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.

 


Communications Manager

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 Buzzword Pittsburgh; 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.
  • Work with other departments to determine communications and marketing needs.
  • Provide training as needed to other departments on utilizing new materials, templates, online features, and other communications work as needed.
  • Develop and implement marketing campaigns across platforms, and measure and report out on success.
  • Utilize Google Ads and Analytics, as well as the Trying Together Conversion Funnel Strategy, to identify opportunities to engage with our audience; implement strategies to increase reach for specific personas, and; measure outcomes. 
  • Maintain style guidelines across organizational brands and contracts.
  • Related duties as assigned.
  • 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.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications; English; journalism; marketing; political science; or public relations and three to five years working experience within these fields.
  • Current knowledge and working experience with digital platforms including but not limited to Adobe Creative Suite; BaseCamp; Google Ads, Analytics, and 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.
  • Some statewide travel is required.

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).
  • PQAS Professional Development Instructor Certification (must be obtained within the first year of employment).

Benefits:

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

Interested Applicants:

Applicants must apply at tryingtogether.applytojob.com/apply and upload their resume and three work-related references. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.

 


Early Childhood Education (ECE) Career Advisor Strategist

An early childhood educator’s responsibility is to care for and promote the learning, development, and well-being of young children. The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Career Advisor Strategist is responsible for supporting educators in southwestern Pennsylvania at various stages of their career. The ECE Career Advisor Strategist will assist individuals with academic guidance and career supports, including job search skills and providing additional resources as needed. The ECE Career Advisor Strategist is a member of the Quality Initiatives Team, will report to the Associate Executive Director, and should be available to work evenings and weekends to support early childhood educators.

Responsibilities:

    • Guide the career advancement of early childhood educators (supported by the PA ECE Career Pathways framework) and support them from entry level to mastery to develop an individualized career advancement plan.
    • Guide early childhood educators to enroll in a credentialing program that meets the educator’s individual career needs.
    • Collaborate in the implementation, coordination, and delivery of career development services, including career exploration, teacher certification, test preparation, academic advising, and job searching.
    • Explore and provide additional resources to educators such as technology, transportation, adult literacy, etc. as needed to achieve an educator’s career goals.
    • Cultivate relationships with ECE departments at institutes of higher education to learn about ECE specific coursework and to guide educators to meet career goals.
    • Meet individually and in small groups with current and aspiring early childhood professionals in support of developing and meeting their career goals.
    • Make presentations to early learning program directors/owners and community groups about early childhood education career development periodically and as requested.
    • Track and maintain data on interactions and outcomes.
    • Create quarterly reports on the progress of the project.
    • Provide dynamic and collaborative direction to the development and piloting of new initiatives as they become appropriate for inclusion in the project’s work.
    • Work collaboratively with community organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania such as Partner4Work and CareerLink to support individual career development in early childhood education.
    • Consistently use the NeonCRM platform to build relationships with constituents, record data that measures project performance, and to 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.

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Child Development, Early Childhood, or related field and three years of related experience in Early Childhood Education career development.
    • Have an academic background and experience teaching Early Childhood Education.
    • Have extensive experience mentoring teachers and understand adult development.
    • Value the collaborative, reflective, and reciprocal nature of consultation.
    • Value diversity and demonstrate cultural and linguistic competency.
    • Approach educator career development with a growth mindset and believe all educators can improve, whatever the starting point.
    • Use reflective practice strategies and skills.
    • Be extremely organized.
    • Be flexible.
    • Be a creative problem solver.
    • Have a keen eye for detail and the ability to multitask.
    • Be proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
    • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Have experience working in urban communities.
    • Current PQAS Instructor certification (will be required to obtain within six months of hire).

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).
    • 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:

Applicants must apply at tryingtogether.applytojob.com/apply and upload their resume and three work-related references. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.

 


 

Early Head Start Coach

Coaching is an interactive process of observation, discussion, and reflection in which the coach promotes the other person’s ability to grow toward identified goals. Effective coaches will build relationships with teachers based on mutual respect, demonstrate effective communication skills, practice conflict resolution and have an ongoing commitment to learning, possess good observation skills, and can model best practice working with children.

The Program Level coach will have an understanding and ability to put into practice and advocate for the following guiding principles:

    • Culturally and linguistically competent, family-centered practice.
    • Natural learning environment.
    • Learner-focused approach.
    • Functional and meaningful activities/supports.
    • Collaborative goal setting.
    • Operate from a systems perspective.
    • Change occurs over time.
    • Coaches facilitate and participate in change.

Responsibilities:

    • Recognize the unique abilities of individuals and assist others in valuing everyone’s contributions.
    • Encourage, support, motivate, and work interactively with teachers/caregivers to develop and implement ongoing goals.
    • Support the teacher/caregiver to provide environments and opportunities which promote the child’s growth and development for any of the developmental domains (language and literacy, health and physical development, approaches to learning, social-emotional development, creative arts, science, mathematics).
    • Assist teachers/caregivers to structure environments, routines, and interactions that contribute to positive social-emotional outcomes for the children and families in a program.
    • Focus on specific tasks, skills, or techniques which can be mastered and measured.
    • Assist teachers/caregivers to structure environments, routines, and interactions that contribute to a positive social behavior support plan for the child.
    • Consistently use the NeonCRM platform to build relationships with constituents, record data that measures 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.
    • Stay current on updates and changes in national accreditation systems. (NAEYC, NAFCC, NAA,).
    • Become trained in the Environment Rating Scales (ITERS, ECERS, FCCERS).
    • Complete training on Practice-Based Coaching.
    • Become trained and proficient in the strategies of the Pyramid Model.
    • Gather and track data in accordance with an identified evaluation plan.
    • Participate in supervision and peer support as offered for individuals working in this capacity.
    • Attend regularly scheduled meetings with other coaches, community partners, and professional development/technical assistance staff.
    • Facilitate a process to help teachers develop individual plans to improve their environments, teaching practices to support young children’s growth and development, and overall program quality.
    • Offer resources and strategies to teachers to enhance relationships, create appropriate environments, and teach social-emotional skills in children.
    • Check in periodically with teachers to offer support and guidance.
    • Contact community partners to access external support when needed.
    • Assist the teacher to identify resources and supplies in accordance with individual plans.
    • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the Pittsburgh region.
    • Maintain confidentiality.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Family and Consumer Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, or a related field.
    • Knowledge of local, state, and national early care and education systems.
    • Knowledge and education regarding developmentally appropriate practices.
    • At least 2 years of experience working with young children in a group setting.
    • PA Quality Assurance System (PQAS) certified instructor.
    • Experience in conducting assessments.
    • Knowledge of program quality rating scales.
    • Knowledge of Head Start Program Performance Standards.
    • Experience and/or education in adult learning principles.
    • Experience and/or education in Human Service work and study.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, competent interpersonal skills, and strong organizational skills.
    • Ability to communicate using technology, develop reports and track data.
    • Knowledge and expertise in promoting growth and development in children for any of the developmental domains (Language and Literacy, Health and Physical Development, Approaches to Learning, Social-Emotional Development, Creative Arts, Science, Mathematics).
    • Ability to travel to appointments, meetings, and training sessions that may require an overnight stay.
    • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, Internet, and email.

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).
    • Practice-Based Coaching (PBC).

Physical Requirements:

    • Regular kneeling, stooping, bending, and sitting on the floor.

Benefits:

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

Interested Applicants:

Applicants must apply at tryingtogether.applytojob.com/apply and upload their resume and three work-related references. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.

 


 

ELRC Early Learning Program Engagement Specialist

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 the provider 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 ongoing professional development for the purpose of providing effective provider engagement.
    • Promotes and supports the vision, mission, and goals of Trying Together. To learn more, visit www.tryingtogether.org.
    • 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.

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 multitask.
    • 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 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).
    • NeonCRM Training (required and recommended online courses must be completed in the first three months 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:

Applicants must apply at tryingtogether.applytojob.com/apply and upload their resume and three work-related references. 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 staff, and home-based child care providers in Allegheny County to develop new skills and continuously improve their early care and education 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. Whenever possible, a mutual learning partnership is developed to share responsibility and accountability for project goals. Coaching is customized and every effort is made to establish trust and respect for educators and program leaders and a variety of coaching strategies and practices are employed to achieve goals.

Responsibilities:

  • Commitment to racial equity and inclusion and a willingness to do the ongoing personal work to bring about a more just society by actively participating in professional growth opportunities. 
  • Actively work with peers to create a culture of belonging at Trying Together. 
  • Willingness to disrupt practices that do not honor children’s, families’, educators’ and colleagues’ humanity. 
  • 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-on-one and small group coaching to classroom staff to help strengthen child development practices and ensure quality programming.
  • Facilitate face-to-face and virtual professional development sessions for providers.
  • Complete on-site face-to-face program visits offering support and strategies for continuous quality improvement. 
  • Provide regular time and space to foster a learning community among program administrators and teaching staff that includes opportunities for reflection and learning about cultural respect and responsiveness. 
  • Review STARS scores with the program leadership team and staff to help identify areas of strength and develop goals for improvement. 
  • Using a strengths-based approach; provide constructive feedback and support for the purpose of increasing program administrator and educator confidence and competence.
  • Develop and support the implementation of an individualized plan that identifies strengths, needs, and goals for each program staff.
  • Strive for excellence in work by consistently incorporating cultural competencies and employing relationship-based coaching and consultation practices. 
  • Work collaboratively with ELRC and Trying Together Quality Initiatives team members to ensure the needs of Allegheny County early care and education programs are being met. 
  • Work collaboratively across departments within Trying Together to meet the mission and accomplish the work. 
  • Follow the procedure for reporting suspected child abuse.
  • Complete monthly monitoring reports or coaching logs for assigned visits and submit them according to timelines for the purpose of tracking and monitoring.
  • Participate in initial and ongoing professional development for the purposes of continuous learning and expanding one’s professional knowledge base. 
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education; advanced degree preferred. Specialized certifications welcome. Related degrees and ECE experience considered. 
  • Two or more years of early childhood classroom experience and two years of experience at an administrative level in an early care and education setting. 
  • Ability to employ a variety of consultation and coaching strategies that are based on appropriate and culturally competent practices and the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
  • Capacity to align consultation with professional development content. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Knowledge of state assessment tools. 
  • Experience working with adult learners.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer, internet, and email skills.
  • 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 personal contribution to the process.
  • Ability 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 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.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends.
  • Must own a reliable vehicle as the nature of this job includes regularly visiting early learning programs in-person across Allegheny County.

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).
  • PQAS Professional Development Instructor Certification (must be obtained within the first year of employment).

Benefits:

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

Interested Applicants:

Applicants must apply at tryingtogether.applytojob.com/apply and upload their resume and three work-related references. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.


Family Development Specialist

Family Development Specialists are responsible for providing direct service to families from diverse backgrounds with young children birth to five years old (including prenatal and postpartum stages for an unborn child’s development and the mother’s health, nutrition, and psychological state). These prevention services help families set personal goals and address the challenges that come up in their day-to-day life. Direct services will include goal planning, developmental screenings, advocacy, and referrals linking families to any needed services. Family Development Specialists work out of The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center and report to the Director of The Hub & Family Center.

Responsibilities:

  • Coaches and supports families with a strengths-based approach.
  • Strong ability to build positive rapport with both parents and children.
  • Provide crisis intervention and/or referrals for families.
  • Develop and/or assist in the child programming and parent-child interaction groups.
  • Initiates the Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ) and Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ®:SE-2) with parents and children using the appropriate developmental tools.
  • Actively participate in ongoing outreach/recruitment for the program.
  • Actively participate in the development of and facilitate parent groups.
  • Actively participate in the development of special events and celebrations with/for families.
  • Ability to maximize program offerings to families from The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center.
  • Must maintain a high level of integrity.
  • Must maintain confidentiality of ALL families.
  • Provides team approach model case management services including goal setting, networking, and use of community resources, advocacy, referral, and support.
  • Develop mutual trust and cooperation with families to strengthen child and parent development.
  • Responsible for approximately 20 families on their caseload.
  • Transport families to programming, well baby visits, mental health sessions, etc. when possible.
  • Communicate regularly and productively with colleagues within the Hub & Family Center and across the organization.
  • Actively participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Must maintain files and complete all management information system paperwork accurately as required in a timely manner.
  • Maintain the Hub & Family Center site and ensure a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Relationships with or knowledge of the Homewood-Brushton community is helpful.
  • Attend a minimum of 20 hours of job-related training
  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Child Development, Early Childhood, or related field, or a high school diploma and five years of related experience in early childhood prevention, or human/social services working with children and families.
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends.
  • Must own a reliable vehicle (for transporting to/from home visits, etc.)

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).
  • PQAS Professional Development Instructor Certification (must be obtained within the first year of employment).

Benefits:

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

Interested Applicants:

Applicants must apply at tryingtogether.applytojob.com/apply and upload their resume and three work-related references. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.


PN-3 Early Childhood Policy Manager

The PN-3 Early Childhood Policy Manager provides management support for developing the organizational capacity to ensure that all families with children 0-3 receive appropriate service identification and coordination focusing on families with the highest need and ensuring access to service providers that can best meet those needs.  The position provides expertise on how policies impact children 0-3 and their families in the SWPA region and specifically in Allegheny County.  This is an early career position with the opportunity to develop and deepen policy skills in early childhood and prenatal to three content. This is a  full-time position that works within a strong team that will include occasional evening and weekend hours and some travel.

PN-3 Local, Regional, and State Initiatives:

  • Staffing the Pritzker PIG-Allegheny County, PA leadership team
  • Supporting the development of a comprehensive Allegheny county-wide PN-3 plan
  • Convening/fostering collaboration across program leadership teams and existing groups that focus on families of PN-3
  • Monitoring/tracking progress on Pritzker work plan activities
  • Communicating successes and challenges of grant activities internally and externally as appropriate
  • Communicating the Initiative’s goals/progress across county departments and identifying opportunities for coordination across all departments of county government
  • Managing and coordinating the local research agenda on key opportunities and initiatives that focus on families of PN-3
  • Communicating and supporting implementation of best practices within sectors as identified
  • Connecting with statewide advocates around the Commonwealth’s Early Learning Pennsylvania (ELPA) agenda and Pennsylvania’s Pritzker Policy Initiative
  • Promoting the development and sharing of high quality data and evaluation of Initiative strategies.

ELPA Campaign Support:

  • Staff the Childhood Begins at Home Campaign for the Trying Together Policy Team.
  • Represent Trying Together on ELPA committees to support broader PN-3 work.
  • Contribute to internal policy message development as well as message development for advocacy campaigns in which Trying Together participates.
  • Assist in the delivery and implementation of grant-supported advocacy activities in accordance with the mission and the goals of Trying Together.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with partnering advocacy organizations, elected officials, and community stakeholders.
  • Document and record activities for reporting requirements and evaluation both internally and externally.
  • Meticulously document and record program activities and outcomes, and contribute to reports and evaluations both internal and external to document program impact.

Advancing Policy Agenda:

  • Support the development and advancement of the Trying Together Public Policy Agenda.  Activities may include contributing to the writing of a new agenda, strategy for promoting the agenda, implementation of activities such as white papers, resource guides, professional development, etc.
  • Establish connections internally across departments and externally with local/regional organizations to advance policy agenda and advocacy work.
  • Opportunities to co-develop reports, issue briefs, policy memos, white papers, and position statements on issues that fall under Trying Together’s policy agenda. Work may include serving as the co- author, as well as project management of stakeholders contributing to reports for larger campaigns.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the early childhood field at the national, state, and local levels including both early learning and health.
  • Connect practice and professional learning opportunities through creation and support of professional training and workshops aligned to policy agenda.
  • Identify ways to collaborate with the field to facilitate feedback loop for practice to impact policy.
  • Strategize how to build on the creation of a legislative agenda and develop the ability to influence policy and legislation beyond advocacy for budget lines and increased investments.
  • 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.
  • Consistently use the NeonCRM platform to build relationships with constituents, record data that measures project performance, and to support continuous quality improvement in the organization’s resources and services.

Requirements (skills, abilities and knowledge):

  • Solid record of accomplishing challenging goals in highly professional work environment(s)
  • Proven ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and at different professional levels to accomplish mutual goals
  • Track record of collaborating and contributing to the success of interdisciplinary teams
  • Some experience with grants, including monitoring and reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines, manage multiple responsibilities, and prioritize tasks
  • Strong analytic, research, critical thinking and writing and presentation skills
  • Comfortable and articulate when speaking in public
  • Familiarity with PN-3 issues, financing and opportunities, or willingness to learn about these issues quickly
  • Knowledge of local and state early education public policy preferred

Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of professional experience overall.
  • Knowledge of early childhood as a content area and the systems that support it.
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator with experience leading diverse work teams and community partners.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office and program management software (e.g. Basecamp, MS Project etc.)
  • BS/BA degree in organizational management, public policy, education or a relevant field, MS/MA is a plus.
  • Ability to think strategically to reach our  goals.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • An analytical mindset with great problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

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).

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 10-20 pounds.

Benefits:

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

Interested Applicants:

Applicants must apply at tryingtogether.applytojob.com/apply and upload their resume and three work-related references. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.