The Learning Lamp
  • Shared Services
  • Johnstown, PA, USA
  • 15-15 per hour
  • Full time or part time

PTO, Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement plan, LTD, STD, Life insurance, child care discount and more!


Workforce Development Specialist

You have a purpose and so should your job. Our children are the future of our community, and their care and education will directly impact their growth, development, and success. We believe success in the classroom is the foundation for success in life - and that no child should go without the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The Learning Lamp has been lighting the way to a brighter future for nearly 20 years in our region. Initially started with the mission to provide access to high quality tutoring without the high price tag, our organization has grown, minimizing education and care disparities for children through child care, tutoring, and more. We are an integral part of our community, providing much needed support for families, schools, and children.

We are hiring a full- or part-time Workforce Development Specialist in our Johnstown, PA office to recruit and provide support to pre-apprentices through school partnerships and community outreach.

You'd be great for this role if you:

  • Pride yourself in your organized and timely project management skills.
  • Enjoy working with diverse groups of people.
  • Support and are passionate about providing children and young adults with education opportunities.
  • Strive to make an impact.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Pre-Apprentice Support and Recruiting

  • Develop and implement a work plan based on the geographic scope
  • Develop a deep understanding of the ECE pre-apprenticeship model
  • Work with ECE teachers at partner CTCs and High Schools to recruit and support pre-apprentices for summer internships (between grades 10 and 11 and 11 and 12) and co-ops during grade 12
  • Recruit child care programs for participation in professional development, host sites for summer internships and co-ops, and willingness to provide seamless transition into ECE apprenticeship and other free advanced learning pathways
  • Oversee scheduling of student and employer meetings in collaboration with ECE classroom teachers
  • Ensure mentoring and coaching components are implemented in an intentional way
  • Work with pre-apprentices and child care program directors to ensure participants and supervisors receive stipends with earmarked grant funding
  • Support ECE pre-apprentices through the entirety of their program including connecting them with tutors, as needed, for help in preparing for college placement exams
  • Ensure all pre-apprentices apply for the proper funding and maintain the correlating paperwork for completion of CDA exams and observations and transition to ECE apprenticeship and PDO and TEACH pathways, as appropriate

Community Outreach

  • Collaborate with Pre-Apprenticeship Program Manager to advocate for ECE pre-apprenticeship in the region
  • Work with Pre-Apprenticeship Program Manager to present information about pre-apprenticeship to CTCs, high schools, workforce, and community groups, as requested
  • Maintain open communication and positive relationships with all partners/collaborations, such as PDO, High Schools, and CTEs

What are the hours like?

  • Our main office is open 8 AM - 4 PM, but other hours may be discussed.
  • This position is full- or part-time, 30-40 hours per week.

What do we offer?

  • A collaborative, supportive environment for your professional growth.
  • Training and Development opportunities.
  • Paid Holidays include: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
  • Substantial Childcare Discounts for employees, including
    • Infant/Toddler: $12 per day or less if eligible for Child Care Works (CCW)
    • Preschool - School Age: $9 per day
    • 50% Off Before and After Care
    • 50% Off Tutoring Services
  • PTO (up to 18 days after 6 months of employment)
  • Health
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Retirement savings (403(b))
  • 529 Savings Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Pay: $15/hour

What do you bring?

  • Associate's degree or higher OR equivalent professional experience.
  • Willingness to go through (and pass!) the required clearances and training to ensure the safety and security of our children, including: four clearances, mandated reporter training, a physical, and TB test. This can typically be accomplished within a week to get you started.
  • Capacity for sitting, standing, walking, bending and stopping for long periods of time, as these happen throughout the eight-hour day.

Our opportunities are a great way to start a career in the Early Childhood field that offer a lot of room to grow within our organization. Our childcare centers need supportive and committed people to positively impact the next generation. Apply Now!


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