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

 


Grant Manager

 

The Grant Manager provides key operational support for Early Care and Education professionals in helping to initiate and manage grant awards. The manager is responsible for the overall contractual process for the provider’s program award ensuring contractual documents comply with all relevant policies, guidance and procedures. The manager will prepare and finalize contractual agreements with early care and education program administrators and create a process for the review and approval of grant submittals and distribution of grant awards. The Grant Manager will work collaboratively with ELRC and Quality Initiatives staff to facilitate the grant award process.

Responsibilities:

    • Using appropriate contract templates, prepare and finalize grant agreements to support grant awards in alignment with the grant requirements.
    • Finalize and submit documents for review and approval.
    • Work closely with early care and education program administrators to ensure adherence to appropriate policies and procedures.
    • Modify or amend agreements as needed.
    • Maintain a detailed documentation of all grant activities including approvals, justification for decisions and related information.
    • Provide updates and track status for all grant contract related activities.
    • Prepare reports and analyses of grant activity.
    • Provide timely service in all interactions with early care and education program administrators.
    • Assist in reviewing budgets and preparing reports, as needed.
    • Participate in initial and on-going professional development for the purpose of professional growth and skill development.
    • Commitment to racial equity and inclusion and a willingness to do the ongoing personal work to bring about a more just society.
    • Promote and support the vision, mission, and goals of Trying Together. To learn more, visit www.tryingtogether.org.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience

    • Must be able to interact with colleagues and individuals and programs we serve in a positive and professional manner.
    • Good judgment and decision-making abilities.
    • Must demonstrate enthusiasm and flexibility.
    • Demonstrated leadership and management style that is especially effective in working in cooperation with professionals that represent a wide range of interests and needs.
    • Experience developing and negotiating contracts and agreements.
    • Detailed organization and understanding of the contracting process, including contract documents, relevant terms, and conditions.
    • Exceptional communication and writing skills.
    • Operations and project management skills with minimal supervision.
    • Comfortable with a team approach to management.
    • Ability to maintain a project timeline and monitor progress toward goals.
    • Must be able to work independently and as a team member.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Education or related field.
    • Two years’ experience managing grants and projects.
    • Ability to work independently and possess excellent problem-solving skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, Internet and email.
    • Proficiency in MS Office, financial software applications and reporting packages.
    • Must have a valid PA Driver’s License and proof of insurance.

Required Clearances:

    • Clean Act 33 Child Abuse clearance
    • Clean Act 34 Criminal clearance
    • Clean Act 73 FBI clearance
    • Clean NSOR clearance

Benefits:

    • Competitive compensation and benefits package.
    • Appreciative inquiry and strengths-based review process.

Interested Applicants:

Submit cover letter and resume with a minimum of three work-related references to jobs@tryingtogether.org. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.

 


ELRC Region 5 Family Resource Coordinator

 

The Early Learning Resource Center, Region 5, Family Resource Coordinator will help families access the resources they need to care for their children and will oversee daily operational function, while expanding the ELRC vision to engage the entire family in holistic care. The Family Resource Coordinator will maintain a Resource Library for families and providers, family play area, support families and providers with computer use and implement the Ages and Stages developmental screening tool.

Responsibilities:

    • Coordinate day-to-day functions of the Family Resource Library and Family Resource area in our Wood Street office in downtown Pittsburgh.
    • Model purposeful play with children in the Family Resource area.
    • Provide referrals and access to resources such as TANF, high-quality child care and other appropriate organizations that address the family’s needs and goals.
    • Develop and distribute materials in areas of specialization, which include community resources, child abuse prevention and parenting education.
    • Provide consultation, referrals and consumer education for families.
    • Provide support for computer use to families and providers in the Family Resource area.
    • Administer the Ages and Stages developmental screening tool for young children as appropriate.
    • Record, analyze, and report data on request for services as established by the ELRC Region 5.
    • Actively seek partnerships with organizations in the community to expand resources available to families.
    • Collaborate with local child care and education groups, social service and/or government agencies and employers in the operation of the resource and referral.
    • Serve as the COMPASS community partner point of contact for ELRC Region 5.
    • Participate in required meetings, activities and training of the ELRC Region 5.
    • Commitment to racial equity and inclusion and a willingness to do the ongoing personal work to bring about a more just society.
    • Promotes and supports the mission, vision and goals of Trying Together. To learn more visit www.tryingtogether.org.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience

    • Strong ability to connect with families in a strengths-based and affirming way.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
    • Good judgment and decision-making abilities.
    • Must demonstrate enthusiasm and flexibility.
    • Knowledge of local, state and national systems for early care and education including family center network in Allegheny County.
    • Strong understanding of child development and family education.
    • Must be able to work independently and as a team member.
    • Attention to detail and advanced problem-solving techniques.
    • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple activities.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.

Qualifications:

    • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services or Early Childhood Education.
    • Two years of relevant experience using the Ages and Stages developmental screening tool.
    • 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
    • Clean NSOR verification

Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to lift 10-20 pounds

Benefits:

    • Competitive compensation and benefits package.
    • Appreciative inquiry and strengths-based review process.

Interested Applicants:

Submit cover letter and resume with a minimum of three work-related references to jobs@tryingtogether.org. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.