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

 

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.

 


Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant for The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center will perform technical administrative work, including a variety of administrative assignments. This position provides direct support to the Hub & Family Center located at 7219 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

This position will work closely with the Operations Manager to oversee facility and operational functions at the Hub & Family Center and will report to the Director of The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center.

Responsibilities:
    • Greet visitors.
    • Receive and process mail.
    • Order office and facility supplies.
    • Maintain Google calendar.
    • Schedule meetings, including set-up and catering.
    • Photocopying and scanning.
    • Filing, organizing.
    • Assist with office maintenance scheduling and coordination.
    • Assist staff with projects as needed.
    • Work effectively and collaboratively with community partner organizations.
    • Maintain strict confidentiality.
    • Commitment to racial equity and inclusion and a willingness to do the ongoing personal work to bring about a more just society.
Qualifications:
    • Adherence to the NAEYC Code of Ethics.
    • Demonstrate ability to work with diverse populations.
    • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
    • Competency with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and Internet research.
    • High level of organization skills.
    • Effective written communications.
    • Proactive approach.
    • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and work within deadlines.
    • Well-developed oral and written communication skills.
    • High School graduate. Some college preferred.
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.
Required Training:
    • Mandated Reporter Training (must be completed in the first month of placement).
Physical Requirements:
    • Ability to lift and move 10 – 20 pounds
    • Personal transportation is a plus.
Benefits:
    • Appreciative inquiry and strengths-based review process.
    • Part-time (20 hours/week), hourly/non-exempt position. Some flexibility required, including weekend and evening hours as needed for events.
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.

 


Communications Coordinator (Internship)

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for drafting content and assisting with its distribution to key audiences in support of communications for Trying Together. This content includes but is not limited to: e-communications; print collateral; social media; and web pages. This person will report to the Assistant Director of Communications and work collaboratively along with the Communications team to meet branding, communications, and marketing needs aligned with the organization’s goals and strategy. He or she will also work with various other Trying Together staff to engage existing and new audiences.

Responsibilities

During the course of the internship, the Communications Coordinator may be responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Write, edit, and schedule e-communications across Trying Together and other streams including ELRC Region 5, Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, Message from Me, Buzzword, Everyday Interactions Matter, Start Strong PA, and various others.
  • Develop and coordinate cultivation of new e-communications subscribers.
  • Work with Communications Managers to write and edit content about events, news, and programs for social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
  • Work with Communications Managers to write and edit event, news, and page content for web pages.
  • Related duties as assigned.
  • Commitment to racial equity and inclusion and a willingness to do the ongoing personal work to bring about a more just society.
Qualifications:
  • Juniors or Seniors currently majoring in: Communications; English; Journalism; Marketing; Political Science; Public Relations; or a related field.
  • Current knowledge and working experience with digital platforms including but not limited to: Adobe Creative Suite, Google Suite, MailChimp Pro, Microsoft Office Suite, NeonCRM, social media, and WordPress.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills. 
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and execute tasks in an efficient manner.
  • Knowledge, interest, or experience in advocacy, community engagement, nonprofits, and/or the early care and education field is helpful.
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.
Required Training:
  • Mandated Reporter Training (must be completed in the first month of placement)
Interested Applicants:

The Communications Coordinator is a for-credit internship. For-credit internships are unpaid and will be a minimum of 20 hours per week. Applicants must express desired format and provide all necessary paperwork and documentation from college or university before beginning internship.

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three academic or work-related references to jobs@tryingtogether.org to apply for the Communications Coordinator position. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.

 


Content Coordinator (Internship)

The Content Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of content for Trying Together’s Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series. In the first half of their internship, they will research various topics related to child development and developmentally appropriate practice. They will then assist with the creation of short-form articles and print materials for the Trying Together website. They will work with various Trying Together staff to develop this content, implement it on the website, and review print materials.

Responsibilities:

During the course of the internship, the Content Coordinator may be responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Research on various topics related to early childhood, child development, and developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Utilize research to write summary articles, develop new materials for caregivers, and draft content for print materials.
  • Transcribe content into predetermined formats for web design and translation.
  • Effectively present ideas and work collaboratively with staff to brainstorm future content ideas.
  • Commitment to racial equity and inclusion and a willingness to do the ongoing personal work to bring about a more just society. 
  • Related duties as assigned.
About the Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series:

Developmentally Appropriate Parenting is a family resource content series developed by Trying Together as an effort to empower caregivers to create high-quality experiences at the earliest stages of their child’s life. To do this, we are developing digital and print content for families that covers critical early childhood topics. From 2019–2022, Trying Together will continue to develop the series, releasing information online and in-person (when possible) as it is finalized.

The Series will include:

  • information and resources that highlight early childhood topics;
  • digital opportunities for caregivers to share knowledge, build relationships, and reinforce the skills they use while caring for young children; and
  • the chance to connect with other parents and caregivers of young children.

To view the content currently available through the Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series, please visit the Trying Together website.

Qualifications:
  • Juniors or Seniors currently majoring in: Developmental/Applied Psychology; Early Education; Communications; English; Journalism; Marketing; Political Science; Public Relations; or a related field.
  • Experience in research, content development, and/or professional writing is preferred.
  • Experience with the early education field or child development is preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills. 
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and execute tasks in an efficient manner.
  • Knowledge, interest, or experience in advocacy, community engagement, nonprofits, and/or the early care and education field is helpful.
Required Clearances:
  • Clean Act 33 Child Abuse Clearance.
  • Clean Act 34 Criminal Clearance.
  • Clean Act 73 FBI Clearance.
  • National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) Verification.
Required Training:
  • Mandated Reporter Training (must be completed in the first month of placement).
Interested Applicants:

The Content Coordinator is a for-credit internship. For-credit internships are unpaid and will be a minimum of 20 hours per week. Applicants must express desired format and provide all necessary paperwork and documentation from college or university before beginning internship.

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three academic or work-related references to jobs@tryingtogether.org to apply for the Content Coordinator position. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.

 


ELRC Quality Coach

Coaching is inherently relationship-based work. The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 Quality Coach supports program administrators, classroom teachers and assistant teachers, and home-based child care providers in Allegheny County to develop new skills and continuously improve their early childhood teaching practices to achieve higher program quality. The ELRC Quality Coach engages program administration and staff that work with children in a collaborative process that involves observation, reflective communication, professional growth, role-modeling, and goal setting.

Responsibilities:
    • Recognize and build on the existing knowledge and skills of program staff through observation, reflective practice, goal setting, and planning.
    • Collaborate with classroom staff and program administration for the purpose of creating a cohesive approach to continuous quality improvement with the program team.
    • Provide one to one and small group coaching to assistant teachers, co-teachers, and head teachers to help strengthen child development practices and assure quality programming.
    • Review STARS scores with the program leadership team and staff to help identify areas of strength and develop goals for improvement.
    • Provide constructive feedback and support for the purpose of increasing program administration and teacher confidence and competence.
    • Work with the ELRC Coach Coordinator to provide coaching and professional development for classroom teaching teams.
    • Develop and support the implementation of an individualized plan that identifies strengths, needs, and goals for each program staff.
    • Follow the procedure for reporting suspected child abuse.
    • Completes monthly monitoring reports or coaching logs for assigned visits and submits them according to timelines for the purpose of tracking and monitoring.
    • Participates in initial and on-going professional development for the purpose of providing effective coach strategies as well as provide expertise on theory and practices that support child development.
    • Promotes and supports the vision, mission, and goals of Trying Together. To learn more, visit www.tryingtogether.org.
    • Commitment to racial equity and inclusion and a willingness to do the ongoing personal work to bring about a more just society.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
    • Knowledge of local, state, and national systems for early care and education.
    • Willing and able to engage in honest self-reflection about coaching progress and her/his contribution to the process.
    • Ability to work with a diversity of individuals within the same program.
    • Able to foster a program’s capacity building and assume a strengths-based approach.
    • Ability to establish credibility as a resource worthy of the program’s respect and trust.
    • Ability to facilitate a program’s own problem-solving process.
    • Ability to maintain a project timeline and monitor progress toward goals.
    • Must be able to work independently and as a team member.
    • Must be able to interact with others in a positive and professional manner.
    • 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.
    • Must clear full background check and must pass a health screening.
Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
    • Two years of early childhood classroom experience and two years at an administrative level in an early care and education setting.
    • Must have a PA state-required mentor/coach endorsement.
    • Experience working with adult learners.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, Internet, and email.
    • Must have a valid PA Driver’s License and proof of insurance.
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.
Required Training:
    • Mandated Reporter Training (must be completed in the first month of placement).
Physical Requirements:
    • Ability to lift and move 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.

 


 

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 Region 5 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 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.
    • Participates in initial and ongoing professional development for the purpose of professional growth and skill development.
    • 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.
    • Consistently use the NeonCRM platform to build relationships with constituents, record data that measure project performance, and support continuous quality improvement in the organization’s resources and services.
    • 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 vision, mission, and goals of Trying Together. To learn more, visit www.tryingtogether.org.
Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree in business, education, or a related field.
    • Two years of 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 Microsoft Office, financial software applications, and reporting packages.
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.
    • Valid Driver’s License and proof of insurance.
Required Training:
    • Mandated Reporter Training (must be completed in the first month of placement).
    • NeonCRM Training (required and recommended online courses must be completed in the first three months of placement).
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.

 


Marketing Sciences Coordinator (Internship)

The Marketing Sciences Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the implementation and ideation of a Google Analytics and Ads strategy for Trying Together. In the first half of their internship, they will obtain their Google Analytics certificate under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Communications. They will then assist with the creation of reports and dashboards for measuring goals within Google Analytics and Ads. They will work with various Trying Together staff to develop a Google Analytics and Ads manual and assist with the implementation of a conversion funnel strategy.

Responsibilities

During the course of the internship, the Marketing Sciences Coordinator may be responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Obtaining a Google Analytics certificate.
  • Researching best practices for utilizing Google Analytics and Google Ads.
  • Assisting with the development of a Google Analytics and Ads manual and glossary.
  • Assisting with the development of dashboards and reports to measure goals and progress within Google Analytics and Ads.
  • Assisting with the implementation of a conversion funnel strategy.
  • Related duties as assigned.
  • Commitment to racial equity and inclusion and a willingness to do the ongoing personal work to bring about a more just society.
Qualifications:
  • Juniors or Seniors currently majoring in: Communications; English; Journalism; Marketing; Political Science; Public Relations; or a related field.
  • Experience with manipulating data or data management is preferred and may be reflected through coursework related to statistics, computer science, economics, marketing sciences, marketing analytics, etc.
  • Current knowledge of Google Analytics and Ads is not required, but is preferred. 
  • Strong oral and written communications skills. 
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and execute tasks in an efficient manner.
  • Knowledge, interest, or experience in advocacy, community engagement, nonprofits, and/or the early care and education field is helpful.
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.

Required Training:
  • Mandated Reporter Training (must be completed in the first month of placement)
Interested Applicants:

The Marketing Sciences Coordinator is a for-credit internship. For-credit internships are unpaid and will be a minimum of 20 hours per week. Applicants must express desired format and provide all necessary paperwork and documentation from college or university before beginning internship.

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three academic or work-related references to jobs@tryingtogether.org to apply for the Marketing Sciences Coordinator position. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.