Director, Department of Children’s Initiatives

Allegheny County

Date: 09/03/2020

Location: Pittsburgh

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. 

The Director will report to the Allegheny County Manager, William McKain, and will help build the Department from scratch, setting the strategy, structure, and budget; serving as a public spokesperson for the Department and its mission; building strong partnerships; mapping the provider landscape; elevating important and relevant policy issues; magnifying current successful programming and identifying gaps; setting up data systems to track outcomes; and pursuing opportunities for state and federal support to leverage County and philanthropic resources.

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