Storymobile Team Member/ Grant Writer

Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh is looking for a bright, energetic, entrepreneurial individual to join our team and play an integral role as we relaunch in-person programming amid “the new normal.”

RIF Pittsburgh is dedicated to reducing the literacy gap in our community by providing books and motivational literacy programming to our community’s most economically disadvantaged children.

RIF Pittsburgh’s core programs form a network of literacy support to reach children and their families early and often, from birth into their teens. New parents read and play with their teeniest ones at Book Babies storytimes aboard the Storymobile right at their doorstep. The Storymobile enchants children 2 to 5 years old with read-alouds and skill-building activities at early childhood centers, preschools, and kindergartens. Our Storymobiles also visit after-schools, housing communities, and special events, where everyone who steps aboard can choose a terrific read. Books for Keeps builds in-class excitement and in-home libraries by visiting pre-K to 6th-grade classrooms across the city with Reading Celebrations that combine read-alouds, activities and books to keep! Everybody Wins! and RIF Readers continue to make reading magical as students advance in school, matching pre-K to 3rd-graders with a volunteer mentor who reads with them 1-on-1 at school or hosts them at their office to read each week.

At RIF, we recruit people, not qualifications. Each member of our team is hired because we believe they will be a true asset in helping to carry out our mission and vision, and we shape their role at RIF around their talents. This position is a unique opportunity for a Storymobile Team member with excellent writing skills to spend about 50% of their time providing programming and 50% of their time heading up our grant- and report-writing efforts. The insight gained from first-hand experience with our programs is essential in being able to present RIF’s high-level thinking and ground-level operations to funders, as well as infusing communications to foundations and donors with the sense of delight and fulfillment our team gets from working with our precious RIF kids.

Additionally, as we prepare to resume in-person programming, this position will participate in all aspects of our rollout, including:

  • Program development, creation and delivery
  • Staff hiring, training and management
  • Community and partner relations
  • Overall administration including purchasing of books and materials
  • Grant and report writing

This position also offers the right candidate the potential to participate in our marketing and social media efforts.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • A passion for and experience in working with youth and underserved populations
  • A teaching, early childhood and/or literacy background a plus
  • Experience supervising team members
  • A can-do attitude, the ability to manage multiple tasks and excellent problem-solving skills
  • Highly motived, innovative, well-organized, and able to prioritize duties
  • Must be a team player, understand the nature of a small organization and be open to do whatever needs to be done
  • Solid computer skills, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point; experience with library software, design software and web development a plus
  • Position requires full operation of the Storymobile vehicles

Underrepresented candidates, including Black and non-Black people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQ+, are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY:

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: info@rifpittsburgh.org

For more information on RIF Pittsburgh, visit www.rifpittsburgh.org

Education Director

Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh is looking for a bright, energetic, entrepreneurial individual to join our team and play an integral role as we relaunch in-person programming amid “the new normal.”

RIF Pittsburgh is dedicated to reducing the literacy gap in our community by providing books and motivational literacy programming to our community’s most economically disadvantaged children.

RIF Pittsburgh’s core programs form a network of literacy support to reach children and their families early and often, from birth into their teens. New parents read and play with their teeniest ones at Book Babies storytimes aboard the Storymobile right at their doorstep. The Storymobile enchants children 2 to 5 years old with read-alouds and skill-building activities at early childhood centers, preschools, and kindergartens. Our Storymobiles also visit after-schools, housing communities, and special events, where everyone who steps aboard can choose a terrific read. Books for Keeps builds in-class excitement and in-home libraries by visiting pre-K to 6th-grade classrooms across the city with Reading Celebrations that combine read-alouds, activities and books to keep! Everybody Wins! and RIF Readers continue to make reading magical as students advance in school, matching pre-K to 3rd-graders with a volunteer mentor who reads with them 1-on-1 at school or hosts them at their office to read each week.

At RIF, we recruit people, not qualifications. Each member of our team is hired because we believe they will be a true asset in helping to carry out our mission and vision, and we shape their role at RIF around their talents.

As we prepare to resume in-person programming, this position will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of our rollout, including:

  • Program development, creation and delivery
  • Staff hiring, training and management
  • Community and partner relations
  • Overall administration including purchasing of books and materials
  • Grant and report writing

This position also offers the right candidate the potential to participate in our marketing and social media efforts.

Qualifications:

  • A passion for and experience in working with youth and underserved populations
  • A teaching, early childhood and/or literacy background
  • Experience facilitating/supervising and managing team members
  • A can-do attitude, the ability to manage multiple tasks and excellent problem-solving skills
  • Highly motived, innovative, well-organized, and able to prioritize duties
  • Must be a team player, understand the nature of a small organization and be open to do whatever needs to be done
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Solid computer skills, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point; experience with library software, design software and web development a plus
  • Position requires full operation of the Storymobile vehicles

Underrepresented candidates, including Black and non-Black people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQ+, are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY:

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: info@rifpittsburgh.org

For more information on RIF Pittsburgh, visit www.rifpittsburgh.org

Director of Extended Day Program

The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is seeking a Director of Extended Day Program for the 2021-2022 school year.  Ellis is the only all-girls school in Pittsburgh serving students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, with a mission of educating girls and young women to become bold, authentic, intellectually vibrant changemakers. The School currently serves approximately 370 students  evenly distributed across three divisions.  The Extended Day Program is an essential part of the school’s offerings, serving children in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8 whose families are seeking a quality after-school experience for their daughters.  The program provides developmentally appropriate activities that include a mix of play, enrichment activities, and homework time.

The Director of Extended Day is responsible for program planning and oversight, staff recruitment, training, and supervision, and communications with parents.  Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to work joyfully with elementary and middle school age children, experience planning creative programming for children of these ages, the ability to create a welcoming and inclusive program culture, and excellent organizational and communication skills.

The Ellis School community pursues, supports, and embraces diversity of all kinds, recognizing the collective strength derived from our individual differences. We are committed to creating a school environment in which all students feel welcome, known, heard, safe, and treated fairly, while establishing ourselves as a leader in equity and justice initiatives.

  • We recognize and celebrate the unique value and dignity of every student.
  • We commit to doing the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally and externally.
  • We foster authentic and reciprocal relationships with families.
  • We strive to teach a culturally sustaining curriculum and engage in culturally sustaining instructional practices.

This position is currently planned to be a 75% position during the school year.  There is the potential for this position to be expanded to include work related to the school’s summer programming. Interested candidates should submit the following materials electronically to Wendy Wu at opportunities@theellisschool.org before April 30, 2021:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information of three professional references

Questions should be directed to Macon Finley, Head of School, at finleym@theellisschool.org.

Additional information about the school can be found on the school website at: https://www.theellisschool.org/page.

Data Analyst

Culture:

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 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.

Purpose:

The Data Analyst works closely with the Director of Administration to support the implementation of high quality, responsive, and timely activities which back the internal operations and program functions of Trying Together. The Data Analyst assists in supporting evaluations of program development and impact within the early care and education field.  The analyst must have a strong base of coordination and technical skills that can be flexibly adapted to meet the needs of many different internal and external stakeholders. The Data Analyst must understand the unique responsibilities and accountabilities to communicate professionally; and, work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a team/community effort.

Responsibilities:

  • Processes and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data to support the daily operational data needs of Trying Together.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Administration, develops the outcomes and indicators that will be used to monitor the organization’s progress towards its goals.
  • Provides clear and useful reports for Leadership, staff and other stakeholders as needed to implement the organization’s strategies and programs and to support the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Develops understanding of Trying Together’s data access and usage in order to facilitate internal data practices and promote the effective use of data for decision-making.
  • Works with the organization’s various departments and all working groups in carrying out data related responsibilities.
  • Supports programs such as, but not limited to, Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 by using data to improve programs and respond to stakeholders needs.
  • Works with key staff to set evaluation outcome goals.
  • Maintains links and collaborates where possible with other external data collection, evaluation, and systems change efforts.
  • Develops relationships with other organizations locally such as the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, at the state level via the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), PA DHS, PA PDE and early care and education providers to assure access and links with other data systems and to support shared goals of ensuring all young children and their caregivers thrive.
  • Participates as a staff team member and represents the organization in various Trying Together activities and projects both locally and at the state level, including meetings, public events, workshops and training events.
  • Shares knowledge and findings through effective verbal and written presentations, to internal and to external stakeholders. Writes detailed research reports describing the methodology, findings and recommendations of completed studies.
  • Develops and prepares internal reports of the status, progress, and outcomes of evaluation activities.
  • Writes proposals as necessary to fund or initiate research evaluation or special projects.
  • Conducts research and analysis of issues as requested, including the preparation of reports, white papers, and journal publications recommendations and other materials to support the work of the organization.
  • Commitment to racial equity and inclusion and a willingness to do the ongoing personal work to bring about a more just society.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse personalities, and the wide variety of professional backgrounds and experiences of the organization, its partners, and the field it serves.
  • Experience working with a variety of public, private, nonprofit, and grassroots organizational structures.
  • Ability to think strategically, remaining focused on goals and objectives.
  • Highly proficient and knowledgeable in the use of current computer software and tools, specifically Microsoft Suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint, and analytic tools.  Skills in database development, Tableau, and geospatial analysis are considered a plus.
  • High level of organization and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines and be persistent, and solve problems as they arise.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Master’s or Doctoral degree and a minimum of two years relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of using evaluation and community-based research to inform program development.
  • Knowledge and experience of program evaluation principles, theories, concepts, and practices.
  • Demonstrated expertise in successfully designing and carrying out quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation processes.
  • Ability to analyze information, summarize findings, and present them in ways easily understandable to decision-makers.
  • Demonstrated ability in designing and manipulating data using a computer database.
  • Understanding of statistical principles and methods for data analysis.
  • Experience supporting and training staff and community partners, that are unfamiliar with research and evaluations, to collect, manage, and analyze data.
  • Familiarity with the key social/infrastructural issues facing the early care and education field.

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).

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.

Adult Education Program Facilitator (Full-time)

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization that funds job training, education, and other community programs by selling donated clothing and household items in Goodwill stores and online. We offer life-changing work on a mission-minded team. We are 1,000 working as one and each of us is essential to helping our community thrive. For three years running, Goodwill has been named to Forbes’ list of America’s “Most Inspiring Companies”.

We offer a wide range of career opportunities ranging from entry-level to management in retail, human services, and administrative fields. Learn more about working at Goodwill. You can help. We can show you how.

Education Services: We provide high school equivalency preparation, English as a Second Language classes, and a computer-based certified testing center!

As the Adult Education Program Facilitator you would play a vital role in connecting our participants with career exploration, job search, job placement, retention program services, and related trainings. Along with being responsible for facilitating individual service plan development and supporting participants in community-based settings in accessing the full menu of needed and available services to attain established goals!

Essential duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Complete required enrollment and orientation paperwork for all participants.
  • Provide case management services, including appropriate referrals for services to meet participant’s in other life domains to support employment or education success.
  • Develop transition and goal plans with students and instructors, conduct workshops on applicable transition topics, and conduct exit interviews for students to determine next steps as well as reason for leaving.
  • Conduct ongoing face-to-face meetings with participants to insure quality service delivery and conduct progress reviews of goals in accordance with program/contract guidelines.
  • Facilitate related instructional courses as needed, including career coaching through the completion of career assessments and individual meetings with participants.
  • Monitor and report all outcomes per the program contract, including placement, employer, wage, benefits, hours, and job retention information.

Travel required: Yes, local travel.

Schedule: Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00am – 8:00pm, schedule will vary.

External Hiring Range: $34,299 to $35,864/Year

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (Education, Teaching, or related field) required.

APPLY NOW:

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New Troop Engagement Coordinator

Location: Pittsburgh

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grade, and our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. At Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, we’re committed to providing every girl the chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.

Position Description/Essential Functions:

The New Troop Engagement Coordinator guides, mentors and supports new troop leaders through their first year of participation in Girl Scouts.  You are the first point of contact for prospective and new troop volunteers to welcome them to the organization, coordinate their connection to key staff and volunteers, provide training support, and ensure they are equipped and empowered to lead girls through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. As subject matter expert of the new troop leader first year experience, you foster a positive and motivational relationship with volunteers that is critical for new member retention. The essential functions of this position include the following:

  • Onboard new troop leaders;
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the New Leader Learning Path to optimize support and retention;
  • Work with Volunteer Troop Coaches to develop and maintain networks of local volunteers to provide local support and resources to new leaders;
  • Coordinate, schedule and facilitate Leadership Workshops to ensure training needs meet the volume of new leaders being onboarded;
  • Collaborate with staff to promote and assist with recruitment efforts, council sponsored event and training promotion, and participation in council-wide initiatives;
  • Become the subject matter expert in the online Volunteer Toolkit; schedule and implement monthly trainings for volunteers, and review, track and report on utilization;
  • Analyze data and trends to develop and implement plans to achieve girl and adult membership growth and retention goals among new members;
  • Ensure Girl Scouting is open to all girls and adults;

Requirements:

  • College degree or equivalent professional experience;
  • 2 years of work experience in related field, with experience in volunteer management and support;
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines;
  • Strong training and facilitation skills with demonstrated success executing trainings and workshops, both virtually and in-person;
  • Top notch communicator and can confidently present to large groups;
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office, Outlook and ability to learn new systems;
  • Must be organized, detail orientated, and customer focused;
  • Able to work flexible hours to include days, some evenings and some weekends;
  • Have reliable transportation;

TO APPLY:

Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to recruiting@gswpa.org.

Studio Coordinator and Teacher

FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Status: Full Time
Salary Range: $33,280 – $35,000

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a resume, 3 references including your most recent supervisor, copies of all required clearances, and a letter of interest to jobs@assemblepgh.org by 11:59 pm, EST April 30, 2021. No phone calls, please. Please send questions to nina@assemblepgh.org.

Studio Coordinator and Teacher Job Responsibilities: The Studio Coordinator is responsible for planning, coordinating, executing, and teaching Assemble virtual and in-person in-house afterschool and summer camps, virtual and in-person birthday parties, and when possible, space rentals and Make-N-Take events. This role is also integral to the design and transition back to in-person programs and the continuation of virtual programs.

The Studio Coordinator is also responsible for managing the purchasing of materials for all of Assemble’s programs as well as overseeing the kit assembly for virtual programs. This role works collaboratively with other coordinators and the Off-Site programs team.  This person will collaborate with fellow Assemble teachers to deliver programming and lessons. They are the backbone of success for their Assemble programs. These programs are also revenue generators for Assemble and require excellent customer service skills.

In addition to Coordinator duties, this role serves as an Assemble Teacher responsible for planning and delivering STEAM-based programs. They actively engage to build a culture of making and inquiry. They work with and report back to the In-House Programs Manager (IHPM) on Assemble’s current program offerings, to explore new program opportunities, and to help expand the organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission and vision. They also are expected to work collaboratively with all staff as needed and are representatives of Assemble.

Reporting Structure:

The Studio Coordinator and Teacher reports to and is evaluated by the In-House Programs Manager (IHPM).

Defined terms:

  • Materials and Equipment – Consumable supplies and reusable equipment that Assemble has for our programming. Equipment includes our laser cutter, 3D printers, Ipads, and other electronics. Materials include recycled materials, science and art supplies, small electronics, snacks, and all consumables.
  • Material Kits – All prepared materials for virtual programs, pre-packaged per activity, with some extras to spare
  • Birthday Parties: – 2 hours Sunday virtual or in-person programs on towards birthdays for youth ages 4-14. These involve at least 2 making projects based on a STEAM theme.
  • Space Rentals – Paid space rentals for our 4824 Penn Ave Location, when applicable.
  • Make N Takes  – Hands-on STEAM Activities that last 5-10 minutes. Typically occur offsite, as part of larger events hosted by other organizations. Most Make-N-Takes occur on the weekends.
  • Corporate Events – Paid Hands-on Team building workshops for local corporations and groups, virtual or in-person

Job Duties and Expectations:

30% – Coordinate Materials and Equipment

  • Responsible for maintaining all materials, equipment, and updates in Assemble’s space
    • Develops and delivers training for staff to use equipment
    • Makes recommendations for equipment purchasing and updates to IHPM
    • Coordinates Materials Request form with all teachers
    • Coordinate and maintains inventory for materials and equipment
    • Works with Marketing + Development Manager on “Calls for Donations”
    • Organizes and maintains overall order for materials and equipment
    • Oversees the cleanliness of the space in collaboration with the IHPM
    • Coordinates all deep clean volunteer events
  • Responsible for purchasing materials with respect to budgets
    • Tracks expenditures and follows financial procedures
    • Researches the most cost-effective materials
    • Prioritizes the use of free, recycled, or existing materials to teachers
  • Lead on material Material Kit assembly for virtual programs for  both in-house and off-site programs
    • Sharing expertise on material kits
    • Coordinates space coordinator for Kits assembly
  • Attend all coordinator meetings and collaborate with staff

15% – Coordinate Birthday Parties, Make-N-Takes, Corporate Events, and Space Rentals

  • Provide excellent customer service with quick response to clients
    • Correspond in a timely manner for all parent/guardians to book birthday parties, Community Partners for Make-N-Takes and Corporate Events, and Space Rentals
    • Answers the phone
  • Maintains documentation of upcoming events and opportunities
    • Collect total numbers served and photo documentation
  • For Birthday Parties and Corporate Events:
    • Remix, write and develop projects, lesson plans, and themes
    • Responsible for all material requests for the events, including the assembling of party favor bags or material kits
    • Sends follow up and experience surveys to parents/guardians after the party
    • Works with Marketing and Development Manager for birthday party marketing
    • Sends follow up and experience surveys customer after the party or event
  • Sets up the space and cleans after the event, when applicable
  • Meets and collaborates with programs team, clearly communicating any needs and issues at hand to IHPM

50%  – Teaching

  • Facilitates the delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) activities, and lesson plans during regularly scheduled program workshops and summer camps
  • Writes and/or adapts workshop curriculum using existing best practices in STEAM and Maker education for both in-person and virtual instruction
  • Attend and participate in teaching team meetings and ensure ongoing collaboration with the teaching team, clearly communicating any needs and issues at hand with the program managers.
  • Coordinates with the In-House and Off-Site Program Managers regarding the use of available materials at Assemble and digitally submit material requests in advance of specified program workshops or summer camps
  • Fills out and submits weekly workshop debrief form with teaching team to reflect on and improve program
  • Collects and distributes any necessary permission forms and contact information required for program participants and immediately informs the In-House Program Manager of any changes
  • Records and reports student attendance
  • Ensures that all  evaluation forms are administered to individual students at each workshop or camp, including photo documentation and other qualitative data
  • Attends all mandatory trainings, professional development (PD) sessions, and all-teacher meetings
  • Participates in social distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting protocol set by Assemble’s Health & Safety Reopening Policy
  • Maintains a clean environment and performs any necessary setup and cleanup related to the program
  • Works with Program Managers  to coordinate at least one Guest Maker-led workshops
  • Manages classroom behavior while promoting a positive and welcoming learning environment
  • Remains aware of program timeline and adheres to the established timeline
  • Maintains professional interaction with co-workers, makers, students, on-site contacts, parents, and other points of contact necessary to conduct the program
  • Provides mentorship and a positive co-learning experience for volunteers, interns, and co-teachers
  • Adapts to unplanned events or unexpected changes quickly and professionally
  • Carry out other duties as needed in order to sustain programs and assist co-workers

5% – Advance Assemble’s vision, mission, and values

  • Represent Assemble at events and presentations
  • Coordinate events and model behaviors that continue to build Assemble’s Culture
  • Attend board meetings, fundraisers, and events as asked by Executive Director
  • Assist with other tasks as appropriate or needed

Job Qualifications:

  • Must be organized with a keen eye for detail as to uphold the quality and goals set for Assemble programs
  • Must be a creative problem-solver and resourceful
  • Must have a strong desire and ability to learn and share knowledge
  • Must be flexible with in-person facilitation as well as virtual programming during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Must have strong collaboration skills and must be reliable
  • Must have current clearances for PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal Record, FBI PA Department of Education, Mandated Reporter Certificate, and National Sex Offender Registry Verification
  • Must be competent with e-mail, Google Drive, and Google Documents
  • Must have excellent customer service abilities, including in-person, digital, and over the phone
  • Must Excellent and effective written, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills
    • Ability to communicate with a range of people from children, teens, parents, peer Assemble Teachers, Assemble managers, and other summer camp provider liaisons
    • Must be comfortable presenting in front of others, from children to adults
  • Must be attentive to culturally relevant pedagogy, restorative justice methods, and commitment to anti-oppression work
  • Must be able to adapt to flexible work hours and the environment with evolving program priorities
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or state ID or passport
  • Lesson plan and curriculum writing experience preferred
  • Background and comfort working with youth of diverse identities and experiences preferred
  • Effective mediation skills and the ability to work through conflict preferred
  • Experience in facilitation preferred
  • Experience with STEAM or Maker Education preferred, both low and high-tech
    • Working knowledge and interest in youth-oriented computer programming language (e.g. scratch, Minecraft, etc.), robotics, VR, AR, AI, microcontrollers (Makey Makey), rapid prototype methods like the laser cutter and 3d printers in a learning environment is preferred
  • Having a car and being willing to drive teaching team members and material kit deliveries are preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in an out-of-school or informal educational setting preferred

Assemble, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Assemble expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Assemble’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Staff Educator

SLB Radio Productions, Inc. (SLB) is a non-profit that uses radio and audio to amplify voices of youth — and members of other communities whose stories are often marginalized — to educate, empower, and build community. Our work is based on the principle that all people have the capacity and right to develop their authentic voice and know that their voice matters — that they matter — and that their voice can be used for self-expression, inquiry, and change.

We are currently seeking a full-time Staff Educator to join our 10-person team at our headquarters co-located in space we lease from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the Northside. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Solo and team teaching of out-of-school-time, classroom, and field-trip workshops and classes for children, youth, and adults focused on using audio for self-expression, oral history, journalism, social justice, podcasting, and other applications
  • Coaching and teaching middle school and high school students in classroom and individual settings in schools, community centers, and our studios
  • Use and instruction on the use of audio equipment such as microphones, digital recorders, mixers, and editing software
  • Packing and transporting field equipment to to provide workshops and classes as described above at remote locations
  • Editing and publishing audio work products in accordance with SLB Radio standards and practices using techniques that will be learned on-the-job
  • Other reasonable duties as may be required

Qualifications include:

  • A passion and aptitude for working with middle and high school students
  • A strong sense of empathy and the ability to prioritize and adapt to the perspectives and needs of people we serve
  • A positive attitude and non-anxious presence
  • A commitment to amplifying youth voice and social justice
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Impeccable interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a flexible and entrepreneurial environment (both independently and as part of a team)
  • Ability to be given broad tasks, propose powerful solutions, and implement them
  • Ability to work through obstacles
  • An ability to thrive within the context of our core values:
    • Respect: We listen and appreciate all voices.
    • Authenticity: We create genuine work and act with humility.
    • Collaboration: We encourage teamwork and partnerships to leverage our impact.
    • Welcoming: We foster diversity and create a safe and trusted environment.
    • Positivity: We bring joy to the community by showcasing creativity and ideas for a brighter future.

A college degree as well as experience in teaching, classroom management, audio collection and editing, and media creation is a plus but not necessarily required. Strong knowledge of southwestern Pennsylvania schools and community centers serving under-resourced youth and families — or a willingness to develop such knowledge — is essential. Because work is often at offsite locations, the ideal candidate will have a car for transportation with SLB Radio providing reimbursement for miles driven. While core hours are Monday through Friday with a flex-time schedule, the position will occasionally require evening or weekend work. State and federal background checks and clearances are required.

As a full-time position, this job includes medical, dental, vision, vacation days, personal days, parking and retirement benefits. Interested applicants can send a cover letter and resume to Larry Berger at larry@slbradio.org. No phone calls please.

SLB is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Board Member

Now beginning our 20th year of service in 2021, COMPUTER REACH is expanding our board of directors in search of professionals inspired and moved by the cause of bridging the digital divide.  Our reach is as far as 40 nations worldwide and as near as 85% of our services delivered right here at home in Western PA.

COMPUTER REACH makes technology available to people most in need through refurbished equipment, computer literacy, training, and support.

COMPUTER REACH envisions a computer literate world where the benefits of technology are shared by all.

Legal, financial, governance, administrative and information technology backgrounds are welcome on our board.  Computer Reach embraces diversity on our board with a balance of gender, race and age.  Terms rotate every 2 years with board meetings  typically every other month (6 times a year) serving with several, progressive, energetic, hard working people dedicated to our cause of digital literacy for all.

Program Specialist – Washington County

MENTOR 2.0 & SITE- BASED SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Job Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Location:  Washington County Office

POSITION PURPOSE

Essential to the BBBS brand, the primary function of this position is to provide match support to ensure child safety, positive impacts for youth, constructive and satisfying relationships between children and volunteers, and a strong sense of affiliation with BBBS on the part of volunteers.

Provide direct delivery of the Mentor 2.0 program leveraging technology-based approaches to youth mentoring and education.

Performance Measures:  The successful incumbent will produce positive outcomes in the following areas: match support contacts, administering surveys to a target percentage, reviewing program metrics, mentee & mentor enrollment rate, long-term match retention rate, school and partner relationships, and customer satisfaction.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (IN PRIORITY ORDER)

  • Enroll youth (mentees/littles & mentors/mentees) including oversight of the application, screening and matching process
  • Facilitate high impact relationships between pairs, including:  enrollment; monitoring participation; provide individual attention; proactively assist relationships through regular communication, support & advice; and identify pairs who need additional support and implement strategies to improve relationships
  • Lead weekly Mentor 2.0 and Site- Based sessions for mentees/littles at participating schools, including a discussion of weekly curriculum/lessons
  • Lead orientations and training for teachers and mentees
  • Organize and staff multiple large scale and multi-faceted mentor-mentee events, overseeing all logistics, content and budgets
  • Track program participation
  • Conduct pre-, mid-, and post-program evaluations
  • Attend and participate in all team, staff and program meetings
  • Schedule monthly group sessions/events and adequate make-up opportunities to ensure desired match participation and opportunities for positive relationship development
  • Communicate with all parties (mentors/bigs, students, school personnel, staff etc.) regarding scheduled group sessions or activities and make-up opportunities
  • Coordinate the content/activities for the group sessions in accordance to the iMentor curriculum and standards, while customizing them based on specific school/grade level and/or student needs and focus
  • Ensure that the groups sessions effectively compliment weekly e-mail communications between the mentors and mentees
  • Coordinate the logistics involved in hosting successful group events/activities, including:  venue, transportation, registration, staffing, materials, refreshments and meals (as appropriate), etc.
  • Collect and compile records, ranging from attendance to impact, regarding all groups sessions or activities, and provide to the Manager when requested
  • Conduct evaluations of the group sessions or activities, seeking ways to improve the programming for the individuals, schools and partners involved
  • Adhere to program standards and monitor program delivery to ensure quality services and safety of the mentees
  • Consult with other service delivery staff and/or supervisor as appropriate, including mandatory monthly/weekly supervision with Director.
  • Other duties as assigned

EDUCATION& RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

Education Level: (minimum & preferred educational requirements necessary to perform this job successfully)

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.  BA in education, social services, sociology, psychology or related field is preferred.

Years of Related Work Experience: (minimum & preferred related work experience necessary perform this job successfully)

  • One-year experience in social service, teaching field, or with other BBBS Programs is preferred.
  • Assessment and relationship development experience with child and adult populations; understanding of child development and family dynamics.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; including Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills reflecting solid customer service both in-person and telephone.
  • Ability to form and sustain appropriate child, adult volunteer-based relationships based on positive youth development and volunteer satisfaction
  • Ability to effectively assess and execute the following relational support skills: guiding, supporting, confronting, advising and/or negotiating
  • Ability to relate well in multicultural environments;
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with other volunteer match staff;
  • Ability to use time effectively;
  • Ability to focus on details.
  • Ability to collect meaningful data and draw solid conclusions.
  • Comprehensive criminal, child abuse, FBI background checks
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally to meet with volunteers and clients
  • Core Competencies
  • High Performance Indicators

Customer Focus

Able to build strong working relationships with agency staff and matches; identify unexpressed customer needs and potential solutions to meet those needs; independently anticipate and meet customer match support needs; prioritize work in alignment with the needs of the match; use match knowledge and feedback to improve the effectiveness of own support results.

Problem Solving & Analysis

Able to gather appropriate data and diagnose the cause of a problem before taking action; separate causes from symptoms; apply lessons learned from others who encountered similar problems or challenges; anticipate problems and develop contingency plans to deal with them; develop and evaluate alternative courses of action.

Flexibility & Achieving Change

Able to positively deal with changes that affect job requirements or work assignments; adapt to shifting priorities in response to the needs of matches; quickly recognize situations/conditions where change is needed; remain calm and professional in emotionally charged interactions; work to clarify situations where information, instructions, or objectives are ambiguous; support organizational change.

Continuous Improvement & Gets Results

Able to identify and apply “best practices” in own work; improve efficiency by planning and organizing work effectively, eliminating barriers and streamlining work processes; monitor, evaluate and track own performance; adapt work practices in order to meet goals and deadlines; persist in the face of ongoing obstacles or setbacks; accept responsibility for the quality and outcomes of own work.

Decisiveness & Judgment

Able to demonstrate sound judgment in routine, day-to-day decisions; think critically to make decisions and take action, even in non-routine situations; rapidly make reasonable assessments with limited information; consider impact of various options when making decisions; use sound judgment in deciding whether to make a decision or escalate it to a supervisor for additional consultation.

Open Communication

Able to use active and attentive listening to confirm understanding; coach others through the use of reflective questioning; personalize communication content and delivery to fit different perspectives, backgrounds or styles of audience; document information about matches clearly and concisely in order to keep records accurate and up to date.

Strategic Alignment

Able to align own work objectives with the organization’s strategic plan or objectives; take organizational priorities into consideration when making choices and trade-offs in own work; act with an understanding of how the community affects the business and how own actions and decisions affect other jobs or outcomes; maintain perspective between the overall picture and tactical details. Participate as an active team member assisting other members of the support team and other teams within BBBS as needed to reach the overall goals of the Agency.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

(Describe any specific conditions for employment relative to this position)
Must be able to pass comprehensive criminal, child abuse, FBI background checks.

Must have car, valid driver’s license, and meet state required automobile insurance minimums.

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

(Describe any specific work place conditions and/or physical abilities that are related to and/or required by this job)

Routine office & school environment.  Flexible work hours, including early evening/weekend, to meet customer needs. Required at least 2 evenings per month.

Must travel to local communities and neighborhoods, as needed.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pittsburgh provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, or non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap or disability.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Equipment Used:

  • PC and standard office equipment, including utility dolly

Physical Requirements:

Position is primarily an office setting, requiring long periods of sitting at a desk and computer.  The position requires the ability to lift 20 pounds unassisted, 40 pounds with assistance.  Frequent visits to donor sites or securing agency supplies may require driving in inclement weather or in the evening after sunset.  The ability to navigate within the city limits.

Job Responsibilities

The previous statements reflect the general duties, responsibilities and competencies considered necessary to perform the essential duties & responsibilities of the job and should not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pittsburgh may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.