City of Pittsburgh

Department of Personnel & Civil Service Commission/ Attention: Applications Section

Fourth Floor, City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15219

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:30 A.M. through 4:45 P.M.



Fax Number:  412-255-4736

Application Questions:  412-255-2710

Civil Service Commission:  412-255-2384






Employment Announcement for the position of:  EARLY CHILDHOOD MANAGER


Applications will be accepted online from 04/18/16 through the filing deadline of 05/13/16




The City of Pittsburgh recognizes the critical importance of high quality early childhood learning experiences, and the difference they make both for families and the community. We know that Pittsburgh is home to over 15,000 children age 5 and under and families across our City struggle to provide high-quality care and education for our youngest citizens. Pittsburgh officials aim to join other cities across the country, like New York, Boston, Philadelphia and others, in implementing universal early childhood programs.

The City of Pittsburgh has established the Office of Early Childhood, housed in the Mayor’s Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment, with the intent of finding new ways to improve quality and expand access to care and education for kids from birth through elementary school. The Early Childhood Manager will supervise the development, organization, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the Early Childhood program.



I.  General Application Requirements:

You must submit or show proof of all of the following at the time of filing your application (unless otherwise indicated below) or your application will be disqualified.  Disqualifications based on any of these General Application Requirements are not subject to a Civil Service appeal.

·         A completed online City of Pittsburgh Employment Application, including your online Employment Profile Data.  (Education and Work Experience).

·         A resume, to be submitted online.

·         Applicants must be residents of the City of Pittsburgh prior to employment and remain a resident throughout employment.

·         A current, valid Class C Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Operator's License at the time of filing application or prior to appointment, which must be maintained throughout employment.  Written requests for a special accommodation on the basis of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act will be considered by the Department of Personnel and Civil Service Commission on an individual basis.


NOTE:  The City of Pittsburgh, as a matter of policy, conducts pre-employment and promotional background investigations on all candidates being considered for positions.  The background investigation includes but is not limited to criminal background, driver’s license and City of Pittsburgh real estate tax payments.  Candidates may be disqualified from consideration from employment based on the results of their background investigation (as it relates to the job for which the applicant is being considered).


NOTE:  Candidates being considered for employment will be required to submit official transcripts to verify of their post-secondary education (college/university, trade school, etc.) prior to being hired by the City of Pittsburgh.  Transcripts must be submitted at the time of any/each job interview you have with the City of Pittsburgh. 


II. Qualifying Requirements:

Your City of Pittsburgh application will be reviewed and your work experience and education/training will be evaluated to determine if you meet the qualifying eligibility requirements listed below for this position.  You will be sent an eligibility letter regarding your eligible/ineligible status.

·         WORK EXPERIENCE: The application must clearly show two (2) years of full-time experience in childhood development, early childhood education, early childhood special education, or other related experience.  (Full-time is defined as 32 hours or more per week.  Less than full-time experience will be calculated on a pro-rated basis.)

·         EDUCATION/TRAINING: The application must clearly show a Bachelor’s Degree from a fully accredited institution in Childhood Development, Education/Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, or a related field. (See NOTE under the General Application Requirements Section above regarding the verification of education/training).

·         EQUIVALENCY:  Education/training and/or work experience may be substituted on a year for year basis if the application clearly shows the required number of years to meet the Total Qualifying Requirement for this position (based on the sum of work experience and education/training listed above).  The Total Qualifying Requirement is six (6) years.  (See NOTE under the General Application Requirements Section above regarding the verification of education/training).


III. Civil Service Examination(s):

If you meet the qualifying requirements listed above, you will be sent a letter of admission (when applicable) for the following examination(s).  You must pass the written and/or performance examination(s) in order to have your name placed on the official Civil Service eligibility list for this position.  Candidates who receive job offers must pass a medical examination (when applicable) prior to start date.

·         Written:  None required for this position.

·         Performance:  None required for this position.

·         Medical:  None required for this position.


Department:  Mayor’s Office/Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment

Salary:  $65,901 per year

Union: None, this is a non-union position

Union Bid Form:  None required

Civil Service Classification:  Exempt


Position Duties:

·         Supports cohesive and continuous high quality care for young children across public, private, and nonprofit providers through both formal and informal settings.

·         Works alongside key partners including Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), and philanthropic foundations to address needs, gaps, and opportunities in Pittsburgh’s early childhood landscape.

·         Formalizes an early childhood focused partnership between the City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) in a MOU, as legislated by City Council and the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

·         Carries out the objectives defined by the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Early Childhood Education.

·         Organizes a coalition of public and organizational support for expansion of early childhood programming.

·         Explores funding mechanisms and public financing tools to support expansion of early childhood programming, including universal pre-kindergarten.

·         Connects small business resources to child care providers to expand and enhance quality of care.

·         Aligns municipal services to most effectively and efficiently serve the needs of children, families, and providers; assists providers with the recent changes resulting from the reauthorization of CCDBG funds.

·         Plans the structure and administration of a fund for childcare providers with funds allocated in 2014 by City Council, following the recommendations of the City Council Needs Assessment.

·         Works with partners to develop strong, consistent messaging on pre-k and high quality care.

·         Performs activities and functions of related level personnel and other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.


Knowledge/Abilities (At Full Job Performance)

Extensive knowledge of:

·         Writing, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills.

·         Grant-writing and fundraising experience.

Considerable knowledge of:

·         Regulatory and funding structure of the early childhood landscape.

·         Creating new programs from limited resources and strategically leveraging partnerships.

Some Knowledge of:

·         The principles and techniques of supervision.

·         The principles and practices of office management.

·         Relevant labor agreements and personnel policies and procedures.


Ability to:

·         Research information, collect, and analyze relevant data; develop, implement, and evaluate programs.

·         Work independently as well as in a team environment; determine work priorities, and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

·         Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

·         Utilize resources, technology, and library to appropriately answer questions and provide guidance to staff and parents.

·         Train and provide presentations to large and small groups.

·         Collaborate with and have working knowledge of local community resources related to disability services.

·         Sustain concentration and attention to detail and accuracy.

·         Diagnose and problem solve skills.

·         Meet the needs of all children specifically those with special needs, challenging behaviors, at- risk, gifted, and culturally diverse populations.

·         Direct the work of assigned lower level personnel.

·         Maintain a current, valid Pennsylvania Class C Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.




Working Conditions/Exposed to as required by the job:


·         Occasionally 0-20 pounds.

Physical Demands – Job Requirements:  

·         Frequently speaking clearly.

·         Occasionally hearing conversation, seeing-near, seeing-far.



POSITION BENEFITS (Benefits may be modified based on collective bargaining unit terms.)

Full-time City employees receive a comprehensive benefit package including:

·         Health, Dental and Vision Benefits

·         Pension

·         Voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan

·         Tuition Reimbursement

·         Paid Holidays

·         Paid Vacation

·         Personal Days