with lived experience. 
  • Attend community meetings and community events
  • Coordinate behavioral health related activities in the community
  • Gain an understanding of the behavioral health needs in the assigned district


  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or related field
  • 2 years of experience in behavioral health
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia Behavioral Health System Community, continuum and levels of care
  • Fluency in Spanish and English

Knowledge of:

  • Working knowledge of behavioral health and intellectual disabilities population and the provider communities
  • Keen awareness of political concerns as they arise and how to best address them on a community-level 


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Be creative, analytic, and possess keen problem-solving ability
  • Relate to staff at all levels of responsibility
  • Relate to Community members

Additional Information

Salary: $50,606-$65,058

The City provides a comprehensive benefits package including the following:

  • Medical, dental, vision, and prescription
  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • Deferred compensation program
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Training and career development
  • Supportive, challenging, and innovative environment
  • The City of Philadelphia is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer

Philadelphia residency is not required at the time of application. Once hired, employees have six months to move into and maintain residency in the City of Philadelphia as a condition of employment.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age,disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at (see application details) or send an email to [email protected] For more information, go to: Human Relations Website at:

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