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Who's hiring in PGH? The Sprout Fund, Carnegie Museums, Venture Outdoors and more....

A note from the editor: Pop City will soon launch a regular series featuring recent hires and departures in Pittsburgh. Submit your hiring news via email.


Each week, Pop City brings you exciting job opportunities in Pittsburgh. Read on for this week’s roundup.
 
GTECH Strategies is hiring a membership and relationship manager with excellent communication skills and a minimum of two years of experience in the development of corporate fundraising partnerships and sponsorship proposals.
 
The Sprout Fund is looking for a business manager with a strong desire to work with diverse communities to leverage Sprout resources to create change in the Pittsburgh region.
 
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is looking for a director of science education and research and event sales administrator.
 
Venture Outdoors is hiring a director of membership and annual giving and a public program administrator who are passionate about the organization’s mission of connecting people to the outdoors.
 
Gateway Rehabilitation Center is hiring a high-energy and entrepreneurial director of development who demonstrates a proven track record in building strong relationships with supporters and meeting fundraising goals.
 
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, opening this summer, is hiring a chief operating officer and administrative assistant to support its mission to provide inspiration and education about the quality of life that can result from teaching people how to live in harmony with the earth.
 
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is hiring an executive assistant (Andy Warhol Museum), assistant director of membership, education department administrative manager, and a part-time communications specialist (Natural History).
 
Carnegie Robots, a spinoff of Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center, is hiring a software engineer and has several openings for technical associates and software associates.
 
The National Aviary is hiring a marketing associate with at least two years of experience. The marketing associate’s responsibilities will include advertising, print production, public relations, social media, web site management, direct mail, promotions, signage projects, and special event and promotion.
 
The Senator John Heinz History Center is hiring a development officer with at least five years of nonprofit development/fundraising experience.

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), a professional organization located in RIDC Park West, is seeking candidates for multiple positions, including a chief executive officer to ensure the organization’s future success and fulfillment of the mission to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. In addition, ONS is looking for a staff editor for the publishing department, a digital marketing coordinator, web developers, project managers, a director of development, and a customer service representative. Learn more on the ONS careers website.
 

Are you hiring in Pittsburgh? Email Pop City with links to job postings.
 
 Writer: Amanda Leff Ritchie
 

Who's hiring in PGH? IBM Watson Group, MARC USA, Jawbone and more...

Each week, Pop City brings you exciting job opportunities in Pittsburgh. Read on for this week’s roundup.
 
Mayor Bill Peduto's office is looking to fill three servePGH 2014-15 AmeriCorps VISTA positions to work on a variety of service initiatives designed to impact Pittsburgh neighborhoods and youth: community & youth engagement associate, neighborhood service associate and sustainabiltiy service associate. Learn more online.

Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh works to reduce the literary gap by providing more than 20,000 of the city’s most economically disadvantaged children with access to self-selected books to create positive environments that motivate children to develop a lifelong love of reading and engage families in reading in the home. The organization is looking to fill two positions, Storymobile co-director and a Fall 2014-15 AmeriCorps KEYS position as children’s literacy outreach coordinator.
 
Carnegie Mellon University is looking to fill several interesting positions, including leadership coach of the Tepper School of Business, manager of workplace safety and Professional Development Services program coordinator.
 
The University of Pittsburgh is hiring a director for its Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. In addition, Pitt is looking to hire a Network Operations Center manager, network engineer with at least five years of experience, donor relations coordinator and an alumni coordinator.

ANSYS, Inc., an engineering simulation software developer that has been recognized as one of the world's most innovative and fastest-growing companies by BusinessWeek and FORTUNE magazines, is hiring a marketing communications manager with at least 10 years of experience as a writer in a technical business setting and at least five years of management experience.
 
IBM Watson Group is hiring 18 positions, including software developers, software test specialists, UX designer, and front end developer. View all opportunities online.
 
MARC USA is hiring an interactive web developer who is proficient in XHTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and has a working knowledge of Photoshop and Dreamweaver.
 
AIReS Corporate Relocation Services, which was named to the 2013 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing independently owned businesses in the U.S., is hiring a Java developer with at least four years of experience.
 
Jawbone, which has developed human-centered wearable technology and audio devices for more than 10 years, is looking to hiring a Java applications developer with 3-5 years of object oriented software development experience.
 
DICK’S Sporting Goods is hiring a mobile product manager for its ecommerce department with at least three years of experience in mobile product management and product development for a consumer website.
 
Writer: Amanda Leff Ritchie

Who's hiring in PGH? Summa Technologies, Heinz, 4moms and more...

Each week, Pop City brings you exciting job opportunities in Pittsburgh. Read on for this week’s roundup.

CEI is hiring .NET developers/architects, mobile developers, web developers, and SharePoint developers/architects. Interested applicants should contact Laura Oblich at loblich@ceiamerica.com.
 
Carney_Co., a marketing and technology firm in Greensburg, is hiring a full-time designer/art director and full-time backend software engineer. Interested applicants should contact Caroline Moore at caroline.moore@carneyplusco.com.
 
Heinz is hiring an execution specialist and two management positions, a warehousing cost and strategy manager with at least five years of experience and a supply chain manager with at least four years of experience.
 
ThermoFisher Scientific is hiring a digital designer with at least five years of broad graphic design experience and a senior content quality assurance specialist with at least five years of experience in a digital marketing content management and quality assurance role.
 
UPMC Shadyside is hiring a flexible full-time MRI Tech I to help its Shadyside and Hillman Cancer Center locations. This position will work varying days and shifts including weekends and holidays as needed by the department. 
 
Logix Guru is looking to fill several positions, including information security analyst (six-month contract) and project manager (one-year contract).
 
Summa Technologies is hiring a director of delivery operations to provide leadership in our consulting resource planning and delivery management initiatives and a mobile & application modernization solution architect.
 
4moms, a high-tech baby gear company, is looking to hire a user experience designer with at least three years of project leadership experience to join its Pittsburgh team. The user experience designer will lead efforts to integrate the problem-solving discipline of UX Design to deliver intuitive and cohesive experiences across the brand’s consumer touch points.
 
DICK’S Sporting Goods recently posted openings for several positions in its corporate office, including senior designer – store environment, systems analyst, compensation analyst, associate buyer – camping, senior network technician with at least three years of experience, and international logistics analyst.  
 
American Eagle Outfitters is hiring several UX positions, including a UX lead,  UI engineer, and UX architect.

Writer: Amanda Leff Ritchie

Who's hiring in PGH? MAYA Design,Phipps Conservatory and more...

Each week, Pop City brings you exciting job opportunities in Pittsburgh. Read on for this week’s roundup.

Business & Finance
TIAA-CREF is hiring a wealth management advisor.
 
Morgan Stanley is hiring a regional business development manager with 7+ years of industry experience.
 
Education
The University of Pittsburgh is hiring to fill many positions, including an instructional technology support specialist, a graduate enrollment manager, an on-campus recruitment coordinator, and a Latin American Studies Association 
operations manager.
 
Carnegie Mellon University is hiring to fill many positions, including a director of career services and alumni relations for Civil and Environmental Engineering department, an assistant vice president for media relations, and an information security analyst at the Supercomputing Center.
 
Nonprofits
Sarah Heinz House, a Boys & Girls Club, is looking for a director of business operations and performance management.
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is looking for a site-based enrollment and match support specialist to coordinate one-to-one mentoring programs in partnership with area schools and corporations.
 
Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is looking for an advancement coordinator
 
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Inc. is looking for an event sales supervisor.
 
The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is now hiring two temporary full-time event managers for Pittsburgh Pride. Send cover letter and resume to jobs@pittsburghpride.org to apply.
 
Tech
MAYA Design is looking to fill five positions, including senior designer in the Visual Design Group, software design engineer, senior design researcher and interaction designer, systems administrator, and virtual interaction designer.
 
YinzCam, the leading mobile developer for sports-team apps in the country, is hiring several positions, including mobile developers, programmers, and .NET/web/JavaScript developers. Apply at jobs@yinzcam.com.
 
Atmosferiq, East Liberty based startup that helps small businesses make smarter marketing and advertising decisions, is hiring software developers with Ruby or Rails experience.
 
Confluence, a global leader in investment data management automation, is hiring several positions, including global software development director, project manager, and technical writer.

Safaba Translation Solutions, Inc. is looking to fill several positions, including director of marketing, director of research and development, research scientist, and two senior software engineer positions. 

Other
A. Merante Contracting, Inc. is looking to fill many positions, including controller, project manager/estimator, administrative assistant, concrete construction foreperson, and others as listed on its website.

 
Have hiring news? Send details to innovationnews@popcitymedia.com.
 
Writer: Amanda Leff Ritchie

A sense of play: Two Pittsburgh toy startups draw attention at national convention

It’s not easy to make a splash amid the more than 1,000 exhibitors at the American International Toy Fair, the giant trade show that ran earlier this month in New York City.
 
But two Pittsburgh startups, both launching highly innovative products marrying technology with play -- and both with connections to Carnegie Mellon and the AlphaLab accelerator -- drew a lot of buzz.

"This is definitely a David and Goliath story of startups grabbing attention from Hasbro, Disney, Leap Frog, etc.," says Terri Glueck of Pittsburgh's Innovation Works
 
PieceMaker Technologies is developing self-service, 3-D printing kiosks for toy stores. The "factory in a store" allows customers to personalize about 100 designs for toys, jewelry and other small gifts. Once they’ve designed their item, an employee produces it at the 3-D printing station in about 20 minutes. Suggested retail will range from $5 to $10.
 
Founded in 2013 by Carnegie Mellon engineering graduate students Arden Rosenblatt and Alejandro Sklar, Piecemaker is getting ready to test the concept at two Pittsburgh locations of S.W. Randall Toyes & Giftes this spring and plans an expanded, 10-store pilot for the holiday season.
 
The prototype on display at the toy fair drew press, including stories on CNBC and in Make magazine, "tons of signups" and interest from Disney for Disneyland locations, reports Rosenfeld.
 
Rosenfeld and Sklar build the kiosks in their quarters at AlphaLab Gear; they are among the first cohort of companies at the hardware and robotics accelerator.
 
Meanwhile, Digital Dream Labs has developed a system that allows children to control videogames by rearranging puzzle pieces. They are ramping up to start production this summer.
 
As grad students at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center, Peter Kinney, Justin Sabo and Matt Stewart collaborated on an interactive exhibit for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The dreamTableTop is still in use in Pittsburgh, and the company has since produced three more for other children’s museums.
 
When they launched their company in 2012 and pitched to AlphaLab, the advice they received was that they needed to broaden their market. Drawing on the museum exhibit, Digital Dream Labs created its Ludos system -- a plastic tray that connects to a computer or device, 22 toy blocks and game software.
 
When Ludos starts shipping in late summer, it will be bundled with "Cork the Volcano," a game aimed at children six-and-older that teaches logic and sequencing. Other games for kids as young as four are in development.
 
Stewart says the company has a healthy number of pre-orders and several promising large contracts thanks to the toy show. The company currently employs four people (the three co-founders and artist Aaron Clark, a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh) and Stewart says the goal is to quadruple in-house staff by the end of 2015. Digital Dream Labs has outgrown its digs at AlphaLab and is looking for expanded space in Pittsburgh.

This piece originally appeared in our sister publication, Keystone Edge on Feb. 27.

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Pop City, Siemens and WTAE-TV

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company hiring news.

Pop City is looking for a new editor to cover the arts and culture beat for the publication’s Pop Filter section. The new editor should have his or her finger on the pulse of the local arts community and a keen awareness of the role that art and culture play in the continuing revitalization of Pittsburgh. This is a part-time position ideal for freelancers. For more information contact erin@popcitymedia.com
 
Siemens Building Technologies in Bridgeville is hiring a senior sales executive. The ideal candidate will manage and grow a territory or group of accounts. The position requires a Bachelors degree in engineering, business or a similar field with four to six years of related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. 
 
WTAE-TV is hiring a news photographer and editor with two years of experience.
 
Askesis Development Group of UPMC is hiring a full-time marketing project manager to help support the Askesis Pennsylvania Department for its downtown Pittsburgh location. Askesis Development Group, a subsidiary of UPMC Insurance Services, is a software development firm that addresses the specialized needs of the behavioral health industry.
 
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review seeks an experienced investigative reporter to join its staff who is comfortable addressing topics on a regional, state, national and international level.  Candidates should have at least seven years of strong reporting experience.
 
VisitPITTSBURGH is recruiting for On-Call employees in their Convention Services Department.  Positions needed include Registrars, PittsburghHosts, Cashiers, and Information Table Clerks and the pay rate is $10-11.75 an hour depending. Email resumes to hr@visitpittsburgh.com

Have hiring news? Email erin@popcitymedia.com and send the career links.

Meet the new Thrill Mill companies

Big data tools that identify the college courses you need to land your first job. A better dual-laptop. An online music site that wants to be the Craigslist of music.
 
These are among the 13 new startups that moved in to Thrill Mill’s accelerator space this month, full of promise and big entrepreneurial ideas.

Thrill Mill CEO Bobby Zappala couldn’t be more excited about the new group.
 
“The idea is for this to be a growing community, not one that turns over,” says Zappala. “Eventually we want to create an alumni hall so anyone can pop your head in anytime. It keeps the energy going in the space.”
Meet the teams:
 
Because is a third party commenting system for online media sites that encourages civil and on-topic conversations. Two Pittsburgh brothers, Nick and TJ Santillo, are behind the idea.
 
BricoMama wants to be the place where property owners and contractors find labor that meets the parameters of any job. The platform is geared toward both the contractor and consumers, allowing both to input what each are looking for and locate the best person for the job.
 
Campusbuck.com is a web and mobile-based promotional marketing solution for small business owners in college towns, like ours, in helping them to connect with and offer vouchers to the student community. Two MBA grads from IUP are behind the startup, which has already begun to generate revenue.
 
CCChampions is a nonprofit that gives children with cancer an opportunity to meet and develop friendships with professional athletes. The platform, developed by Sidney Kushar, was launched nationally in Pittsburgh in 2013 through the Steelers and the Pirates. So far it has served more than 300 kids.
 
Fittsburgh wants to make Pittsburgh a healthy place to live. Brothers Joe and Anthony Vennare have created a sustainable model that allows people to take care of themselves, from box lunches to corporations.
 
Kreide, founded by Stephanie Kunkel and Katie Imler, provides NCAA member institutions with educational compliance materials. The idea is to navigate the complexities of the system to help athletic staff and athletes in navigating the rules and preventing infractions.
 
LUV Water is creating a self-sustainable, sophisticated water purification device that uses UV LEDs to clean the water.
 
Smart tools from MedZen want to make the electronic compliance system for primary care physicians more user-friendly. The idea is to reduce the burden of documentation while ensuring compliance, reducing overhead, improving efficiency and enhancing the quality of doctor-patient interaction.
 
MeshNet is designing a big data platform that will optimize the interaction between students, educators, and employers and help people (especially students) use software to navigate and make better life decisions such as what courses to take to land a job.
 
Conceived by a group of Pitt grads, it won the Pitt Big Idea Competition and was the grand-prize winner in the most recent Business Bout.
 
MIX is developing a specialty salad restaurant concept for the East Liberty area. The idea is to create a creative dining experience focused on providing access to fast and health-conscious meal options.
 
PittsburghBeats.com wants to be the craigslist of music. Developed by Solomon Ilochi, a Duquesne freshman, it’s an online music distribution company that specializes in the promotion of local talent. Users may sign up, upload, share, and eventually sell their works. Users will also be able to create custom merchandise and sell tickets to their shows.
 
Portal offers premier hardware solutions through the creation of a dual laptop, an attachable mobile workstation that provides additional USB ports, extending battery life and adds an equally sized secondary screen that can be conveniently hidden while not in use.
 
TameraOnline, being developed by Tamera Szijarto, a native of the Philippines who is attending Katz Business School, is looking to build a scalable model to bring cosmetic products to the international marketplace.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Bobby Zappala, Thrill Mill

Yahoo and CMU a potent force for the future of mobile technologies

Yahoo and CMU have joined forces in the development of a new generation of consumer applications for mobile technologies.
 
The collaboration between a tech company and university is the first of its kind in the country, says Justine Cassell, director of CMU’s Human Computer Institute.
 
CMU’s reputation as a powerhouse in the areas of computer science research and machine learning and Yahoo’s mobile technology databanks will generate not only new technologies but jobs for the region.
 
The five-year-partnership is estimated to be worth $10 million. It gives CMU researchers access to Yahoo’s experimental mobile software data in the creation of new products and technologies.
 
In return, Yahoo gains access to human resources at CMU, says Cassel. Yahoo plans on hiring scientists, researchers and practitioners in the area of machine learning and computer interaction as a result of the deal.
 
“They know CMU is stellar in these areas and by many metrics the best,” says Cassell. “This is a way for them to partner with faculty and students to see who is aligned with their interests.”
 
Dubbed Project InMind, the program includes the creation of a Yahoo-sponsored fellowship program at CMU that will provide financial and research support for computer science students and faculty.
 
Yahoo is focused on personalization, the primary focus of the collaboration. In the future, smartphones will predict where you will be driving later in the day and send you information on how to reserve a table at a nearby restaurants, says Cassell.
 
Or your mobile might remind you to re-subscribe for a piece of software on a set date and will increasingly do so without violating your privacy and giving specific access to your data, she adds.
 
The first two awardees are a computer scientist who is looking at how to better target and tailor news deliveries to meet people’s interest. A second researcher is developing usable privacy metrics.
 
CMU will have ownership over all intellectual property created by CMU but Yahoo will own anything developed with the company and will be able to license property owned by CMU.
 
Writer: Debra Smit
Source: Justine Cassel, CMU
 
 

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? American Eagle, MWCDC and startups

Each week Pop City reports on the latest company and hiring news.
 
American Eagle’s corporate office on the South Side is hiring for ten positions. The national clothing retailer is actively seeking: an art director; analyst for testing and marketing strategies research; assistant buyer, assistant corporate secretary, manager of development operations, manager of quality control, merchandise planner, senior accountant and senior analyst. AE is also looking for a merchandising intern.
 
lontank, an interactive hardware and software developer on Penn Avenue, is hiring for three positions: interactive technician, studio manager and lead developer.
 
The Mount Washington Community Development Corp. (MWCDC) is looking for its next executive director to lead the community development nonprofit.
 
Touchtown is looking for a “top-notch” senior software engineer to build a new product line for the senior living industry.
 
The American Red Cross in Pittsburgh is hiring a communication specialist with three to five years of experience.
 
Allegheny Intermediate Unit, part of Pennsylvania’s public education system, is currently seeking qualified candidates for various teaching, teacher’s aide, and personal care assistant positions throughout the Allegheny County. 
 
The AIU also has immediate openings for substitute custodians, job coaches and a virtual social studies course facilitator. 

Have hiring news? Email Pop City and send the links!

Writer: Deb Smit

Looking for a job in tech or IT? What you need is your own personal talent agent

Job seekers are demanding a revolution when it comes to finding the next great job, says Eric Harvey. So who wouldn’t want their own personal agent to lead the charge?
 
Harvey is founder and CEO of YourTalentAgents.com, a startup that wants to be the eHarmony of the job world, matching specific job seekers with employers through recruiters. 
 
YTA works with what he calls “the passive segment” of the job-seeking population, those with careers in engineering and IT who tend to not take an aggressive approach when seeking a career move.  
 
Recruiting companies cater to the 20 percent of job seekers who are actively seeking employment, says Harvey. The other 80 percent, those who are more laid back in their career approach, tend to be overlooked.
 
“The beauty of our model is we give them (passive seekers) a voice and a vision,” he says. “It allows them to passively look for a job without dealing with the hassle of recruiters, phone calls and emails.
 
“The magic of our system is we are building technology that improves their experience,” he adds. “In the future, everyone will have a personal talent agent.” 
 
YTA is starting small and focusing initially on Pittsburgh companies and jobs. The platform targets those looking to work in the tech space—engineers and IT people. As it rolls out, YTA will be replicated in other markets for other professions.
 
The company has offices in the Riverside Center for Innovation and has a team of 20 talent agents, including interns and volunteers.
 
“The cool thing for us is the general population will have someone dedicated to their career search from cradle to grave,” he says. “It will demystify the job search.”
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Eric Harvey, YTA
 

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? AquaTech, ReedSmith, UpTo, Portabeer and more

Looking for work? Each week Pop City reports on the latest company hiring news.
 
AquaTech in Canonsburg, providing clean water tech for the industrial sector, has five openings: buyer, human resources manager, project engineer, project manager and welder.
 
Pittsburgh law firm Reed Smith is hiring a legal director coordinator to work with the marketing department on legal directories.

Federated Investors, a global investment manager, has several openings at the downtown Pittsburgh headquarters and Warrendale location.  Positions range from Internal sales associate, IMO analyst to senior Java programmers and Oracle and SQL database administrators.

UpTo, pop-up marketing, design and public relations firm, is gearing up for its 2014 season and is looking for freelance designers and writers.
 
NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania seeks a program manager to direct and support its Leadership Development Program. The program seeks to empower emerging leaders in low-income, disinvested communities with the necessary skills to advance community-driven change.
 
The Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation is expanding its team with two new positions: an economic development program coordinator and a communications and outreach coordinator.
 
Pittsburgh-based Industry Weapon has four openings: an educational services instructor, inside new business account executive, account manager and an HTML 5 developer.  
 
Pittsburgh Startup Webkite is looking for a sales and business development representative to assist in a dynamic new sales effort.  
 
PortaBeer—a draft beer systems for beer drinkers on the go—is expanding and hiring. Word is that big news is forthcoming about this Pittsburgh startup, but until its official release the company is looking for a sales rep.
 
Have hiring news? Email Pop City and send the links.
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? A few life sciences companies, PNC, Safaba and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company hiring news.
 
BlueBelt Technologies, a Pittsburgh developer of robotic surgical tools, is planning for major growth in 2014. The company has announced hiring for 25 new positions this year. The company is currently looking for a software development research engineer and program manager.   
 
PNC Investments has openings for six people in Pittsburgh. Positions range from investment services associates to consultants and financial advisors.
 
Neuro-Kinetics, Inc. a small but fast-growing medical device company, is seeking software and mechanical engineers. 
 
Safaba in Squirrel Hill, on the forefront of language translation technology, is on the lookout for a research scientist and software engineers.
 
Pittsburgh online ticketing company ShowClix is hiring an account manager and software engineer. There are several internships available as well in account services, software engineering, sales and marketing.
 
University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt Magazine is hiring a medical editor and writer. A master’s degree is required.
 
The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural history is hiring a director of visitor services, a highly enthusiastic person able to manage, develop and support the visitor experience.
 
The MEMS Industry Group is hiring a marketing and web associate who can creatively design and execute web marketing and advertising campaigns. The MEMS group is the trade association to promote the micro electrical mechanical systems industry.
 
Have hiring news? Email Pop City and send the career links.
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Pittsburgh marketing news roundup--acquisitions, mergers and expansions

And now the news on Pittsburgh marketing companies. First up, Campos Inc.
 
A.J. Drexler, former president and lead strategist at Big Picture Communications, has assumed ownership and management of Campos Inc., a firm founded and run by Yvonne Campos for more than 28 years.
 
The Campos name will remain. Drexler, a champion of well-executed market research, says Campos will continue to move in the direction of marketing strategy, research and data analytics. In addition, Drexler acquired Direct Feedback, a former competitor with offices in Station Square, and has integrated the firm into Campos. Direct Feedback specialized in qualitative research and focus group work.
 
Since the acquisition, Campos has hired four people, three from Direct Feedback and a new marketing strategist. Drexler’s message to the rest of the agency community? Campos is not in the business to compete with other agencies.
 
“We will do the strategy work up to a creative brief, but will go no further,” she says. “We are all about marketing planning and strategy all the time.
 
Campos will remain at the firm for another three years. “Our goal has always been to find the story, ask what’s the impact,” she says. “It’s not data for data’s sake but how we can use it to make better decisions.”
 
Portfolio Creative, a creative staffing and recruitment firm based in Columbus, Ohio, has opened an office in East Liberty. The firm specializes in recruiting creative talent for marketing firms, both full-time and freelance work for long and short term projects.
 
Not to be confused as an advertising or design firm, Portfolio Creative instead focuses on locating strong talent in the areas of marketing, creative advertising and graphic design, says Kristen Harris, COO and co-founder.
 
“Pittsburgh has a huge creative community,” she says. “We looked at a lot of cities and saw so much activity here. No one here is doing what we do, helping creative people to find one another.”
 
Founded in 2005, Portfolio Creative has been an Inc. 500|5000 fastest growing firm for the past four years. The office is located at 6101 Penn Avenue and is managed by Katie Speers.

Pittsburgh-based advertising agency Garrison Hughes moved this month into new 7,200 square foot offices the week that will double the firm’s original footprint. The new digs are on the second floor of the First & Market Building in downtown Pittsburgh. Employment has grown to 23.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Campos + Portfolio Creative

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Thar Geothermal, 4moms, mullen and more

4moms in the Strip District has openings for 15+ in several areas. The robotic baby equipment maker is seeking corporate, customer, engineering, IT and marketing support.
 
mullen in the Strip District is seeking an assistant media planner/ buyer to assist in day-to-day media activity on assigned campaigns and clients.
 
Metro Recruiting in Wexford is looking for a director of web content for its online publishing and advertising company. The ideal candidate will have experience in strategically shaping and managing business opportunities, as well as knowledge of SEO and Google Analytics.
 
Wombat Securities in Oakland is hiring a digital marketing manager to create effective digital marketing programs that improve awareness of Wombat Securities.
 
Thar Geothermal seeks a entry-level mechanical engineer for the firm, which designs develops and markets cost-effective heat pump technology and systems.
 
Avere Systems on the North Side is looking for an online marketing administrator, a technical role responsible for maintaining accurate tracking of leads and data as well as conducting research and procuring contracts to supplement the existing database.
 
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is seeking part-time, self-starter who will represent the Symphony in their local community.  The idea is to increase ticket sales to Symphony performances at Heinz Hall from September to June.
 
Have hiring news? Email Pop City and send the career links.
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Openings in energy, gaming, design, law, real estate and beer

Aquion Energy is ramping up for the production of its new age battery storage units, which can only mean hiring. The manufacturer has numerous openings, primarily in engineers.
 
Eighteen positions are posted in Pittsburgh, Belle Vernon and Mt. Pleasant: battery design engineers, commercial product managers, environmental health and safety manager, production supervisors, test manager, manufacturing engineers, product engineers and a test manager.
 
This week the company received a share of $3.6 million in federal funding for a clean-energy project underway with an Israeli company.
 
Pittsburgh-based Schell Games is on the move to bigger space in Station Square. Schell currently has seven openings and internships: art director, game designers, engineering manager, gameplay programmer and more.
 
“Hiring plans are not set in stone, but it wouldn't be crazy to think we would add 5-10 people in the next 12 months or so,” says Jake Witherell at Schell.
 
Clark Hill Thorp Reed is hiring an associate in its corporate and real estate finance practice group. 
 
BEA, Inc. of Belgium, makers of automatic door sensor technology, is looking for a bilingual (Spanish/English) inside sales rep. Pittsburgh is the headquarters of Bea’s American operation.
 
Three Rivers Waterkeeper is looking for a new executive director, someone with experience with Quickbooks, WordPress and Constant Contact or other email and data management systems. 
 
Landesberg Design is on the hunt for a mid- to senior-level designer. The position requires three to ten years experience, basically someone who is a design thinker and doer. Send a resume or bio plus sampling of work to gainful@landesbergdesign.com
 
Prudential Preferred Realty, a major real estate company in Pittsburgh, is hiring new and experienced real estate agents. Training and scholarships are available for interested candidates.

Portabeer, a Pittsburgh startup and makers of a patent-pending portable keg system, is hiring a sales associate. 

Have hiring news? Email Pop City and send the career links!
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh for the new year? Niche, GNC, Songwhale and more

Happy 2014! Do you know where your next job is? Each week Pop City reports on the latest company and hiring news.
 
Niche, formerly known as College Prowler, is expanding from 20 to 28 employees in the next six months. The firm provides in-depth reviews and analysis on colleges and K-12 schools. Niche is looking for business analysts, database engineers, a sales director, product managers, software engineers and web marketing specialists and analysts.
 
GNC, the nutritional supplement company with corporate offices in downtown Pittsburgh, has at least eight positions open in the region for everything from web and applications developers to merchandise managers, facilities administrators, financial services and marketing.
 
Victory Media in Corapolis, creators of marketplaces and publications that connect the military and civilian worlds, is hiring: digital product manager, web developer, national account executive, marketing director and QA analyst.
 
Songwhale is seeking a qualified part-time English to Japanese translator. The desired candidate must have native-level fluency in both Japanese and English (reading, writing and speaking) and great communication and organizational skills. Send resumes to info@songwhale.com 

Human Capital Consultants, a human resources and recruiting firm, has at least six openings in Pittsburgh for engineers, sales reps, recuitors and more. 

Avere Systems, which moved in new offices on the North Shore, has openings for engineers.

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is hiring a development coordinator who will be responsible for supporting the museum's overall fundraising efforts.

The Western Pennslvania Humane Society is looking for a director of marketing and publicity.
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Innovation that Mayor Bill Peduto wants that Pittsburgh needs

While the weather outside was frightful, the inauguration of Pittsburgh’s 60th mayor on Monday couldn’t have been warmer. 
  
From rocker Joe Grushecky intoning “…won’t you be my neighbor” with backup from the CAPA chorus, to poet Vanessa German inciting us to rise up and become change agents on our own front porches, to gospel singers and homemade pierogies, the Pittsburgh promise generated a heat all its own. 
 
“There is nothing wrong with the institutions of this city that cannot be repaired by good faith, square dealing and hard work,” Peduto told the gathered crowd at Heinz Hall.
 
“I will not make the mistake of assuming that my ascension to the office of mayor is, in itself, political reform. It is my job to turn this moment into an opportunity for reform.”
 
A self-described data-driven guy, Mayor Peduto moves into the office armed with 1100 pages of notes generated by a citizen-lead advisory committee that worked through the holidays on ideas to lead the region forward.
 
He has an ambitious to-do list of his own, as well, no less than 100 highly-detailed ways to lead the region, often tapping technology to get the job done.
 
Here’s a sampling of a few of the items on his innovation checklist, things Mayor Peduto wants that Pittsburgh needs:
 
· User-friendly government, beginning with a new cabinet position. Among the first hires will be a chief performance and innovation officer, a job expected to go to Debra Lam. Bring on big data!
 
· City streets with smarter traffic signals. Streamlined digital building permit systems and equal opportunity technology for all.
 
· A green tech and clean tech investment fund.
 
· Quality education and growing STEM opportunities for students.
 
· Showcasing neighborhoods through pedestrian way-finding. It will be interesting to see what this looks like.
 
· And GPS tracking for snow plows.
 
Let the new year and new season for the region begin.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Photos copyright by Brian Cohen.

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Lots of year-end openings: Avere, Songwhale and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company and hiring news.
 
Avere Systems, a developer of storage solutions for enterprise data centers, is hiring several positions for its Pittsburgh office: technical support engineer, software engineer, software QA engineer and technical inside sales.
 
Songwhale, a fast-growing interactive tech company that enables brands and companies to reach consumers with their message across multiple digital touch points, is hiring an iOS developer, Android developer, senior software engineer and senior project manager.
 
The Heinz History Center in the Strip District is hiring for six full-time positions: web and social media content writer, exhibit/experience designer, events coordinator, conservation services manager, Fort Pitt Museum customer service associates and a security officer.
 
The MAKERSHIP Project in Pittsburgh is hiring. The project is developing a new concept in tools training for next generation firms with the help of a Dept. of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund grant. The project seeks a training program coordinator responsible for building and operating a rapid training program to equip workers with the skills necessary to excel in digitized manufacturing and startup environments.
 
Neighborhood Allies is a new nonprofit set to launch in early 2014, replacing the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND) that began in 1982 as a community development funding intermediary to support community development in the region. The nonprofit seeks a dynamic individual with the vision and strategic sensibilities to pick up its mission and move the organization into the future.
 
Rivers of Steel Heritage Corp. is hiring a director of receptive services to identify, generate and evolve business development opportunities in the promotion of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.
 
TAKTL, a Pittsburgh-based, international designer and manufacturer of facade panels and high-tech architectural elements, is hiring an architectural projects and sales coordinator for its Glenshaw office.
 
The Resumator, a self-described “quirky software company that is reinventing the way employers hire,” is hiring. The Resumator is looking for a customer success engineer with great technical know-how who will engage customers, deliver outstanding support and exceed expectations.

The Jewish Community Center has an immediate need for a digital marketing specialist, someone proficient in using content management systems and website analytics.
 
TowerCare Technologies seeks a skilled website developer and customer support manager for its Wexford office. The successful candidate will join their team to provide web services to non-profit organizations.

Immunetrics, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based bio-simulation company that creates mechanistic mathematical models of biological systems to accelerate the development of drugs, clinical diagnostics and medical devices, has six openings: a user-interface software engineer, mathematic modeler, data administrator and software engineers.
 
BlueBelt Technologies is hiring a software quality assurance engineer. The firm is developer compact, handheld robotic tools for orthopedic surgeons.
 
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review seeks a seasoned business reporter to provide sophisticated coverage of the region’s economy.
 
Have hiring news? Ring in the new year and email us with your firm’s latest job listings. Happy Holidays!
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? IKM, Pittsburgh Parks, Chatham University, ASSET STEM and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company hiring news.

Pittsburgh-based architectural firm IKM is hiring a marketing coordinator with strong organizational and writing skills. Stay tuned for more job openings in the future as well.

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is hiring a director of finance and administration who will be responsible for the effective management of the conservancy’s finances, business administration, human resources, information tech and risk management.

ASSET STEM Education, a national education improvement nonprofit, is hiring a communications coordinator to increase ASSET's brand awareness and donor and membership levels through marketing communications, event planning and social media.

The RJ Lee Group in Monroeville, providing industrial forensic and engineering solutions, has several openings: certified industrial hygienist, XRD scientist I, senior software engineer and instrument technician – technician III.

Smith Brothers marketing agency on the North Side is looking for a senior content creator and copywriter, someone with a portfolio full of digital examples with well-crafted copy.

Carlow College is looking for an executive assistant of academic affairs, a position that requires strong professional administrative and communications skills with a customer service orientation.

Chatham University is hiring a program assistant for interior and landscape architecture.

The Ward Home, a nonprofit devoted to training at-risk adults in practical life skills in safe, nurturing environments, is looking for a director of development with a minimum of four-years experience in a related field. 
 
Have hiring news? Email Pop City and send the career links.
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Forever, Axiom Health, Romeo Delivers and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company and hiring news.
 
Glen Meakem’s new company, Forever Inc., a provider of personal social storage for family mementos and documents, is hiring three for its downtown office: a marketing associate, marketing manager and senior product manager.
 
RE2, a developer of intelligent modular manipulation systems and drones for the defense industry, is hiring a principal electrical engineer to lead a team of electrical engineers, designers and technicians.
 
GiftCards.com, one of the largest makers of personalized gift cards from Visa or MasterCard, is growing and promises the hiring of 15 to 20 people in the coming year. The company currently has one opening for an eCommerce product manager.
 
Axiom Health Intellect Systems, a growth stage start-up company focused on hospital analytics and business analytics software products, is hiring two: a sales account executive to push initiatives across the U.S. and a CMIO and CTO to help create cutting edge products for hospital analytics and business. Candidates for the latter position should email a resume and cover letter to Murugan Subramanian at msubramanian@axiomhealthbi.com
 
Pittsburgh startup Romeo Delivers is seeking part-time studio assistants to help deliver happiness and spread perpetual kindness to the world. The AlphaLab Gear company in East Liberty sends romantic toolkits to men on a monthly basis with personalized messages and creative and personalized bits and bobs to bring joy to significant others.
 
Duquesne University is hiring a web communications manager responsible for managing and editing the university’s website, Intranet and other online communications.

The Tepper School of Business at CMU is looking for an office manager, someone with more than five years of experience working in a corporate or university environment.
 
CMU is also hiring a personal/administrative assistant to assist CMU’s school of design.
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? The City of Pittsburgh, Avere, MARC USA, Pittsburgh Steelers and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company hiring news.
 
Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto is posting 30 city jobs on a new website created by The Pittsburgh Foundation called Talent-City.com.  The jobs are in the areas of the Mayor’s Office, Finance and Administration, Public Safety and Urban Affairs, and Planning and Innovation; annual salaries range between $60,000 and $106,000.

Avere
has four openings in Pittsburgh: director of cloud business development, technical support engineer, software engineer and software QA engineer, this from the fast-growing company that recently introduced Cloud NAS, reinventing the way data is stored in the cloud.

Rue21, in the news for going private, has 10 openings at its corporate headquarters in Warrendale, Pa. including buyers, district managers, store analysts and ecommerce merchandising.
 
MARC USA is hiring a PR/ social media account to manage the social media conversation for leading brands, plan innovative social promotions and also be involved in a wide range of media relations, event planning and cause marketing activities, in addition to day-to-day client service and project management.
 
The community newspaper of Pittsburgh’s Northside, The Northside Chronicle, is seeking a new managing editor. The monthly community newspaper has a circulation of 8,000 and delivers to 18 Northside neighborhoods.
 
Chorus Call in Monroeville, provider of audio and video conferencing and streaming solutions for an international market, seeks a video account executive to grow the company’s telecasting services including webcasting, multi-point video conferencing events, and endpoint video equipment.
 
Compunetix, also in Monroeville, a manufacturer of multipoint collaboration equipment and web collaboration software s hiring in for technical sales, software development, customer support, facilities maintenance, and electronics assembly.

Grantmakers of Western PA is looking for a program and communications coordinator, someone responsible for a wide range of responsibilities from communications to programming and service.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hiring a corporate partners manager. The position will be responsible for generating revenue through the sale of Pittsburgh Steelers marketing platforms, media programs and events through existing corporate partners and by cultivating new local and national partnerships. 

Is your company hiring? Email Pop City and include the career links.

Writer: Deb Smit

AlphaLab Gear is here--Pittsburgh's industrial-chic space for hardware startups

 
What do you get when you put nine enterprising hardware tech startups into an industrial-chic space in a former bowling alley in East Liberty?
 
AlphaLab Gear, the cool tech startup accelerator brought to us by Innovation Works and created around the idea—modeled after AlphaLab on the South Side—of entrepreneurs making great hardware together.
 
About 150 curious well-wishers attended the open house Monday night, which lifted the veil—or should we say garage doors—on the first class of companies.
 
The 10,000 square-foot space is an inspiring version of tech shop with touches like chain-link fences, barn doors, splashes of wall color, couches and a long wall of 12, 52-inch monitors that form a giant flat screen.
 
Gear taps the region’s prowess in robotics, software and hardware tech design, bringing entrepreneurs and artists together in a collaborative space to provide intensive business mentoring, financial assistance up to $50,000, a membership to tools and equipment in nearby TechShop and mentorship, for which IW is known.
 
“If Pittsburgh knows one thing, it’s how to make things,” said Rich Lunak, CEO of IW. “We are the original industrial town. We have the supply chain and talent to make this successful.”
 
The companies include:
 
FreshTemp, creating a temperature monitor and alert system for the food, medical and manufacturing industries.
 
IdentifiED, based on tech developed at the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Lab, designing unmanned aerial systems for data gathering in remote and hazardous environments for military, oil and gas exploration.
 
KyteLabs, two entreprenuers from Puerto Rico who are working on 4.0 software/hardware products with low-energy Bluetooth.
 
LifeShel, making smarter smart phone cases that protect more than just your smartphone.
 
Piecemaker, offering retailers 3D technology to create their own low-cost customized products in a matter of minutes.
 
Rapid PTC, automated platform technology for manufacturing thermoplastic composite parts.
 
Romeo Delivers, a monthly subscription service for men who need a little assistance with sending romantic notions to their significant other, like “kisses in a bag.”
 
Saturday Garage, applying robotics to the tool industry for tool challenged do-it-yourselfers who need assistance in operating industrial-grade precision and design tools.

Two artists-in-residence are also a part of the mix: documentary filmmaker Kalpana Biswas and woodworking furniture designer Jonathan Shapiro.
 
“People are working in this space. Sparks are flying,” says Illana Diamond, managing director of AlphaLab Gear. “Being a maker has become cool again.”
 
AlphaLab Gear was created with support from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, URA, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Innovation Works

Pittsburgh innovation news you need to know

The entrepreneurial and innovation sector in Pittsburgh continues to heat up. Here’s a quick look at the news going down around town.
 
CMU reports the creation of a record number of new startups this year, 36 to be exact, an economic milestone for the region by all accounts. CMU, its faculty and students have spun out more than 130 companies over the past five years and have attracted approximately $400 million of outside investment. 
 
CMU also announced a shift to a “spin-in” approach to working with entrepreneurs through organizations like Carnegie Innovations. The model allows companies to function as a venture-supported startup and receive financial support from CMU while the university retains 90 percent equity in each.
 
“It really is an example of us getting into the business of our business in the tech development space,” Mark Kamet, CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, told the audience gathered at LaunchCMU last week.
 
Five subsidiaries are underway: Acrobatiq, an open learning initiative; Acatar, a distance learning platform; Panopto, a video recording, transmission and content platform for enterprise; Clearmodel, focused on developing best-practice and model-based improvements; and iCarnegie, an older company developed in the ‘90s that works with government and businesses on workforce development.
 
The University of Pittsburgh announced this month the opening of The Innovation Institute to advance entrepreneurship, commercialization and economic development at the university, bringing everything together under the existing Office of Technology Management, Office of Enterprise Development, and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. 
 
Built in PGH has announced the creation of Citywide Standup, a monthly meetup to bring entrepreneurs together for regular facetime. Participants will have 30-seconds to expound on their wins and losses over a beer. 
 
Taking a page from Silicon Valley and “Shark Tank”, UPMC is holding another two-day Health Data Palooza," bringing more than 130 engineers, designers and analysts together to create cool tools and products for health care. Last May, a similar event created a device that fits in a shoe to get employees at desk jobs to get up and move. The event will be held on Nov. 20th and 21st at Bakery Square’s offices of UPMC’s Technology Development Center. Judges will be present and funding will be awarded.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: CMU, University of Pittsburgh, Built In PGH

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? ModCloth, Songwhale, Steeltown Entertainment and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company hiring news.
 
ModCloth, the online vintage clothing retailer, is looking for a director of engineering for its Pittsburgh location. This is a forward-looking position that requires basic technical knowledge of the company's technology stack to help inform decisions.

Songwhale, a fast-growing, interactive technology company in Pittsburgh, is hiring developers, engineers and project managers.
 
The Efficiency Network (TEN) is hiring an entrepreneurial energy engineer to provide expertise in assessing, designing, calculating savings and scoping pricing energy efficiency projects. The company is a next-generation energy efficiency integration firm that hopes to change the way customers achieve energy and water efficiency goals.
 
University of Pittsburgh is hiring an academic community engagement advisor for the University Honors College. The position is responsible for directing the office and advising UHC students as well as other responsibilities.
 
Safaba in Squirrel Hill, a fast-growing machine translation firm, seeks a senior MT software engineer to play an integral role in its product development roadmap and customer project delivery.
 
Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery seeks a full-time gallery assistant who will be responsible for daily gallery management, creating PR and marketing materials, packing and shipping glass, and installing work for exhibition openings. A BFA/BA in art history or studio arts, or a background in gallery management is preferred. Send resumes and cover letters to Amy Morgan at staff@morganglassgallery.com.
 
Steeltown Entertainment Project is seeking a part-time (20 hours a week) youth & media program administrator to support its projects. Steeltown’s Youth & Media Program works to empower teens by inspiring, promoting and facilitating the creation of teen-produced media and provide the skills they need.
 
On the North Shore, Webkite, a content management platform developer, is hiring three: business development technology sales representative, outbound sales representative and a senior developer.
 
Branding Brand seeks a technical recruiter to work in the Pittsburgh office and lead the development of the team. The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial in nature, a true people person, and someone who lives and breathes mobile. 

Immunetrics, a bio-simulation company in Pittsburgh, on the cutting edge of in silico modeling, seeks a mathematical modeler.
 
AllFacilities Energy Group, an energy efficiency analytics company in Pittsburgh, is hiring an account associate with a Bachelor’s degree in a business or technical discipline, or 1 – 3 years of related experience.  Energy efficiency experience is preferred, but not required.
 
Bechtel Bettis seeks an entry level technical editor/writer in its West Mifflin office,  someone with experience or a degree in mechanical, marine or related engineering.

Have hiring news? Email Pop City and send the career links.

Writer: Deb Smit


This week in startup news: the fast skinny on everything going down around town

Pop City innovation news offers a roundup this week of all the news you need to know:

Business Bout is back, Thrill Mill’s business plan competition that not only sinks venture capital to new startups but secures them a spot in Hustle Den’s incubator in East Liberty.

New this year, the top 15 companies selected will receive a cash prize; $25,000 for the winner and $5,000 for the top 14 companies selected. The deadline for submission is Dec. 6th at midnight. The funding was made possibly by the success of the Thrival Festival this fall and funding from the RK Mellon Foundation.

The first round of finalists, about 30 to 50 companies, will attend a weekend bootcamp that will provide training on the basics for building a company, says Bobby Zappala, CEO for Thrill Mill.

“We’re taking some serious strides to add value to the companies beyond giving them access to the space (Hustle Den),” says Zappala.  “Adding so much substance only increases the chance for companies to achieve something really great.”

Across the hall from HustleDen, AlphaLabGear is getting underway. The first nine companies are expected to be announced next week.

Pittsburgh’s big data startups will meet with regional big data investors for a mega session on investing and building companies in the field of data analytics. The interactive format will provide a meaningful dialogue and an opportunity to facilitate relationships between entrepreneurs and investors, says Samman Haqqi, organizer on behalf of Pittsburgh DataWorks.

National VCs like Accel, Atlas Ventures and Google Ventures will be on hand along with locals Draper Triangle, Innovation Works, and Birchmere Capital.

CMU has announced the launch of the Simon Initiative to accelerate the use of learning science and technology to improve student learning. The faculty-led initiative includes the formation of the Global Learning Council (GLC), a group of experts from academia, industry and foundation who will develop best practices in the open sharing of data across sectors to improve learning outcomes for all.

In addition, CMU will provide open access to the world’s largest bank of educational technology data, which it collected with the University of Pittsburgh as part of LearnLab, a Science of Learning Center funded by the National Science Foundation, says a CMU spokesperson.
 
Applications are now being accepted for the Steel City Codefest, a city-wide app-building competition to create apps that assist local nonprofits by promoting their mission and saving time and money. For more information or to apply click here.

The Energy Technology Center at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute officially opened its doors in North Fayette. The $3.5 million, 15,000 square-foot space is headquarters for the school’s energy programs, serving companies that are exploring and developing Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale.

Earlier this year, PTI announced a new certificate program in welding technology and the addition of an oil and gas electronics concentration to its electronics engineering technology associate program in science degree. The institute's oil and gas program is the first associate degree program in the region that concentrates on electronics for the energy sector, school officials said.

Finally, CMU invites the public to LaunchCMU Pittsburgh, a research and entrepreneurship showcase on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the University Center, Rangos 1,2 and 3. Startups presenting include Surtrac, Sharp Edge Labs, PECA Labs, ActivAided Orthotics and Duolingo.

Writer: Deb Smit

What is UpTo? For starters, the community social accelerator is up to a regionwide expansion

Look for UpTo to pop up all over Pittsburgh and beyond, thanks to support from two local organizations.
 
A neighborhood experiment launched by marketing firm Shift Collaborative, UpTo stages pop-ups in underserved communities by bringing businesses and nonprofits together with freelance designers and writers who can turn work around quickly and at an affordable cost.
 
Successful pop-ups were held in this fall in East Liberty and Butler. Intrigued, Idea Foundry has adopted UpTo as part of its Intersector Accelerator Program, which funds businesses that have social or environmental benefits.
 
In addition, the Allegheny Conference is considering including UpTo as part of its Strengthening Communities Partnership, an initiative designed to address disparities in communities in the Pittsburgh region.
 
UpTo was created as a side project by marketing firm Shift Collaborative in East Liberty. It’s a way to challenge ourselves and do-good in local neighborhoods, says Sarah Mayer, a principal at Shift along with Eric Sloss.
 
The pop-ups are staged as community social events in the heart of main street communities--barber shops, Italian restaurants, ice cream shops, dry cleaners are all great candidates that have benefitted.
 
“People can walk in, walk around, meet people and make an appointment,” says Meyer.  “We want to educate people on the process and the importance of quality design work. Then we follow up to see how they are putting these designs into action.”
 
A menu of services is available to business owners, with rates of between $25 and $150 for content writing and design work, such as a business logo.
 
“This is an underserved population that doesn’t usually invest in quality design,” says Meyer. “We don’t hope to profit from it, we want to see it impact Main Street America. That’s our primary goal.”
 
With the expansion of the program, UpTo is building out its team, which consists of locally sourced freelancers. It’s a good opportunity for designers to fill out their portfolio, Meyers adds.
 
Scouting is underway for future locations, possibly Wilkensburg, McKeesRocks, Latrobe and Erie.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Sarah Meyer, Shift Collaborative

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Industrial Scientific, Mattress Factory, Seegrid, CMU and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company hiring news.
 
Industrial Scientific has broken ground on a new 200,000-square-foot global headquarters in Robinson Township, allowing the the company to consolidate its operations into one location. Hiring is expected in the coming year. IS is currently advertising five positions in Pittsburgh: credit account manager, electronics technician, senior director, senior electrical engineer and senior software developer.
 
Pittsburgh-based Seegrid, maker of robotic industrial trucks, is hiring four positions: field service technician, senior software engineer, a director of product development-robotic industrial truck product line and a mechanical engineer.
 
The Mattress Factory on the North Side is hiring a communications and marketing manager. The position is responsible for the implementation of strategies to increase visitor attendance and promotion of the museum nationally and internationally. 
 
South Side skincare startup FutureDerm has two openings for a software development consultant and financial consultant. The company recently announced the expansion of its product line beginning with a new skin cleanser.
 
Smith Brothers is hiring a senior content creator/ copywriter, someone who’s "a kickass copywriter with the portfolio to prove it."
 
RE2 in Lawrenceville is seeking a principal electrical engineer to join its team. A minimum ten years of experience is required. RE2 recently announced funding by the Dept. of Defense to commercialize its high-speed inspection robot, the ForeRunner, an unmanned ground vehicle.

BEA of Belgium, makers of automatic door sensor technology, has an opening in its Pittsburgh office for a director of marketing, someone with experience in product management. Pittsburgh is the company's North American headquarters. 
 
Carnegie Mellon University is hiring a publications coordinator and webmaster with three or more years of experience in writing, desktop publishing and multimedia.
 
Flying Cork Media is looking for a creative writer to assist in all client campaign writing. A bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising or public relations and 1-2 years of experience is preferred.
 
Have hiring news? Email Pop City and send the links.

Writer: Deb Smit

Pittsburgh schools take students on wild rides through science, teach video game design

Students today are hungry for a challenging learning environment that not only engages them, but also prepares them for the 21st century workplace. So what does this look like?

Two high schools in the Pittsburgh region are embracing innovative educational models that teach STEAM skills in creative ways. One is a classroom that looks more like a place you might find at Epcot in Disney World; the other is an academy for future video game designers.

At Shaler High School, students are stepping into an immersive, virtual world called Dream Flight Adventures where they embark on their own missions that take them into the scientific realms of outer space, human body or deep sea.

Before the day of the mission, teachers prep the students. When the day arrives, the excited class takes its spot in a room that is designed as a command center, and moderated by an administrator who serves as flight director. The students manipulate the mission on iPads and follow the journey on a wide screen at the front of the room.

“When kids walk in, many think it will be like a video game, with scripted outcomes, says Gary Gardiner, CEO and creator.  “They quickly realize this is more of a real life experience. There is a lot of screaming and yelling.”

“Once the kids come in here, they are no longer are fifth graders, they are engineers, and hackers and physicists,” adds Michael Penn, GATE teacher and flight director. “They own these jobs. Time stops for them; they are so reluctant to leave.”
Dream Flight Adventure hopes to expand to other area school districts, says Gardiner, who is also manager of education and entertainment initiatives at Idea Foundry.

At Elizabeth Forward High School, Zulama’s Gaming Academy offers students a high school level curriculum based on course work offered at CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). The academy teaches STEAM skills through classes on game design, 3D modeling and modern storytelling.
 
In its second year, the program has grown from 30 to 190 students.
 
“It’s changing the way teachers are teaching,” says Nikki Navta, founder and CEO. “It gives students practice for jobs that exist in the real world.”
 
Zulama addresses soft learning skills including working in teams, learning to communicating and collaborating effectively. It’s not about just math, science, art and history, says Navta. It gives students a tangible portfolio of work.
 
“The collaboration and the creation that students get to do is far more intrinsically motivating than any other course that I’ve seen offered in my mere 10 years of education,” says Heather Hibner, a teacher at Elizabeth Forward.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Zulama and Dream Flight Adventures
 
 
 
 

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Shoefitr, Precision Therapeutics, Carlow University and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest company and hiring news.
 
Pittsburgh startup Shoefitr, the former AlphaLab company that helps customers to make sure the shoe fits when they are buying online, is hiring for eight positions: footwear taxonomy specialist, front-end engineer, graphic designer, QA engineer, senior inside sales professional, software engineer, technical sales engineer and UX researcher/developer.
 
Precision Therapeutics on the South Side and Lawrenceville, a diagnostics company that provides cancer patients and their doctors with personalized cancer treatment, is hiring for seven positions: immunohistochemistry technician, software developers, finance, automation specialist, clinical information analyst, laboratory accessioner, part-time and clinical lab technician.
 
Combinenet, a SciQuest company, in the Strip District is looking to hire a full time unix administrator with five or more years experience in maintaining a production environment.  

Dick's Sporting Goods is hiring a marketing content editor to support the brand's mission.

Carlow University is hiring a communications strategist for a 12-month position to support a full range of Carlow's communications efforts.

The Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania are looking for a cookie sales coordinator to plan and implement the overall sales strategy of this major annual fundraiser. 

Looking for a little extra work for the holidays? FedEx Ground is hiring about 100 workers to support its operation on Neville Island, off I-79. Pay starts at $10 an hour.

Have hiring news? Email Pop City and include the career links.

Writer: Deb Smit

Need storage? Help balancing your budget? AlphaLab Demo Day shows and tells all

The AlphaLab Demo Day & Technology Preview proved yet again that entrepreneurs and startups are a big draw in Pittsburgh.
 
More than 375 people attended the presentations of six university tech startups and nine Innovation Works AlphaLab companies at the New Hazlett this week. Many stuck around to meet the companies afterward during an informal lunch mixer.
 
“The companies gained market traction and validation during the AlphaLab program and did an excellent job of presenting their products and companies at Demo Day,” said Jim Jen of IW. “This cycle’s companies continued the tradition of raising the bar for future AlphaLab classes.”
 
This year marked the first time that National Energy Technology Laboratory joined the lineup.  
 
The preview opened with university technologies, ranging from Lightside, an online platform that instantly assesses student writing and offers feedback to both teachers and student writers, to Diamond Kinetics, which is in the throes of commercializing technology that improves the performance of baseball and softball players.
 
The current crop of AlphaLab companies were equally compelling, ranging from reality-based gaming to a look at the savvy new age of college-level athletic recruiting. 
 
A few highlights:
 
What is augmented-reality gaming? MegaBits CEO Patrick Perini explained how his new game brings the gaming world and real world together. The game is based on a player’s physical location, allowing gamers to chase and battle monsters and feed and train them, in all kinds of real world weather.
 
It’s catching on. Nearly 200 applicants signed up in the first two hours of MegaBits’ launch, said Perini.
 
Ever lose an important file, or key nugget of information on your computer? Steve Cotter of Collected wants to streamline the way you find it by providing intelligent authoring technology to help you quickly access frequently used content. Not only does it speed up access, but also it can drill down contents on a Google drive and costs, at minimum, $10 a month. Launching in January.
 
Forget reconciling your bank statements across several apps. BudgetSimple tracks your spending and income all in one place and keeps it up-to-date.
 
“The most successful budget is one where you can keep the things that are important and eliminate the waste,” says CEO Phil Anderson, a successful internet marketer who previously worked for Vivisimo (before it was acquired by IBM) and LunaMetrics in Pittsburgh. BudgetSimple has 130,000 users signed on to date.
 
Wing Ma'am, a fast growing mobile app, is bringing bring LBGT women together as a resource for one another. It already attracted 108,000 users to date and is on target in reach 2 million in the next two years, says CEO Ariella Furman.
 
It’s also the only app of its kind that searches for events, not just people, she says.
 
If you’ve ever tried to stay abreast of a high school or collegiate athletic team’s changing schedule, you will appreciate the value of AthleteTrax. The startup is working with high school and collegiate club teams to provide an online tool that puts all a team’s information in one place, a sort of dashboard for athletics.
 
Lacking space for storage? Have space to rent? Spacefinity matches the have-nots with the haves and helps the haves convert their extra space into cash. The startup is tapping into the $22 billion storage industry and has 70 live space lords in Pittsburgh so far, says CEO Alex Hendershott.
 
Those looking for motivation to keep up with their physical therapy routines will gain support from Hability, a mobile tool that keeps patients engaged and therapists and family in the loop. “Compliance is in the root of attendance,” says CEO James Lomuscio.
 
Crowdasaurus stands at the intersection of crowdfunding and digital marketing. Projects with crowdfunding campaigns are matched with like-minded organizations—nonprofits or media outlets—who can benefit from the exposure they will receive by having content appear on the same page, says Josh Lucas, CEO. The Pittsburgh Foundation is already one of several beta testers on board. 
 
Finally, a senior at Grove City College believes the college athletic recruiting system is broken. Her startup, ProfilePasser, is the only platform that brings players and coaches together on the field where the players can be seen and recruited, says Sam Weber, founder. The app is available in the iTunes store now.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: AlphaLab, Innovation Works

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Clark Hill Thorp Reed, ExOne, Fireman Creative, UpTo and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company and hiring news.
 
UpTo touts itself as the region’s first pop-up creative firm. It’s looking for freelance designers and writers with an entrepreneurial spirit who can turn around work quickly for small businesses and nonprofits. The organization is holding a pop-up this week in East Liberty, Oct. 14-18, at 6101 Penn Avenue, in the Liberty Bank building.
 
Clark Hill Thorp Reed is hiring a mid-level associate attorney, litigation associate with at least five years of experience.
 
Fireman Creative is an innovative design and technology agency based in Pittsburgh’s Southside. The firm is looking for a PHP Web Developer/Engineer with 1 to 3 years of agency experience (or equivalent). 
 
Safaba in Squirrel Hill is hiring a director of marketing to help develop, implement and lead the execution of the company's marketing strategy. The fast-growing company helps global companies to translate corporate materials into many languages.
 
Mylan in Canonsburg is hiring a senior marketing and advertising review council specialist responsible for the timely and accurate review, approval and production of all Mylan specialty promotional materials.
 
Industry Weapon is in need of an HTML 5 developer/interactive "genius" who can create cutting edge, interactive experiences for customers.
 
ExOne in North Huntingdon, a fast-growing firm in the 3D printing space, has openings in eight areas:  mechanical designer, technical writer and trainer, program manager (chemistry) and service technicians,
 
Intrigue Technologies, a CMU spin-off, is developing the next generation of imaging cameras and systems for surveillance, automotive and robotic vision applications in Bridgeville. The company is hiring an electronic hardware design engineer.
 
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Writer: Deb Smit

Bring on the fire-eaters. The Tech 50 Awards celebrate the region's finest

Bring on the fire-breathers and the leotard-clad dancers. Roll in the Shakespearian stage sets and tribal drummers. It’s Pittsburgh Tech 50 time.
 
The region’s annual party, thrown by the Pittsburgh Technology Council, celebrated the best and brightest tech and life sciences companies in typically campy style. Held at the Wyndam Grand downtown, the evening is all about the growing success of local companies and entrepreneurial endeavors in the areas of life sciences, machine learning, manufacturing, gaming and IT.
 
"After 16 years, Tech 50 is still the apex of recognition for technology visionaries," said Audrey Russo, CEO, in her opening remarks.
 
Among the highlights:
 
Dr. Giorgio Coraluppi of Compunetix, Chorus Call and Compunetix in Monroeville was named CEO of the Year. The Italian-born businessman started his first company in Pittsburgh 45 years ago, growing it into three companies and more than 460 employees today.
 
ALung Technologies on the South Side won Life Sciences Company of the Year. In accepting the award, ALung’s Jim Sweeney wondered if he should have toted along their Hemolung breathing technology for the fire breathers in the show.
 
Schell Games on the South Side was no surprise as the Interactive and Application Developer of the Year, a company that has been going strong 11 years running. As Jesse Schell noted, “People believe in the vision that games can change the world.” 
 
Shortest speech of the night went to soft-spoken Luis von Ahn of Duolingo, whose team picked up Startup of the Year. "We're From Carnegie Mellon and we’re a bit shy,” von Ahn whispered into the mike. “Can we go now? Thank you."
 
Several of the company CEOs were out of the country and unavailable to accept their awards personally, which can only be taken as a good sign.
 
Other winners were:
Advanced Manufacturer of the Year: Industrial Scientific Corporation
Innovator of the Year: Aethon, Inc.
Tech Titan: ANSYS, Inc.
Solution Provider of the Year: Avere Systems
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? PNC, Oracle, Phipps and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest company and hiring news.

PNC is posting 14 jobs for full-time finance positions in the downtown Pittsburgh office. Positions include: auditors, analysts and finance project managers and coordinators.
 
PNC Investment Services is posting four jobs in the downtown Pittsburgh office for investment services associates and a senior investment associate.
 
The Oracle office in Pittsburgh is hiring for at least 10 positions in IT including client specialists, IT security and consulting professionals.
 
Phipps has several full-time openings for people with a passion for the green world. Positions include: a display horticulturalist; events sales administrator; building maintenance technicians, a grower/production to provide care and propagation of plants and seedlings; an integrated pest management specialist; and a science education and research administrative assistant.
 
Wyndham Hotel and Resorts is looking for an executive chef who will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the hotel’s food production and services.

Pittsburgh-based NuRelm, a developer of business websites, is seeking a web developer to build content managed websites.
 
Gillece Services is launching a new home maintenance program, expanding its training and hiring 10-15 employees: electricians, master plumbers, service plumbers, HVAC technicians and journeymen. The company will also partner with the Pittsburgh Technical Institute to offer high-tech training to students in the coming months.
 
The Mountain Watershed Association is hiring a community advocate. Candidates must have a J.D. Degree with a certificate or experience in environmental law, be enthusiastic and motivated self-starters, and be outgoing and able to work with diverse groups of people. The job is based in Melcroft, Pa.
 
Allies for Children, a newly organized nonpartisan advocacy nonprofit, is hiring a communications director, someone passionate about improving the lives of children and youth.
 
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Writer: Deb Smit

Pittsburgh college entrepreneur wins national competition for Sequoia Waste Solutions

Charlie Dolan, a 21-year-old college senior and co-founder of Pittsburgh-based Sequoia Waste Solutions, took first place in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards’ regional competition.
 
Dolan will go on to compete for the global title in Washington, D.C., this November.
 
Dolan and several friends, all graduates of Central Catholic High School, started the waste solution company in 2012. The company creates client-specific waste solutions that matches building materials with a network of partners and service providers. In the end, customers save both money and the environment.
 
Dolan entered the competition as a senior at Villanova University, where he runs the company while attending school.
 
“They (judges) were really impressed with the idea and the method,” says Dolan, company CTO. “Just to be in the running with amazing young entrepreneurs from around the world is an honor.”
 
Sequoia’s customers are primarily restaurants, educational facilities and corporate offices. Not only does each company typically save between 5-15 percent annually on their trash and recycling costs, but less trash ends up in landfills, he says.
 
The company is expected to surpass $5 million in revenue this year.  “Our goal is to be the data hub of trash in Pittsburgh,” he says. “And to create local jobs.”
 
The GSEA competition recognizes student entrepreneurs from around the world who are successfully running a profitable business while attending school. It is organized by the Entrepreneur’s Organization, a global business network of more than 9,500 business owners in 40 countries.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Charlie Dolan, Sequoia Waste Solutions

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Alcoa, Rhiza, ModCloth and the Business Times

In addition to celebrating its 125th birthday this week, Alcoa is hiring. The company is looking for more than 15 people at its technical center, mostly engineering and science staff positions, and has another four jobs in procurement and finance at its corporate center.
 
Rhiza, a fast-growing software company on Ellsworth Avenue, is hiring four: front end and user interaction designer, front end developer, a junior software engineer and a software engineer.
 
The Pittsburgh Business Times is hiring an experienced reporter to cover the energy beat in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Experienced reporters who have covered this area on a daily basis are preferred, especially those with an extensive portfolio of related clips and senior-level industry contacts.
 
CBS TV/ KDKA is hiring a full-time tech specialist to assist with operator training for all equipment located within the KDKA facility. A degree in engineering electronics or equivalent experience is required.
 
ModCloth in Pittsburgh is hiring a fashion-writing editor. The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal skills, instinctive brand awareness and strong social networking skills.
 
The Frick Art & Historical Center is hiring a curatorial assistant to provide general support to the curatorial department as it relates to collections care and the temporary exhibitions.
 
Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh is hiring a part-time program director/ board administration to represent the the organization to the public, orchestrate monthly events, facilitate daily operations and serve as the front office. The workload is 15 hours a week and is very flexible except on the day of an event. Interested candidates should email mitefpittsburgh@gmail.com for more information.
 
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Writer: Deb Smit
 
 

Alcoa celebrates 125 years of innovation on the North Side

The story of Alcoa, like many an entrepreneurial tale, began 125 years ago with a few 20-something chemists in Pittsburgh knocking around with science and figuring out a formula to simplify the way metal is made.
 
Charles Martin Hall, with an assist from his sister, Julia, a chemist in her own right, discovered the process of aluminum reduction through electrolysis. The year was 1886.
 
Within 15 years, Alcoa was pioneering aluminum cooking utensils under the Wear Ever brand, the beginning of 12 decades of innovation that started in Pittsburgh.
 
This week 400 employees and a handful of dignitaries gathered at Alcoa on the North Shore to kick off a week-long celebration of the company’s 125th birthday.  Alcoa employees at operations around the world are blowing party horns and wearing royal blue tees in celebration.
 
“These are giants whose shoulders we are standing on,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO, of the early pioneers. The company continues to grow year-over-year by 7%; the metal has been an integral ingredient in some of the greatest innovations in the world, he added.
 
Among the historic highlights:
 
The Wright Brothers’ plane might not have gotten off the ground without a lighter cast aluminum crankcase made by the Pittsburgh Reduction Company, later known as Alcoa.
 
The 1923 Ford Model T was the first mass-produced car to feature an aluminum body. Henry Ford, who refused to be financially dependent on one supplier, later switched to steel.
 
Charles Lindbergh made his historic transatlantic flight in a plane made from a new Alcoa alloy and aluminum cast engine.
 
In the 1930s, H.J. Heinz began using the first commercial aluminum closure made by Alcoa, called the Goldy, to seal sauces and ketchup.
 
The Alcoa Building downtown, with its thin stamped aluminum panels forming the exterior wall, was the world’s first aluminum-faced skyscraper in 1953.
 
Alcoa Mastic revolutionized the modern home with the invention of vinyl siding in 1961.
 
Alcoa helped NASA during the 1970s and 1980s develop a reusable transportation system for the Space Shuttle.
 
In 2004, Alcoa joined Pittsburgh Brewing to make the first beer in an aluminum bottle for the North American beer industry.
 
To mark the occasion, the Alcoa Foundation announced a $1.25 million internship program for 500 students in eight countries over the next two years. The initiative will give unemployed youth a chance to launch successful careers in manufacturing.
 
While Alcoa’s is based in New York City, the Pittsburgh office is the R&D center for the global operation. The company continues to develop and promote green industry technologies. 
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Alcoa

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Carnegie Robotics, One Planet, Western Pa. Conservancy and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest company hiring news.
 
Carnegie Robotics will be hiring more than 25 people over the next two years as part of the expansion of its world-class robotic manufacturing center and headquarters in Lawrenceville.

The company seeks product-oriented, highly driven engineers, technical associates and interns who will be an integral part of the company’s long-term hiring strategy. CR specializes in building robotic products for commercial, industrial and defense markets.

PPG Industries has announced that its North American Architectural Coatings headquarters will be located in Butler County and promises at least 300 jobs in the future. Currently, PPG has openings for more than 20 positions in operations, systems, recruiting, customer relations and engineering.
 
One Planet, which takes a human approach to the translation of medical, science and business materials, is hiring freelance translators, an account executive, software localization engineer and project managers.
 
Lunametrics on the South Side has five openings: office manager, google analytics data analyst, SEO project manager, online media strategist and an inbound sales expert.
 
St. Clair Hospital Foundation is hiring a director of development, someone to take the lead on the solicitation of major gift prospects, strategies, grant and proposal generation, major donor gifts and more.
 
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has two full-time openings in its Community Gardens/Greenspace department for field staff, based in Pittsburgh. The position supports field work at community gardens and greening projects throughout the region. To apply, send a resume, cover letter and salary expectations to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Garden Staff in the subject line.
 
Dick’s Sporting Goods is looking for a copywriter with three years of editorial experience in advertising, marketing or related with an ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, employee-friendly office.

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Writer: Deb Smit

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Celerity, SnapRetail!, The Resumator and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest company and hiring news in the region.
 
Celerity, a business consultancy that delivers web, mobile and business IT solutions, has acquired 3PC Media in Wexford, a digital agency that specializes in mobile app development and strategic branding. The company’s expansion means four new jobs for the Pittsburgh office including front end developers and native iOS mobile developers. Prospects should email hmoffitt@celerity.com
 
SnapRetail! in the Strip District is looking for “snappers” to join its team. The buy local, digital marketing solutions firm has 15 openings in sales, engineering and marketing. An open house “snapdraft” with Charlie Batch will be held on Sept. 26th for potential recruits.
 
The Resumator, a digital platform that facilitate's a company's hiring needs, is hiring. The startup is looking to fill roles in engineering, support, sales and marketing.
 
Kennametal Inc. in Latrobe has acquiried a tungsten materials business from Allegheny Technologies Inc. for $605 million. The company is posting 15+ jobs at its global headquarters including positions in engineering, software IT, finance, sales and internships. (Note: the career page can only be accessed using Foxfire or Internet Explorer.)
 
Lawrenceville-based Astrobotic, providing affordable robotic technology options on planetary missions, is recruiting qualified candidates in the following technical fields: avionics, structures, propulsion, thermal, operations and communications.
 
The MEMS Industry Group, a nonprofit industry association to promote micro-electro mechanical systems across global markets, is hiring a program and events manager.
 
Energy+1, yet another company out there working to convince the general public to switch their utility supplier, is hiring upward of 50 people to sell their plan in the region. The company claims the pay is lucrative for ambitious sales types.
 
Have hiring news? Email Pop City and include the career links.
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Nearly everyone. More than 100 jobs posted.

Each week Pop City reports on the latest local hiring news. It must be job season as nearly a dozen companies are hiring: Songwhale, Holtec, Think Through Math, ShowClix, College Prowler, Kextil, K&L Gates, Lucas Systems and Cheetah Technologies. 

Songwhale in Lawrenceville, an interactive tech company that sends brand messages via smart phones, computers and tablets, is hiring software engineers, project managers and developers.

Holtec in Turtle Creek, a manufacturer of dry fuel storage canisters and high tech racks for nuclear utilities around the world, has a handful of open positions: quality engineer, product line manager, burn operator, welder, supervisor and maintenance manager.

Innovation Works reports a record-breaking year, good news considering the year is only halfway over. The region’s largest investor in seed-stage companies has invested $3.7 million in 47 companies so far. Even better, IW reports that there are more than 30 jobs at area startups, many in software engineering, software development and sales.

There are four openings at Think Through Math. The math instructional tutoring company is hiring a bilingual math teacher, inside sales rep, IT manager and senior software developer. The company recently closed on a $5.6 million funding round and plans to move into a larger office on the North Shore, across from PNC park.

Online ticketing company ShowClix has four full-time and three internship positions.

Niche, better known as the online college resource College Prowler, is hiring three people who will join a staff of 20: database engineer, director of sales and a software engineer. The company expects to grow to 30 by next year.

Kextil, featured in this week's issue of Pop City, is hiring a lead architect. 
 
The law firm of K&L Gates is looking to fill two positions within its global marketing team in Pittsburgh: a PR and communications assistant and CRM Data Steward who is primarily responsible for assisting with data security throughout the firm.
 
Cheetah Technologies in Pittsburgh is looking for a software quality assurance analyst and firmware engineer.

Lucas Systems, a provider of voice logistics solutions for retailers and warehouse operations, is hiring seven full-time and two interns. The positions include: product engineers, software engineers, software support supervisors, and software and engineering interns.

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority has two full-time openings for an IT network administrator for its growing IT Division and an accounting manager with a CPA certification to join its Finance Department.

Have hiring news? Email Pop City pretty please and include the career links.

Writer: Deb Smit
 
 

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Green Building Association, Branding Brand, Reed Smith and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company hiring news.
 
The Green Building Alliance (GBA) in Pittsburgh is looking for a property specialist to lead its efforts in the Pittsburgh 2030 District. The program is designed to encourage and empower small commercial property owners in the city to reduce energy, water consumption, transportation emissions and improve indoor air quality while putting money back in their pockets.

Branding Brand is looking for a technical recruiter to work in the Pittsburgh office and lead team development. The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial in nature, a true people person and someone who lives and breathes mobile. 
 
Communities In Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County is hiring an executive director. This nonprofit serves at-risk students by encouraging them to stay in school. The program works with local school districts to provide alternative education, after-school programming, mentoring and more.
 
The Sarah Heinz House, a center that supports local youths and families, is looking for a director of finance and business operations. The chosen candidate will join a dedicated staff committed to giving youths the tools they need to reach their potential.
 
Pittsburgh Public Market is hiring an assistant market manager to assist with market operations at the expanded Pittsburgh Public Market at 2401 Penn Ave. in the Strip District. PPM is a year-round market bringing shoppers together with locally grown and sourced food; it offers programs and classes as well.
 
Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh is looking for an energetic, entrepreneurial individual to join its new Storymobile team. RIF is working to narrow the literacy gap in the region; the Storymobile program offers an opportunity to engage low-income families and children in their own neighborhoods.  
 
The law firm of