Workforce Diversity Fellow

While the Pittsburgh region is booming in many ways, it also faces two major challenges:  social and income disparities AND a skilled worker shortage.  To respond to this challenge, the Robotics Earn & Learn (REAL) Jobs Initiative is connecting those from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged communities to one-year traineeships at robotics companies in the Pittsburgh region.  You can be part of this exciting new program as a workforce diversity fellow with Catalyst Connection, a nonprofit organization.

During your one-year fellowship, you will recruit applicants from disadvantaged communities and underrepresented groups to the program, manage the screening and interview process, and then help the expected 20 or so individuals admitted be successful in their traineeship.  This includes pre-employment training, personal case management, regular cohort events including seminars and social activities, and transitioning trainees into their long-term employment placements.  It also includes working with the robotics companies employing the trainees  to respond to their opportunities, issues, and concerns.   Most importantly, the fellow should have a personality that is able to build a strong rapport with both trainees and robotics company leadership.

In addition to the REAL program, the fellowship will also provide the opportunity to advance your own on-the-job training by assisting with Catalyst Connection’s pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.

This is a full-time position, with benefits.  The start date is negotiable, but is expected to occur between November and December 2019 with the REAL Jobs program trainees beginning in January 2020.  The fellow’s salary level will be determined based on the individual’s academic degree (expected to be a bachelor’s degree or higher) and experience level.  Those at the entry-level are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position, please email the following in a single PDF file to

  1. A cover letter that answers the following questions.
  • What interests you about this fellowship?
  • What knowledge and experience do you bring? Specifically:
    • Working with those from underrepresented groups or those from disadvantaged communities?
    • Working with robotics, manufacturing, or technology-focused companies?
    • Preparing individuals for employment?
  • How will this fellowship will contribute to your long-term career goals?
  1. Resume
  2. Three references with contact information.

Learn More About Catalyst Connection  

Catalyst Connection is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.