Associate Executive Director - The Pittsburgh Promise

Reports to Executive Director
Position Status Exempt
Regular Full time


Founded in 2008, The Pittsburgh Promise is a regional economic and workforce development initiative that focuses on transforming the quality of education and life in the City of Pittsburgh through making higher education a reality for all of Pittsburgh’s urban youth. It was created by Pittsburgh Public Schools, given a home at The Pittsburgh Foundation, and funded through the generosity of UPMC, foundations, corporations, and our community at large. The Promise helps students in Pittsburgh Public Schools to prepare, plan, and pay for education beyond high school at an accredited post-secondary institution within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Metrics (as of November 2015)

Fundraising Campaign Goal: $250 million

Funds Raised To-Date: $182 million

Funds To-Be Raised: $68 million

Students Who Received a Scholarship: 6,146

Scholarships Granted: $72 million

Number of Staff: 14


Position Summary

This is a newly created position deemed necessary due to the rapid development of the organization since its inception, and the urgent need to grow its fundraising capacity. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Associate E.D. will assist in providing leadership to all priority areas: Fundraising, Communication, Programs, and Workforce Development, with particular emphasis on the first two.

The position has a variety of tasks and is dynamic and changing.  Because goals and desired results can quickly change, the position requires regularly meeting and pro-actively establishing relationships with new groups.  The ability to understand, react, and motivate others to adapt to the changing environment is a critical key to success. The job will require some travel, much of which will be regional in nature. Working on occasional evenings and weekends will occur.


Essential Duties

The rationale for the position is to partner with the Executive Director on meeting the fundraising goal of The Promise ($68 million remaining), nurturing relationships with external constituents, as well as providing oversight for:

  • Talent Management - Create, motivate, and lead a high performance team; attract, develop and retain the talent required to meet the needs of the organization going forward.
  • Communications – Work across the organization and affiliated organizations to develop and execute the communication plan for major initiatives, campaigns, publications, and events. This involves crafting the right message for the situation and delivering it in the right way to the right audiences every time.
  • Programs – Provide support and leadership where needed in the planning and execution of programs.
  • Backup Representation – Represent the E. D. at key functions / meetings; be prepared to speak about the mission and vision of the organization and generate interest in providing support to the organization from external constituents.


Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate must have the needed knowledge and skill to successfully influence and persuade others by understanding how their individual needs and motivations link to the goals. The role requires a high degree of "selling," whether of ideas and policies within The Pittsburgh Promise, or products or services in the marketplace.

The Promise’s Associate Executive Director must have significant and well-demonstrated experience leading teams toward reaching aspirational goals, overcoming challenges, and serving as an agent for transformation among systems that are resistant to change. She/he must have a proven record in at least the following:

  • Designing and implementing major fundraising campaigns
  • Developing relationships with prospects that translate into major gifts and sustained giving
  • Addressing issues facing urban public education, youth development, community development, and higher education
  • Existing and moving within diverse communities, and building bridges across race, ethnicity, gender, politics, economics, and education
  • Building strong working relationships with internal and external partners, and meaningfully interacting with diverse populations including staff, students, civic and business leaders, community partners, and funders
  • Managing multiple tasks and urgent priorities while also maintaining peace and calm with internal and external partners
  • Using the Microsoft Office suite
  • Writing and speaking with excellence and relevance


The successful candidate must also have:

Earned at least a Bachelor’s degree, with a preference for a Master’s degree

Passed appropriate clearances (criminal record and child abuse)


To Apply:

The Pittsburgh Promise has asked The Pittsburgh Foundation to assist with this important organizational change process. Interested individuals should send their resume and position specific cover letter to Charmelle Jackson at