Director of Public Issues

The Director of Public Issues reports to the President of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE) and collaborates with other senior staff by helping to link COFHE’s research agenda and policies to topical issues of concern for member campuses. The Director maintains close working relationships with appropriate personnel on member campuses in support of their efforts to speak publicly about selective higher education. The Director of Public Issues also advises the COFHE Board of Directors on issues pertaining to media attention to higher education, student aid policy, and federal legislative interest in undergraduate education.

COFHE founded in 1971, is an institutionally supported organization of 35 independent, nonprofit colleges and universities that provides research and sponsors membership meetings on how selective, private colleges and universities can advance their commitments to providing exceptional educational opportunities for highly talented students as well as to following best practices in fiscal management. COFHE has offices at two of its member campuses: MIT and Johns Hopkins University. This position works in the Washington, D.C. office (housed in Johns Hopkins University space).

COFHE has a perspective that is unique compared to other associations with respect to its members’ specific concerns about issues of need-based aid, costs of undergraduate education, tax policy, accreditation, value of a college degree, affordability for students, student debt, and assessment.

COFHE is committed to providing support to its member schools’ senior officers as they take public roles to articulate distinctive messages about highly selective private higher education; there is an unaddressed need for a more coordinated effort to link factual and analytic results to topical issues that represents an important role to be played by this office within COFHE.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Public Issues Committee (PIC) and actively develop its agenda in cooperation with the Chair and COFHE’s president, including planning a productive program for the annual Public Issues Seminar.
  • Convene the government relations and public relations officers of COFHE to target public policy topics not specifically addressed by other DC organizations, which are of high interest and importance to COFHE institutions.
  • Staff the biennial meeting of COFHE’s financial aid officers, ensuring highlights within the meeting plans for presentation of COFHE research findings, PIC topics relevant to aid directors, and the broader COFHE agenda.
  • Develop a personal network of contacts in Washington, DC and COFHE institutions, which will assist COFHE in the timely identification of policy issues and the development of core messages, while also supporting the advocacy efforts of individual COFHE schools.
  • Work with financial aid directors and with public affairs officers, advising and consulting on aid policy developments and on communications about COFHE-related issues.
  • Discern what information might be useful for the DC legislative and policy arenas in order to facilitate more productive connections with COFHE and campus officers.
  • Increase and strengthen COFHE’s organizational visibility in DC with other associations, while retaining a low profile and non-lobbying stance.
  • Find appropriate ways to connect COFHE data with topical issues in the media (e.g., soliciting information from targeted COFHE Breaks or other summary research from COFHE researchers—sensitive data will remain background only and for institutional use, but some topics can benefit from public release of summary data).
  • Strategically anticipate upcoming needs for members’ policy positions and legislative or administration engagement by collecting research results, convening discussion groups, and determining strategy for engagement.
  • Find ways consistently to make COFHE’s Public Issues Officer an engaged participant in articulating the issues and context of elite independent higher education
  • Inform COFHE staff in public issues topics.
  • Participate with research team in development of Value Visual Aids for member schools.
  • Contribute to communications efforts with the membership.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in communications, law, policy study, or higher education preferred.
  • A minimum of five years related experience; experience in the selective, national sector of higher education preferred.

Classified Title: Director Government Affairs
Working Title: Director of Public Issues
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PI
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F/8:30am-5:00pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: 01-DC:District of Columbia
Department name: 10000943-COFHE
Personnel area: SAIS

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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Chief of Staff to the President

Founded in 1929 by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow University is a Catholic, master’s comprehensive institution grounded in the liberal arts with strong professional programs, committed to engaging its diverse community in a process of life-long learning, scholarship, research and service. Degrees are offered at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels to 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Academic degree programs are housed within two colleges: The College of Health and Wellness and the College of Arts and Sciences.  Carlow University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It is proud to be a College of Distinction and a Catholic College of Distinction. Carlow is regionally ranked by US News & World Report. The University is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the United States Collegiate Athletics Association (USCAA) and is a member of the NAIA’s River States Conference.

Carlow University, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is situated in the vibrant Oakland neighborhood — the “Eds, Meds, and Tech” heart of the city. Consistently voted one of America’s most livable cities, Pittsburgh is home to Uber, Intel, and Apple offices and offers multiple educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. The Atlantic has called it “a haven for edgy, innovative startups that share the city’s tech oxygen with internationally known tech companies, such as Google and Disney Research.”

Carlow University invites applications for the position of Chief of Staff to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. This position works closely with the President on a wide variety of administrative and executive duties, special projects, and initiatives involving the President’s office and its priorities.  The Chief of Staff is responsible for serving main point of contact between the University President and other stakeholders to accomplish initiatives to include: promoting and supporting the mission and values of Carlow University; serving as Secretary to the Board of Trustees and its governance; functioning as representative for governmental relations and other key community relations; overseeing the administrative, operational, and financial affairs of the Office of President; developing and coordinating special and high-priority projects and initiatives; handling questions, concerns, issues and requests on the Presidents behalf as directed; serving as an advisor to the President on various operational issues; coordinating communications and preparing special correspondence; and serving as a liaison to the Carlow University Board of Trustees and a variety of internal and external constituencies.

Responsibilities:

  • Serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees and works closely with the President in Board-related communications and initiatives.
  • Represents the President to various constituencies, both internal and external, to include local, state and regional governmental officials and groups with respect to the University’s involvement in research, strategic efforts and initiatives and related activities.
  • Represents the University as needed both locally and regionally as well as keep abreast of local, state and regional events and issues relative to Carlow University’s involvement.
  • Directs special projects and programs as initiated by the President to include the President’s Advisory Council.
  • Works in coordination with other offices for special events and functions of the Office of the President as directed by the President.
  • Works closely with the University Communications staff on message strategies and consistency, and assists in preparation and coordination of special correspondence for the President as requested
  • Assists the President and appropriate members of the Cabinet with the coordination, facilitation, and advancement of University priorities and other initiatives involving the University’s relationship with local, state and/or regional agencies, representatives, their staff members, and committees.
  • Assists the President in managing priorities to maximize these relationships with the Board, donors, alumni, students, and other key groups and individuals, under the direction and coordination of the President.
  • Handles queries, questions, concerns, and requests on behalf of the President working to solve problems, mediate disputes, and work proactively with issues and people.
  • Supports and assists the President in carrying out the mission of the University.

We seek an innovative leader with the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master’s degree or Juris Doctor degree preferred.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years professional administration experience supporting senior level managers required.
  • Experience supporting senior level managers in higher education or related environment strongly preferred.
  • Governmental and external relations experience preferred.
  • Ability to operate flexibly and consistently in working with the President.
  • Ability to represent the President in making decisions that require mature judgment.
  • Working knowledge of policies, operations, and practices in higher education is preferred.
  • Expertise in prioritizing workflow, managing resources, and overseeing financial and budget matters.
  • Strong and proven project management competencies.
  • Detail oriented in coordinating activities.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and information, draw conclusions, and produce reports and recommendations.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with personnel matters and sensitive information.

Carlow University employees commit themselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct.  They commit to act with integrity, treat others with respect and dignity, carefully steward the University’s resources, avoid conflicts of interest or commitment, maintain confidentiality, and to comply with legal and professional obligations.

Carlow University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strive for a campus that reflects our urban setting and is inclusive of underrepresented groups to enhance our University community.

Analyst

We are seeking an Analyst with an interest in human service programs and/or quality improvement programs. The Analyst must be able to work both independently as well as part of a team in conducting quality and outcome analysis to unify and coordinate quality service provision across one or more program offices of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), and may also conduct research and analysis related to other program areas with which DHS interacts (e.g., public education, health, criminal justice).  DHS’s program offices include Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disability, Area Agency on Aging, Community Services and Children, Youth and Families. Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Processing and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to support the daily operational data needs of DHS; a focus on client service data and quick turnaround response to requests from DHS staff/administration and outside entities is a large part of the job. While the Analyst is not required to be an expert in all statistical tests and methods, Incumbent is expected to recognize his/her particular expertise in data analysis and to seek other expert opinions whenever appropriate.
  • Extracting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to support the daily operational data needs of DHS.
  • Developing an understanding of DHS’s services and systems, in order to promote the effective use of data for decision-making through insightful analysis.
  • Sharing knowledge and findings through effective verbal and written presentations, to internal and to external stakeholders.
  • Assisting in the development and design of research studies to evaluate human service programs administered by DHS. Studies may focus upon particular programs, cross-system service utilization or particular consumer groups or service needs. This work may include cleaning and analysis; performing literature reviews; obtaining secondary data sources; and gathering input from a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Serving as a bridge between application developer, leadership and end-users to ensure that the data stored and retrieved from the system meet the research and operational needs of DHS.
  • Querying databases to answer ad hoc requests to support program offices.
  • Creating dashboards and data visualizations using Tableau software.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of quality improvement strategies for DHS.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of DHS’s research agenda.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated interest in public service and research.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite, specifically Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience querying relational databases with SQL.
  • Experience with data visualization (Tableau preferred).
  • Experience with R or Python (or other programming languages).
  • Experience mapping in ArcGIS or R.
  • Experience working with both technical and non-technical teams.
  • Ability to embrace and operationalize DHS’s mission and guiding principles in work practices and deliverables.
  • Experience working with a variety of information systems and data files, including large and complex files and transforming raw data into finished products.
  • Ability to think critically and effectively communicate results to a diverse audience.
  • Strong time management and prioritization abilities so as to respond quickly to requests from DHS staff/administration and outside entities.
  • Attention to detail and quality.
  • Ability to interact professionally with DHS and provider staff, consumers and general public.
  • Ability to take initiative and work with a high level of independence.
  • Able to thrive in an environment that requires flexibility and multi-tasking.
  • Able to sit at a computer for long periods (2 plus hours) and traverse the building carrying up to 10 pounds (files, books, etc.).
  • Has both available and consistent access to reliable transportation and is able to navigate in the community for work-related assignments, as needed.

Education/Experience Requirements:

Master’s degree from an accredited college/university in public policy or a quantitative field and experience with data visualization also preferred.

-OR-

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a related field, plus 2 years of previous relevant experience.

If hired for a position, candidates would work for Allegheny County, Department of Human Services and be employed by Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute.

About Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS)

In Allegheny County, we appreciate people who think big, act boldly, and care about making a difference. You don’t have to be from here to feel at home, or to make your mark. With only 1.3 million people in the County, it’s small enough for motivated people to get things done. Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is a perfect place to get things done that directly affect people in need in a positive and lasting way. We help children grow up safer and healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, and neighborhoods to thrive. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people in Allegheny County.

DHS is the largest agency in Allegheny County government, with a budget of nearly $1 billion. DHS serves over 200,000 people a year through services that include: Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect and preventing future occurrences of maltreatment; improving child wellness through family support, home visiting, early intervention and in-home services; providing treatment for behavioral health issues such as substance use disorders and mental illness; managing the care of adults with intellectual disabilities; preventing unnecessary nursing home stays; and services that prevent homelessness and provide shelter and housing for families and individuals.

Why DHS?

  •  It is innovative. Most recently, the national attention and awards we’ve gotten are for how DHS integrates data and uses them to improve the safety and well-being of children through tools that support front-line staff in making decisions (using predictive analytics).
  • DHS is diverse, but we strive to be even more inclusive. Our director has made it his top priority that DHS is “the kind of place where a diverse group of talented people want to come, grow, and do their best work.” This includes equity in hiring and advancement, as well as in unleashing the creativity and ideas of staff at every level of DHS.
  •  It has strong, assertive leaders. We do not hire yes-people.

You can make a big impact here. We stand out as one of the best human services organizations in the country. But we need problem-solvers, innovators, and terrific leaders to make sure we are smart in how we use our funding so that we reach the people who most need our help to make their lives better.

“DHS strives to be the kind of place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come to grow and do their best work.”

-From the organization’s statement on Equity and Inclusion

 

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER – M/F/V/D

Analyst

We are seeking an Analyst with an interest in human service programs and/or quality improvement programs. The Analyst must be able to work both independently as well as part of a team in conducting quality and outcome analysis to unify and coordinate quality service provision across one or more program offices of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), and may also conduct research and analysis related to other program areas with which DHS interacts (e.g., public education, health, criminal justice).  DHS’s program offices include Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disability, Area Agency on Aging, Community Services and Children, Youth and Families. Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Processing and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to support the daily operational data needs of DHS; a focus on client service data and quick turnaround response to requests from DHS staff/administration and outside entities is a large part of the job. While the Analyst is not required to be an expert in all statistical tests and methods, Incumbent is expected to recognize his/her particular expertise in data analysis and to seek other expert opinions whenever appropriate.
  • Extracting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to support the daily operational data needs of DHS.
  • Developing an understanding of DHS’s services and systems, in order to promote the effective use of data for decision-making through insightful analysis.
  • Sharing knowledge and findings through effective verbal and written presentations, to internal and to external stakeholders.
  • Assisting in the development and design of research studies to evaluate human service programs administered by DHS. Studies may focus upon particular programs, cross-system service utilization or particular consumer groups or service needs. This work may include cleaning and analysis; performing literature reviews; obtaining secondary data sources; and gathering input from a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Serving as a bridge between application developer, leadership and end-users to ensure that the data stored and retrieved from the system meet the research and operational needs of DHS.
  • Querying databases to answer ad hoc requests to support program offices.
  • Creating dashboards and data visualizations using Tableau software.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of quality improvement strategies for DHS.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of DHS’s research agenda.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated interest in public service and research.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite, specifically Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience querying relational databases with SQL.
  • Experience with data visualization (Tableau preferred).
  • Experience with R or Python (or other programming languages).
  • Experience mapping in ArcGIS or R.
  • Experience working with both technical and non-technical teams.
  • Ability to embrace and operationalize DHS’s mission and guiding principles in work practices and deliverables.
  • Experience working with a variety of information systems and data files, including large and complex files and transforming raw data into finished products.
  • Ability to think critically and effectively communicate results to a diverse audience.
  • Strong time management and prioritization abilities so as to respond quickly to requests from DHS staff/administration and outside entities.
  • Attention to detail and quality.
  • Ability to interact professionally with DHS and provider staff, consumers and general public.
  • Ability to take initiative and work with a high level of independence.
  • Able to thrive in an environment that requires flexibility and multi-tasking.
  • Able to sit at a computer for long periods (2 plus hours) and traverse the building carrying up to 10 pounds (files, books, etc.).
  • Has both available and consistent access to reliable transportation and is able to navigate in the community for work-related assignments, as needed.

Education/Experience Requirements:

Master’s degree from an accredited college/university in public policy or a quantitative field and experience with data visualization also preferred.

-OR-

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a related field, plus 2 years of previous relevant experience.

If hired for a position, candidates would work for Allegheny County, Department of Human Services and be employed by Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute.

About Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS)

In Allegheny County, we appreciate people who think big, act boldly, and care about making a difference. You don’t have to be from here to feel at home, or to make your mark. With only 1.3 million people in the County, it’s small enough for motivated people to get things done. Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is a perfect place to get things done that directly affect people in need in a positive and lasting way. We help children grow up safer and healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, and neighborhoods to thrive. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people in Allegheny County.

DHS is the largest agency in Allegheny County government, with a budget of nearly $1 billion. DHS serves over 200,000 people a year through services that include: Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect and preventing future occurrences of maltreatment; improving child wellness through family support, home visiting, early intervention and in-home services; providing treatment for behavioral health issues such as substance use disorders and mental illness; managing the care of adults with intellectual disabilities; preventing unnecessary nursing home stays; and services that prevent homelessness and provide shelter and housing for families and individuals.

Why DHS?

  •  It is innovative. Most recently, the national attention and awards we’ve gotten are for how DHS integrates data and uses them to improve the safety and well-being of children through tools that support front-line staff in making decisions (using predictive analytics).
  • DHS is diverse, but we strive to be even more inclusive. Our director has made it his top priority that DHS is “the kind of place where a diverse group of talented people want to come, grow, and do their best work.” This includes equity in hiring and advancement, as well as in unleashing the creativity and ideas of staff at every level of DHS.
  •  It has strong, assertive leaders. We do not hire yes-people.

You can make a big impact here. We stand out as one of the best human services organizations in the country. But we need problem-solvers, innovators, and terrific leaders to make sure we are smart in how we use our funding so that we reach the people who most need our help to make their lives better.

“DHS strives to be the kind of place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come to grow and do their best work.”

-From the organization’s statement on Equity and Inclusion

 

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER – M/F/V/D

Accounting Manager

The Accounting Manager will manage the day to day operations of the Finance department. Overseeing the accounts payable, accounts receivable, loan receivable, TIF, payroll, and affiliate accounting functions.  The goal is to enable the company’s leadership to make sound business decision and meet the company’s objectives by providing appropriate financial reports.

Job title:  Accounting Manager
Department:  Finance Department
Divisional Unit: Central Operations
Pay Grade: 8
Reports to: Director of Finance

Full-time / Exempt

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Direct management and supervision of department staff who are responsible for financial reporting, billing, cash management, AR, AP, loan divisions, collections, payroll, and budget preparation.
  • Oversee all tactical operations of the finance department, ensuring staff are on track with departmental goals and objectives.
  • Conducts performance reviews, appraisals, and remediation of employee performance as needed.
  • Analyze costs, pricing, variable contributions, sales results and the company’s actual performance compared to the business plans and budget forecasts.
  • Conduct reviews and evaluations for cost-reduction opportunities
  • Liaise with Assistant Director of Finance to ensure appropriate monitoring of company finances is maintained.
  • Correspond with various other departments, discussing company plans and agreeing on future paths to be taken.
  • Audits accounts to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations; coordinates with outside auditors and provides needed information for the annual external audit to ensure compliance
  • Ensure compliance with GAAP and GASB principles
  • Assuming responsibility for cash management procedures
  • Analyze financial information and summarize financial status
  • Oversee month-end and year-end close process, including bank reconciliations.
  • Oversee execution of business processes and accounting policies to ensure they are in compliance with internal controls
  • Oversee Loan Review process of Commercial and Residential lending programs
  • Manage payroll processing functions, and serve as backup support for payroll processing
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and/or Finance
  • Five-eight (5-8) years of experience working in diverse finance and accounting roles
  • At least three-five (3-5) years’ of experience supervising a team of finance individuals
  • In-depth understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) & Government Accounting Standards Board principles (GASB)
  • Experience and full understanding of financial reporting
  • Experience with general ledger functions and the month-end/year-end close process
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Aptitude for numbers and quantitative skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation preferred

Competencies:

  • Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Develops Talent
  • Establishing Focus
  • Providing Motivational Support
  • Fostering Teamwork
  • Empowering Others
  • Managing Change
  • Managing Performance (Leader)
  • Attention to Communication
  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Technical Expertise
  • Takes Initiative
  • Results Orientation

Physical Requirements:

Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA. Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs., standing, sitting, reaching and stretching. Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone.

Disclaimers:

The URA is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual origination, political, and/or union affiliation.

 

AN APPLICANT MUST BE A CITY OF PITTSBURGH RESIDENT, OR BECOME ONE AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT AT THE URA.

Director of Finance

The Borough of Swissvale, a diverse urban community bordering the City of Pittsburgh, with a resident population of 8,900 over 1.3 square miles, is seeking an experienced Finance Director with strong fiscal management capabilities to continue Swissvale Borough’s strong economic position and growth.  Annual budget is in excess of $10 million with 40 full-time and 35 part-time and seasonal employees.

The Finance Director will be responsible for all aspects of the finance department including, but not limited to, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, payroll taxes, employee deductions, maintenance of daily cash balances, deposits, bank reconciliations, journal entries, maintenance of records for annual Borough audit, preparation for annual Borough audit, preparation of monthly reports and reports requested by Council and Borough Manager, records retention, budget preparation and oversight, tracking of debt service, year-end reporting and employee benefit administration and tracking.  The Finance Director also serves as the Borough Treasurer and Borough Right-to-Know Officer.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate strong experience working with municipal governments and a sound understanding of municipal finances. The selected candidate must have a strong background working with Quickbooks and Microsoft Office Suite.  The selected candidate must also have the ability to work with other staff members, elected officials, elected property tax collector, appointed Earned Income Tax Collector, appointed delinquent tax collector, banks, insurance companies and other outside agencies and individuals as necessary.

The ideal candidate must also be able to work independently and as part of the management team of the Borough of Swissvale. Must exercise good critical thinking skills, supervisory skills, budget development skills, management skills, strong computer skills, as well as the ability to deal effectively with employees and the public.

A Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field along with a minimum of five years (5) years of progressively responsible work experience is preferred.  Applicable work in a governmental setting is a plus.

Salary will be $50,000.00 and up commensurate with experience and education.  A full benefits package is also offered.

Cover letter, resume, and at least three (3) professional references shall be submitted by January 22, 2021, to Katherine Malsch, Borough Manager, Borough of Swissvale, 7560 Roslyn Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 or via email to kmalsch@swissvaleborough.com.

The Borough of Swissvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status in any of its activities or operations.

Planning Analyst

The Planning Analyst will work on the Planning and Innovation team, which is part of the Office of Analytics, Technology and Planning (ATP), Allegheny County Department of Human Services.  The department’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of the county’s most vulnerable residents.  ATP supports this mission by providing information that supports good decision-making in human services by researching, collecting and analyzing information that supports local leaders in designing effective ways of providing services and improving program quality, including enhancing clients’ experiences with programs and services.

The Planning and Innovation team at ATP is responsible for developing DHS’s strategic plan with senior leaders and aligning those priorities with spending decisions, as well as legislative and policy actions.  The team spurs innovation and improvement by researching best practices and working with program offices to design better programs and systems, including securing additional funding through developing and writing grant applications and supporting program offices in procuring and implementing new services and process changes. Planning and Innovation team members are results-focused and have a rare set of skills—they can plan, write, analyze, organize, and coordinate projects. They also are highly-adaptable and collaborative. Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Organizing and conducting internal and community planning processes that challenge DHS to use its resources to achieve highest-level of impact on health and well-being of people who are most vulnerable.
  • Preparing written plans with clear, measurable outcomes and that integrate programs and meet government requirements.
  • Organizing and conducting thorough analyses of program and systems processes and outcomes.
  • Researching and writing grant applications for government and foundation funding to support innovation.
  • Researching and writing program evaluations and reports.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of quality improvement strategies with programs.
  • Working with program staff to design new programs and redesign existing ones, to meet specific goals and objectives.
  • Researching health and human services issues and developing well-argued recommendations for action.

Strategic Planning:

  • Conducting the research and analysis of community needs and opportunities, with a client-centered approach.
  • Analyzing gaps in services, performance, and service delivery approach, using quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Facilitating planning that engages stakeholders and uses data and other information for decision-making.
  • Researching and organizing planning options aligned with revenue sources.
  • Framing decisions clearly for leadership and facilitates discussions to arrive at decisions.
  • Outlining and writing plans that align with available resources.
  • Writing and submitting detailed plans and reports to funding sources.

Developing and planning quality programming for DHS clients—at the request of program offices (e.g., Children, Youth and Families) and other key stakeholders.

  • Researching best practices and gathering data to develop well-informed strategic recommendations to program office leadership:
  • Designing new programs.
  • Redesigning existing programs and systems, considering best practices and current results.
  • Pulling together a team to write formal procurement documents.
  • Coordinating projects during their initial implementation and supports the transition of the initiative to a permanent program leader.
  • Writing grant applications to acquire funding for innovative demonstration programs.
  • Writing annual plans/reports to the state and federal governments and foundations.
  • Using research and analysis to examine business processes and recommending how to improve the ways DHS delivers services to people in the community.
  • Conducting program reviews, descriptions, and evaluations.
  • Developing innovative approaches to solving important problems in human services delivery.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to clearly communicate (written/verbal) with diverse audiences and to work in teams; sensitive to cultural diversity in the workplace and toward clients.
  • Strong analytical skills, as well fiscal management/budgeting skills.
  • Ability to deliver high-quality work products with limited levels of supervision, within required time frames, using a very collaborative approach.
  • High degree of skill in analyzing data and information from various sources and in forming and substantiating recommendations for action.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of flexibility while consistently focusing on the organization’s mission and high standards.
  • Willingness and ability to learn and respond quickly on subject areas within the health and human services field.
  • Ability to listen to and respect people with varied experiences.
  • Ability to facilitate agreements that serve the residents of Allegheny County.
  • Ability to clearly and persuasively present information, including presentations of data to stakeholder groups, internal and external to DHS.
  • Ability to see how programs fit within the broader aims of Allegheny County DHS,
    Skilled in public speaking.
  • Able to thrive in an environment that requires flexibility and multi-tasking.
  • Able to sit at a computer for long periods (2 plus hours) and traverse the building carrying up to 10 pounds (files, books, etc.).
  • Has both available and consistent access to reliable transportation and is able to navigate in the community for work-related assignments.

Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a related field, plus 2 years of previous experience working in program planning or program development.

-OR-

Any equivalent combination of education and experience which meets the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

If hired for a position, candidates would work for Allegheny County, Department of Human Services and be employed by Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute.

About Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS)

In Allegheny County, we appreciate people who think big, act boldly, and care about making a difference. You don’t have to be from here to feel at home, or to make your mark. With only 1.3 million people in the County, it is small enough for motivated people to get things done. Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is a perfect place to get things done that directly affect people in need in a positive and lasting way. We help children grow up safer and healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, and neighborhoods to thrive. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people in Allegheny County.

DHS is the largest agency in Allegheny County government, with a budget of nearly $1 billion. DHS serves over 200,000 people a year through services that include: Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect and preventing future occurrences of maltreatment; improving child wellness through family support, home visiting, early intervention and in-home services; providing treatment for behavioral health issues such as substance use disorders and mental illness; managing the care of adults with intellectual disabilities; preventing unnecessary nursing home stays; and services that prevent homelessness and provide shelter and housing for families and individuals.

Why DHS?

  • It is innovative. Most recently, the national attention and awards we’ve gotten are for how DHS integrates data and uses them to improve the safety and well-being of children through tools that support front-line staff in making decisions (using predictive analytics).
  • DHS is diverse, but we strive to be even more inclusive. Our director has made it his top priority that DHS is “the kind of place where a diverse group of talented people want to come, grow, and do their best work.” This includes equity in hiring and advancement, as well as in unleashing the creativity and ideas of staff at every level of DHS.
  • It has strong, assertive leaders. We do not hire yes-people.

You can make a big impact here. We stand out as one of the best human services organizations in the country. But we need problem-solvers, innovators, and terrific leaders to make sure we are smart in how we use our funding so that we reach the people who most need our help to make their lives better.

 “DHS strives to be the kind of place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come to grow and do their best work.” 

-From the organization’s statement on Equity and Inclusion

 

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER – M/F/V/D

Commerical Loan Underwriter

The Commercial Loan Underwriter is vital to the lending & investment department’s loan origination and underwriting function. The Commercial Loan Underwriter position is responsible for the execution of URA financing programs, including sourcing clients, underwriting loans, and portfolio management. An ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, be passionate, driven, collaborative, and dedicated to furthering Pittsburgh’s economic vitality.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Work with URA Business Services and partner organizations to widely promote loan programs across the city
  • Create connections and source deal flow throughout the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Originate applications for financing, collect applicable information and documentation; analyze and underwrite the application; prepare and present loan proposals for internal and loan review committee review; close approved loans; and service the loan.
  • Coordinate teamwork among URA staff, entrepreneurs and small businesses, private funders, and others.
  • Work with the Manager of Business Lending and the URA’s Legal and Compliance staff to ensure that commercial loans and grants are originated in accordance with federal tax law, applicable underwriting guidelines, the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s program guidelines and all other applicable local/state and federal regulations and guidelines.
  • Monitor the financial performance of borrowers and as necessary recommend technical assistance and loan restructuring.
  • Facilitate URA façade program promotion, underwriting, and execution, as requested.
  • Prepare professional correspondence, credit memos, and other documentation.
  • Work with businesses to connect with resources and tools (both URA and non URA) including technical assistance.
  • Represent the Commercial and Business Lending Department and its programs to external partners and the public, as requested.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.
  • Work independently with general direction from the manager and director.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree and/or relevant professional experience in business administration, economics, entrepreneurship, business and commercial real estate lending or a related field.
  • Two (2) years’ experience with financial statements, specifically education or professional experience with balance sheets, income statements, and cash flows.
  • Excellent organizational skills and communication skills, including verbal, written and public speaking.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft WORD, EXCEL and PUBLISHER is desired; experience with Salesforce and WordPress or similar software a plus.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lending or finance experience

Competencies:

  • Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Develops Talent
  • Information Gathering
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Technical Expertise
  • Customer Orientation
  • Managing Performance
  • Takes Initiative
  • Thoroughness
  • Personal Credibility
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communications
  • Interpersonal Awareness

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs., standing, sitting, reaching and stretching.
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone.

Disclaimers:

The URA is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, political, and/or union affiliation.

AN APPLICANT MUST BE A CITY OF PITTSBURGH RESIDENT, OR BECOME ONE AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT AT THE URA.

Government Affairs & Policy Director

Position: Government Affairs & Policy Director | Full-Time: Salary Position

Background: 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: The Government Affairs & Policy Director provides leadership and administration in developing the organizational capacity to identify advocacy and policy approaches to improve young children’s early care and learning experiences. The Government Affairs & Policy Director will lead the organization’s relations with local, state and national elected officials. This is a full-time position that works with a team of three strong staff that will include occasional evening and weekend hours and some travel.

Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years’ experience of senior-level policy and program experience
  • Successful legislative advocacy experience
  • Strong understanding of the Pennsylvania legislative process
  • Excellent written and oral communications, including media and public relations
  • Strong ability to work in advocacy coalitions and collaborating with aligned organizations both local and statewide
  • Demonstrated successful experiences in working with diverse populations
  • Willing to travel regularly across southwest Pennsylvania, periodically to Harrisburg and to national conferences a few times a year.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with legislators, and local and state government administrations.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with community organizations, early childhood educators, and other stakeholders involved in advocacy and programs.
  • Cultivate strategic relationships and partnerships to further Trying Together’s strategic objectives.
  • Develop and implement a legislative agenda.
  • Work collaboratively with the organization’s lobbyist.
  • Liaison to the Board of Directors’ Public Policy Committee.
  • Develop and write, in collaboration with Public Policy Team and the Board Public Policy Committee, the policy agenda for the organization.
  • Advance Trying Together’s policy agenda by engaging in advocacy and policy development activities, including participating in advocacy coalitions, collaborating with aligned organizations, and representing the organization at a variety of community and public policy settings.
  • Oversee the development and dissemination of issue briefs, white papers, public testimony and policy memos on policy agenda and legislative agenda issues.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the early childhood field.
  • Monitor and ensure the delivery and implementation of grant-supported advocacy activities in alignment with Trying Together’s mission and policy agenda.
  • Represent the organization on Early Learning PA committee calls, as appropriate.
  • Meticulously document and record program activities and outcomes, and ensure grant reports and evaluations, both internal and external, document program impact. Review data to determine areas for improvement.
  • Manage the public policy team including delegation of tasks, and coordination of projects.
  • Participate in Trying Together and/or campaign press events, as appropriate.
  • Manage, lead, and coordinate the SWPA ECE Leadership Council.
  • Manage strategic plan goals for the Public Policy Department, monitor progress and share updates with the Executive Director.
  • Participate as a member of the organization’s leadership team to coordinate and deliver services across departments to increase Trying Together’s effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Participates in initial and on-going professional development for the purpose of professional growth and skill development.
  • Commitment to racial equity and inclusion and a willingness to do the ongoing personal work to bring about a more just society.
  • Promotes and supports the vision, mission, and goals of Trying Together.

To learn more, visit www.tryingtogether.org.

Skills:

  • Proficiency in office software including spreadsheets, word processing programs, and e-mail at a high competency level
  • Engage in appropriate use of social media in a professional environment
  • Comfort with technology tools including tablet computers, laptops, presentation equipment, and additional hardware as needed, including a willingness to learn new technologies
  • Effective organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and projects
  • Excellent written communications skills
  • Strong ability to manage multiple projects with deadlines
  • Able to work independently and as a team member
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Effective decision-making skills
  • Effective verbal and listening communications skills
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Clean Act 33 Child Clearance
  • Clean Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Clean Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Clean NSOR Clearance
  • Valid Driver’s License

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, and two writing samples to jobs@tryingtogether.org. Phone calls will not be accepted.
Posting will remain open until filled.

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.

Government Contract Procurement Program Manager

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) in Pittsburgh, the region’s economic development district, seeks a Government Contract Procurement Program Manager to assist with the development, implementation and administration of all programs and projects designed to provide information and technical assistance to promote small businesses seeking government contracts.  Position reports to the Planning and Development Director.

TYPICAL ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Research and maintain information resources that identify current government contract opportunities and supportive data.
  • Applies knowledge of government contract procurement regulations and procedures in the development and implementation of training and marketing programs.
  • Provides consultant services to small businesses seeking government contracts.
  • Applies knowledge of public and private funding to secure and maintain funding / grant programs.
  • Assists in developing programs including budgets and work plans.
  • Builds partnerships with funding agencies and program centers thru networking and other focus type events.
  • Manages compliance with funding agencies.
  • Develop and conduct informational/promotional workshops and seminars.
  • Maintains and updates files and records on program activity.
  • All other duties as assigned by Supervisor/Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration or closely related field required.
  • At least 2 years of related experience.
  • Experience of working with government agencies of all levels.
  • General computer skills with the ability to learn new software applications.
  • Experience using Client Relationship Manager Programs (NeoSerra and/or Executive Pulse) preferred.
  • Valid PA Drivers License.

TO APPLY:

Email letter of interest and resume to:  hr@spcregion.org

EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer

SPC provides competitive compensation, including an excellent benefits package; flex time, mileage reimbursement, holiday/vacation pay and more.