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.

Communication Manager

Organizational Overview:

Bible Center Church (BCC) is a multigenerational urban ministry whose vision is to make earth more like heaven. We implement this vision through the initiatives of our community and economic development division—The Oasis Project (TOP). The Oasis Project’s key initiatives include Everyday Café, Own Our Own Entrepreneurship Academy, Oasis Farm and Fishery, The Maker’s Clubhouse and The Neighborhood SCHOOL (Strategy Created to Help Optimize Online Learning).

Position Summary:

The ideal candidate will be a passionate, mission-driven, marketing and communications professional who is able to impactfully “tell our story” and who is deeply committed to the issues of racial, social and economic justice.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities include but are NOT limited to the following:

  • Design, implement and evaluate all BCC/TOP marketing and communications campaigns and strategies
  • Lead our communications team to develop and disseminate all BCC/TOP communication, both print and digital, across traditional and social media platforms
  • Maintain knowledge of all BCC/TOP programs and determine the best platform(s) and timing to communicate key messages
  • Lead a team to optimize website and social media communication
  • Develop a focused marketing strategy to increase traffic and visibility of BCC/TOP programs
  • Identify and measure key performance metrics to determine success of communication efforts
  • Develop and monitor paid advertising campaigns that lead to the conversion of casual social media users to engaged followers and ultimately visitors, customers or donors
  • Lead a team to create visually appealing and data rich program and grant reports
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive marketing strategies and communication tools to reach all members, visitors, funders, program constituents and other key stakeholders
  • Manage all BCC/TOP brands and promote and maintain external brand awareness and consistency
  • Work with program managers to collect data, pictures and stories to be used in ongoing communication and program and grant reports
  • Create and implement a communications calendar – website updates, social media posts, monthly newsletter, program and grant reports, etc.
  • Develop and monitor communication plan for content, consistency, web, social, email, creative/promo material, and digital media
  • Develop, maintain, and update logos and brand guidelines, language, style guide, graphics and photograph files
  • Write, produce, and edit marketing materials for Bible Center Church and the departments of The Oasis Project
  • Provide strategic communications advice and counsel to BCC/TOP leaders, including the Pastors, ministry leaders, program directors and volunteer members of the communications team, as appropriate
  • Other projects and duties as assigned

Key Skills Needed:

  • Project and team leadership and management
  • Proficient in the use of all current and emerging social media platforms
  • Technical and creative proficiency with computer design software (e.g., Adobe Creative Cloud Suite)
  • Website development skills and experience (e.g., HTML, WordPress, Wix)
  • Google applications

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Marketing and/or Communications or a related field
  • 2+ year’s communication experience
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Able to adapt to tight deadlines and maintain multiple projects simultaneously
  • Displays creativity and initiative
  • Provide vision and direction to team
  • Able to guide and manage a staff and volunteer team through each stage of a project – ideation through finished product

Important Candidate Qualities

  • Positive, professional, and amicable demeanor
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and able to meet deadlines.
  • Highly responsive to timelines and assignments from supervisor
  • Ability to ‘manage up’ (staffer to manager) and ‘manage across’ (peer to peer)
  • Comfortable working in a church setting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Time Commitment:

  • This is a full-time position.  The work can be split between the office, program sites and remote.
  • Ability to fulfill the physical, mental and emotional requirements of the position, and work within the necessary work environments.


Planned Giving Officer


The Planned Giving Officer, under the general supervision of the Director, Development, is responsible for the ongoing qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation most committed donors, and to serving as a gift-planning resource for fundraisers across all lines of revenue. Gift planning plays a significant role in increasing revenue and gift commitments available for furtherance of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s mission.


  • Personally contact, develop, assist, and steward prospects to develop individualized giving plans that maximize tax savings, personal philanthropic objectives, and gifts to Children’s.  This includes preparing and presenting appropriate proposals to donors, and recording, reporting and maintaining informational files on all prospect development contacts and responses.
  • Maintain working knowledge of laws, regulations, and advisable marketing techniques related to estate planning, and maintain ties to local Probate and Trust section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
  • Maintain consistent contact with and plan strategies for reaching out to professionals in fields with clients who are potentially interested in establishing planned gifts.
  • Assist with special projects as needed.
  • Participate in appropriate professional organizations at the local and regional levels.
  • Provide orientation, information, and promotion of the gift-planning program across the Children’s staff and fundraising team
  • In partnership with Director, Development, develop strategies for marketing and outreach to build comprehensive planned giving program.
  • In partnership with strategic engagement, manage legacy donor society for donors who establish deferred gifts and/or life income plans.
  • Prepare moves management plans to cultivate current donors and solicit new donors.
  • Oversee and manage estate administration
  • Plan strategies for discovering and developing relationships with new and existing estate and tax advisers.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in fundraising and/or the equivalent professional experience.
  • A proven record of success in building donor relationships and securing planned and major gifts.
  • Experience in planned giving and thorough knowledge of planned giving best practices preferred
  • Creative problem solving skills, strong written and oral communication and excellent interpersonal skills are required
  • Organizational ability to plan and implement diverse activities related to fundraising
  • Analytical ability to monitor and evaluate strategies and projects
  • Creative vision to cultivate and motivate existing donors and to identify and solicit new legacy donors
  • Ability to meet deadlines and goals
  • Knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office programs required
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge software preferred
  • Willingness to travel occasionally for donor visits and events, and work evenings and weekends as duties require

Director, Development, & Government Relations

Reporting to the Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Advocacy, this position will play a leadership role in the future success of the Foundation. The Director has primary responsibility for meeting the Foundation’s goals for unrestricted and restricted support for St. Clair Health. This will be accomplished via personal solicitation and relationship management of Leadership Annual Gift and Major Gift prospects, a comprehensive Annual Giving program, donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, strategic planning and budgeting, management of the Foundation Board of Directors, securing grants and directing the daily operations of the Foundation.

Young Professionals Board Member

Are you looking for a way to have a long-lasting impact on the Pittsburgh community? Are you passionate about welcoming refugees and immigrants? Hello Neighbor, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is looking for dedicated and engaged young professionals to join its Young Professionals Board. 

“As a child of a refugee family, Hello Neighbor’s vision for a more diverse and inclusive city and country means so much to me. My family and I are grateful for the neighbors who helped us transition to life in a new environment, and I am humbled to be able to pay it forward.” – Young Professionals Board Member

ABOUT HELLO NEIGHBOR: Hello Neighbor is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization founded in 2017 committed to supporting recently resettled refugee and immigrant families. Its core programs include Family Mentorship, which matches aspiring Americans with caring Pittsburghers to guide and support them in their new lives; Smart Start which provides one-on-one support to new and expecting moms and babies; Study Buddy, which provides online learning support to refugee students; Direct Services, which supplies families in crisis with essential items and support; and the Hello Neighbor Network, which brings together post-refugee resettlement grassroots organizations to grow and learn from each other.

ABOUT THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BOARD: The mission of Hello Neighbor’s Young Professionals Board is to leverage the skills, experiences, and networks of young professionals in Pittsburgh to carry out Hello Neighbor’s mission through four key initiatives: fundraising for the organization, identifying corporate partnerships and sponsorships, supporting Hello Neighbor’s core programs, and recruiting and engaging future and current Young Professionals board members.


  • Join the Young Professionals Board for a one-year minimum commitment.
  • Attend a minimum of 9 out of 12 annual meetings, held monthly.
  • Join one of the following three standing committees: fundraising and partnerships, membership and engagement, or program support.
  • Attend or volunteer for at least three annual Hello Neighbor events.
  • Commit to a $500 annual give/get requirement through donating or soliciting donations/sponsorships for the organization*
    *Exceptions to this financial commitment may be given based on the individual’s particular circumstances. 


  • Professionals in the early to mid-stage of their career working in the greater Pittsburgh area.
  • Self-reliant, self-starter, responsible, accountable, well-organized, and team-oriented.
  • Must have a positive attitude, passion for service, be open-minded and compassionate, and be a good communicator.
  • Desire to have a positive impact on Pittsburgh’s refugee and immigrant families.
  • Willingness to engage friends, family, and professional contacts in Hello Neighbor’s mission.
  • Prior experience volunteering for or working with Hello Neighbor is preferred but not required.


  • Expand your professional and personal networks and contacts through Young Professional member social events and Hello Neighbor events.
  • Develop your leadership skills and experience and build your resume.
  • Receive name recognition on Hello Neighbor website to highlight your valued contribution.
  • Enjoy periodic promotions of your contribution through Hello Neighbor newsletter and social media posts.
  • Opportunity to present on your committee’s contributions at one Hello Neighbor Board of Directors meeting per year, showcasing your value and expanding your opportunity to network with governing board members.
  • A complimentary ticket or discounted ticket price to one annual Hello Neighbor event.


If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Hello Neighbor Young Professionals Board, please email a resume and cover letter including your statement of interest to Upon receipt, you will receive an email confirmation with additional information about next steps and the application process. Applications are open through May 21st.

Volunteer Advisory Board Member

Position Summary:

An advisory board member supports the Tomberg family’s organized grant making and activities related to communicating and soliciting appropriate philanthropic projects. She/He/They works with fellow advisory board members, the family representative(s), and intern(s) to execute the functions of the Advisory Board. The individual volunteer effort of the advisory board member is managed in coordination with the family representative on the Advisory Board and requires that the volunteer advisory board member be independently motivated to collaborate, communicate, and participate in the work of the Advisory Board. During the 12-month 2020-2021 grant cycle board members estimated that they each volunteered approximately 120 hours per year to this work with most of that time commitment occurring between the months of September and February.

Key Relationships:

  • Advisory Board Members
  • Tomberg Family Representative(s)
  • Tomberg Family Philanthropies Intern(s)

Other Interactions

  • Grant recipients
  • Grant seekers
  • Tomberg Family Members
  • Vendors and/or Consultants

Primary Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Read, evaluate, prioritize, and recommend for the family’s review, Letters Of Inquiry and full proposals from grant seekers in accordance with the stated priorities, processes, and procedures of the Tomberg Family Philanthropies.
  • Engage in and support the team building and process improvement work of the all-volunteer Advisory Board.
  • Monitor and review grantee progress and activities through the reporting process and thoughtfully apply that evaluative information to continued and future funding requests.
  • Support the family’s philanthropy by vetting and providing feedback on operations/marketing/communication/policy initiatives, as requested.
  • Actively participate in meetings to accomplish stated agenda objectives.
  • Proactively bring appropriate projects to the attention of the Advisory Board for funding consideration.
  • Participate in and/or initiate on-going educational opportunities that inform and/or augment the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the Advisory Board to support the philanthropic work of the Tomberg Family Philanthropies.
  • Advise the Tomberg Family on the selection of interns and consultants.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of the philanthropic/nonprofit sector.
  • Ability to remain objective about the funding requests received and in relationship to the Tomberg family philanthropic priorities.
  • Effectively share relevant personal or professional expertise related to projects under review to aid in discussion and recommendations.

Organizational Knowledge

  • Willingness to learn Tomberg Family Philanthropies policies, procedures, and philanthropic priorities.
  • Willingness to consider historic grant making knowledge as it is related to the current grant making programs.


  • Ability to work and communicate in a professional and proactive manner with all people associated with the work of the Tomberg Family Philanthropies.
  • Willingness to consider alternative points of view or avenues to problem solving.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to handle conflict, confrontation, and negotiation.

Process Analysis

  • Ability to identify possible improvements to Tomberg Family Philanthropies procedures and work flows.

Risk Assessment

  • Ability to conceptualize, communicate, and/or navigate the various risks and opportunities in funding requests.

Welcomed But Not Required Qualifications:

  • Has lived experience in one or more of the of the funding priorities of Tomberg Family Philanthropies.
  • Has subject matter expertise in a relevant field, discipline, or profession that would support the deliberation and decision-making of the Advisory Board team.

Required Qualifications:

  • Has computer skills, competencies, and access to Word and Excel.
  • Has access and willingness to participate in virtual meetings using phone and video conferencing tools.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

The Tomberg Family Philanthropies has been intentional over the years to recruit new Advisory Board members with a focus on living the commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Advisory Board acknowledges and honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. The team encourages interested candidates who feel that they would bring perspective to this work to apply.

Contact Information:

Please contact Charlie Tomberg at for more information about this opportunity or to apply for this position.

About Us:

Tomberg Family Philanthropies is a small informal family foundation. Our mission is to support well-run and effective programs that make a difference in the areas of poverty alleviation, the environment, health and education. Our focus is on supporting projects that help their recipients build capabilities themselves that will last far beyond the end of the specific project. We consist of two separate charitable funds, The Marty Tomberg Charitable Fund and the Philip and Helen Brecher Charitable Fund. Our grants are normally between $5,000 and $15,000, and we made approximately $1,700,000 in grants since the foundation was established. You can learn more about us at

Center for Philanthropy Special Projects Intern

Reports to: Vice President for the Center for Philanthropy at The Pittsburgh Foundation
Position Status:  Temporary, Part-time, Non-Exempt
Salary: $15.00 per hour
Start date/End Date: June 21 – Sept. 3, 2021


The Special Projects Intern will primarily support the work of the Center for Philanthropy, an initiative of The Pittsburgh Foundation that offers donors expertise in grantmaking, personalized education sessions for donors and advisors and guidance on multi-generational giving. The Special Projects Intern will assist with special initiatives of the Center, such as giving circles, research proposals and data analysis. The intern will also prepare materials and coordinate logistics for meetings and events with donors and other key stakeholders and special projects, as they arise. The expectation is that through the work with the Center, the intern will gain basic knowledge of the community grantmaking and how it connects to the role of the donor as well as a working knowledge of the foundation field. The internship will last from June 21 to Sept. 3 at up to 20 hours per week (minimum of 15 hours per week.) This position has the potential to continue through the fall semester on a part-time basis and beyond depending on the individual’s performance and satisfaction.


  • Assist the Vice President and the Associate of the Center for Philanthropy with the management of Center for Philanthropy projects including but not limited to donor education events, webinars, the New Philanthropic Leaders fund and nonprofit inquiries.
  • Prepare annual philanthropic review documents for annual meetings between donor services officers and donors.
  • Prepare documents, PowerPoint presentations and other necessary materials as requested for meetings with donors and other key stakeholders. Facilitate communications with stakeholders (nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, community groups) as assigned.
  • Assist with project planning, management and logistics for meetings and events with internal staff, donors, and the public. Speaking roles in presentations as needed and as assigned.
  • Present research and make recommendations to Foundation staff regarding internal processes and projects.
  • Format documents, presentations and other copy as requested.
  • Cull articles of interest on philanthropic topics and trends.
  • Conduct research with national peer foundations.


  • Proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Commitment to the foundation’s values of collaboration, trust, racial justice, community and accountability.
  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • A strong, demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in foundation and/or nonprofit work.
  • Attention to detail and quality of final work product.
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign is a plus.


Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Applications are due by April 30, 2021.

No phone calls please.



Established in 1945, the community philanthropy for the Pittsburgh region is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations and is the 14th largest of more than 750 similar foundations across the United States. It set a new record for grantmaking, $67 million, in 2020. As a community foundation, its resources comprise endowment funds established by individuals, businesses and organizations with a passion for charitable giving and fulfilling the Foundation’s mission of improving quality of life for all in the region. The Foundation currently manages about 2,500 individual donor funds and, together with its supporting organizations and its affiliate, The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, has assets of $1.46 billion. Grantmaking benefits a broad spectrum of basic needs and development opportunities within Pittsburgh and beyond. Learn more at

Fiscal Sponsorship Program Manager

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

Company Vision:  We envision a Pittsburgh Region in which all members of the Black Community are empowered and self-sufficient.

Company Mission:  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 Summary:

The Fiscal Sponsorship Program Manager has oversight and ownership of POISE’s fiscal sponsorship program including “Partner” (a person or group) applications, end-to-end program administration, reporting, IRS compliance, and community relations.


  • Evaluate the sponsorship application and manage Sponsorship Services process, including due diligence of potential “Partners”, proper alignment to applicable service model, and alignment with Foundation mission and IRS regulations
  • Provide recommendation and aid in the determination on which service model best fits the sponsorship needs
  • Present to the POISE Leadership for support and approval
  • Independently develop and execute within defined project plans, including a detailed fiscal year plan and budget to meet appropriate cultivation and solicitation goals and special campaign initiatives
  • Assess and proactively cultivate fiscal sponsor partnerships in line with the Foundation’s interests and priorities
  • Coach and counsel current and potential “Partner(s)” regarding sponsorship guidelines and/or reporting and other requirements
  • Represent the Foundation within the nonprofit, philanthropic and broader community as requested
  • Track program progress to ensure the foundation can measure positive impact
  • Assist with, or lead internal and external communication efforts
  • Coordinate and prepare Foundation fiscal sponsor materials for program committees and Foundation meetings
  • Track donations for and reports due from fiscal sponsor partners
  • Ensure accuracy and adherence to the latest policies and practices as they relate to fiscal and event financials. Ensure expenses for events are coordinated with the Development Team. Prepare and distribute reports as requested.
  • Positively contribute to the teamwork, learning, and collaborative spirit of a small office
  • Stay abreast of developments and potential partners in fields of interest to the Foundation, and maintain knowledge about current trends and issues impacting the African American community
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Essential Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting/finance or equivalent experience is preferred
  • Three years of relevant experience in the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sectors
  • Exhibits financial acumen including ability to understand and read financial statements
  • A working knowledge of computers, automated accounting systems, and various PC-based software products for office operations. Knowledge of GAAP and CAS.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment and experience with collaborative efforts
  • Ability to be innovative while being self-directed in idea generation and exploration of ways to grow and expand program offerings
  • Excellent oral, written, detail-orientation, time management, and analytical skills
  • Embodies good project management, problem-solving, and decision quality
  • Ability to successfully multi-task and prioritize effectively
  • MS Office proficiency
  • Proven ability to work with diverse audiences as well as working knowledge of community needs and initiatives as it relates to the African American community in Allegheny County
  • Familiarity with 501(c)(3) IRS related regulations is preferred

To Apply:

For more information on POISE Foundation:

Executive Director

About Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Riverbend Environmental Education Center (Riverbend) is an independent nonprofit organization focused on teaching children in the Philadelphia region to be responsible and caring stewards of the natural environment by offering an array of experiential education programs in a natural setting. Riverbend is a platform for scientific discovery that leverages children’s inherent curiosity in the natural world and longing for authentic experiences. Riverbend provides the time and space for students to develop comfort in nature and then introduces the science inquiry process.

While the organization began and continues to serve children in nearby geographic communities, a top priority is reaching children in urban communities throughout the region that lack ready access to the natural environment.  Its 30-acre open space preserve is located just minutes from the Conshohocken exit of the Schuylkill expressway, making it accessible to communities and schools throughout much of the Philadelphia region.

Nearing its 50th anniversary, Riverbend is at a moment of opportunity and ambitious growth. Programmatically, Riverbend aspires to be a regional leader in environmental education for children that is recognized for the: quality of its programs; scale of the number of children participating in programs; and impact of its teacher professional development program. Financially, the organization is eager to expand and deepen its earned and contributed revenue to assure that its revenue stays abreast with its programmatic goals.

Core Programs

  • School Programs (Access Programs). Riverbend provides high-quality nature-based STEM customized school programs (pre-K through middle school) in partnership with schools across the region that take place during the school day or after school. Currently, Riverbend is working with schools in Philadelphia, Norristown, Upper Darby, and Upper Merion, and seeks to expand its reach.
  • Teacher Professional Development. Riverbend experts work with elementary and middle school teachers in delivering nature-based STEM programs (aligned with school curriculum goals and Pennsylvania academic standards) designed to excite students and improve academic outcomes. Riverbend hosts professional development sessions virtually and on-site at the Spring Mill preserve or other natural settings. Professional development programs are designed to be cross curricular. Major concepts include life science, environment and ecology and inquiry and design, depending on school subjects.
  • Spring Mill Road Preserve. The 30 acre preserve serves as an outdoor classroom for experiential learning for school-based groups and summer programming. It is open to the public year-round and encompasses the Snider Barn, an aquaponics greenhouse, numerous hiking trails, outdoor learning classrooms, a bird observation area, and acres of open space.
  • Camps. A long-term component of Riverbend’s offerings is a year-round and summer session camps which offer children ages 4-11 the opportunity to experience, interact with, and explore nature, animals, habitats, science, and the outdoors. Grounded in nature-based STEM education, Riverbend educators encourage children to practice 21st century skills like resiliency, self-reflection, and grit. The earned income from camps forms a significant portion of the organization’s sustainable revenue.

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Overview of the Position

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer, responsible for overall leadership, strategic direction and management. In consultation with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has broad authority to lead and manage operations in order to advance the mission and to achieve its strategic goals. The Executive Director is Riverbend’s principal advocate to external constituencies.

The next Executive Director will be poised to take Riverbend to the next level by (1) scaling programs to reach new audiences, (2) assuring that it has sufficient revenue to match and sustain its programmatic aspirations, and (3) increasing its organizational visibility and forming new partnerships.

In the first year, the next Executive Director will focus on the following:

  1. Develop a plan to expand the reach of educational programs to new audiences, with a particular focus on communities where children typically lack access to open green space and high-quality environmental and STEM education.
  2. Develop, operationalize, and implement a plan for securing additional contributed and earned revenue from both current and new sources.
  3. Expand Riverbend’s visibility and broaden awareness of its programs and role in the region among educators, philanthropic people and institutions, public decision-makers, and potential partner organizations.
  4. Lead the next strategic planning process in partnership with the board and staff. Then, formalize and operationalize the strategic plan, identifying those priorities that will have the greatest impact on advancing the mission.
  5. Leverage the talents and interests of staff, the board and volunteers.


Competitive salary, with benefits aligned with nonprofit industry standards.

Professional Characteristics

  1. 12-15 years of nonprofit or equivalent experience, with a minimum of 5 years in leadership and management roles incorporating operational, financial, programmatic, and board and external relations functions.
  2. Demonstrable ability in fund development, to include fundraising strategy, being the face of an organization, and soliciting financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government.
  3. Direct experience in environmental education not required but commitment to understanding and, then, embracing the mission a must.
  4. Entrepreneurial person with proven experience in expanding programs and the revenue needed to support them.
  5. Effective communicator with proven experience working with diverse populations, including experience in building bridges to develop relationships, trust and credibility.
  6. Direct experience within the Philadelphia-region nonprofit or public sectors are a plus, though not required.
  7. Recognizes the expertise of staff and brings out the best in them to advance the organization’s goals while also advancing staff leadership.
  8. Managerial expertise including budget management and working directly with a volunteer governing board.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors and key stakeholders, develop, articulate, and implement the shared vision that guides the organization.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders, partners and constituencies, including program participants, schools and teachers, corporate and business partners, non-profit organizations, community organizations, foundations, individual donors and government agencies.

Resource Development

  • Plan for future revenue needs to sustain programs and operations.
  • Work with development staff and Board of Directors to design and conduct ongoing fundraising and development activities, including cultivating major donors and organizational partners.
  • Establish and maintain a local and regional profile of Riverbend through public, professional and personal contacts.

Organizational Management

  • Lead by exemplifying the mission, vision, goals, and values. Establish and maintain clear patterns of authority, responsibility, supervision and communication.
  • Create a work environment that brings out the best in employees, where people with options choose to work and stay.

Fiscal Management

  • Ensure that Riverbend operates in compliance with laws, regulations and best-practices.
  • Develop an annual budget and operating plan and takes responsibility for meeting the commitments of the plan and budget.

Programs and Facilities Management

  • Collaborate and support education team to design, implement and assess educational programs.
  • Maintain a strong understanding of current and upcoming trends and ensure that the education programs are of high quality.
  • Provide leadership in achieving and implementation of Riverbend’s Master Site Plan.
  • Collaborate closely with staff on all issues related to ongoing maintenance and safety of the property and facilities.
  • Provide leadership in identifying IT issues and in making IT decisions.

Board Relations and Development

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to oversee strategic and fiscal activities.


The annual budget in 2021 is approximately $750,000, marginally reduced from previous years due to the pandemic. Historically, revenue has derived from programs (55%), contributed revenue (43%), and other sources (2%).


Reports to the Board of Directors.


There are currently four direct reports: Director of Education & Strategic Initiatives, Communications & Marketing Manager, Habitat & Volunteer Manager, and Riverbend’s Office Administrator. The position also includes oversight of seasonal summer staff.


Riverbend is an equal opportunity employer that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Riverbend does not discriminate based on ethnicity, race, gender or sexual orientation, and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

This profile is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the Executive Director. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications.

Application Process

Résumé and a one-page cover letter that conveys why you are well suited for this position and how it fits into your career should be emailed as soon as possible to: Address cover letters to the Members of the Search Committee. No paper copies, please.

Applications accepted through April 9, 2021. Phone screens of top applicants will begin immediately. Interviews of preferred candidates will be arranged for the weeks of May 3 and May 10. Please indicate in your transmittal letter if both of these dates have unavoidable conflicts for you.

Confirmation of receipt of the application will be sent by return email. No phone calls, please.