Employment Specialist

AHEDD is seeking an Employment Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA to support persons with disabilities in finding and maintaining employment in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. If you’re a creative thinker with an entrepreneurial commitment to success and a desire to empower the greater community, please consider joining our team!

Requirements: 

  • Ability to respond to a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends;
  • Vehicle for daily reimbursed travel throughout the region;
  • Must be eligible for state and federal clearances;
  • Preference goes to candidates with field experience and/or a related degree.

AHEDD recognizes our workforce as our single greatest asset and is essential to achieving our mission. Compensation starts at $28,080 annually, plus the potential for quarterly, performance-based incentives.

Established in 1977, AHEDD is a private, non-profit organization committed to promoting the economic development of persons with disabilities through employment. For more about AHEDD, please see www.ahedd.org.

Legal Programs Coordinator

The Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation is seeking a fulltime Legal Programs Coordinator to support services to individuals with low incomes in need of free legal help. The Coordinator will work with the Pro Bono Center Director to engage in outreach to the legal community to increase visibility, leverage resources, develop relationships, and enhance services to clients.

The ACBF Pro Bono Center provides direct legal representation and advice to individuals with low incomes and also supports volunteer attorneys by providing education, training, and recognition.

Major duties:

  • Communicate with member organizations to identify areas of need for both clients and volunteers• Interact with members of the public seeking legal assistance, provide information, and screen for eligibility for services
  • Maintain support systems for volunteers including online legal research, forms, and CLE credits
  • Maintain client and volunteer information in databases, monitor status of cases assigned to volunteer attorneys, and prepare reports
  • Assist in planning volunteer education, recruitment, and recognition, and fundraising events
  • Develop print and electronic materials to advance the mission of the Pro Bono Center

A bachelor’s degree is preferred, however candidates with a demonstrated history of relevant work experience will also be considered. Strong oral and written communication skills, computer and database skills, and the ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment while meeting deadlines are also required.

Employer is an equal opportunity employer. For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter. No telephone calls please. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2021.

Campaign Director

Position Overview

The Straight Ahead Organization (Straight Ahead!) emerged from the movements to abolish death by incarceration (DBI) and solitary confinement in Pennsylvania. Our leaders come from the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC)Human Rights Coalition and the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI), organizations which have generated path-breaking research and communications around the issues of life-without parole and restorative justice while centering the leadership of the formerly and currently incarcerated and their family members. The movement has developed and worked with a growing network of grassroots community activists to build legislative support for parole eligibility for lifers, and created chapters of the grassroots CADBI organization in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Delaware County, Lancaster, Coatesville, and Lehigh Counties across the state.

Straight Ahead! is seeking an abolitionist organizer with vision, experience, and management abilities to serve as Campaign Director and lead a campaign against Death By Incarceration (Life without parole sentences) in Pennsylvania, which has one of the largest populations of LWOP and Geriatric prisoners in the country.

Straight Ahead! builds organizing power to transform the local, state, and national policy landscape around Mass Incarceration and Death By Incarceration sentences through deep, long-term partnerships with leading community organizing groups led by directly impacted communities and organizers.

We seek a visionary and talented Campaign Director to pull together and lead the team of organizers covering this broad terrain.

Straight Ahead! has certain core values as to how we think about campaigns, and alignment on these principles would be fundamental to the ultimate success of any candidate for the position. These principles include:

  • A commitment to building abolitionist, decarceration and transformative campaigns that engage a mass-base within membership organizations, and that envisions a full range of engagement with the base, from leadership development to mass mobilization, from building deep member-engagement committees/structures, to ensuring that campaigns recruit large numbers of directly impacted people into the campaign.
  • A deep commitment to race, class, and gender equity.
  • A strong critique of state violence and mass incarceration.
  • Straight Ahead! is committed to methodological and tactical diversity in our campaigns. We will run aggressive legislative campaigns on the state level. We want to deploy the fullest range of effective methods, from direct action campaigning to sophisticated media work, from digital campaigning to mass mobilization to grass tops work.

Duties

The Campaign Director will have the following responsibilities:

  • Supervise the communications and organizing directors and work with them to develop their strategies and teams, and to execute their campaign plans.
  • Develop Straight Ahead!’s campaigning methodology by developing and instituting clear goals, benchmarks, and practices.
  • Participate in regular meetings to support the growth and organizational development of Straight Ahead!
  • Provide high-level strategic advice to the executive leadership on program development in the core Straight Ahead! issue areas.
  • Facilitate coordination between the campaign team, including organizing, policy, communications, digital, and capacity building.
  • Developing and leading legislative strategy to pass laws that will bring our people home.
  • Building coalitions in Pennsylvania and Nationally to further the Campaign.
  • This position will require travel across the state of Pennsylvania as well as national travel if necessary. Weekend travel will be expected.
  • Participating in events, meetings and rallies with impacted communities will also be a requirement.
  • Strong proficiency with Google Drive (familiarity with other project management/comms cloud-based platforms to manage people remotely Slack, Monday, Wrike is a plus).

Qualifications

We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • At least five years of organizing and campaign experience.
  • Experience with base-building community organizations.
  • A demonstrated commitment to abolition, racial equity, gender justice, and to empowering low- and moderate-income communities, communities of color, and immigrant communities.
  • Experience with a wide range of campaign approaches, with a demonstrated experience with grassroots campaigns, legislative campaigns, and electoral politics.
  • First rate management skills, with a proven ability to implement a holistic management system in a movement-organization context, significant experience supervising large, diverse, advanced teams of organizers, etc.

Salary and Benefits

The Campaign Director will be located in Philadelphia. This is a full-time, salaried position with some evening and weekend hours required. This position has a six-month introductory period. The salary for this position is $75,000 annually, negotiable based on experience. The position comes with a health insurance benefit of up to $400/month and 35 days (280hrs) of paid time off annually.

Reports to: SAO Executive Director and SAO Board Executive Committee

Application Process

Please email your resume, two professional references, and a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position as a single PDF to straightaheadorg@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until February 1, 2021.

Straight Ahead Organization is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, indigenous people, LGBTQI-GNC people, and formerly incarcerated people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Family Coach

Culture:

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.

Purpose:

Family Interventionist are responsible for providing direct service to families from diverse backgrounds with young children ages 0 – 8 years (that includes prenatal and postpartum stages for 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. This direct service will include home visits, goal planning (improving parenting skills and involvement in their children’s lives and reducing risk of behavioral and emotional barriers), developmental screenings, advocacy and referrals linking families to any needed services. The Family Interventionist will be trained and supervised in the application of the evidence-based model, the Family Check-Up.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct assessments and develop a collaborative relationship to support families with needs in the areas of child, parent, and family wellbeing
  • Conduct and complete minimum of two home visits per month carrying out evidenced-based curriculum model
  • Provide crisis intervention and/or referrals for families
  • Must have the ability to use feedback to improve performance in carrying out Family Check-Up intervention
  • Initiates 2 (two) child development screenings per year with parents and children using the appropriate developmental tools, (ASQ)
  • Actively participate in ongoing outreach/recruitment for the program
  • Actively participate in the development of special events and celebrations with/for families
  • Ability to maximize program offerings to families from across the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center
  • Must maintain a high level of integrity
  • Must maintain confidentiality of ALL families
  • Responsible for approximately 20-25 families on a caseload
  • Transport families to programming, well baby visits, mental health sessions, etc. when possible
  • Communicate regularly and productively with colleagues within the Early Learning Hub and Family Center and across the organization
  • Actively participate in bi-weekly supervision and staff meetings
  • Must maintain files and complete all management information system paperwork accurately as required in a timely manner
  • Maintain the Early Learning Hub and Family Center site and ensure welcoming atmosphere
  • Relationship or knowledge of the Homewood-Brushton community is helpful.
  • Attend minimum of twenty (20) hours of job-related trainings annually

Qualifications:

  • MSW or Master’s degree in Counseling, Child Development, Early Childhood or related field or,
  • Background in family therapy involving at-risk children strongly preferred or five (5) years of related experience in early childhood prevention, human services/or social services working with children and families
  • Interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • High level of analytical skill
  • Experience with in-home visiting
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to collaborate with other Hub and  Family Center staff and community partners
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to work nights and weekends.
  • Must have their own reliable vehicle (for transporting to/from home visits, etc.)

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Clean Act 33 Child Clearance
  • Clean Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Clean Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Certification in the Family Check-Up
  • Valid Driver’s License and proof of insurance

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.

Family Development Specialist

Culture:

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.

Purpose:

Family Development Specialists (FDS) are responsible for providing direct service to families from diverse backgrounds with young children ages 0 – 5 years (that includes prenatal and postpartum stages for 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. This direct service will include home visits, goal planning, developmental screenings, advocacy and referrals linking families to any needed services. Our family support center is located in the vibrant neighborhood of Homewood and has many resources to draw from.

This position will be part-time with the potential of becoming full-time in the future.

Responsibilities:

  • Coaches and supports families with a strengths-based approach
  • Strong ability to build positive rapport with both parents and children
  • Conduct and complete minimum of two home visits per month depending on evidenced-based curriculum model/or prevention model
  • Provide crisis intervention and/or referrals for families
  • Develop and/or assist in the child programming and parent-child interaction groups
  • Initiates 2 (two) child development screenings per year 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 across the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Support
  • 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 parenting development
  • Responsible for approximately 15 (fifteen) to 20 (twenty) 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
    Homewood-Brushton Family Support 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 family support center site and ensure welcoming atmosphere
  • Relationship or knowledge of the Homewood-Brushton community is helpful.
  • Attend minimum of twenty (20) hours of job-related trainings annually.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Child Development, Early Childhood or related field
    or,
  • High School diploma and five (5) years of related experience in early childhood prevention, human services/or social services working with children and families
  • Experience with/in home visiting.
  • 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 have their own reliable vehicle (for transporting to/from home visits, etc.)

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Clean Act 33 Child Clearance
  • Clean Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Clean Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Valid Driver’s License and proof of insurance

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.

Volunteers Needed!

The vital work of the American Red Cross is made possible by people like you who contribute their unique backgrounds, talents and skill levels. Our needs change based on current events, adding flexibility to get you involved in an area that inspires you!

The following volunteer positions are available in Western PA:

  • Blood Donor Support in Clarion County
  • Blood Donor Support in Forest County
  • Blood Donor Support in Mercer County
  • Blood Donor Support in Venango County
  • Blood Donor Support in Warren County
  • Volunteer Regional Community Service Casework – Hero Care Network
  • Lead Regional Special Events Volunteer
  • Volunteer Regional Engagement Coordinator
  • Disaster Action Team  in Clarion County
  • Disaster Action Team  in Crawford County
  • Disaster Action Team in Mercer County
  • Disaster Action Team  in Forest County
  • Disaster Action Team – in Warren County
  • Disaster Action Team inVenango County
  • Disaster Action Team in Erie

For more information and how to apply, please visit: http://www.redcross.org/volunteer

Youth Development Program Assistant

Under the leadership of the Executive Director and Family Services Manager, the Youth Development Program Assistant will support Hello Neighbor’s newest program, Study Buddy. Hello Neighbor launched Study Buddy in Fall 2020 in response to COVID-19 and the challenges refugee students were facing with remote learning. Our program pairs tutors with refugee middle and high school students for 1-1 virtual weekly tutoring sessions.  This is an exciting opportunity to support the development of a crucial program in its early stages.

Working at Hello Neighbor is an opportunity to be on the ground floor of a fast-paced nonprofit startup. This is a unique chance to work for and learn from a local organization that is gaining national attention. The range of assignments make this role an exceptional launch pad for personal and professional growth – within Hello Neighbor and beyond. Commitment to staff development is central to the culture we are creating at Hello Neighbor.

Founded in 2017, Hello Neighbor works to improve the lives of recently resettled refugee families by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives. In that time we’ve matched 122 refugee families from 13 countries of origin and together with their mentors they have tracked over 5,000 mentoring hours. We’ve expanded from our mentorship program to now include family service programs including support for new and expectant moms and their babies, Study Buddy (this role), a food social enterprise, direct services and distributions supporting families’ needs, and a national program supporting other refugee and immigrant nonprofits around the country. Read more about our collective impact over the years.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead day-to-day operations of the Study Buddy Program
  • Advocate for refugee and immigrant youth in education
  • Provide support to tutors enrolled in the program
  • Attend city and county-wide collaborative meetings focused on education
  • Plan and support information sessions and volunteer orientation for incoming students and tutors
  • Monitor COVID-19 as it relates to schools and remote learning and work with the Hello Neighbor team to adapt accordingly
  • Represent Hello Neighbor in the Pittsburgh community and at community, educational, and tabling events
  • Responsible for recruiting, training, matching, and supporting volunteer tutors with the support of the Family Services Manager. This includes fielding and responding to questions from tutors and prospective tutors, and recognizing tutors participation
  • Responsible for recruiting, training, and matching refugee students with the support of the Family Services Manager
  • Lead the development of recruitment, training, and support materials for tutors and students, including surveys, toolkits, dashboards, and more as needed
  • Responsible for tracking and interpreting data from students and tutors
  • Provides individual and group support to tutors and students as needed
  • Works closely with the Family Services Manager and Executive Director to build partnerships with local school districts and education-based agencies
  • Works closely with interpreters to provide language-appropriate support for students and their families
  • Support additional Family Services needs as needed which could include in-person support at distribution events at our office and in the community

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Requires 1+ years of related and/or applicable work experience in either education, social work, or a demonstrated ability to effectively work with refugee and immigrant communities
  • Preferred but not required: Car, valid driver’s license and proof of insurance

About You:

  • Energetic, motivated and hardworking
  • Incredible attention to detail
  • Ability to take direction and work independently, as well as collaboratively
  • Ability to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
  • Passion for community building, refugee and immigrant rights
  • Experience communicating with youth and foreign-born populations
  • Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills
  • Flexibility, warmth and sense of humor
  • Service learning experience
  • Preferred: Bi-lingual in a language in addition to English

Why It’s Great to Work Here:

  • We are doing innovative work supporting refugees and immigrants
  • We are building a diverse and multicultural community and workplace
  • You will learn a lot and develop new skills
  • We like to take big risks
  • You opinion matters and will help shape Hello Neighbor’s growth and impact
  • We are a small collaborative team that works together closely
  • We are one-part startup and one-part nonprofit, you’ll get to learn about both
  • We have received national recognition for our work and it’s an exciting time to join our team
  • Our office is in a sunny and inviting space in Larimer. It’s a positive and great workplace environment (when you can safely go there again)!

Details:

  • Applications accepted through December 31st
  • Interviews will be held in January
  • Target start date is February 1st

Apply here: www.helloneighbor.io/careers

For more information about the organization, visit www.helloneighbor.io.

Data shows that women more frequently do not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed. Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list.  If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you!

Winter Internship

Queen’s Gambit is proud to offer an internship program, specifically aimed at people under the age of 25 with an interest in nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, community work, and public policy. The internship is remote with opportunities to attend partnership, board, and community meetings as well as programming (classes, clubs, and tournament) events.

Aligned with our mission of youth leadership and individual-based curriculum, Queen’s Gambit seeks to empower each intern by crafting a program that works best for them. We will work with each individual to find projects and work that will best serve their journey and career interests. While the position is unpaid right now, we will work with colleges or schools for credit. This internship includes unique opportunities to network and possibly future employment.

We are seeking energetic, responsible, and driven interns to join a cohort for the year. Hours are flexible but should be about 15 per week.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working on year-long programming goals and curriculum
  • Creating marketing materials and conducting social media
  • Completing community asset mapping and state-wide research projects
  • Attending meetings with partners and elected officials to discuss our goals
  • Supporting work outlined in our strategic plan

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to ashleylynnpriore@tqgchess.institute.

Peer Parent Advocate

The Allegheny County Bar Foundation Juvenile Court Project (JCP) is seeking a full-time Peer Parent Advocate to team with attorneys, paralegals, social workers, and parental support advocates in an interdisciplinary model of legal representation. The JCP represents parents involved in child welfare dependency and termination of parental rights cases in Allegheny County.

The Peer Parent Advocate will provide support and information to parents and will represent the JCP in the community through contact and collaboration with court personnel, ACCYF caseworkers, service providers and others.

This position recognizes the value of firsthand experience in mentoring and counseling clients.  Applicants must have been involved as a parent in and successfully navigated a child welfare case.  Applicants must provide information on their firsthand experience in their cover letter or on their resume to be considered. 

Core Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in case consultations with the JCP team.
  • Provide support, encouragement, and practical information to parents.
  • Support parents at meetings, such as public assistance, housing, Medicaid, schools.
  • Attend ACCYF Family Conferencing and Teaming meetings (case planning meetings), service provider meetings and other meetings related to client cases.
  • Attend court hearings to support clients.
  • Conduct field visits as needed
  • Document and report on contacts with clients and maintain client files

Required Qualifications:

  • Personal experience navigating the child welfare system.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to interact well in a diverse environment.
  • Computer literacy, including experience with email, word processing and data bases, and strong note taking and documenting skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team player and take instruction.
  • Willingness and desire to learn, grow and share.
  • Ability to travel within Allegheny County (via public transportation)
  • Informal or past work experience advocating on behalf of yourself or others (friends, neighbors, or relatives) concerning housing, public benefits, school matters, etc. is also beneficial.

For consideration, please submit resume and cover letter by December 15, 2020. Employer is an equal opportunity employer. No telephone calls please.

Direct Service Advocate I – Shelter & Hotline

As a Direct Service Advocate, you would provide direct service advocacy, safety planning, emotional support, psychoeducation, case management, and information & referrals to clients of the WC&S Emergency Shelter, 24-Hour Hotline, and Text/Chat. You will have the ability to effectively work with adults and children who have experienced trauma, handle crises, manage multiple client cases and needs, and be a resourceful problem solver with strong attention to client safety, confidentiality, and wellbeing. Due to the sensitive nature of our work, it is important that you understand abusive family dynamics, including intimate partner violence (IPV), cycle of abuse, power and control dynamics, and child abuse and neglect. The successful candidate is sensitive to trauma and cultural diversity issues and is passionate about serving those experiencing IPV. This role will be based out of the WC&S office.

WC&S is a comprehensive domestic violence program serving over 8,000 adult and child survivors of domestic violence annually & facilitating intervention groups to over 500 men who batter. All staff learn about and support the organization’s mission, guiding principles, and values, as well as the tenets of Women’s Center Business System (WCBS), and are sensitive to cultural and workplace harmony and infusing principles of Sanctuary (a model for providing trauma-informed care) into their daily interactions with clients and co-workers. This role provides you with the opportunity to showcase your active listening, communication, and crisis management skills, and the ability to contribute to the organization’s mission in a variety of ways. If you are comfortable building rapport, thinking outside the box, and working with a team to meet ever-changing needs, we are eager to hear from you. WC&S will offer you an environment that provides endless opportunities to advance your knowledge and skills.

Here’s what you will do:

  • Maintain building security and assure confidentiality of clients, residents, and location at all times
  • Conduct intake interviews with residents to identify individual needs
  • Provide individual advocacy and case management for residents related to ongoing safety planning, goal planning, housing support and advocacy, and more
  • Work regularly with residents on meeting basic daily needs
  • Facilitate weekly IPV educational support groups for residents
  • Prevent and manage crises through rapport building, active listening, mediation, and problem solving
  • Provide crisis counseling, safety planning, and information and referrals to Hotline callers and users of Text/Chat
  • Assist with training of new staff, volunteers, and interns
  • This position requires being available 40 hours per week; specific schedules depend on current openings
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work/social sciences or related field required.
  • 1-3 years’ experience in direct services or human services field required.
  • A demonstration of the understanding of abusive family dynamics, including intimate partner violence, cycle of abuse, power and control dynamic, cultural diversity issues and child abuse and neglect.
  • Ability to establish healthy boundaries, trust, respect and rapport with adults and children.
  • Ability to understand confidentiality and safety procedures.
  • Adept in utilizing general technology including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, Windows, Outlook, and online software platforms.
  • Act 33/34 Clearances and FBI Clearances will be required.

WC&S offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, including: generous paid time off; health, vision, and dental insurance; short-term and long-term disability coverage; group life insurance; retirement plan; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; and is a Public Service (Student) Loan Forgiveness eligible employer.

WC&S is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring that both applicants and employees are treated without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity expression, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sexual orientation/identity, citizenship status, veteran status, marital status or any other protected characteristic.

TO APPLY:

We are always accepting applications for this important position! Please send a resume and cover letter to the Director of Administration at careers@wcspittsburgh.org.