Leadership Development Strategist

Website Trying Together

Supporting the Work of Early Childhood


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.


The essential ingredient in this position is relationship-based work. The Leadership Development Specialist supports program administrators, classroom teachers, assistant teachers and home based child care providers to develop new skills and continuously improve their leadership practices to achieve higher program quality. The Leadership Development Strategist engages program administration and staff in a collaborative process that involves reflective communication, professional growth and goal setting. The Leadership Development Strategist will support program administrators and staff to develop the skills they need to create an organizational culture that supports collaboration, strategic thinking, reflective practice and is solution oriented.


  • Recognize and build on the existing knowledge and skills of program staff through reflective practice, goal setting and planning.
  • Collaborate with the program leadership team for the purpose of establishing a cohesive approach to continuous quality improvement.
  • Identify strategies to support program leaders to establish a shared vision about early childhood organizational leadership as a tool to increase the quality of their early childhood program.
  • Facilitate small group activities on organizational leadership for program leaders, assistant teachers, co-teachers and head teachers to help strengthen leadership practices and assure quality programming.
  • Review STARS Performance Standards indicators under Leadership and Management with the program leadership team and staff to help identify areas of strength and develop goals for improvement.
  • Provide constructive feedback and support for the purpose of increasing program administration and teacher confidence and competence.
  • Work with the Early Learning program leadership team to provide relevant professional development opportunities for program leaders and classroom teaching teams.
  • Develop and support implementation of an individualized plan that identifies strengths, needs and goals for each program staff.
  • Support program leadership to create a business model that includes shared services and support and provide resources to existing shared service alliances.
  • Follow the procedure for reporting suspected child abuse.
  • Complete monthly monitoring reports or logs for assigned visits and submit them according to timelines for the purpose of tracking and monitoring.
  • Participate in initial and on-going professional development for the purpose of providing effective leadership development strategies as well as provide expertise on theory and practices that support leadership practices.
  • Promote and support the vision, mission, and goals of Trying Together.

To learn more, visit www.tryingtogether.org.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Working knowledge and understanding of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood
  • Leadership three domains of Leadership; leadership essentials, administrative leadership, and pedagogical leadership.
  • Knowledge of local, state and national systems for early care and education.
  • Willing and able to engage in honest self-reflection about progress and her/his contribution to the process.
  • Ability to work with a diversity of individuals within the same program.
  • Ability to foster a program’s capacity building and assume a strengths-based approach.
  • Ability to establish credibility as a resource worthy of the program’s respect and trust.
  • Ability to facilitate a program’s own problem-solving process.
  • Ability to maintain a project timeline and monitor progress toward goals.
  • Must be able to work independently and as a team member.
  • Must be able to interact with others in a positive and professional manner.
  • Acceptance of diversity and ability to work comfortably in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Good judgment and decision-making abilities.
  • Must demonstrate enthusiasm and flexibility.
  • Must clear full background check.


  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Professional/Organizational Leadership or related field required.
  • Three years minimum experience at an administrative level in an early care and education setting.
  • Experience working with adult learners and knowledge of adult learning principles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, Internet and email.
  • Must have a valid PA Driver’s License and proof of insurance.
  • Completion of mandated reporter training.

Required Clearances:

  • Clean Act 33 Child Abuse Clearance.
  • Clean Act 34 PA State Police Clearance.
  • Clean Act 73 Federal Criminal History Clearance.
  • Valid Driver’s License and proof of insurance.
  • National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) verification

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 10-20 pounds.


  • Competitive compensation and benefits package.
  • Appreciative inquiry and strengths-based review process.

Interested Applicants:

Submit cover letter and resume with a minimum of three work-related references to jobs@tryingtogether.org. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@tryingtogether.org