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Director Pittsburgh, PA

Allegheny County, a region serving more than 1.2 million residents in 130 municipalities, seeks a Director to lead a new County Department dedicated to children. The Department’s mission will be to improve access for all children in Allegheny County to high-quality early learning and out-of-school time programs. Early learning takes place from birth to the time a child enters kindergarten. Out-of-school time programs serve children and teens and encompass after-school programs that run until after regular work hours and after school on half-days, as well as summer programming that takes place during the months school is not in session.

The Director is expected to become a champion for children in the County, building a department that will become the go-to resource for comprehensive information on early learning and out-of-school time. It will be designed to be laser-focused on how best to bridge gaps; coordinate, attract, and leverage resources; expand equitable access regardless of geography, race, income, and other factors; track outcomes; and ensure high quality standards. Over time, the aspiration is to establish Allegheny County as a national leader in high-quality children’s programming, underpinned by commitments to advancing equity, increasing access, and prioritizing accountability.

The position calls for a strategic, highly collaborative leader and spokesperson who is excited about the challenge of building a government department from the ground up. Candidates must be able to engage productively with a wide array of stakeholders and must bring the professional experience and expertise to serve as a credible and effective advocate on behalf of children and families.

Inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including resumes and 1-3-page letters of interest) should be sent electronically via this website.

Karen Wilcox is leading this search with Tatiana Oberkoetter.

Allegheny County does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of a protected class including: race; color; religion; national origin; sex; gender identity or expression; sexual orientation; disability; age; or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.


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