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.

Trying Together encourages its team, partners, and communities to interact compassionately and honor the range of cultures, ideas, and identities that root each person. Young children develop and learn by example; this means that children whose early learning environments reflect just actions, equitable opportunities, diverse representation, and inclusive approaches experience healthier interactions and build relationships that enable them to thrive.

Trying Together provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.  Trying Together is an equal opportunity employer and 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.

Current Openings

 


Early Childhood Education (ECE) Career Advisor Strategist
Full-Time | Salary Range: $45,000 – $48,000

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.

 


Everyday Interactions Design Strategist
Full-Time | Salary Range: $50,000 – $55,000

Relationships from a strengths-based approach are fundamental to this position. The Everyday Interactions Design Strategist supports program administrators, classroom teachers, assistant teachers, and home-based child care providers with developing new skills and continuously improving their daily interactions to achieve higher program quality. The Everyday Interactions Design Strategist engages program administration and staff that work with children in a collaborative process that involves reflective communication, professional growth, and goal setting to affirm the importance of human interactions in children’s lives. The Everyday Interactions Design Strategist’s approach begins by building on what professionals already do well and is based on the understanding that the “active ingredient” in a child’s growth is the developmental relationship between the child and the adults that care for them.

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 reflective practice, close observation, and peer discussion.
  • Based on the work of Fred Rogers and the Fred Rogers Institute, facilitate learning communities for program leaders, assistant teachers, co-teachers, and head teachers to help strengthen daily interactions with children and assure quality programming based on developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Facilitate supportive discussion between early learning team members with a focus on strengths, connection, and appreciation.
  • Using a strengths-based and practice-based approach, ensure that the leadership team and staff sustain their learning by way of reflective thinking and goal setting.
  • Provide feedback loops and support for the purpose of increasing program administration and teacher confidence and competence.
  • Work with the early learning program’s leadership team to provide professional development for program leaders and classroom teaching teams.
  • Develop and support the implementation of an individualized plan that identifies relational strengths, needs, and goals for each program’s staff.
  • Visit early learning programs to capture video footage of authentic interactions between early learning professionals and children.
  • Contribute to a community of support in which educators can reflect on their everyday interactions and unique approach to connecting with young children.
  • Support the program leadership team and staff to develop programming that is both equitable and inclusive.
  • Provide support and coordinate resources for program administration and staff on providing a better learning environment for a child exhibiting behaviors that put them at risk for suspension or expulsion.
  • 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.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Everyday Interactions Matter approach and philosophy.
  • Consistently model the Everyday Interactions Matter philosophy in interactions with early learning leadership and educators.
  • Have knowledge of local, state, and national systems for early care and education.
  • Is willing and able to engage in honest self-reflection about progress and their contribution to the process.
  • Can foster a program’s capacity building and assume a strengths-based approach.
  • Can establish credibility as a resource worthy of the program’s respect and trust.
  • Can facilitate a program’s own problem-solving process.
  • Has the 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.
  • Has the ability to work comfortably in a variety of settings.
  • Can maintain confidentiality.
  • Has good judgment and decision-making abilities.
  • Must demonstrate enthusiasm and flexibility.
  • Work collaboratively across departments within Trying Together to meet the mission and accomplish the work.
  • 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 measures project performance, and support continuous quality improvement in the organization’s resources and services.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in early childhood education, organizational leadership, or related field required.
  • Two years of early childhood classroom experience and two years at an administrative level in an early care and education setting.
  • Experience working with adult learners and knowledge of adult learning principles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, internet, and email skills.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends.

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).
  • PQAS Professional Development Instructor Certification (must be obtained within the first year of employment for staff with a Bachelor’s Degree).

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.

 


Rapid Response Team Coach
Consultant | Hourly Pay: $35.00

The Rapid Response Team Coach is responsible for helping to implement a comprehensive strengths-based approach of providing strategies and support for Allegheny County early learning programs to ensure that young children at risk of being suspended or expelled are retained in their program. The Rapid Response Team Coach will work with the Collaborations and Supports Strategist and the ELRC 5 Quality Coaches to respond quickly to requests from early learning programs and families in Allegheny County when a child is at risk of being suspended or expelled. The Rapid Response Team Coach will provide technical assistance and coaching support to program directors, administrators, owners, and teaching staff to support the individual needs of children with the intention of retaining the child in the program. 

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. 
  • Serve as a consultant to early learning program administrators and educators in collaboration with their Quality Coach. 
  • Ensure that the Team responds within 48 hours after a referral is received. 
  • Ensure that the Team works through a Pyramid Model in partnership with the early learning program administrator and educators, family, and child. 
  • Work collaboratively with the program director, teaching staff, early intervention staff, Team, and Quality Coach to assess and develop strategies to support the family and child. 
  • Ensure that there is follow up with the early learning program director, Rapid Response Team, early intervention staff, and Quality Coach. 
  • Collect data from the beginning of the process till the conclusion of the intervention with the early learning program. 
  • Ability to understand Parts B and Part C early intervention including timelines, policies and procedures, professional roles, and family involvement. 
  • Serve as an active member of the Quality Initiatives and ELRC teams to effectively respond to the needs of the field and the systems they work within. 
  • Meet regularly with the Quality Initiatives and ELRC teams to provide feedback and brainstorm new ideas. 
  • Ability to maintain a project timeline and monitor progress toward goals.
  • Must be able to interact with others in a positive and professional manner. 
  • Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality. 
  • Excellent data collection and analysis skills. 
  • Strong attention to detail. 
  • Work collaboratively across departments within Trying Together to meet the mission and accomplish the work. 
  • 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 Child Development, Early Childhood or related field, and five (5) years of related experience in early intervention, applied behavior analysis, or human/social services working with children and families. Master’s Degree preferred. 
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.
  • Background and experience implementing functional behavior plans in classroom settings. 
  • Experience coaching other professionals on implementing behavior and intervention plans with fidelity. 
  • Must own a reliable vehicle.

Required Clearances: 

  • 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 for staff with a Bachelor’s Degree).

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.


Workforce Development Strategist
Full-Time | Salary Range: $45,000 – $48,000

Working closely with the Director of Quality Initiatives, and Quality Initiatives Professional Learning and ELRC teams, the Workforce Development Strategist is responsible for researching trends and developing, facilitating, and evaluating comprehensive workforce development opportunities for early education and school-age professionals that are aligned with the field’s interests, needs, and trends as well as the organization’s mission, vision, and efforts. This is a full-time position that includes occasional evening and weekend hours, as well as light travel. The Workforce Development Strategist reports to the Director of Quality Initiatives and is considered an active team member of the Trying Together Quality Initiatives department.

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.
  • Participate in the development, coordination, facilitation, and evaluation of sequential, Trying Together workforce professional learning opportunities for early educators, such as the Child Development Associate credential (initial and renewal), PA School-Age Professional Credential and workforce Apprenticeship. The facilitation of such opportunities includes in-person, virtual, and online professional development coursework as well as participant and program coaching and mentoring.
  • Be familiar with and assist in the coordination of professional development participants’ access to T.E.A.C.H., the PA CDA voucher system, PASSHE PDO, and other available professional development resources.
  • Develop, facilitate, and evaluate professional development opportunities for early learning professionals and stakeholders on relevant topics that meet the needs of the field, including but not limited to: developmentally appropriate practice, child development, family-child program relationships, and professionalism within early learning programs.
  • Aide in the reflection and evaluation of projects and programs, working directly with other team members 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.
  • Support the Coaching and Mentoring efforts of the Trying Together ECE Apprenticeship Program. Maintain all coach and apprentice documentation, support apprentice and mentor registration and progress, and track apprentice on-the-job learning competencies.
  • Collaborate and work with other Quality Initiatives team members, consultants, and volunteers, as well as Trying Together staff.
  • Participate in organizational team and all-staff meetings as well as other organizational initiatives that relate to the Workforce Development Strategist’s current work efforts and responsibilities.
  • Be familiar with and oversee the support of early learning programs seeking national accreditation (NAEYC, NECPA, NAFCC).
  • Complete on site, face-to-face program visits offering support and strategies for continuous quality improvement.
  • 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.
  • Maintains confidentiality and values the notion of respect among colleagues.
  • The Workforce Development 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.
  • Experience in developing and facilitating professional development opportunities including coursework for the Child Development Associate credential.
  • Experience in developing individualized education plans for early educators as well as appropriately assisting, coaching, and mentoring educators through the completion of such plans. Workforce apprenticeship knowledge and experience is highly preferred.
  • Experience in supporting early learning programs in the continuous professional development of program staff; program leadership experience is highly preferred.
  • Has experience as or working with home-based child care providers.
  • Has experience with various educational professional development frameworks and standards such as: The Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators (PA PSCECE); 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 and has experience with Pennsylvania Keystone STARS, Head Start, NAEYC Performance Standards, and PA Early Learning Standards.
  • Has the ability to ask questions whenever unclear about a concept, task, or activity.
  • Has the ability to travel throughout the region to attend meetings, visit early education facilities, and perform other duties to support Trying Together efforts, as assigned.
  • Is familiar with and can manipulate typical organizational technology.
  • Work collaboratively across departments within Trying Together to meet the mission and accomplish the work.
  • 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 or related field (with a minimum of six early education credits). A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Experience in public speaking, particularly in the provision of professional learning utilizing adult learning principles.
  • A current PA Quality Assurance System (PQAS) instructor certification is highly preferred.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends.

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 for staff with a Bachelor’s Degree).

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.