Position Title: Overdose Prevention Community Engagement Lead

Salary: Hourly: $29.62 || Annual: $61,619.00

How to Apply:

Applications are submitted online until the position is filled and/or the posting is closed. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume is required with the application. Further instructions on submission of documents are available in the online application. A resume may not be substituted for an application.

Minimum Requirements:

Relevant work experience in community outreach, public health education, addiction treatment, social work or related fields and at least 2 years of experience in organizing community outreach

Necessary Special Requirement: Possession of a valid automobile operator's license and the use of an automobile during working hours. You must be able to provide your own transportation to and from the various worksites throughout Allegheny County. You will be required to travel.


Pre-Employment Proficiency Exams

Click Here for the Computer Literacy Exam 

Description: Measures basic computer skills, basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Outlook, and typing. Non-ACHD applicants must pass a computer literacy examination administered by the Allegheny County Health Department with a score of 75% or higher.

Disclaimer: Per eskill, exams must be taken on either a PC or Android Device

Condition of Employment

It is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must successfully pass a background check, which includes verification of Allegheny County Real Estate Tax status, and drug/medical examinations as required for the position. The pre-employment drug screen must be completed within 48 hours of the acceptance of the conditional offer of employment.

Employment Type

  • Full-Time, Entry Level
  • Position is contingent upon grant funding

Relevant Experience

You will receive a score based on the experience you report on your application for employment. It is therefore important that you provide complete and accurate information. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application or result in a lower than deserved score or disqualification. Call our Office of Human Resource Management if you have any questions.

Who is Eligible

Applications will be accepted from certified Merit System employees of the Allegheny County Health Department and outside candidates who possess the experience and training listed in this announcement and who are capable of performing the duties of this position.


  • Minimum Requirements - 100%

Allegheny County Civil Service Employees (Non-ACHD)

Regular or probationary employees of County Departments currently in this classification, hired under a State Civil Service System, who apply for this position will not be considered as Open Competitive applicants. Those employees selected for transfer to the Allegheny County Health Department will be considered to have resigned their Civil Service status from the Department in which they are currently working and will be required to complete a probationary period with the Health Department. Please refer to Instruction Sheet for proper completion of Allegheny County Employment Application Form.

This announcement may be modified, amended or canceled by the Allegheny County Health Department at any time.


To establish open competitive and promotional eligible lists for use in making merit system appointments in the Allegheny County Health Department. The list will contain the names of successful candidates ranked in the order of final earned ratings. The list will be in effect for one (1) year unless previously exhausted or superseded.

In the ranking, open competitive applicants qualifying for Veteran’s Preference receive an additional ten points on the final earned rating. Form DD-214 must be attached to the application form for consideration for Veteran’s Preference. Determination of Veteran’s Preference is made in accordance with State Civil Service Policy.

If you are claiming veteran's preference, then proof of eligibility; DD-214 Form or other comparable military document must be submitted for initial claim. The document must show dates of entry and separation and character of service.

Credit for a degree or college coursework can only be accepted from an official transcript submitted directly from the college or university to Allegheny County Health Department.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Position Summary:

This is a full-time, grant-funded position with the Allegheny County Health Department. The community outreach coordinator will provide education and resources to communities in Allegheny county that have been affected by the overdose crisis. This role will focus on teaching first responders, community members and other stakeholders about harm reduction resources, evidence-based treatment, and other related services. 


Fringe Benefits

  • Paid holidays, personal days, vacation and sick leave benefits, medical coverage and dental benefits, a retirement plan, life insurance and a deferred compensation plan after eligibility requirements have been met.

Perks Working for ACHD

  • Professional growth through training opportunities (CPR, First AID, Public Health Preparedness, Dignity and Respect, Points of Dispensing, and more); ability to advance in county system; job security; meaningfulness in daily work derived from public service; eligible for federal loan forgiveness; organizational commitment to ACHD’s mission to protect, promote, and preserve the health and well-being of all Allegheny County residents, particularly the most vulnerable.


  • Training various stakeholders on Narcan administration and other harm reduction strategies
  • Developing educational materials and presentation related to addiction, treatment access and referral, stigma, and harm reduction 
  • Building relationships with first responders, community leaders and other partners, and working with them to identify ways to support those negatively impacted by opioid use and addiction 
  • Organizing outreach in communities with high overdose rates with community and county partners 
  • Using data to prioritize work in communities with the greatest need 
  • Supporting community based Narcan distribution and tracking overdose reversals 
  • Representing ACHD at meetings with partners and tabling at community events 
  • Assisting with administrative tasks, such as creating newsletters, managing spreadsheets, updating the community calendar, etc. 
  • Supervising Overdose Prevention Community Outreach staff
  • Reporting on grant outcomes to leadership and project officers
  • Monitoring grant budget for purchasing of outreach supplies
  • Streamlining the planning process for outreach days with multiple partners
  • Assist with internal ACHD programs to expand community engagement
  • Assist Overdose Prevention Program manager in establishing strategic outreach goals in response the ongoing overdose crisis

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge/Understanding of underserved communities

Skill in:

  • Community outreach 
  • Computer applications (especially Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and applications for creating surveys). 
  • Solving problems independently and finding creative solutions 
  • Public speaking 

Ability to:

  • Work as part of a team
  • Provide professional, appropriate responses under pressure 
  • Develop and provide trainings and plan events with limited notice 
  • Adapt messages and educational approaches for a wide range of audiences, such as: 
  • Community leaders 
  • Nonprofit staff
  • Police
  • EMS
  • People in recovery
  • People who use drugs
  • Friends/family of those who use drugs
  • Concerned community members

Residency: Allegheny County within 1 year.
Veterans' Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.