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 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.

 


Assistant Director of Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative

The Assistant Director of Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative is a champion for play who works with the Collaborative to promote and implement its mission to foster learning about and appreciation of the importance and value of play for individuals and communities throughout the Pittsburgh Region. This is achieved through offering advocacy and community resources that support children and families access to equitable play environments and experiences, and professional growth opportunities that help educators and leaders make well-informed decisions regarding learning environments and community planning. The Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative is an initiative dedicated to promoting the value of play at any age, is co-led by Trying Together and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and operates in collaboration with member organizations and representatives. The Assistant Director of Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative is an employee of Trying Together and reports to the Director of Community Relations. 

Responsibilities:
  • Recruit and retain engaged Collaborative Member organizations and representatives who consistently elevate the importance of play in their work when possible. 
  • Coordinate and manage Collaborative Member meetings.
  • Coordinate community engagement requests in partnership with the Collaborative to provide play-based activities and materials.  
  • Coordinate and manage the use and maintenance of play-based materials and resources including but not limited to Play Boxes, games, Imagination Playgrounds, and Rigamajigs.
  • Coordinate and manage the Ultimate Play Day event annually. 
  • Coordinate and manage Collaborative initiatives in the Hazelwood community including but not limited to the Elizabeth Street Parklet and Hazelwood Play Trail. 
  • Work in collaboration with Trying Together Communications to manage play-based content creation and distribution including but not limited to emails, printed materials, public relations, social media, and websites. 
  • Promote and maintain the Collaborative’s brand awareness and integrity.
  • Work in collaboration with Trying Together Policy to identify play-based advocacy opportunities and mobilize communities to take action on them including but not limited to Recess Advocacy. 
  • Work in collaboration with The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center to provide enrolled children and families with community-focused, play-based learning opportunities and resources. 
  • Work in collaboration with Trying Together Quality Initiatives to develop and deliver play-based professional development including but not limited to PQAS credit-bearing courses and UnConference events. 
  • Consistently use the NeonCRM platform to build relationships with constituents, record data that measures project performance, and to support continuous quality improvement in 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 Child Development, Early Childhood, Community Development, Social Justice, Social Work, Sociology, Public Policy, Mental Health, Event Management, Communications, or a High School diploma and five (5) years of related experience.
  • Strong organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Strong oral and written communications skills. 
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in an efficient manner. 
  • Enthusiasm for professional growth and ability to self-start. 
  • Someone with a playful personality who approaches challenges with curiosity and enthusiasm. 
  • Knowledge, interest, or experience in advocacy, communications, community engagement, and/or nonprofits is helpful. 
  • 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 as needed.
  • Ability to lift and/or transport 20 – 30 pounds regularly. 
  • Must own a reliable vehicle.
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:

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.

 


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.

 


 

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: 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 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: communications; English; journalism; marketing; political science; or public relations.
  • Current knowledge and three to five years 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 required.
  • PQAS Professional Development Instructor Certification must be obtained within the first year of employment.
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:

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.

 


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.

 


 

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:

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.

 


 

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:

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.

 


 

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.

 


 

Home-Based Child Care Coach

Coaching is inherently relationship-based work. The Home-Based Child Care Coach supports 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 Home-Based Child Care Coach engages caregivers that work with children in a collaborative process that involves observation, reflective communication, professional growth, role-modeling, and goal setting and provides resources to assist the provider in offering high-quality child care.

Responsibilities:
    • Interacts with home-based child care providers using a strengths-based approach.
    • Offers professional development to help home-based providers improve the quality of their care.
    • Visits home-based providers to conduct needs assessments and offers one-on-one program support, such as curriculum planning, model lessons, mentoring, coaching, guided practice and feedback, goal setting, and other support as needed.
    • Problem solve and collaborate with providers to design responsive strategies.
    • Connect providers to community resources and supports.
    • Respond to provider inquiries or requests by the providers’ requested form of communication: letter, email, phone, or text.
    • Organize and attend meetings based on providers’ needs (evening or weekend meetings may be preferred).
    • Track detailed records of all interactions with providers.
    • Work collaboratively with the Quality Initiatives team (Professional Learning and ELRC).
    • Participate in initial and ongoing professional development for the purpose of providing effective coach and mentor strategies as well as provide expertise on theory and practice that support child development.
    • Provide program support through participation in ongoing opportunities such as Communities of Practice, STARS workgroups, Ask the Coaches, and Director Roundtables.
    • Review STARS scores with the home-based child care provider to identify areas of strength and develop goals for improvement.
    • 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:
    • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Child Development, Early Childhood, or related field and three (3) years of related experience in early childhood education, or human/social services working with children and families or 5 years child care related experience in lieu of a degree.
    • Three (3) years experience operating a home-based child care program.
    • Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society.
    • Have an academic background and experience in teaching early childhood education.
    • Have extensive experience mentoring teachers and understand adult development.
    • Be committed to the goal of making high-quality early care and education available to all children.
    • Value the collaborative, reflective, and reciprocal nature of consultation.
    • Value diversity and demonstrate cultural and linguistic competency.
    • Understand and respect the provider’s knowledge about their experiences and those of the children they care for and educate.
    • Approach provider development with a growth mindset and believe all providers 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.
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:

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.

 


 

Policy and Outreach Coordinator

The Policy and Outreach Coordinator provides support to the public policy and advocacy efforts through mobilization and outreach. Mobilization efforts will support Trying Together’s policy agenda, local campaigns such as Hi5! and Call It Child Care, and statewide advocacy campaigns such as Pre-K for PA, Start Strong PA, and Childhood Begins at Home. Responsibilities will also include administrative and organizational tasks for the public policy team that further the statewide campaigns and the policy agenda initiatives.

This is a full-time position that will include some evening and weekend hours as well as some regional travel. This position will report to the Director of Public Policy and work collaboratively across Trying Together teams.

Responsibilities:
    • Assist in the delivery and implementation of grant-supported advocacy activities.
      • Support mobilization activities including, but not limited to, individual meetings with early childhood professionals and programs, small and large group meetings, site tours, media and press events with legislators and grasstops leaders.
      • Connect specific mobilization efforts with short-term outcomes to Trying Together’s long-term strategic plan goals of growing the base of early childhood advocates across the southwest PA region.
    • Coordinate the logistics of the Hi5! Kindergarten transition efforts including:
      • data collection from 43 school districts in Allegheny County,
      • working with the communications team to develop content for quarterly newsletters, and
      • supporting leadership and regional meetings, professional development, and
        events.
    • Further support and mobilize efforts of the #CallItChildCare campaign including:
      • communicating the campaign to providers, and
      • identifying and pursuing opportunities to expand the message to families and non-early childhood audiences, including building partnerships with multiple external organizations.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the early childhood field at the national, state, and local levels.
    • Participate in initial and ongoing professional development for the purpose of professional growth and skill development.
    • Administrative tasks for the policy team including but not limited to:
      • assisting with scheduling and maintaining contact lists for providers, legislative staff, and other stakeholders,
      • supporting meeting logistics like note taking, Zoom links, event space (when in person resumes),
      • coordinating material needs with campaign partners and local organizations including pick up/drop off, as appropriate, and
      • documenting and recording program activities for reporting requirements and evaluation both internally and externally.
    • 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.
    • Promotes and supports the vision, mission, and goals of Trying Together. To learn more, visit www.tryingtogether.org.
Qualifications:
    • Knowledge of early childhood development, high-quality early childhood practices, current trends and challenges, and early childhood systems.
    • At least one to two years of experience in mobilization, grassroots organizing, and/or community outreach and engagement.
    • Knowledge of state and local government systems as well as campaign organizing to influence elected officials, legislation, and public policy.
    • Demonstrated successful experiences in working with diverse populations and communities.
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but experience in lieu of a degree will be considered.
    • Proficiency in office software including spreadsheets, word processing programs, e-mail, Google Suites, group messaging, conference call, webinar management, and calendars, at a high competency level.
    • Comfort with technology tools including tablet computers, laptops, presentation equipment, and additional hardware as needed, including a willingness to learn new technologies.
    • Effective organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and projects.
    • Detail-oriented individual who can take initiative to pursue opportunities, while documenting key outcome data.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
    • Strong time management and ability to manage multiple projects with deadlines.
    • Able to work independently and as a team member.
    • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
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.