Board Member

The Amizade Board of Directors provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance to the organization in partnership with our Executive Director. As the organization’s main oversight committee, the Board has a fiduciary responsibility to our participants, partners, and the public that we ethically and efficiently carry out our mission and strive to live up to our values in all of our planning, policies and actions. Working together in a collaborative and participatory group, Board member responsibilities include the following:

Ensure Strong Governance

  • Participate in quarterly board meetings (3 conference calls, one in-person meeting per year)
  • Maintain familiarity with organizational governance documents (articles, by-laws, budgets, etc.)
  • Learn about and remain current on topics of nonprofit governance
  • Review and approve annual budgets and monitor fiscal conditions through meetings and reports
  • Contribute professional expertise and skills (e.g. legal, fundraising, risk management, accounting, marketing, etc.) to projects and initiatives
  • Serve on one or more standing board committees
  • Volunteer for ad hoc assignments and special projects as needed
  • Contribute to the annual evaluation of the executive director
  • Commit to a three-year board term with an option for additional terms
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting new board members

Support Amizade’s Mission

  • Collaborate with board members and Amizade staff to define and advance the organization’s mission, vision and values
  • Assist with strategic planning and advancing mission-based policies and programs
  • Assess the organizational landscape and approve response strategies to changing circumstances
  • Visit and/or meet with host communities when possible and stay informed of community partner issues

Promote Amizade

  • Serve as an Amizade ambassador actively sharing information about our mission and accomplishments with personal and professional networks
  • Leverage political and social capital to raise Amizade’s organizational profile
  • Stay current on developments in the field of service-learning and international community building
  • Attend special events and organizational functions in support of Amizade

Financial Support of Amizade

  • Commit to Amizade as a philanthropic priority commensurate with your financial means
  • Donate annually in support of our 100% Amizade board donor goal
  • Support organizational fundraising campaigns by leverage personal networks and seeking matching donations
  • Assist with identifying and securing grants, cultivating donors, and seeking corporate giving
  • Contribute in-kind donations and assist in identifying pro-bono services.

Development Director

Our Mission at POISE Foundation:

To assist the Black community in achieving self-sustaining practices, through strategic leadership, collective giving, grantmaking and advocacy.

Created in the format of a Community Foundation, POISE receives funds from a variety of donors. These funds may be unrestricted, and used to support our grantmaking strategy, or donor-directed for specific charitable purposes.

POSITION: Development Director


The Development Director will aid in establishing and maintaining strong, collaborative working relationships with the Foundation and its donors. They will assist in developing fundraising strategies, executing and meeting fundraising goals, manage endowment campaigns, and represent the Foundation at various events in the community. This position manages a team while working closely with the Chief Operating Officer, Board of Directors and key foundation, community and business leaders as required.


  • Conceptualize, implement, and evaluate effective donor solicitation strategies;
  • Participate in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gifts from individual donors, corporations, and foundations currently not donating to POISE with the intent to increase the number of donors and donations to the Foundation;
  • Lead a team focused on the delivery, execution and effective project planning for a comprehensive giving and donor cultivation strategy for the organization;
  • Identification of new and cultivation of existing donor relationships to increase his or her level of personal involvement and, through solicitation, their financial commitment to POISE;
  • Create a thorough resource development plan in alignment with our strategic goals and budget for comprehensive campaign fundraising (annual giving, direct mail, events, major gifts, grants, sponsorships, planned giving);
  • Lead the implementation of a comprehensive development program, including major, capital and planned gift donor development, grant writing, special events, and the annual fund;
  • Manage administration of endowment campaign including generating new endowment funds to POISE;
    Aid in the development of appropriate marketing and public relations tools for fundraising and community relations, including website content for donors;
  • Develop and distribute donor reports and oversee external communications with donors;
  • Manage relationships with fundraising professionals and consultants;
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of five (5) year’s experience are required. Prefer six (6) to eight (8) year’s experience working in fundraising, sales and marketing and/or customer relations with demonstrable experience in donor development, cultivation, and retention.
  • A visionary self-starter who is interested in growing development and communication efforts and driving organizational development.
  • The ability to manage people effectively and able to multitask is essential.
    Comprehensive management skills in short and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff.
  • Ability to generate enthusiasm and coordinate community and civic groups, businesses and individuals to work together to benefit the POISE Foundation
  • Must be able to comfortably converse with high-level executives and high net worth individuals as well as potential donors from all socio-economic levels.
  • Must have excellent written, editing, and verbal communication skills with the ability to make dynamic presentations.
  • Strong planning skills, high level of computer literacy and the ability to build donor systems and processes.
  • Strong team player who works well independently.
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic community.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management.
  • Able to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to listen is essential. Able to ask leading questions which encourage prospects and donors to talk about themselves and their activities.
  • An established network of potential donors is preferred.


Board Member

Senior Hearts Rescue and Renewal (SHRR)  is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to save the lives of senior dogs through a proven renewal and placement process, giving our seniors a high quality of life in loving homes. Founded in 2016, SHHR has saved over 570 senior dogs and placed over 515 in loving homes.

SHRR is seeking working board members who can excel in our fast paced growth environment, while building processes and procedures for the advancement of our mission.

Ideal board members will have an entrepreneurial spirit, organizational skills, ability to communicate both written and verbally to corporate decision makers and private individuals, ability to work toward seeking consensus on group decisions, an awareness of the importance of open communication amongst board members, ability to adhere to board decisions and protocol, accountability, and a strong desire to build the infrastructure of the organization by development of processes, programs.

All members of our working board are expected to not only understand the importance of funds development, but also actively participate in fundraising, whether through seeking event sponsors, donations through private individuals and corporations, or building connections for development of funds.  Board members are expected to consider SHRR a philanthropic opportunity and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. Members of the board are also expected to assist in identifying and recruiting other board members, serve on committees, and adhere to fiscal and legal responsibilities of the board.

Serving on our board is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about SHRR’s mission and who has a track record of leadership and accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. Prior history of serving on a board is desirable. Ideal candidates will have success in a fast paced work or volunteer environment,  savvy diplomatic skills, affinity for cultivating relationships, understanding of our vision and mission, and a passion for saving the lives of senior dogs.

Director of Foundation & Government Relations

The Director of Foundation & Government Relations will oversee efforts to secure foundation and government funding at WQED. Working in close partnership with both internal and external stakeholders, the Director will develop and execute a comprehensive plan to identify, cultivate and solicit grant funding and steward ongoing relationships. Grants include local and national foundations, public and private funding sources from all levels of government, and public broadcasting related organizations. The Director is responsible for generating grant revenue, building positive relationships for WQED with foundation and government representatives and ensuring that the organization carries out the commitments associated with each grant. The Director of Foundation & Government Relations reports to the Vice President of Development and Membership, works closely with the Chief Executive Officer in implementing strategy and supervises the Foundation Coordinator.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Research and Cultivation

  • Establish organizational goals for generating support from foundation and government funding sources. Goals should include both revenue generated as well as measures of activity related to effective relationship building.
  • Develop the strategy and tactics to cultivate, solicit and steward grants from local and national foundations and local, state and federal sources of public funds, leading the execution of an organization-wide plan to secure funding.
  • In collaboration with senior management and board, identify specific strategic program priorities for funding on both a yearly and ongoing basis.
  • Build a robust pipeline of foundation and government support by developing strategies for grant opportunities based on similarities between the mission of prospective funders and WQED’s identified programmatic plans and priorities.
  • Work with the Foundation Coordinator on prospect research to proactively identify untapped funding sources, including new and ongoing sources, particularly those whose guidelines are a match for WQED initiatives.
  • Work closely with staff and program leaders to coordinate with and appropriately leverage the contacts and involvement of the CEO, other senior management and board members to engage with foundation and government representatives. Manage foundation and government relationships by providing support through the formation of strategy, preparation of supporting documents, drafting correspondence and documenting contact. Foster personal connections with staff, board, and other key foundation and government contacts.
  • Spearhead, with the Foundation Coordinator, the use of contact management systems and processes to oversee stewardship of foundation and government relationships and to track pertinent application and grant information, research and reporting.

Proposal Development and Submission

  • Develop and maintain an intimate knowledge and understanding of all the current and planned programs and services WQED provides in the community.
  • Coordinate and manage the internal application process for all foundation and government funding opportunities, including developing the strategy, planning, writing, document gathering, internal and external communications, and final submission of applications, proposals, etc.
  • Craft compelling narratives for support of WQED and its programs, collaborating closely with program and communications staff to develop program proposals and reports.
  • Serve as primary editor and conduit for applications, letters of inquiry, proposals, and all other communications. Ensure that submissions are thorough and compelling. Supervise final production, ensuring that the relevant attachments are included, packaged in a quality manner, and that the mailing and/or electronic submission of proposals meets deadlines and are documented.
  • Work with the Foundation Coordinator, financial staff and relevant program staff to develop accurate budget information for funding applications.
  • Serve as the primary contact, liaison and conduit of information with funders in relation to proposals/applications and all other communications.

Grants Management

  • Once the grant award is finalized, oversee the monitoring of progress and work with staff and senior management to ensure that each grant funded project or program has been initiated and meets conditions and expectations.
  • With the Foundation Coordinator, develop a detailed tracking system and report related to the status of grants, including prospective grants, awarded grants, and grants declined or tabled.
  • Supervise the Foundation Coordinator’s work to maintain a detailed schedule of reporting requirements and other performance requirements with related deadlines, as detailed in each grant agreement.
  • Oversee the preparation and submission all required reports.
  • Maintain comprehensive historical records of all documentation related to each grant.

Required Education and Skills:

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible development experience, including significant experience in managing foundation and government funding, proposal and report writing and supervision of staff.
  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree a plus.
  • Certification from the Association of Fundraising Professionals or equivalent highly desirable.
  • Fundraising strategist with demonstrated experience in successfully applying for and administering grants from foundation and government funders, preferably including grants from the local Southwestern Pennsylvania government and foundation sources.
  • Proven track record in fostering professional relationships with foundation program officers and government representatives, managing a portfolio of foundation and government funders and personally implementing cultivation strategies.
  • Experience managing the proposal development process, with a preference for candidates who have successfully coordinated various departments in preparation and submittal of grant applications/proposals.
  • Demonstrated skill in developing budgets for proposals.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, with a proven ability to present written information in a concise and persuasive format.
  • Independent worker and also able to thrive as a successful member of an integrated, team-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively, effectively, and collaboratively in a complex organization with funders, partners, board members, management, and other staff.
  • Focused and energetic with a high level of initiative.
  • Strong organizational, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Experienced at managing multiple tasks simultaneously, establishing priorities, working calmly under pressure, and managing competing deadlines and shifting priorities.
  • Must have the ability to manage and motivate staff in subordinate, peer and leadership positions and inspire confidence among staff, board, and foundation representatives.
  • Working knowledge of donor management/CRM system(s) and prospect research tools.

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to No Phone Calls Please.

WQED is an Equal Opportunity Employer with leadership and a culture that supports diversity and inclusion.

Manager of Development


St. Margaret Foundation at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh is looking for a Manager of Development. The two priority traits we seek are “drive” and “kindness.” We need a self-starter who is resourceful, considerate, and flexible. This is a small office with three people and a very pleasant atmosphere where we care about each other. Each person has their own office and a lot of creative freedom with accountability. The work is very diverse. No two days are the same. We have a development plan, project management board, and a calendar by week/month. A good candidate would be able to flow in an ever-changing environment. Parking is on-site.

Opportunity to work remotely two days a week!


  • Develops, audience, strategy and executes a grateful Patient Program.
  • Works closely with the Foundation President to manage operations to ensure the smooth running of the development office.
  • Assemble all components of grant proposals to public and private sources.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of Foundation policies, procedures and services. Update policies when necessary.
  • All other duties as assigned by the President.
  • Interacts daily at a high professional level with a diverse population of individuals including hospital and UPMC staff, board members, patients, visitors and volunteers.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision to execute the Grateful Patient Fundraising Program; independently reviewing wealth screen data on prospective donors; rating the prospects, identifying who to visit, visiting with them independently to establish a connection, cultivating the relationship and securing donations.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the mission, values and goals of the UPMC Foundation. Work to support the Foundation services and work as a whole.
  • Assists with preparing gift reports and analysis from donor database, ensures consistency with UPMC accounting records for charitable contributions when the Manager of Office systems is not available.
  • Independently meets with donors in regards to fundraising. This will include identifying potential donors from within the foundation’s fundraising constituency, completing research profiles, assuring initial and follow-up contact to establish their interest, building a personal relationship, soliciting charitable contributions for the hospital, and appropriately stewarding donors after the gift is made.
  • Works closely with the Foundation President to manage operations to ensure the smooth running of the development office.
  • Update the Development Plan for an overall strategy for development/fundraising efforts of the Foundation in cooperation with the Foundation President. This will include Board participation directed toward definition of the planning and execution of all annual appeals, events, and grant proposals This person will make suggestion on methods to change based on measured results. They will work closely with Finance and The Foundation President to get reports to analyze in order to present strategies, final reports and modifications for the future.
  • Research, explore and cultivate funding opportunities from state and federal agencies, public corporations, non-profits, and individuals when appropriate under the direction of the President.
  • Will summarize updates on office initiatives for hospital communications such as the Inside Extra as well as any other entities identified by the president.
  • Responsible for updating hospital poster frames, brochure holders, and other communications outlets with updated materials.
  • Responsible for the Foundation web site. Update the web site with news, event material, giving options, photographs and any other communications so that it is timely, relevant and user friendly.
  • Materials may be created within the Foundation or via hospital communications office.
    Organize and schedule the volunteers for the Foundation. Create processes for them to follow to be a meaningful part of the office structure.
  • Develops, Audience, strategy and executes a Delafield Society Program – $1000 and up and a grateful Patient program.
  • Communicate with Staff and Board of Directors as necessary. Interact appropriately with variety of personnel, internal & external, clients/patients, families and caregivers, agencies, physicians, hospital and foundation staff.

Salary Range: $37,980 to $60,860

Apply here:

Board Member

Refuge for Women is a faith-based, national network of long-term aftercare homes providing a new beginning for women who have been sexually exploited and trafficked.

It is important to have a diverse board of committed, professional men and women to lead us into and through all phases of growth and operation.

We are currently looking for individuals in the Pittsburgh area to join our board. Our goal is to maintain a board of 8-10 members with professional experience represented in the areas of financial, legal, social work, and law enforcement OR experience as a survivor/peer leader.

Potential board members should have:

  • An interest/passion in helping survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking
  • Professional experience is preferred, particularly in financial, legal, social work, or law enforcement areas
  • Fundraising or community networking experience

Board member expectations:

  • Commit to attending monthly meetings either in person or via Zoom
  • Commit to a 1, 2, or 3-year term, depending on the term needs of the organization
  • Commit to donating to Refuge for Women according to the LORD’s leading
  • Commit to participate in board development activity
  • Commit to know Refuge for Women and the issues that surround the population we serve
  • Commit to attending key fundraising events
  • As the City Director communicates needs, support, and serve to ensure the success of the organization
  • Connect resources from the community to help meet financial and partnership needs
  • Time commitment of ~5 hours a month in addition to the monthly board meeting
  • Participate in an annual review with the city director and board chairman via self-evaluation form

For more information about the organization and to receive the board member application and supporting documents, please contact Katherine Holler at

Volunteer Board Member

The PGH Equality Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, social service organization whose mission is to serve as a bridge that promotes education, advocacy, and social justice for all LGBTQIA+ people and allies in Western Pennsylvania. We strive for this through our vision to cultivate a more collaborative, diverse, just, and empowered community. PGH Equality Center was established in 1979 under the original name as the Gay and Lesbian Community (GLCC) of Pittsburgh.

The Board of Directors are currently recruiting Volunteer Board Members who possess established professional experience and skill sets in the following areas:

  • Finance and Accounting/Certified Public Accountant
  • Fundraising, Donor Development, and Corporate Giving
  • Grant Writing
  • Marketing/Media and Communications
  • Legal expertise in Non-Profit Boards
  • Community Outreach
  • Program Development and Implementation


To express interest, please email Patrick Zbasnik, Chairperson of the Board, at with a brief summary introducing yourself, relevant work experience, and resume/CV.


PGH Equality Center values a diverse Board and strongly encourages black, indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

Director for Strategic Advancement

About Communities In Schools Pittsburgh Allegheny County (CISPAC): Founded in 1985, CISPAC’s mission is to surround students with a community of supports empowering them to achieve in school and succeed in life. With annual revenue of just over $1.5 million, we offer a range of strategic solutions to harness the power of schools, students, families, and the greater community to align decision making with student success as the primary focus.  CISPAC deploys evidence-based interventions to help achieve school wide and student goals through expert consultation and on-site implementation. Our work is rooted in building strong relationships with all stakeholders and is deployed using trauma informed practices.  We meet people where they are and work collaboratively to bring about positive systemic change to enhance school capacity and ignite student success.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director for Strategic Advancement (DSA) is responsible for evaluating, developing, and implementing solutions that support CISPAC in setting and achieving strategic goals. Including but not limited to:

  • Designing and executing a development plan to raise needed resources;
  • Raising visibility of organization by working with our marketing and media team to craft and execute an elevated mission-focused communications and marketing plan.
  • Serving as development lead for fundraising, donor cultivation, and strategic financial planning is required.
  • Working closely with all funding sources to develop and strengthen relationships that will drive resource generation.
  • Developing and executing strategies, in coordination with Executive Director and communications & marketing staff, to increase CISPAC’s footprint by expanding into new school districts.
  • Monitoring and developing business model for efficacy and new opportunities.
  • Working in coordination with CISPAC program and operations team leaders to develop processes and procedures that help keep internal infrastructure aligned with mission.
  • Evaluating organization business model to maintain sustainability.
  • Supervisor for development, communications, marketing, and media staff.


Development Advancement

  • Actively work with the Executive Director and development staff to develop and execute a strategic funding plan for the organization.
  • Manage the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all individual, corporate, and philanthropic donors and prospects through, but not limited to: appeals, grant proposals, events and in-person asks.
  • Primary grant and proposal writer.
  • Lead creation and oversight of all funding activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
  • Seek, nurture, and grow corporate gift opportunities through the identification and cultivation of targeted prospects.
  • Work with Executive Director, board of directors, and development staff to create and execute annual giving plan.
  • Support the integration of giving records with internal accounting recordkeeping.
  • Supervise all development record and file keeping.
  • Manage all development research activities.
  • Oversee the management of databases, records, files, gift processing and the pledge reminders and acknowledgement processes.
  • Monitor major changes in the marketplace, both philanthropic and economic and provide strategic direction based on current and anticipated trends.
  • Develop and manage funding and resources metrics and goals.

Marketing and Mission Advancement

Oversee the creation, development, and implementation of:

  • Comprehensive marketing, communication, and public relations plan that aligns with resource advancement goals to enhance CISPAC’s image and, raises its visibility within its marketplace.
  • Articulation of CISPAC’s mission to target audiences to build and maintain both internal and external relationships.
  • All CISPAC’s external publications, including design, production, and distribution direction.
  • All CISPAC internal print and electronic materials such as letterhead, logo, brochures, etc.
  • Media opportunities to create awareness for CISPAC and its mission.
  • CISPAC’s media image and message, including but not limited to its website, social media presence, press releases and public documents.

Organizational Advancement (Internal)

  • Work with leadership team to evaluate and implement internal protocols and plans that maximize organizational efficiency.
  • Work with Executive Director to create and execute client promotion strategies for tracking, securing, and retaining school clients.
  • Work to align new programs and implementations to ensure mission integrity and sustainability.
  • Effective in developing and maintaining an effective grants management and fund development process that ensures grant requests, reports and follow up letters including thank you letters are submitted timely

Board of Directors

  • Work with the development and communications committee of the board of directors (or its successors), development staff, and the Executive Director to develop strategies to initiate and meet funds, friends and mission raising goals.
  • Develop fundraising, marketing, and communications training for board members and other leadership volunteers, as appropriate.
  • Assume responsibility for all development reports to the Board and attend all Board meetings.
  • Participates in meetings of the finance committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Assist the board with recommending and researching potential new members.

General CISPAC Responsibilities

  • Participates in leadership team and staff meetings.
  • Exercises culturally competent and trauma informed service when fulfilling responsibilities.
  • Supports Executive Director in vetting, onboarding, and managing staff with development, communications, and marketing responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 4-6 years successful experience in fundraising
  • Ability to manage people, processes, deadlines, and budgets.
  • Ability to get along with peers, subordinates, and management and maintain a positive and constructive attitude while solving problems.
  • Ability to protect the mission, goals, and values of CISPAC.
  • Successful experience in qualifying prospects and developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of self-motivation.
  • Exceptional project management skills, including designing, implementing, and managing campaigns.
  • Exceptional written and verbal skills are required
  • Effective in relationship building, building consensus for ideas and effective in navigating sensitive topics internally and externally
  • Proven track record engaging the boards of directors in fundraising efforts.
  • Experience in marketing, particularly to schools and school districts is a plus.
  • Benchmarking, funds, revenue, and mission raising analysis and expertise.
  • Experience developing a budget, tracking, and measuring results.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and fundraising/constituent management software.
  • Superior written and verbal communication.
  • Must be able to pass a background check and obtain PA Child Clearance.


The successful candidate will have a commitment to strengthening the sustainability of the organization.  A strong commitment to social change through community empowerment.  Demonstrates integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for CISPAC’s mission.


Must have a valid PA driver’s license and reliable transportation.  Must be able to lift life 30 pounds.  Must be flexible working in a fast-paced, nonprofit environment.  Experience or interest in community building through education is a plus.  This position works primarily at the CISPAC administrative office, occasionally onsite at schools, and in the greater Pittsburgh community for public and private events. Must be willing to use personal cell phone when working remotely.


  • The Director of Strategic Advancement is an exempt position.
  • Employee health benefits, short and long-term disability and retirement savings plan available.
  • The position is expected to work at least 40 hours per week.
  • Candidate must be open to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.


Director of Planning and Projects

About Riverlife:

Since 1999, Riverlife has worked to create, activate, and celebrate Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, connecting people through exceptional places and experiences. A nonprofit leader in building a community vision for Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, Riverlife has overseen a $132 million investment in the city’s waterfront transformation, catalyzing $4.2 billion in related economic development, arts and culture, and ecological sustainability on or adjacent to the city’s riverbanks. Riverlife centers their work on the belief that the riverfronts belong to everyone, and world-class riverfront experiences can be created for all using community-driven, equitable development and high-quality, regenerative design.

Job Description: 

The Director of Planning and Projects leads the department that oversees visionary and tactical planning, essential projects, and catalytic programming for Riverlife. They will work closely with the Riverlife leadership team and department staff to implement the organization’s plans to complete and enhance the downtown Pittsburgh riverfront Loop, expand the Loop into specific, adjacent geographies, and engage in mission-critical issues that impact the Loop. This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the CEO.

Key Responsibilities:  

Planning and Implementation

  • Implement key organizational planning documents, including the Vision Plan for Pittsburgh’s Riverfronts and recently completed Implementation Framework and Completing the Loop plans.
  • Coordinate future planning efforts, including those related to long-term riverfront care and maintenance; ALCOSAN-related investments in key watersheds; expanding the Loop to specific adjacent neighborhoods; business and implementation plan for Loop amenities to enhance riverfront experience; and riverfront bank stabilization.
  • Position Design Review Committee as an indispensable steward and though leader for the riverfronts, ensuring that projects within the Loop are aligned with a shared vision.
  • Partner on community-driven riverfront planning efforts in neighborhoods adjacent to the Loop.
  • Participate in regional planning efforts that impact the Loop.

Projects & Programs

  • Advance essential capital projects to address gaps in the Pittsburgh riverfront Loop.
  • Lead efforts to refresh & reposition key areas of the Loop through targeted infrastructure and placemaking initiatives.
  • Lead and partner on efforts to activate the Loop through catalytic programming.
  • Oversee project management for Riverlife-led projects and programs, including conceptual design, feasibility analyses, predevelopment work, site planning, design development, project budgets and timelines, and project management through construction.
  • Provide partnership and support on riverfront development projects to ensure that projects undergo public review process and comport with design standards and guidelines.
  • Identify and build partnerships to secure new and ongoing funding for Riverlife projects and programs, including proposal writing, and oversight of deliverables & outcomes.

Engagement & Advocacy

  • Work with key staff to establish and develop strong relationships with nonprofit partners, local, state and federal agencies, elected officials, private businesses, landowners and developers, residents and other community stakeholders.
  • Build organizational capacity and clear protocols and systems for deep community engagement.
  • Work with key staff on advocacy efforts around mission-critical issues that impact the Loop in key areas of environmental quality and equitable riverfronts.
  • Support organizational advocacy efforts on government affairs, policy, and legislation.
  • Represent Riverlife to a diverse group of stakeholders.


  • Serve on the organizational leadership team.
  • Recruit, select, orient, supervise, evaluate, mentor, and manage departmental staff.
  • Develop & oversee departmental and project budgets.
  • Provide support and implementation on departmental and organizational project management systems.
  • Attend required staff, committee and board meetings; assist with the taking of minutes, preparing of reports, and setting of agendas.
  • Maintain organizational records, files, and databases.
  • Assist other staff members with day-to-day office administration.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Education, Experience & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated commitment to and passion for Riverlife’s mission and Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, trails, and open spaces.
  • 7+ years of progressively responsible experience in urban planning / design, program / project management, landscape architecture, community and economic development.
  • Demonstrated success executing public-private partnerships preferred.
  • Prior supervisory / leadership experience required.
  • Strong understanding of urban residential and commercial real estate development preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing. Prior professional experience with proposal and / or technical writing preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and disciplines simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain relationships with a broad and diverse constituency.
  • Strong organizational skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated analytic, conceptual, planning and implementation skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment concerning budget expenditures.
  • Positive and professional attitude; strong work ethic.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a small, non-profit environment.
  • Flexibility to attend meetings and work events on evenings and weekends as needed, and to travel occasionally for work-related meetings, trainings and conferences. Reliable transportation a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Adobe Creative Suite, and project management software. Experience with GIS a plus. Database design and management a plus.

Salary & Benefits:

This is a full-time exempt position and reports to the CEO. The salary range is $95,000-$105,000, commensurate with experience. Riverlife offers comprehensive employee benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance for staff and family members, retirement plan contribution, and generous paid time off.

Riverlife is an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply via the following link and include a cover letter and resume:

Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Exhibition Designer

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of artifacts, objects, and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

The Exhibition Designer proposes inspired design solutions and shepherds the exhibition process from concept to installation within the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (including the Powdermill Nature Reserve). The Designer works as part of interdisciplinary teams to create immersive experiences that make learning and discovery accessible and show the interrelationship between humanity and the rest of nature.

The CMNH Exhibition Department is small but growing, so the Designer would be responsible for a range of duties including planning, testing, coordinating, and executing design related components of gallery installations for new, temporary, and permanent exhibitions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, exhibition, graphic, environmental, theatrical, or product design, or experience amounting to the equivalent.
  • Position requires three years of experience in designing/developing exhibits and installations. A combination of related training, education, and/or experience will be accepted.
  • Demonstrated experience with 3-dimensional design and construction and with CAD (Computer Aided Design), Sketch-up, Vectorworks and/or other 3D design tools; ideally has experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), and the ability to communicate rough concepts through hand sketches.
  • S/he must be able to administer the design process from initial concept through completion required.


  • Requires knowledge of design, fabrication, and production methods, a strong ability to multi-task, manage timelines, ability to visualize and present design concepts, and an understanding of multiple design disciplines and how they may be integrated into a branded gallery environment.
  • Must have the ability to produce 2D/3D sketches, floorplans, elevations, flythroughs, and/or renderings.
  • Should have a demonstrated knowledge of prototyping, lighting design and understanding of materials and fabrication techniques with sensitivity to conservation concerns and guidelines for accessible design.
  • Demonstrates ability to adhere to and maintain extensive multi-year budgets and schedules.
  • Should have patience, adaptability, and interest in learning from the experiences of others.


  • Advocate for a great visitor experience by designing exhibitions that are immersive,
    interactive, and consider the needs—both emotional and practical—of our communities.
  • Work with interdisciplinary teams to plan, design, schedule, test, produce, install, and maintain exhibitions. Find creative solutions to intellectual and practical design problems for the presentation of specimens/objects and interpretive materials in exhibitions and permanent collection installations. Prioritize green design solutions and ideas that improve accessibility and efficiency.
  • Assume responsibility for all phases of designing new and temporary exhibitions, as well as design maintenance projects in existing exhibitions: scheduling, budget monitoring, design research of objects displayed, space planning, construction and shop drawing documents, revisions, and quality control; coordinate request for proposal, contracting and implementation with outside exhibition design contractors for same
  • Use computer aided design (CAD or similar) to produce scaled floorplans and elevations including layout of walls, platforms, and furniture as well as specific detailed object placement (case layouts, groupings) and color schemes for review/approval; create three dimensional scale models, quick concept sketches, and renderings as needed throughout exhibition design process
  • Present concepts for review and discussion with the goal to move toward a final design.
  • Specify materials, paint, and finishes. Prep files for production paint, and finishes. Prep files for production as needed and coordinate with print shop. Create construction drawings that hold outside contractors accountable to specific design details and qualities of construction. Produce exhibition documentation (install drawings, graphic/production/install schedules) for both in-house and rented exhibitions
  • Coordinate with, engage, and oversee outside vendors/engage, and oversee outside vendors/contractors in the fabrication, installation, maintenance, and repair of exhibition components associated with the museum’s temporary exhibition, major permanent collection installation, and special projects installation, maintenance, and repair of exhibition components associated with the museum’s temporary exhibition, major permanent collection installation, and special projects.
  • Undertake additional administrative and/or design responsibilities under the supervision of the Director of Exhibitions as required.

This is a union position. 

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.