Careers

Trying Together’s mission is to support high-quality care and education for young children.

Trying Together is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that supports the work of early childhood by providing advocacy, community resources, and professional growth opportunities for the needs and rights of children, their families, and the adults who interact with them. A fast-paced organization, Trying Together looks for dedicated and passionate staff who bring positivity to their work and a solution-oriented sensibility.

Current Openings

  • ELRC Early Learning Program Engagement Specialist (ELRC Region 5)
  • Professional Growth and Advancement Strategist

 


 

ELRC Early Learning Program Engagement Specialist
Purpose

The Allegheny County Early Learning Resource Center Early Learning Program Engagement Specialist serves as a representative between Child Care Works and child care providers. The Early Learning Program Engagement Specialist will support providers with Provider Self Service, recruit, enroll and determine eligibility in Child Care Works, support providers to enroll in Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and provide additional assistance as needed.

Responsibilities
  • Provides comprehensive customer service by completing thorough provider orientations, addressing phone calls within 24 business hours as applicable and attend to walk-in clients/providers.
  • Teach and support providers with using Provider Self Service to ensure their information is up to date.
  • Manages and organizes a fluctuating caseload of provider files.
  • Support eligible child care providers in enrolling in Child Care Works and connect them with a Quality Coach and Fiscal contact.
  • Assist providers in enrolling in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  • Researches, adjusts and reconciles provider payment issues via information obtained from the Eligibility unit and communicates with providers.
  • Addresses system generated alerts in a timely manner to maintain integrity within the CCMIS program.
  • Maintains the continuous flow of grant dollars by timely deleting invoices with regards to the 60-day invoice policy.
  • Maintains communication with other Child Care Works agencies within Pennsylvania regarding provider information and updates.
  • Establish provider agreements for all certified and relative providers and assist providers with primary subsidy concerns and questions.
  • Advise providers of the PA Department of Human Services and Child Care Works regulations.
  • Support relative providers to meet their Professional Development requirements and provide information and resources.
  • Collaborate with Quality Coaches at each satellite site to connect relative providers to community resources and supports as needed.
  • Administer the Market Rate Surveys (MRS) to all Allegheny county child care providers every two years, or as directed by OCDEL.
  • Help ensure that all child care providers meet the regulatory requirements and are paid rates according to the provider rates scale and the Allegheny County’s Maximum Child Care Allowance.
  • Regularly participates in outreach and other meetings both locally and statewide.
  • Maintains high levels of consumer/provider/ELRC satisfaction.
  • Displays consistent professionalism and courtesy when interacting with internal and external customers.
  • Maintains high level of confidentiality when working with sensitive and personal client, vendor, employee and contract information.
  • Must be able to interact with others in a positive and professional manner.
  • Participates in initial and on-going professional development for the purpose of providing effective provider engagement.
  • Provides technical assistance and support for home-based providers seeking to become state certified and enroll in Child Care Works.
  • Promotes and supports the mission, vision and goals of Trying Together. To learn more, visit www.tryingtogether.org.
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Knowledge of local, state and national systems for early care and education.
  • Must be able to work independently and as a team member.
  • Attention to detail and advanced problem solving techniques.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Acceptance of diversity and ability to work comfortably in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Good judgment and decision-making abilities.
  • Must demonstrate enthusiasm and flexibility.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Must clear full background check and must pass health screening.
  • Must have a valid PA Driver’s License and proof of insurance.
Qualifications
  • Associates, Business or Technical Degree in Human Services, Early Childhood Education or related field.
  • Two years of relevant experience.
  • Experience working with adult learners.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, Internet and email.
Required Clearances
  • Clean Act 33 Child Abuse Clearance.
  • Clean Act 34 Criminal Clearance.
  • Clean Act 73 FBI Clearance.
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to lift 10-20 pounds.
Benefits
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package.
  • Appreciative inquiry and strengths-based review process.
Wage Range
  • $32,000 – $34,000 plus benefits commensurate with experience.
Interested Applicants

Submit cover letter and resume with a minimum of three work-related references to jobs@tryingtogether.org to apply for the ELRC Early Learning Program Engagement Specialist. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled. View the full ELRC Early Learning Program Engagement Specialist position description as a (PDF).

 


Professional Growth and Advancement Strategist
Purpose

Working closely with the Director of Learning and Development and Quality Initiatives and ELRC Quality teams, the Professional Growth and Advancement Strategist is responsible for researching, developing, facilitating, and evaluating higher-level professional development opportunities for early education professionals that are aligned with field interests, needs, and trends as well as the organization’s mission, vision, and efforts. Higher level professional development includes career advancement credentialing, higher-education articulation and advancement, and early learning program accreditation. This is a full-time position that includes occasional evening and weekend hours, as well as light travel. The Professional Development Strategist reports to the Director of Learning and Development and is considered an active team member of the Trying Together Quality Initiatives department.

Responsibilities
  • Oversee the coordination, facilitation, and evaluation of the Trying Together early learning Induction and Evaluation programs for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification. The facilitation of such opportunities includes professional development coursework as well as participant and program coaching and mentoring.
  • Oversee the coordination, facilitation, and evaluation of early learning program leadership coursework.
  • Assist in the development, facilitation, and evaluation of professional development opportunities that involve technical assistance, coaching, or mentoring for early educators.
  • Be familiar with and assist in the application and maintenance of national and state professional development certifications (e.g. Act 48; CEUs; PQAS).
  • Be familiar with and oversee the support of early learning programs seeking national accreditation (NAEYC, NECPA, NAFCC).
  • Develop, facilitate, and evaluate professional development opportunities for early learning professionals and stakeholders on topics relevant to and meeting the needs of the field, including but not limited to: developmentally appropriate practices, child development, early learning program leadership, and professionalism within early learning programs.
  • Aide in the reflection and evaluation of projects and programs, working directly with other team members. This process will work to ensure that Trying Together programs and resources pertain to the mission and vision of the organization and more importantly reflect the needs and interests of the communities, at large.
  • Collaborate and work with other Quality Initiatives team members, consultants, and volunteers, as well as Trying Together staff. The Professional Growth and Advancement Strategist will participate in organizational team and all-staff meetings as well as may be asked to participate in other organizational initiatives that relate to the Strategist’s current work efforts and responsibilities.
Qualifications
  • Is familiar with and has experience with the Induction and Evaluation programs for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification.
  • Has experience in developing individualized education plans for early educators as well as appropriately assisting, coaching, and mentoring educators through the completion of such plans.
  • Has experience in supporting early learning program leadership; at minimum, one to three years of program leadership experiences is required.
  • Is familiar with various educational professional development frameworks and standards such as: The Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies; Coaching Powerful Interactions, The Early Childhood Mentoring Curriculum, The Danielson Framework for Teaching, and the NAEYC Standards for Programs Preparing Early Childhood Professionals.
  • Is familiar with and has worked with higher education early childhood education coursework and/or credit-bearing programming.
  • Is familiar with and has worked with national program accreditation systems, such as: NAEYC, NECPA, and/or NAFCC early learning program accreditation.
  • Has effective organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task and pay attention to detail.
  • Has strong oral and written communication skills; public speaking expertise is required.
  • Is able to facilitate professional development opportunities for early education professionals; PQAS certification is highly preferred upon hire and will be a requirement within one year of employment.
  • Maintains confidentiality and values the notion of respect among colleagues. The Professional Growth and Advancement Strategist will be required to abide by the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct for Early Childhood Professionals.
  • Is flexible and open to quick changes being made to better meet the needs of program and project audiences as well as perform other duties to support Trying Together efforts, as assigned.
  • Has the ability to ask questions whenever unclear about a concept, task, or activity.
  • Is able to travel throughout the region in order to attend meetings, visit early education facilities, and perform other duties to support Trying Together efforts, as assigned.
  • Is familiar with and has the ability to manipulate typical organizational technology.
Educational and Professional Requirements
  • A degree in early childhood education or related field (with at least six early education credits); A Master’s degree and a Pennsylvania teaching certification are highly preferred.
  • Experience in public speaking, particularly in the provision of professional growth and development, utilizing appropriate adult learning principles; a current PQAS certification is highly preferred.
Required Clearances
  • Clean Act 33 Child Abuse Clearance
  • Clean Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Clean Act 73 FBI Clearance
Physical Requirements
  • Engage in light physical demands, such as lifting small children up to 30 lbs.
  • Facilitate public speaking experiences and large group presentations.
Benefits
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package.
  • Appreciative inquiry and strengths-based review process.
Salary
  • Commensurate with experience.
Interested Applicants

Submit cover letter and resume with a minimum of three work-related references to jobs@tryingtogether.org to apply for the Professional Growth and Advancement Strategist. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until May 17, 2019.