Receptionist

The Receptionist of the URA is often the first point of contact for the URA stakeholders and will provide high quality, professional, timely, and engaging service for the organization. This position will collect, produce, and supply information regarding the organization to the general public, clients, customers, and employees as well as supporting front office functions with superb administrative skills.

Job title: Receptionist
Department: Human Resources
Divisional Unit: Central Operations
Pay Grade: 3
Reports to: Human Resources Manager

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Greet all persons entering organization, direct them to the correct destination, inform URA staff when visitors and guests arrive, and offer refreshments to all guests.
  • Tidy and maintain the reception area including coffee bar stations to ensure coffee is brewed for guests and visitors throughout the day, and restock other refreshments as needed.
  • Ensure conference rooms are organized before and reorganized after daily use to maintain professional appearances when guests arrive.
  • Professionally answer the URA’s main telephone line, screen and direct calls as appropriate internally and externally based on the services requested.
  • Take and relay messages when staff members are unavailable.
  • Provide information to callers about the URA’s programs, events, and departments. Answer queries from the public, customers, and clients.
  • Maintain and update phone directories and contact lists as organization personnel changes occur.
  • Monitor visitor access and maintain security awareness. Responsible for providing back up support to the main lobby attendant in the event of an absence to greet all guests entering the building.
  • Receive and sort incoming and outgoing mail for the URA’s various departments. Prepare, weigh and add postage to mail. Notify and coordinate department mail pickup and drop off.
  • Schedule and maintain appointments as needed for conference rooms, vehicle registrations, and create meeting room lists daily for internal staff reference.
  • Assist in the ordering of catering for meetings throughout the URA, and assist with conference room setup as needed.
  • Monitor and maintain office equipment, and office supplies for the organization, as well as scheduling regular document shredding for the URA.
  • Perform administrative support tasks such as preparing correspondences, creating and editing documents, filing, and recordkeeping as requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Associates degree in business related function.
  • 3+ years of experience in a related administrative, receptionist, or front office coordinator role.
  • Proficiency with computers and relevant software including but not limited to: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, etc.
  • Ability to type at least 50 words per minute.
  • Excellent customer service skills and best practices.
  • Strong attention to detail, and thoroughness.
  • Superb oral and written communication skills.
  • Any other combination of degree, skills, training, and experience will be considered.

Competencies:

  • Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Develops Talent
  • Attention to Communication
  • Customer Orientation
  • Takes Initiative
  • Thoroughness
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

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.

Communications Associate

Sequal Consulting is looking for a full-time Communications Associate who is passionate about and experienced in comprehensive strategic communications for justice-oriented movements and organizations. Associate responsibilities range from helping execute communications strategy, researching and analyzing media/political/policy opportunities, and generating and managing digital and traditional communications. The ideal person for this position will have some background in labor union communications. A commitment to movement-building and intersectional justice and liberation for all is required.

About Sequal Consulting

Sequal Consulting is a full-service strategic communications firm based in Pittsburgh, PA. We serve clients across the Commonwealth and throughout the country. We are strategists for social change who help movements shift power from corporations and billionaires to the people and the planet. We help our clients increase their visibility, sharpen their message, share their stories with new audiences, and advance their vision for a more just society.

What you’ll do at Sequal

  • Work with labor union and other clients to execute communications strategies and campaign plans.
  • Craft core campaign messaging and ensure message consistency across communications channels.
  • Monitor media, summarize coverage for clients, and identify opportunities that align with client goals.
  • Produce concise and effective press materials including releases, advisories, op-eds, and letters to the editor.
  • Pitch stories to reporters, editors, online outlets, and other newsmakers.
  • Prepare spokespeople for press interviews, events, and actions.
  • Create and curate social media content and manage client social channels.
  • Draft, target, and send mass emails and help administer online activist toolsets.

What we need to see in you

  • Labor union experience is strongly preferred. 2-3 years’ experience working for an issue-oriented non-profit or community organization, movement, political campaign, elected official, or communications firm serving progressive organizations, will also be considered.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism, or a related field. Work experience will be considered in lieu of formal education.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Commitment to understanding race, class, gender, and other equity issues as part of our work.
  • Proven track record of messaging across audiences with an ability to match content and tone accordingly.
  • Excellent current events / news sense and political savvy.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and clients simultaneously with strict adherence to deadlines.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and flexibility in approach to project assignments.
  • An understanding that clients often expect immediate responsiveness, regardless of whether or not you’re “on the clock.”
  • Valid driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle.

The details

  • This is not a strictly 9am-5pm position. Because the position often directly relates to the 24-news cycle and social media environment, it will require weeknight and weekend hours.
  • Travel is occasionally required around the western Pennsylvania region or to state/national conferences.
  • Compensation will be based on skills and experience, with an approximate salary range of $45,000 – $50,000/year.
  • Our comprehensive benefits package includes health and dental insurance, an IRA with a company match, and three weeks paid vacation to start.
  • Staff is currently working remotely, though attendance at certain staff and client events is required. We have had an office in the past and plan to again, but daily office work will be negotiable.

What to send

Sequal Consulting is committed to building a more diverse social justice movement. Women, femmes, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Unfortunately, we cannot hire sitting elected officials in Pennsylvania due to conflicts of interest with client advocacy.

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

Assistant Code Enforcement Officer

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The TCVCOG is seeking a motivated, tech savvy and community minded person to join our team. This entry-level position would assist our experienced Code Enforcement Manager to uphold the codes and ordinances on behalf of participating member municipalities. The successful candidate will assist with interpreting ordinances, maintaining records and working with our civic software development, CodeNforce. This is an excellent opportunity to begin a career in community & economic development, planning, etc. The assistant code officer will work toward earning a property maintenance certification within three months of employment, and will learn the following essential job functions of a code enforcement officer.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY):

  • Read, interpret and enforce the codes of ordinances of the participating municipalities
  • Investigate alleged ordinance violations, prepare and issue violation notices as necessary, file citations for failure to comply with violations notices
  • Participate in ongoing training
  • Respond to complaints from residents, business operators, contractors and members of the general public, research background information on code enforcement complaint properties and conduct field investigations of potential code violations
  • Meet with property owners, tenants and business owners to review and explain code requirements and potential violations
  • Conduct Occupancy inspections, explain potential violations and administer pertinent permits
  • Prepare evidence in support of legal action taken on behalf of the member municipalities
  • Attend all necessary hearings for citations that are issued or for appeals that are filed
  • Work with municipal managers to arrange for code enforcement schedule and priorities
  • Manage and organize municipal codes for participating municipalities
  • Maintain records of complaints, inspections, violations, property information in CodeNforce system to ensure that all data is current and accurate
  • Present relevant information to council from time to time
  • Other related activities as directed by the Executive Director or the Manager of Code Enforcement

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION:

  • 1+ of experience in construction work, inspection work, or any combination of experience and education/training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities is preferred
  • High school Diploma or equivalent is required
  • Must possess a valid Pennsylvania drivers’ license
  • Must be able to pass a drug test, a PennDOT Driving History test, and Criminal Background test

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

The Assistant Code Enforcement Officer is expected to maintain the highest standards of personal integrity and ethical conduct, be courteous toward the public and maintain proper decorum. The successful applicant must be able to effectively manage time, be very organized, and be able to conduct necessary follow up. Materials will be centrally located at the TCVCOG office but the assistant code enforcement officer will be required to drive to participating municipalities.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The majority of the work will be performed in an outdoor environment that will include very hot and sub-zero temperatures, and in wet, humid, snowy, icy and windy conditions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS (Moderate):

The position requires a moderate amount of physical activity. The position may require standing and walking on uneven terrain or slippery surfaces, climbing stairs or ladders, climbing hillsides, fitting into tight spaces, balancing, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, repetitive motions, crawling, and lifting. This position requires standing for extended periods of time while conducting inspections.

WORK SCHEDULE/WAGES:

Part time, with the possibility of full time $20/hr The TCVCOG offers competitive benefits.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please either mail or drop off a resume to the Turtle Creek Valley COG at 2700 Monroeville Blvd, Monroeville PA 15146 or email to asett@tcvcog.com.

Assistant Director of Housing Development

The Assistant Director of Housing Development effectively leads and provisions a team to focus on housing & unit production. This will include building relationships with community leaders and city stakeholders to advance production in alignment with neighborhood plans and priorities.

This role will also be the lead and liaison to monitor services provided by developers to the community leaders and will work closely with other departments to deliver challenging community development and community home ownership satisfaction to marginalized neighborhoods.
The ideal candidate for this role will be highly motivated to lead and drive complex projects through to completion by taking a proactive approach to housing development.
Job title: Assistant Director of Housing Development

Department: Project & Asset Management
Divisional Unit: Development Services
Pay Grade: 9
Reports to: Director of Development Services
Full-time / Exempt

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and implement complex projects using a strategic and results oriented mindset, while overcoming barriers to ensure projects are delivered successfully.
  • Proactively drive and produce high volume of residential rental and home ownership units that balance quality & affordability.
  • Achieves goals, deliverables, and unit production outcomes through problem solving, contingency plans, and action-oriented leadership to ensure goals and accountabilities are aligned.
  • Provide direct oversight and management to staff overseeing performance metrics, expectations, accountabilities, and growth strategies for employee development.
  • Assess available resources in staffing and funding to assign responsibilities within the department in a way that leverages all resources to create the optimal outcome to benefit the community at large.
  • Attend and serve on committees, task forces, and advisory board(s) as appropriate to achieve goals.
  • Work collaboratively with URA Leadership to engage in URA visioning and strategic planning efforts, ensuring organization-wide goals, policies and plans integrate with internal operations amongst development services and lending.
  • Provide strategy around major home ownership and mixed-use development initiatives to meet the goals and objectives of the URA and different stakeholders.
  • Structure complex and multi-layered real estate projects, using a myriad of funding sources.
  • Work collaboratively with other URA Leadership in lending and development services:
    • Strategize operational planning for developing and implementing home ownership and mixed-use building projects in marginalized neighborhoods.
    • Develop strategies to increase customer satisfaction and deliver excellent service for homeownership initiatives throughout the city
    • Deliver successful and sustainable home ownership projects and community wealth strategies for marginalized neighborhoods.
  • Work with community groups, City, Planning, URA, PHDC (Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation), and PLB (Pittsburgh Land Bank) teams on mixed-use developments to effectively find a solution for community real estate issues.
  • Work with external stakeholders such as federal, state, city agencies, lenders, contractors, real estate professionals, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, local banks, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), Housing Authority, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with Asset, Transactions, Legal, and Compliance teams to ensure programs meet all compliance consultation requirements for development loans, grants, underwriting, HUD regulations, and other applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Work collaboratively with the Finance team to ensure that program finances are accurate for effective monitoring of different accounts, and budgets while meeting all legal and compliance requirements.
  • Provide performance information, metrics, and reports to enable contracts and programs to be monitored to ensure home ownership initiatives are performing and to benchmark against standards.
  • Fully investigate and respond to all community concerns, comments, inquiries, and ensure appropriate steps are taken to correct any challenges or shortcomings and implement corrective measures.
  • Ensure stakeholders, community groups, and internal colleagues are kept fully informed of significant progress to building community wealth and homeowner programs.
  • Lead relationships with managing agents across all tenures ensuring that services meet required standards and costs are reasonable.
  • Project manage corporate and departmental projects as requested, ensuring key objectives are set and outcomes are properly monitored and recorded.
  • Prepare and manage budgets and service charges in accordance with our financial policies and procedures.
  • Promote and participate in community meetings and involvement activities in liaison with the City, Planning, URA, PHDC (Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation), and PLB (Pittsburgh Land Bank) to represent the URA in such a way that is always committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or Liberal Arts
  • 5+ of experience in affordable housing programs and finance including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, and public funding programs.
  • 3+ years of management and people supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency in applying and sourcing: LIHTC’s, low interest loans/grants, HOME/CDBG, NMTC, HTC, FHLB, and philanthropic resources.
  • Familiarity with the City of Pittsburgh’s Affordable Housing Task Force initiative, and Housing Opportunity Fund program
  • Understanding of policies, programs, and processes of HUD and PHFA
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with a wide variety of individuals, agencies, and community groups as a representative of the organization.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills required.
  • Entrepreneurial sensibility and strong capacity to set department goals, work plans and work independently.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment concerning budget expenditures; funder, community, and political relationships; and partnership arrangements with local organizations.
  • Ability to manage and sustain a diverse loan portfolio.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/experience of tax credit programs is a plus.
  • Prior local government experience in housing is a plus.

Competencies:

  • Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Develops Talent
  • Results Orientation
  • Managing Change
  • Empowering Others
  • Attention to Communication
  • Forward Thinking
  • Establishing Focus
  • Fostering Innovation
  • Fostering Teamwork
  • Managing Performance
  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Customer 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.

Assistant Director of Business Solutions

This position is responsible for the strategic direction, staff leadership, and daily operations of the Business Solutions Team. Additionally, this role provides thought leadership, guidance, public engagement, creative solutions, and research – working in tandem with URA Directors and staff and stakeholders on all manner of business start-up, retention, expansion, and growth in the city of Pittsburgh.

The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent communication skills, strong analytical and advanced problem-solving ability, detailed knowledge, and experience working with public, private, and nonprofit agencies to advance business start-up, retention, and expansion initiatives. The position requires outstanding ability to adapt and pivot, provide strategic and innovative spirit and vision to the URA’s work. The position requires a strong capacity to review the needs of the organization and structure the department to meet those needs.

Department: Business Solutions
Divisional Unit: Business Solutions Unit
Pay Rate: $73,840.00 – $92,300.00
Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer
Full-time / Exempt

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Work with Chief Strategy Officer to direct all department activities and functions, including direct supervision of department staff, managing budgets, and monitoring financing and support programs.
  • Participates in department strategic planning and initiatives and presides over meetings as needed in the absence of the Chief Strategy Officer, related to the URA’s role in business retention, expansion, and attraction activities in the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of relationships with businesses seeking to expand or relocate to the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Assist with and create strategies to target specific industry clusters, which may include technology based, neighborhood business district serving, minority and/or women business enterprises, manufacturing, and other clusters and verticals that will result in quality job creation/retention and improve the economic quality and overall quality of life for the City.
  • Complete market research and compile data; this may include research and intelligence for specific market sectors, supply chain business expansion analysis.
  • Support the creation, execution and implementation of programs, projects and activities that continue to enhance the City’s attractiveness to entrepreneurs—this may include creating and gaining expertise for a Business Tool Kit that includes URA Business lending tools, PA DCED’s PREP Program, State tax credit and incentive programs, InnovatePGH, partnership with neighborhood business district groups, small business support initiatives, and other local, state, and federal initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively cross-departments to find solutions for the department and business needs.
  • Foster a culture of innovation and continual improvement, requiring excellent customer service, encouraging new ideas and process to improve the department’s work.
  • Conduct performance evaluations that are timely and constructive for direct reports, assist in developing staff growth, performance management, and hiring decisions.
  • Oversee department program budgets, special programs, funding applications, and expenses while coordinating staff to ensure compliance, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, business, finance, communications, or a related field
  • Five (5) to or more years of related professional experience in industries such as: business to business engagement, communications, entrepreneurship, etc.
  • Three (3) years of experience in a management role overseeing people and department functions.
  • Knowledge of business retention and expansion strategies, business financing, and entrepreneurial support strategies.
  • The demonstrated ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including policy and business leaders.
    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in public policy, business, finance, communications, or a related field
  • Strong ties to the local community, working relationships with public policy, academic, philanthropic, and small business leaders.
  • Experience working with businesses on site location, workforce development, incentives/financing, and other elements of business expansion.

Competencies:

  • Promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Develops Talent
  • Establishing Focus
  • Empowering Others
  • Managing Change
  • Managing Performance
  • Influencing Others
  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Entrepreneurial Orientation
  • Fostering Innovation
  • Results Orientation
  • Decisiveness
  • Personal Credibility
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Decisiveness
  • Persuasive Communication

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 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

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.