Use Your Lived Experience to Help Parents Raising Children Who Are Struggling

Who we are:

We are parents/primary caregivers who use our lived experience of raising a child(ren) with social, emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges to help other parents/primary caregivers facing similar challenges. 

Our team members are comfortable using technology and working remotely. We receive extensive training in order to be able to work confidently one on one with parents and share our knowledge in writing and verbally. We're comfortable on camera presenting webinars, answering questions on video and being on camera during meetings. We are comfortable talking about the challenges we experienced managing our children's multi-system needs such as school issues, the juvenile justice system, child welfare, finding therapists, residential treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals, etc. And most importantly we're lifelong learners always ready to try something new. If this sounds like you we'd love to talk with you about joining our team!



Who you are:

We're especially looking to expand the diversity of our team which means we're interested in interviewing parents/primary caregivers living in rural and suburban counties across the state, or are parents who fluently speak a language other than English, and meet our definition of "parent" as described on our About Us page. 

Job description:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct support to parents/primary caregivers

    • Assist families in finding services, community resources, and natural supports​

    • Provide emotional support to parents/primary caregivers raising children with mental health issues who may feel isolated, helpless or intimidated

    • Prepare parents/primary caregivers to advocate for themselves and the needs of their child

    • Assist parents/primary caregivers in following through on needed activities and tasks

    • Assist parents/primary caregivers in learning about ways to support the resilience and healthy social/emotional development of their child.

  • Connect parents/primary caregivers with other parents/primary caregivers with similar challenges and other community resources.​

    • Link parents/primary caregivers to other parents/primary caregivers, e.g. social activities, education events, support groups, etc

    • Assist parents/primary caregivers in identifying support groups when needed

    • Coordinate and help facilitate support groups as needed

    • Recruit and link interested and experienced parents/primary caregivers to system-level opportunities (i.e. advisory boards and committees, etc)

  • Connect to the community​

    • Actively participate in advertising the work of the Parent Alliance in the local community and through social media marketing efforts​

    • Recruit those who would benefit from Parent Alliance membership

    • Mentor parents/primary caregivers in community leadership efforts

    • Represent the Parent Alliance at meetings, conferences and event as requested

  • Actively participate on at least one board, committee or council​

  • Collect and record according to agency policies

  • Document all services according to agency policies

  • Represent the family perspective in appropriate meetings

  • Help other professionals to understand the family perspective

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Knowledge gained by parenting a child with a mental health challenge and system involvement (such as education, juvenile justice, medical, child welfare, etc.)

  • Excellent computer skills and the ability to work remotely

  • Ability to document program outcomes in writing or in program systems and other required paperwork

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills including public presentations

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Familiarity with resources and services available across the state and  mental health services for children

  • Creative, optimistic, and open to new ideas, strategies and concepts

  • Negotiation and conflict resolution abilities

  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds in a culturally competent manner. 

  • Completion of all applicable training resulting in certification and credentialing (training will be provided)

Special Conditions, Travel and Requirements:

  • Must have parented a child with identified mental health challenges

  • Must be able to travel locally, statewide and nationally as needed with advance notice

  • Must be able to show recent (within 3 months) commonwealth of PA Act 33/34 clearances, state police background check and fingerprint-based background check before any position can be offered

Hours: 20 per week 

Compensation: $18.00 - $20.00 per hour depending on experience and knowledge

Benefits include: PTO, $40 per month communications reimbursement, participation in company 401K and 11 paid holidays. 

To be considered for this position, please complete an application using the button below and follow all directions as listed. We will begin reviewing applications on January 11, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. *Special note: although we value the experience that non-parents/primary caregivers may have, due to the grant requirements of this position applicants who do not have lived experience as a parent/primary caregiver of a child with an identified mental health challenge cannot be considered for this position. No exceptions can be made. 

PA Parent and Family Alliance

is a state-wide program of the

Allegheny Family Network

EIN 20-2080261


We are grateful for the financial support from SAMHSA , the PA Care Partnership, and OMHSAS

425 N Craig St. Suite 500

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Parent Support Line 888-273-2361 

Business Tel: 412-438-6129 

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