Skill Share Pairs Passion with Purpose

How it all comes together

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), a PNC Grow up Great partner, saw a need to strengthen their job descriptions to recruit new staff, interview potential candidates, set organizational goals, and enhance performance management.  Through the Skill Share skills-based volunteering program at the Covestro Institute for Engagement, 3 professionals from PNC worked with the AIU Early Education program, conducting individual interviews to update 10 Head Start and Pre-K Counts position descriptions.

How did it all come together? With the help of our staff and volunteer project advisor, the team reviewed the existing job descriptions, spent hours collaborating with the AIU staff, analyzed the documents, and recommended a set of core skills for all positions, including job-specific competencies. With these recommendations, they sought the feedback of the bargaining unit, the policy council, and supervisors and then developed a professional and standardized format for the descriptions.

Here’s what the AIU director said about the program and their experience in skills-based volunteering…

This program was a grand slam. We have already implemented the PNC team’s recommendations to add competencies and behaviors to our job descriptions. In less than a month, we are already using their high-quality work to recruit, interview, and coach our staff. Their process was so professional and timely. They first listened to what we were already doing, asked good questions, took our ideas, applied their corporate skills, and did the work. Then they presented us with a prototype, and, after our feedback, replicated this with the next nine job positions in the group.

Because of this inclusive process and the guidance of the Bayer Center’s project advisor, their work gained the approval of the bargaining unit, our administration, HR, and our policy council easily. We now have a very professional-looking and implantable job description with measurable competencies. I can’t recommend this program highly enough. 

Chris Rodgick, Director, AIU3 Head Start

If you would like to participate in an upcoming Skill Share event, contact Jennifer Pease, program specialist, at (412) 397-6013 or