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.

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

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.

Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer

Background

Allegheny County’s Department of Equity and Inclusion (formerly the Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MWDBE) Department), supports the County’s efforts in elevating and sustaining an environment that is inclusive and equitable within the County and its external-facing services, with a high value on promoting shared prosperity through community development and opportunities.  Additionally, the Department of Equity and Inclusion (DEI) seeks to build the capacity of MWDBE certified businesses, monitor contracts to ensure compliance with Allegheny County goals and provide outreach and technical assistance to the business community.

Strategically located in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic States, with Pittsburgh as the city center, Allegheny County is uniquely positioned to deliver its world-class high-tech, bio-medical, manufacturing, and communication products to markets throughout the world.  Supporting the County’s vision, the areas of accountability specific to the Department include:

  • Equity and Inclusion: The promotion of an equity strategy to ensure racial equity in programs and services, accomplished through interdepartmental cooperation as well as working with community-based organizations to ensure residents view the county as an effective and inclusive government. Also includes trainings related to the importance of equitable and inclusive work environments, and the impact of such efforts on a sustainable environment that ensures racial equity.
  • Certification Service: “One-stop shopping” for firms seeking certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).
  • Contract Compliance: Oversees the effort made by firms bidding contracts with Allegheny County to ensure that a strong effort has been made to include MWDBEs on these offerings. Works to increase the number of MWDBE companies participating in contracting opportunities in Allegheny County and oversees MWDBE participation on contracts. Also serves as a repository of information on MWDBE contract participation provided by county authorities.
  • Outreach and Technical Assistance: Communicates with the public by hosting and participating in workshops, trainings, tradeshows, and speaking engagements, as well as through social media platforms and advertisements in relevant publications. Partners with local nonprofits to conduct monthly certification counseling sessions. Hosts an annual open house to provide networking opportunities and technical assistance.

For more information, please visit: https://www.alleghenycounty.us/equity-inclusion/index.aspx

Purpose and Scope of Position

Allegheny County seeks a Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer (CEIO) to lead a collaborative initiative to deepen County Government’s diversity, equity, and inclusion in policies, procedures, and activities relevant to the work of the Department of Equity and Inclusion. The creation of the CEIO role, a new leadership position, reflects Allegheny County’s ongoing commitment to continuing this work and ensuring that applicable policies and processes across the organization are fully aligned with the principles and values of diversity, equity and inclusion. As a member of the leadership team, the CEIO will report to the County Manager, and manage a departmental budget of almost $1 million.

Working closely with a staff of 10 professional staff members, this key hire will seek to enhance and improve the County’s efforts in promoting racial and gender equity in its contracting, service, and workforce opportunities. The new CEIO will facilitate initiatives that aim to create business and workforce opportunities as well as support the development and implementation of policies and programs that foster economic pathways for county residents who have been historically disenfranchised and marginalized. In addition, the new CEIO will work with the Human Resources Department and other partners to develop and implement equity and inclusion initiatives by executing relevant programming, training, and other strategies to continue fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace and community.

Primary Responsibilities

The new CEIO will be a talented and visionary leader who will promote economic and social equity through analysis, evaluation of metrics, education, and community partnerships. The CEIO will provide vision, leadership, and coordination for the County’s efforts to ensure equity and inclusion across all aspects of the organization’s work. The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Leadership and Management

  • Oversees the Department’s operations including program development, fiscal management, and partnership oversight.
  • Develops and maintains quality and performance standards for all MWDBE activities: conducts surveys, gathers data, prepares reports, drafts policies and procedures, and implements and monitors related plans and actions.
  • Manages the staff with transparency and respect, creating a workplace that is professional and positive. Engages employees in strategic discussions and develops and empowers them to work to their full potential.

Partnerships and Community Relations

  • Leads the County’s engagement with local, regional and national organizations regarding equity and inclusion.
  • Participates in county-wide equity collaborations and provides leadership, guidance, training and support to internal and external partners in the development and delivery of equity programs.
  • Invests in community-based partnerships that will inform the County’s decision-making and foster full and equitable civic participation.
  • Assists with cultivating relationships with key external organizations and vendors; collaborates with key partners and stakeholders on equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Advances education and communication to better engage residents and communities in ways that are inclusive, responsive and socially just.

Program Development

  • Leads the capacity-building of MWDBE-certified businesses.
  • Leads the execution and delivery of equity and inclusion programs and initiatives.
  • Coordinates the development of relevant committees and/or workgroups to address areas of equity and inclusion.
  • Develops work plans and training materials designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values, maintaining compliance with applicable laws.
  • Establishes baseline disparity data/benchmarks and processes to track and report outcomes.
  • Provides expert technical guidance and leadership to management and elected officials on equity and social justice issues affecting County programs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The CEIO brings expertise around equity and inclusion practices and principles with experience leading culture change. The candidate will be a strategist, communicator, and facilitator who can create a road map for achieving vision, and the collective buy-in and accountability required to achieve organizational change. The CEIO will work in close partnership with the County Manager and the leadership team of the County to develop and implement a framework and vision for equity and inclusion. The new CEIO must have a demonstrated awareness and understanding of multiple facets of diversity and how to apply this knowledge to growing and developing the Department. All candidates must be willing to use the equity lens to develop and implement relevant programs. The successful candidate will possess a combination of the following skills and attributes:

  • A track record of leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, including race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability.
  • A record and reputation as a coalition builder with the ability to bring various perspectives together for a common cause.
  • Preferred experience with contract negotiation and procurement, within the public or private sectors.
  • Strong diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) analyses and commitment as well as experience successfully leading the integration of DEI throughout organizational policies, practices, management, and culture.
  • Educational background that is consistent with the outlined responsibilities of the position.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in management and leadership, particularly with programs in DEI and program development.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with periods of ambiguity, and constructive participation in ongoing organizational development.
  • Experience incorporating perspectives of multiple communities including communities of color in consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • Demonstrated success in creating and promoting a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace environment. Working style that is transparent, encouraging, and collaborative.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to present to diverse audiences.

Performance Objectives

In the near term, the CEIO will be expected to continue to deliver outstanding outcomes while successfully addressing the following:

  • Identify priority areas within the county that will be most impactful in addressing implicit and explicit bias, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to share in the County’s economic prosperity.
  • Represent the County in efforts and initiatives that emphasize its commitment to equity and its focus on promoting a government that is inclusive and engages all communities.
  • Elevate the awareness by employees of the County’s commitment by working with other departments on initiatives, trainings and other opportunities to underscore its commitment to racial equity and advancement of opportunities for all.

Compensation

This position offers a competitive salary of approximately $115,000 with an excellent complement of benefits.

How to Apply

Allegheny County has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this important organizational change process. Specific questions related to the position may be emailed to Michelle Pagano Heck, President, at Michelle@NonprofitTalent.com. Applications are not accepted at this email address. Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent, and do not contact Allegheny County.

Resume, position specific cover letter, and salary expectations may be uploaded here:

https://nonprofittalent.applytojob.com/apply/8QDdo6KStt/Chief-Equity-And-Inclusion-Officer-Allegheny-County

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY JUNE 15, 2020 at 5PM

 

Allegheny County is an equal opportunity employer.

PULSE Fellow, 20-21 Program Year

PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. We invite talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership.  PULSE fellows serve for a year beginning in August.

As a PULSE fellow, you will serve with a nonprofit, live in community, and grow as a leader.  Through all our activities, we will equip and develop young adults to be civic and community leader with a heart for service.

SERVE WITH A NONPROFIT – Serve 35 hours/week for a year (beginning in August) with a Pittsburgh nonprofit. Check out some of our current and previous nonprofit partners.

LIVE IN COMMUNITY – Cultivate community by living together with other fellows and sharing meals, household tasks, finances and learning experiences.

GROW AS A LEADER – Participate in leadership training and personal development (orientation, weekly seminars, retreats, mentoring, one-on-one coaching, etc.)

PULSE fellows are provided with lodging, food, transportation, some reimbursable health insurance expenses, and a modest monthly stipend.  PULSE fellows receive resources to fund their own personal development and are eligible for student loan deferment.

Application deadline is March 1st, 2020.  Apply TODAY – www.pulsepittsburgh.org/serve

Questions regarding the PULSE fellowship can be directed to:

Neal Donovan at recruiting@pulsepittsburgh.org or by phone at 412.361.0124.

 

If you are a nonprofit interested in partnering with PULSE during the 20-21 Program Year, beginning in September 2020, learn more at www.pulsepittsburgh.org/partner, attend an upcoming PULSE Prospective Nonprofit Partner Information Session or contact Jonnett Maurer at partner@pulsepittsburgh.org or by phone at 412.361.0124.

Managing Director of Foundation & Government Relations

The Director of Foundation & Government Relations will oversee efforts to secure foundation and government funding at WQED. Working in close partnership with both internal and external stakeholders, the Director will develop and execute a comprehensive plan to identify, cultivate and solicit grant funding and steward ongoing relationships. Grants include local and national foundations, public and private funding sources from all levels of government, and public broadcasting related organizations. The Director is responsible for generating grant revenue, building positive relationships for WQED with foundation and government representatives and ensuring that the organization carries out the commitments associated with each grant. The Director of Foundation & Government Relations reports to the Vice President of Development and Membership, works closely with the Chief Executive Officer in implementing strategy and supervises the Foundation Coordinator.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Research and Cultivation

  • Establish organizational goals for generating support from foundation and government funding sources. Goals should include both revenue generated as well as measures of activity related to effective relationship building.
  • Develop the strategy and tactics to cultivate, solicit and steward grants from local and national foundations and local, state and federal sources of public funds, leading the execution of an organization-wide plan to secure funding.
  • In collaboration with senior management and board, identify specific strategic program priorities for funding on both a yearly and ongoing basis.
  • Build a robust pipeline of foundation and government support by developing strategies for grant opportunities based on similarities between the mission of prospective funders and WQED’s identified programmatic plans and priorities.
  • Work with the Foundation Coordinator on prospect research to proactively identify untapped funding sources, including new and ongoing sources, particularly those whose guidelines are a match for WQED initiatives.
  • Work closely with staff and program leaders to coordinate with and appropriately leverage the contacts and involvement of the CEO, other senior management and board members to engage with foundation and government representatives. Manage foundation and government relationships by providing support through the formation of strategy, preparation of supporting documents, drafting correspondence and documenting contact. Foster personal connections with staff, board, and other key foundation and government contacts.
  • Spearhead, with the Foundation Coordinator, the use of contact management systems and processes to oversee stewardship of foundation and government relationships and to track pertinent application and grant information, research and reporting.

Proposal Development and Submission

  • Develop and maintain an intimate knowledge and understanding of all the current and planned programs and services WQED provides in the community.
  • Coordinate and manage the internal application process for all foundation and government funding opportunities, including developing the strategy, planning, writing, document gathering, internal and external communications, and final submission of applications, proposals, etc.
  • Craft compelling narratives for support of WQED and its programs, collaborating closely with program and communications staff to develop program proposals and reports.
  • Serve as primary editor and conduit for applications, letters of inquiry, proposals, and all other communications. Ensure that submissions are thorough and compelling. Supervise final production, ensuring that the relevant attachments are included, packaged in a quality manner, and that the mailing and/or electronic submission of proposals meets deadlines and are documented.
  • Work with the Foundation Coordinator, financial staff and relevant program staff to develop accurate budget information for funding applications.
  • Serve as the primary contact, liaison and conduit of information with funders in relation to proposals/applications and all other communications.

Grants Management

  • Once the grant award is finalized, oversee the monitoring of progress and work with staff and senior management to ensure that each grant funded project or program has been initiated and meets conditions and expectations.
  • With the Foundation Coordinator, develop a detailed tracking system and report related to the status of grants, including prospective grants, awarded grants, and grants declined or tabled.
  • Supervise the Foundation Coordinator’s work to maintain a detailed schedule of reporting requirements and other performance requirements with related deadlines, as detailed in each grant agreement.
  • Oversee the preparation and submission all required reports.
  • Maintain comprehensive historical records of all documentation related to each grant.

Required Education and Skills:

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible development experience, including significant experience in managing foundation and government funding, proposal and report writing and supervision of staff.
  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree a plus.
  • Certification from the Association of Fundraising Professionals or equivalent highly desirable.
  • Fundraising strategist with demonstrated experience in successfully applying for and administering grants from foundation and government funders, preferably including grants from the local Southwestern Pennsylvania government and foundation sources.
  • Proven track record in fostering professional relationships with foundation program officers and government representatives, managing a portfolio of foundation and government funders and personally implementing cultivation strategies.
  • Experience managing the proposal development process, with a preference for candidates who have successfully coordinated various departments in preparation and submittal of grant applications/proposals.
  • Demonstrated skill in developing budgets for proposals.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, with a proven ability to present written information in a concise and persuasive format.
  • Independent worker and also able to thrive as a successful member of an integrated, team-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively, effectively, and collaboratively in a complex organization with funders, partners, board members, management, and other staff.
  • Focused and energetic with a high level of initiative.
  • Strong organizational, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Experienced at managing multiple tasks simultaneously, establishing priorities, working calmly under pressure, and managing competing deadlines and shifting priorities.
  • Must have the ability to manage and motivate staff in subordinate, peer and leadership positions and inspire confidence among staff, board, and foundation representatives.
  • Working knowledge of donor management/CRM system(s) and prospect research tools.

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to careers@wqed.org.  No Phone Calls Please.

WQED is an Equal Opportunity Employer with leadership and a culture that supports diversity and inclusion

Analyst

We are seeking an Analyst experienced in working with human service programs and/or quality improvement programs to perform 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). Additional responsibilities 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.
  • Developing an understanding of DHS’s services and systems, in order to promote the effective use of data for decision-making.
  • Sharing knowledge and findings through effective verbal and written presentations, to internal and to external stakeholders; writing detailed research reports describing the methodology, findings and recommendations of completed studies.
  • 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 data collection, cleaning and analysis; performing literature reviews; finding and obtaining secondary data sources; and gathering input from contracted providers, consumers and DHS staff on appropriate standards by which to measure service delivery.
  • Assisting in the ongoing design, development and enhancement of DHS information systems.  As an end-user of these systems, the Analyst provides guidance on the optimal data structure and system requirements to ensure that the data stored and retrieved from the system meet the research and operational needs of DHS.  May also include working closely with colleagues to identify and solve data-related problems.
  • 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.

Requirements

2 years of previous relevant experience. Candidate should have a demonstrated interest in public service and research, be proficient in Microsoft suite, specifically Excel and PowerPoint, along with knowledge of analytic tools (e.g., SPSS or R) and have strong analytic and critical thinking skills. Additionally, excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to clearly communicate with diverse audiences, as well as the ability to interact professionally with staff consumers and the general public are important to the success of the position. Due to the nature of this position, the candidate should be able to sit at a computer for long periods (2 plus hours) and traverse the building carrying up to 10 pounds (files, books, etc.). Available and consistent access to reliable transportation is required to navigate in the community for work-related assignments.

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

Planning Manager

The Planning Manager will be responsible for coordinating the Department’s strategic planning process, developing and overseeing accountability measures for the plan’s implementation, and leading a team engaged in complex, detailed analytical and administrative work on plans filed with the state. The Planning Manager will be a highly visible position under the direction of the Chief Planning Officer; working closely with the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) managers, subject matter experts, and community members on the use of the Department’s resources so that DHS meets its mission of assisting and strengthening the county’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Creating and submitting DHS’s plans to the state, to secure millions of dollars in funding for programs and services; and serving as the organization’s liaison to the state budget and policy offices and with DHS’s fiscal/budget staff. (These plans include the Needs Based Plan and Budget and the Human Services Block Grant.)
  • Guiding the implementation of the current strategic plan, and supporting staff and leaders in their implementation, through frequent communications/updates and reporting internally and to the public.
  • Coordinating the process for the next strategic plan:
    1. Supporting the Chief Planning Officer and Chief Analytics Officer in identifying the scope and aims of the plan and working with them to present this approach to DHS leaders for their approval and modifications. The plan will identify long-term goals, strategic objectives and measurable outcomes for DHS.
    2. Working with DHS’s analytic teams and program staff to identify the information that stakeholders need in order to shape a well-targeted plan (e.g., data on community needs, organizational performance and challenges, program performance, and opportunities DHS could leverage).
    3. Working with DHS’s customer experience (CX) team to develop and implement an approach to securing client and community ideas and response to the plan’s aims and strategies.
    4. Managing the planning process, which includes creating the work plan with deliverables, timeline, and identified leads, providing support to work groups/teams, coordinating assignments, clearly communicating among planning participants, and following up with them to provide additional support needed to progress.
    5. Developing metrics with leaders, staff and analysts, to accompany each strategy.
    6. Throughout planning, works collaboratively with the DHS and other staff. The Planning Manager must seek ways of building positive working relationships with DHS’s customers, nonprofit agencies, County employees and officials, and the general public, as well as develop positive working relationships with people across multiple areas and, by delivering results that they value, maintain that respect and collegiality.
    7. Assisting in the development of key performance indicators across all of DHS and in conjunction with other County departments.
    8. Writing the plan and working with DHS’s Office of Community Relations to communicate it to the public.
    9. Guiding and supporting the implementation of this new plan.
  • Supporting DHS offices in developing their annual plans and budgets, to align with the strategic plan and DHS’s mission.
  • Collaborating with staff and leaders to identify issues and design creative solutions.
  • Supervising and managing a group of Planning Analysts to conduct this work and to be fully part of the broader Planning and Innovation team, ATP and DHS.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of human services, its purpose, and service delivery approaches.
  • Ability to develop plans that move organizations forward and unite leaders and staff in a common vision and set of strategies, and that are tied to resource allocations.
  • Ability to manage projects and support program design and performance improvement.
  • Capacity to select, develop, and supervise staff for their high performance and job satisfaction.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan using adaptable (not rigid) frameworks, and to apply planning research methods, data collection and analysis.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong meeting facilitation and public speaking skills; ability to clearly communicate plans to groups and the public, and support DHS in seeking customer opinions and ideas.
  • Ability to write clear, logical and well-researched plans, reports, and applications for funding.
  • Consistent ability to exercise sound judgement.
  • Ability to initiate and develop ideas that support the organization’s mission.
  • Open to developing personal skills and to coaching/development by the Planning and Innovation leader and other DHS leaders.
  • Outstanding time-management, planning and organizational skills, including the ability to support assigned team and their projects.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, and the ability to build a cohesive, high-functioning team that delivers high quality results; respectful and reliable when interacting with others.
  • Strong budgeting and analytical skills; skilled in evaluating data, policies and technical issues.
  • Ability to think at a systems level (seeking to understand the big picture and how things connect), and work collaboratively, while asking questions and challenging assumptions.
  • Self-directed and flexible with strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Capacity to develop short-range and long-range plans, and build innovative solutions.
  • Ability to thrive despite ambiguity—when projects and aims require assistance to be more clearly defined and shaped, over time.
  • Consistent access to reliable transportation with the ability to navigate in the community for work related assignments.

Education/Experience Requirements

Master’s degree from an accredited college/university in Public Policy, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Social Work (with concentration in Social Work Administration/Planning), or similar field, plus five (5) years’ planning experience and five (5) years’ supervisory experience preferred.

-OR-

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in Public Policy/Administration, Business Administration, Planning, Government/Political Science or a directly-related field, plus six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience with strategic planning, project management, policy analysis, research, and program development, including two (2) years of mid-to senior level supervisory or management experience. Five (5) years’ planning experience and five (5) years’ supervisory experience preferred.

 

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)

DHS helps children grow up safer and healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, and neighborhoods to thrive—with the overall goal of improving 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. It serves over 200,000 people a year through its staff and a large network of provider organizations. Its services include: Preventing unnecessary nursing home stays and supporting them in living safely and healthfully, 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; and services that prevent homelessness and provide shelter and housing for families and individuals.

Advantages of this assignment at 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 strives to be more inclusive. The director has made it his top priority. This includes equity in hiring and advancement, as well as in unleashing the creativity and ideas of staff at every level of DHS.
  • DHS has strong, assertive leaders. The director expects independent thinking by his team—which has an average tenure of 15 years of working together.
  • People can make a big impact at DHS. It stands out as one of the best human services organizations in the country.

“At DHS we have a clear vision: to be the 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