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

 


 

Assistant Director of Communications

Purpose:

The Assistant Director of Communications is responsible for content creation and distribution in support of communications and community relations activities for Trying Together’s advocacy, community resource, and professional growth opportunities which may include but are not limited to: Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5; Everyday Interactions Matter; The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center; Message from Me; Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative; and Start Strong PA.

Trying Together’s communications and community relations activities include but are not limited to: community engagement activities and events; e-communications development and distribution; print collateral development; social media engagement; and website content management. The Assistant Director of Communications will assist in the day-to-day management of Communications Managers and the Community Relations team, and will report to the Director of Community Relations. The Assistant Director of Communications serves as a member of the Leadership team to meet branding, communications, engagement, and marketing needs aligned with Trying Together’s strategic goals.

Responsibilities:

    • Assist with directing content development workflow for the organization.
    • Manage organizational content development and graphic design needs submitted via the Marketing Request Form with external graphic design team.
    • Monitor and report on key performance indicators (KPIs) across: community engagement; e-communications; social media; and websites utilizing Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, NeonCRM, and SurveyMonkey.
    • Work with the Director of Community Relations and consultants to develop and manage
      Conversion Funnels.
    • Assist with management of Communications staff.
    • Maintain style guidelines across organizational brands and contracts.
    • Lead projects such as campaigns and special events as needed.
    • Related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in: communications; English; journalism; marketing; political science; or public relations. Graduate degree is preferred.
    • Demonstrated experience, knowledge, and skills in communications and marketing.
    • Current knowledge and three to five years working experience with digital platforms including but not limited to: Adobe Creative Suite; BaseCamp; Google Suite; MailChimp Pro; Microsoft Office Suite; NeonCRM; Phone2Action; social media; SquareSpace; and WordPress.
    • Understands and uses best practices for accessibility, information architecture, and writing for websites.
    • Experience managing staff.
    • Strong oral and written communications skills.
    • Strong analytical, creative, strategic, organizational, and personal skills.
    • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in an efficient manner.
    • Enthusiasm for professional growth and the ability to self-start.
    • Knowledge, interest, or experience in advocacy, community engagement, nonprofits, and/or the early care and education field is helpful.
    • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.
    • Some overnight and statewide travel required.
    • Completed Mandated Reporter Training must be completed prior to start date.
    • PQAS Professional Development Instructor Certification must be obtained within the first year of employment.
    • Ability to work remotely for the duration of ‘stay at home’ order due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Required Clearances:

    • Clean Act 33 Child Abuse Clearance
    • Clean Act 34 PA State Police Clearance
    • Clean Act 73 Federal Criminal History Clearance
    • National Sex Offender Registry (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 a 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.

Trying Together is an equal opportunity employer. Trying Together does not discriminate and encourages qualified candidates of any gender, race, class, sexual orientation, faith, disability, or age to apply. All candidates will be evaluated on a merit basis.

 


 

Communications Manager

Purpose:

The Communications Manager is responsible for drafting, editing, scheduling, and monitoring content engagement in support of communications and community relations activities for Trying Together’s advocacy, community resource, and professional growth opportunities which may include but are not limited to: Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5; Everyday Interactions Matter; The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center; Message from Me; Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative; and Start Strong PA.

Trying Together’s communications and community relations activities include but are not limited to: community engagement activities and events; e-communications development and distribution; print collateral development; social media engagement; and website content management. The Communications Manager will work collaboratively with other Communication Managers and related support staff, receive day-to-day instruction from the Assistant Director of Communications, and will report to the Director of Community Relations. The Communications Manager works with the Community Relations team to meet branding, communications, engagement, and marketing needs aligned with Trying Together’s strategic goals.

Responsibilities:

    • Draft, edit, and schedule content for e-communications, print collateral, social media, and websites as assigned.
    • Work with the Assistant Director of Communications to manage content development and graphic design needs submitted via the Marketing Request Form.
    • Maintain style guidelines across organizational brands and contracts.
    • Related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in: communications; English; journalism; marketing; political science; or public relations.
    • Demonstrated experience, knowledge, and skills in communications and marketing.
    • Current knowledge and three to five years working experience with digital platforms including but not limited to: Adobe Creative Suite; BaseCamp; Google Suite; MailChimp Pro; Microsoft Office Suite; NeonCRM; Phone2Action; social media; SquareSpace; and WordPress.
    • Understands and uses best practices for accessibility, information architecture, and writing for websites.
    • Strong oral and written communications skills.
    • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in an efficient manner.
    • Enthusiasm for professional growth and the ability to self-start.
    • Knowledge, interest, or experience in advocacy, community engagement, nonprofits, and/or the early care and education field is helpful.
    • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.
    • Completed Mandated Reporter Training must be completed prior to start date.
    • PQAS Professional Development Instructor Certification must be obtained within the first year of employment.
    • Ability to work remotely for the duration of ‘stay at home’ order due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Required Clearances:

    • Clean Act 33 Child Abuse Clearance
    • Clean Act 34 PA State Police Clearance
    • Clean Act 73 Federal Criminal History Clearance
    • National Sex Offender Registry (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 a 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.

Trying Together is an equal opportunity employer. Trying Together does not discriminate and encourages qualified candidates of any gender, race, class, sexual orientation, faith, disability, or age to apply. All candidates will be evaluated on a merit basis.

 


 

ELRC Family Resource Coordinator

Purpose:

The Allegheny County Early Learning Resource Center 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 area.
    • Model purposeful play with children in the Family area.
    • Actively seek partnerships with organizations in the community to expand resources available to families.
    • Provide referrals and access to resources such as TANF, high-quality child care and other appropriate agencies 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.
    • Record, analyze, and report data on request for services as established by the Allegheny County ELRC.
    • Collaborate with local child care and education groups, social service and/or government agencies and employers in the operation of the resource and referral.
    • Provide support for computer use to families and providers in the Resource Area.
    • Participate in required meetings, activities and training of the Allegheny County ELRC.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Acceptance of diversity and ability to work comfortably in a variety of settings.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • 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 a health screening.

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

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.

 


 

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 both regulated and relative. 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. The Early Learning Program Engagement Specialist will provide outreach to relative providers to identify needs and connect them to resources and supports.

Responsibilities:

    • Provide comprehensive customer service by completing thorough provider orientations, address all phone calls and provider correspondence within 24 business hours as applicable and attend to walk-in clients/providers.
    • Establish provider agreements for all certified and relative providers and assist providers with primary subsidy concerns and questions.
    • Teach and support regulated providers to use Provider Self Service to ensure their information is up to date.
    • Advise providers of the PA Department of Human Services and Child Care Works regulations.
    • Provide technical assistance and support for relative providers seeking to become state certified and enroll in Child Care Works.
    • Refer and engage child care providers to community resources and advocate for the providers in obtaining these services.
    • Identify and assess barriers relative providers face with regards to providing quality child care and identify resources and supports as needed.
    • Support relative providers to meet their Professional Development requirements.
    • Collaborate with Allegheny County Family Centers to connect relative providers to community resources and supports as needed.
    • Connect providers with a Quality Coach and Fiscal contact.
    • Assist providers in enrolling in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and other provider resources.
    • Operate as a liaison for providers between all Child Care Works (CCW) departments and programs.
    • Organize and participate in provider outreach to help promote quality child care and positive child and adult interactions.
    • Address system-generated alerts in a timely manner to maintain integrity within the PELICAN System.
    • Maintain communication with other Child Care Works agencies within Pennsylvania regarding provider information and updates.
    • Regularly participates in outreach and other meetings both locally and statewide.
    • Maintains a high level of confidentiality when working with sensitive and personal client, vendor, employee and contract information.
    • Participates in initial and on-going professional development for the purpose of providing effective provider engagement.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • National Sex Offender Registry

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.