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President and Chief Executive Officer Pittsburgh, PA

The Pittsburgh Foundation seeks a dynamic president to lead one of the nation’s largest community foundations. For more than 70 years, The Pittsburgh Foundation has invested in the greater Pittsburgh community and helped donors meet their philanthropic goals. Today, with assets of approximately $1.2 billion in more than 2000 separate funds, and annual grants of nearly $65 million, The Pittsburgh Foundation plays an important leadership role in the region in addressing pressing economic and societal challenges. The Foundation’s influence and independence – as well as its financial resources – position it to be an agent of change. It addresses critical regional needs through its grantmaking, informs and inspires donors, and works “beyond the grants” to leverage its knowledge and influence through collaborations, advocacy, research and communications, and thought leadership.

The president oversees a staff of 50 and an annual operating budget of $10.1 million (excluding its supporting organizations where the Foundation exercises oversight but not day-to-day management).

The Foundation is open to candidates from a variety of backgrounds who bring knowledge of community issues and a commitment to addressing the causes and effects of poverty and to advancing racial equity and opportunity. The position calls for leadership and management experience in a complex organization, including leading through organizational growth and change. The president should be a proven innovator and thought leader with public presence, a record of successful partnerships across diverse constituencies, and a keen grasp of public policy. Senior level volunteer or staff experience in the nonprofit sector is important as well as an appetite for fund raising. The Foundation prefers candidates who come from or know the Pittsburgh region and its stakeholders but also welcomes applications from exceptional leaders with experience in similar urban communities.

Karen Wilcox and Rebecca Swartz are leading this search with Chloe Kanas.

The Pittsburgh Foundation is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws. We actively welcome and encourage a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


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