Lower School Counselor

Winchester Thurston School, a nationally recognized and innovative Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 independent day school in Pittsburgh, seeks an experienced full-time Lower School Counselor.

The Lower School Counselor provides leadership and professional expertise in promoting and enhancing success for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. The successful candidate will engage in a team approach with colleagues, students and parents to guide student support, fostering a shared view of academic, cognitive, social and emotional perspectives. The Lower School Counselor will respond to identified personal, social and emotional needs of students, manage crisis situations, and establish and implement educational and preventive services for students, parents, and faculty.

The Lower School Counselor will work closely with the Director of Support Services, the Director and Associate Directors of Lower School, the Middle and Upper School Counselors, students, faculty, and parents.

The Lower School Counselor is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Serve as a trusted and confidential counselor and resource for students and families in the areas of social, emotional, and mental health issues
  • Consult with the Director of Support Services, the Director and Associate Directors of Lower School, the Middle and Upper School Counselors and other administrators and faculty regarding student problems or concerns, as needed or requested
  • Provide crisis assessment and management for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5, and to the school community, as needed
  • Develop/establish, coordinate and/or teach programs in the Lower School related to crisis intervention, health and wellness, personal safety, and other identified issues
  • Establish and manage student support groups to address identified issues, as needed
  • Provide crisis counseling to  students individually or in groups with identified needs and concerns
  • Collaborate with and make referrals to appropriate community support providers/resources for students and families
  • Develop programming, in conjunction with the Director and Associate Directors of Lower School and the Middle and Upper School Counselors to assist Lower School students with learning how to resolve conflict and navigate social dynamics
  • Develop and facilitate education programs for parents and faculty related to early childhood development, behavior management, and social, emotional, and mental well-being
  • Maintain counseling records in accordance with professional standards
  • Engage in professional-growth activities through continuing education and reviewing current research and literature
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Licensure/certification in counseling (e.g., Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSW), School Counselor with Secondary Certification, or other applicable certification) is preferred and/or must be obtained within the first year of employment
  • 3-5 years of experience working with a diverse population of young children
  • Strong knowledge of student mental health issues and early childhood development
  • Experience in managing a wide variety of difficult and confidential situations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively in group and one-on-one settings
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and facilitating programs and collaborating with students, parents, colleagues, and external resources

Applicants may apply at https://www.applitrack.com/winchesterthurston/onlineapp and will need to submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for 3 professional references.

Winchester Thurston School is an equal opportunity employer. WT is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and women.

Director of College and Career Achievement

Steel City Squash is seeking a driven, innovative Director of College and Career Achievement with a passion for supporting young people and putting them on the path to achieving their higher education goals. This position will begin ASAP and will report to the Executive Director. The Director’s primary roll will be to create and implement a comprehensive program to educate about and expose students to multiple post-secondary pathways. Further, the candidate should be prepared to support and/or lead other programmatic and administrative responsibilities. Steel City Squash’s team is made of up dedicated and dynamic staff members and volunteers committed to building deep relationships with our students and their families.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement comprehensive College and Career Readiness Program
    • College exploration and application assistance
    • Financial Aid education and support
    • Skills and attributes exploration and development
    • Career exposure and shadowing
    • SAT/ACT Preparation Course
    • Internship coordination
    • Family engagement
    • Travel to college campuses
    • Recruit, train and manage cohort of college and career volunteers, guest presenters, career panels, etc.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by Executive Director

Shared Program Staff Roles and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate and communicate with Steel City Squash staff, families, and community partners
  • Provide transportation for students to and from program days, special events and weekend trips
  • Chaperone field trips, e.g. community service projects, squash matches and tournaments, college campus visits, etc.)
  • Conduct development outreach meetings and assist with special events and projects as needed.

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher (Grade 1)

Winchester Thurston School, an innovative Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 independent day school in Pittsburgh, has an immediate opening for a full-time Early Childhood Assistant Teacher in Grade 1, who will support the Lead Teachers and assist in providing instruction and supervision of students. Winchester Thurston seeks faculty who are dedicated in particular to actively engaging students through experiential learning programs in connection with the dynamic resources of the region, through a nationally recognized initiative called City as Our Campus. Our faculty members lead the way in educational innovation, rigorous academics, scholarly standards, and a learning environment that better prepares students for the challenges of a changing world in the twenty-first century.

The individual in this position must understand the emotional and educational needs of young children, have the ability to effectively communicate with them, and respond appropriately to individual differences in children.  The Early Childhood Assistant Teacher will work closely with the Lead Teachers and the Director and Associate Director of Lower School, and other faculty members, students, and parents. The Early Childhood Assistant Teacher performs under the general direction of the Head of School and the daily supervision of the Director of Lower School. The individual in this position teaches and serves in a manner that advances and upholds the mission and philosophy of Winchester Thurston School.

The Early Childhood Assistant Teacher is responsible for the following duties:

  • Teach small groups in the Grade 1 early childhood homerooms, and under the direction of the Lead Teachers, manage portions of the curriculum, discipline, classroom community and environment
  • Work collaboratively with the lead teachers in designing and executing curriculum and learning experiences that are in accord with divisional curriculum and the school’s educational philosophy; assist in planning lessons that use varied methods of instruction and assessment as well as incorporates differentiated learning
  • Work as a team member with the early childhood team, colleagues and administrators by attending all school-wide meetings, department meetings, Lower School faculty meetings, and in-service days, and serving on committees as needed
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to the School’s City as Our Campus initiative by actively seeking meaningful community connections for experiential learning opportunities within and outside the classroom
  • Maintain an appropriate and organized classroom environment with an emphasis on child safety and well-being
  • Engage in and support the school’s commitment to equity and inclusion, including but not limited to, curriculum, teaching practice, and professional growth
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to the School’s strategic priorities by designing and implementing learning experiences that are interdisciplinary, student-centered, and/or project-based
  • Incorporate social-emotional learning and related supports into the curriculum and classroom experience
  • Commit to ongoing professional growth and play an active role in the formative development process, which includes, but is not limited to, participating in goal setting, engaging in reflection with the Assistant Head for Education and Strategy about teaching, participation and contribution to collaborative curricular groups and Critical Friends Groups, participating in the peer observation process, and conducting student surveys of courses
  • Communicate regularly with parents in an effective and timely manner, as directed by the Lead Teachers
  • Assist the admission process by meeting with prospective families, attending admission events, and helping screen prospective candidates for admission
  • Fulfill duties that are connected with non-academic responsibilities, including but not limited to, taking attendance, lunch and recess duties, chaperoning field trips, after-school events or grade-level trips, classroom materials preparation, and other assigned duties
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Education is required
  • Experience working in an early childhood setting
  • Strong communication skills for communicating and collaborating with students, parents, and colleagues
  • Responsive Classroom and Readers/Writers Workshop experience/training
  • Demonstrated ability to meet the needs of a diverse student population
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize educational technology in the classroom
  • Educational philosophy that is consistent with that of the School

Applicants may apply at https://www.applitrack.com/winchesterthurston/onlineapp and will need to submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for 3 professional references.

Winchester Thurston School is an equal opportunity employer. WT is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and women.

Community Science Coordinator

Job Title: Community Science Coordinator
Reports to: Regional Manager, Appalachia
Location: McMurray, PA / Pittsburgh area
Job Type: Part-time, salaried, non-exempt (20 hours/week)

Organization Description

Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (EHP) is a public health nonprofit organization that provides wide-ranging support to communities impacted by shale gas and oil development. That support includes health impact assessments, environmental and health monitoring, data and research interpretation, and public health guidance. EHP’s team includes a varied and skilled group of health care providers, scientists, community educators, analysts, and communications experts. The strength of the organization lies, in part, in its direct contact with community members, learning about their circumstances and responding to their need for relevant information and guidance. The organization opened in 2012 and today is at an exciting juncture as we have expanded our focus beyond southwestern PA. We seek to support communities more broadly in understanding the exposures and risks generated by shale gas and oil development, and also to engage in policy dialogues at the local, state, and national levels regarding the public health implications of shale gas and oil activities. We have become national leaders in the comprehensive understanding of, and approach to, the public health consequences of shale gas and oil development.

Job Summary

The organization works in conjunction with frontline communities to collect individual health data and monitor air pollutants, such as particulate matter (PM) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) near industry sites, such as well pads and compressor stations. The role of the Community Science Coordinator is to ensure accurate analysis of these data and to translate the findings into easily accessible reports for consumption by a range of audiences, from community residents to legislators. In addition, the Community Science Coordinator is responsible for communications and information flow between the EHP team and communities in the region. This position will work closely with the Environmental Data Scientist to support EHP’s data approach and with the Regional Manager for Appalachia to support specific program deliverables.

Various tasks associated with this role include but are not limited to the following:

Primary Duties

  • Train community members how to use monitoring equipment and EHP-created apps, field technical questions from participants, and assist with troubleshooting, escalating to product manufacturers when necessary
  • Interface with community members regarding flow of data from monitoring systems and individual health surveys
  • Download air monitoring data, analyze information, and provide interpretation using EHP-created apps when necessary
  • Enter analyzed data into individual and community reports
  • Organize community meetings to discuss monitoring results and recommendations, provide supplementary public health and/or public policy information

Other Duties

  • Additional research and analysis projects, as needed

Core Attributes Required

  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, deadline-oriented environment with demonstrated ability to balance multiple, competing demands and establish priorities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to broad and diverse audiences on a range of complex and technical issues
  • Ability to offer creative solutions to complex problems and translate options into implementable solutions
  • Attention to detail and comfort with managing deadlines
  • Basic understanding of current events related to public health and fossil fuel industry issues
  • Proven flexibility to new challenges and situations
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • A “roll up your sleeves” attitude and willingness to take initiative to address issues proactively
  • Ability to strategize with team members, with a focus on organizational improvements
  • Comfort communicating and coordinating with virtual/remote teams
  • Passion for the organization’s mission to defend public health in the face of oil and gas development

Education and Experience Required

  • B.S. in environmental science, statistics, applied math, geography, or related field
  • Background in public health, environmental science, or biology a plus
  • Proficient in data analytics and related statistical software, specifically R, Python, and HTML

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions: Submit cover letter explaining why this role is a good fit, resume, references, and salary requirements to Jessa Chabeau at jchabeau[at]environmentalhealthproject[dot]org.

Apply by October 1, 2021 for first round review.

All applicants and employees will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to, race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, or prior protected activity.

SWPA Environmental Health Project is a 501(c)(3) Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation.

Volunteer Support Specialist

Location: Coverage area includes the suburbs east of Pittsburgh and the South Hills; office base is Pittsburgh with a mobile/remote option available;

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.

As a member of the Volunteer Support team, you provide leadership and support to girls and adult volunteers. You work and engage volunteers and foster positive relationships with members that are critical for member retention.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide insight to the development of innovative strategies and effective services for supporting girl and adult membership;
  • Manage assigned volunteer teams to effectively support and engage adult troop volunteers in assigned geographic areas to ensure delivery of program and services to girls;
  • Support the council’s volunteer management system including the recruitment, selection, placement, development, training, recognition, and re-assignment of service unit volunteers;
  • Conduct yearly assessments of service unit health as well as developing action plans when needed;
  • Participate in leader meetings for Service Units of responsibility;
  • Spearhead renewal activities in the service unit and at the troop level;
  • Facilitate the effective flow of communication between volunteers and council staff;
  • Meet girl and adult retention goals for assigned service units;
  • Provide customer service and support for adult volunteers in established volunteer group;
  • Implement and contribute to recruitment efforts planned in partnership with the recruitment team;
  • Support volunteers in working collaboratively and productively to manage grievance and conflict;
  • Answer, problem-solve and respond appropriately to all assigned inquiries including, but not limited to, email, phone and walk-in customers;


  • Degree in social services, psychology, related humanities field or equivalent professional experience;
  • Minimum of 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;
  • Top notch communicator – writes well, confidently presents to groups, facilitates effective two-way communications, and communicates in a clear and understandable manner appropriate for the audience;
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office, Outlook and willingness and ability to learn new systems;
  • Working knowledge of Salesforce a plus;
  • Must possess a can-do mentality, be responsible, and be a lifelong learner;
  • Must be organized, detail orientated, and customer focused;
  • Ability and willingness to work and maintain a flexible schedule, as needed, to include some evenings and weekends;
  • Travel is required; must have reliable transportation and be able to travel throughout assigned area and western PA;


When joining Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania in a regular full-time position, you are eligible for our full benefit package options which include the following:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Voluntary supplemental benefit options: short-term disability, cancer insurance, life insurance, and accident insurance
  • 401(k) plan with pre-tax and ROTH options and employer match
  • A generous paid time off policy
  • 15 paid holidays annually (office closure between December 24-Jan 1)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Flexible spending options for certain medical, parking, and dependent care expenses
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Direct deposit


Submit cover letter and resume to recruiting@gswpa.org

Early Childhood Teacher

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh is seeking Full Time Early Childhood Teachers for Child’s Way’s, our daycare center for medically fragile children. Child’s Way operates from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm and is closed on weekends and holidays.  This position will work daylight, four 10 hour shifts per week.

The Teacher is responsible for developing and implementing an ongoing program of activities that promote the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of each child enrolled in accordance with DHS, Head Start, and Keystone Stars Standards.  Teachers will work cooperatively with the nurses, therapists, and Early Intervention professionals to provide a safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate learning experience.

This position is eligible for the following benefits:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Employer Benefit Contribution
  • Annual Merit Increases
  • 401(k) & Employer Match
  • Free Financial Planning
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • FREE On-site parking

Functional Requirements:

  • Three to five years of experience working with children.
  • Prior experience working with children in both childcare and health care.
  • Must have attained one of the following qualification levels:
    •    a.)  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field.
    •    b.)  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and one year experience with children.
    •    c.)  An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the human services field and two years of experience with children.
    •    d.)  An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, or the human services field and three years of experience with children.
    •    e.)  CDA with 2 years of experience working with children or enrolled in a CDA course with 3 years of experience.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and communicate appropriately.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively and positively communicate and cooperate with children, family members, physicians, other staff, and visitors.
  • Emotional and mental ability to perform effectively and efficiently under stressful and emergency situations.
  • Cognitive ability to utilize basic knowledge of growth and development in interactions with children and families.
  • Act 33 and 34 clearances, FBI Background check, and NSOR.

Physical Requirements:

  • Functions within patient care, outdoors, facility, and administrative environments.
  • Must be able to successfully obtain Pediatric First Aid and CPR Certification.
  • Must be able to push, pull, lift, and carry up to 20-70 pounds and 70-100+ pounds as required with assistance.
  • Physical ability necessary for prolonged periods of standing, walking, lifting, and carrying patients, supplies, and equipment.
  • Physical ability to get down on the floor with the children and get back up again.
  • OSHA training and knowledge.

Teaching Artist

Title: Teaching Artist

Immediate Supervisor: Education Director

Classification and Pay: Part-Time, Non-Exempt
$20/hr while training, $40/hr when approved to lead residencies (1-2 semesters)

General Description:

Quantum Theatre seeks passionate teaching artists experienced in devised theater and remote instruction. Quantum’s Education program has been in operation for over 15 years, providing High School and Middle School students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools with a range of previous theatrical experience a 6-8 week devising experience and culminating “Education Day” at one of Quantum’s environmental venues where original works are shared and students have the opportunity to both experience a portion of the anchoring production and engage with its artists.

Principal Responsibilities:

Classroom Instruction

  • Meet with Education Director and classroom teachers to understand learning objectives and align residency lesson plans
  • Over the course of 6-8 weeks of classroom visits:
    • Lead students through a devising process where they create short original works inspired by the themes of Quantum’s environmentally created shows.
    • Engage students with a wide variety of previous creative theatrical experience in the artistic process.
    • Rehearse and prepare students for a culminating Education Day performance located at one of Quantum’s site-specific venues.
    • Maintain regular communication with teachers and Education Director on progress of the devising process, classroom instruction and changing needs of students
    • Maintain flexibility and in the classroom and be present for all scheduled visits


  •  3+ years’ experience as a teaching artist working in theater arts.
  • Experience creating devised theater projects strongly desired.
  • Experience teaching remotely over ZOOM / Teams etc. strongly desired.
  • Must have or be able to attain necessary clearances for work in schools with children.
  • Must provide own transportation.

Quantum Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, and people of color to apply.

Academic Counselor

Crossroads Foundation Academic Counselor

The mission of Crossroads is to provide promising youth who have limited options access to a quality high school education by nurturing their academic and personal growth so they succeed in college and in life.  For more information see www.crossroadsfoundation.org

Position Overview

The Crossroads Academic Counselor plays a mission-critical role in the work of the organization as an advocate, mentor and advisor for Crossroads scholar’s grades 9 -12.  Counselors work to supplement, rather than supplant, the responsibilities and involvement of parents/guardians, school administrators, teachers, and counseling staff.  The Academic Counselor is expected to strive to understand each scholar’s background and the factors influencing his/her present circumstances and possess the ability to effectively communicate with people of all ages and cultures.


This position is a FT Academic Counselor working 40 hours a week.  Some evenings and weekends required.  A car is a MUST.  Qualified candidates should have at a minimum a B.A. in Education (Special Education or ESL certification a plus), Psychology, Counseling or comparable field with experience working with adolescents in an academic setting or in youth development.  Candidates who are currently pursuing graduate work in Education or related field will also be considered.  Experience with urban youth from underserved communities in a school setting is highly desirable.  This position reports to the Lead Counselor who will provide supervision in all of the service areas identified in this job description below.  The ideal candidate is self-motivated and an excellent communicator, is proactive and able to troubleshoot and efficiently solve problems and recommend interventions.  He/she is comfortable working independently as well as collaboratively as a member of a team.  Candidate must also be able to multitask, forge strong relationships with school personnel and thrive in a fast-paced environment with other professionals to achieve a common goal.  Lastly, a strong candidate will have familiarity with the academic environment, a college-prep curriculum, and school scheduling and environments.

Guidance & Counseling

Demonstrate ability to help HS scholars maximize their personal/social development, academic achievement, and college/career readiness in a proactive manner.

Advise scholars in the areas pertaining to:


●        Work with students who are struggling academically, communicate with parents and      coordinate efforts among teachers, support teams and specialized services established in schools.

●        Recognize need for academic interventions and provide additional supports that are crucial to their development in HS and beyond.

●        Demonstrate knowledge of HS environments, scheduling, systems and protocols.  Adept in assisting scholars understand, interpret and adhere to school cultures and policies.

College/Career Readiness

●        Meet with students to set goals and help guide them to plan for their future.

●        Initiate meaningful discussions around career interests, abilities and values to optimize course selection and college preparation; explore professional/career aspirations.

●        Help scholars develop skills that promote lifelong learning behaviors needed to succeed.

Personal/Social Wellness

●        Demonstrate understanding of multicultural issues and individual differences in order to assist each scholar enhance their personal/social development.

●        Demonstrate ability to empower scholars to have ownership over their own learning and behaviors.

●        Capable of identifying scholars’ needs for support services in order to make appropriate referrals.

Program Assistance

Demonstrate ability to support Crossroads programs.

Counselors function in the area of program support within the Crossroads Foundation and will:

●        Define needs, priorities and appropriate objectives for each scholar; support program director and other staff to ensure program implementation and compliance as well as areas for improvement.


Serve as advocate for scholars within the school community and provide feedback and insights to teachers, administrators, parents and other stakeholders.

●        Interpret relevant scholar information to school personnel regarding the needs of scholars; collaborate with schools to find ways to help scholars identify their strengths and challenges so that they can receive the appropriate help.

●        Consult with all invested parties and outside resources when necessary to assist scholars overcome social/emotional hurdles and academic obstacles.

●        Understand when it is appropriate to refer scholars to special programs and services.


Demonstrate ability to analyze school-based and Crossroads assessments to identify scholars’ abilities, aptitudes, achievements, and interests to support overall success.

●        Analyze assessments and inventories provided by Crossroads and interpret standardized test results and other assessment data to guide students in individual goal setting and planning.

●        Provide analysis of scholars’ needs, document contact hours, and collect outcomes data on a regular basis.

Professionalism, Standards & Competencies

Have a thorough understanding of organizational policies and procedures and protocols; uphold ethical standards of the profession and established standards and competencies set for counselors. Maintain good professional character and commitment to professional growth.

●        Respect ethical boundaries by honoring the confidentiality of scholar information.

●        Knowledge and application of organizational procedures and policies consistently and equitably.

●        Collaboration with supervisor and other staff members to problem solve and offer services to scholars and families in professional and appropriate ways.

Knowledge and Experience

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

●        Fundamentals of academic advisement with emphasis on development of urban youth from underserved populations with limited resources; understanding of mental health issues; ability to recognize a potential behavioral health emergency and need for referral to a mental health professional.

●        Educational systems, preferably at the high school level and able to effectively advocate for youth while delivering the additional academic and personal support scholars need to thrive.

●        Strong computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Excel, School Data collection systems.

To Apply

Qualified individuals may apply confidentially by submitting resume, cover letter and references to:  apply@crfdn.org.  Salary:  $38,000-$45,000 d[  ependent on education and experience.

Software Licensing Specialist

The Procurement Specialist will have two main responsibilities: reviewing and negotiating software license agreements (SLAs) and acting as the primary liaison between the Purchasing Services Department and an assigned set of University departments /customers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the Office of University Counsel and Computing Services and Systems Development to review SLAs.
  • Reviewing most of the University’s SLAs.

This review will include concerns regarding: intellectual property; support and maintenance; fixing of bugs; enhancements to existing software; warranty; confidentiality and non-disclosure; royalties and payment options; transfer of proprietary rights; remedies and limitations; assignment; governing law; HIPAA; export and deemed export; indemnification; infringement; termination requirements; training; personally identifiable information; credit card processing and other legal considerations.

  • Negotiating SLAs, pricing, terms and conditions of sale, and warranties with suppliers.
  • Working closely with internal customers to review contracts and terms & conditions in an expedited manner. Comment on contracts for submission to the Office of University Counsel.
  • Drafting amendments and other documents related to existing agreements for final review by the Office of University Counsel and internal customers, as necessary.
  • Reviewing/processing requisitions and related documents required to establish purchase orders as necessary for SLAs.
  • Working with internal customers, including IT staff to solicit proposals, analyze proposals received, select suppliers and negotiate contracts.
  • Performing special projects and additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Maintaining and updating schedules for projects, transactions and payments for contracts (hardware, software, services, maintenance and licenses).
  • Making recommendations based on identified risks and working with the Office of University Counsel and other subject matter experts to establish best negotiation positions with suppliers.
  • Facilitating the development of complete statements of work, ensuring that specifications and requirements for acquisitions are adequately detailed.
  • Identifying and researching relevant information and making appropriate recommendations for the acquisition of goods and services.
  • Managing and /or coordinating department-wide and University-wide contracts.
  • Meeting and educating all levels of University personnel, including Deans, Directors and Department Heads regarding the University’s purchasing policies.
  • Adding/updating purchasing policies and procedures as necessary.
  • Working with Payment Processing to resolve any payment, posting and other issues.
  • Working with the University’s eBusiness Resource Group.

C.P.M. or CPSM certification is desirable. Attainment of the CPSM certification within one year of hire is required.

Afterschool Program Instructor

The Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) is currently seeking candidates for Afterschool Instructor positions to serve at our partner homeless housing agencies in the Greater Pittsburgh Area during the 2021-22 schoolyear. Applicants with a teaching certification are preferred. All applicants must possess current Act 33/34 and FBI clearances.

Program Overview:

The HCEF afterschool program provides quality educational and recreational experiences for children in grades K-8 residing at various housing agencies in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Program goals include:

  • Helping students to build academic, social, and emotional skills
  • Helping students develop their skills in reading, writing, math, and creative problem-solving
  • Encouraging students to develop a positive vision for their futures as learners and citizens
  • Encouraging parents to be strong educational advocates for their children

Principle duties – The Afterschool Instructor is responsible for coordinating on-site after-school activities for children residing in homeless housing programs. The Afterschool Instructor works closely with housing agency staff to create a positive learning environment using resources available at the agency’s learning center.

Daily responsibilities include: developing individual tutoring plans, assisting children with homework assignments and literacy skills development, and planning one-on-one and small group activities, overseeing volunteers, and collecting and reporting data to monitor student growth and learning.

The Afterschool Instructor also facilitates parent education workshops and communicated with parents about their children’s academic goals and progress. The Afterschool Instructor actively participates in regular meetings with HCEF staff and fellow Afterschool team members to share best practices and information. The afterschool instructor participates in family engagement activities coordinated with the Family Engagement Coordinator


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience teaching/leading out-of-school time programming
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; ability to relate positively and respectfully to children of all ages, parents, volunteers, and other professionals
  • Creativity and ability to foster a love of learning in children of all ages
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Understanding of the significance of out-of-school-time programming in the lives of underserved children and proven ability to provide a safe, structured and enriching environment
  • Sensitivity regarding the psychological and behavioral impacts of trauma in children and parents
  • Previous experience working with students who’ve experienced trauma and/or homelessness strongly preferred
  • Values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Flexibility – must be willing to work with a transient population that may change throughout the school year

Hours vary by location and are generally between the hours of 3:00 – 6:00 PM on weekdays.

Candidates should understand that they will be considered independent contractors, not employees, of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund. All positions are part-time.


Please submit a current resume and cover letter to Kaitlyn Nykwest, Afterschool and Enrichment Director, by email at knykwest@homelessfund.org or by fax at (412) 562-1109.

Homeless Children’s Education Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity.