With a mission to improve access for all children across Allegheny County to high-quality early learning and out-of-school time programs.
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.
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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