Director of Development and External Relations

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA


US$85-100k (annually)


Full time


Sep 11

The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s mission is to enable African Americans and other underserved urban residents to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights.

 The ULGP is in search of a Director of Development and External Relations to partner with the President & CEO on organizational initiatives, and strategic planning to ensure that goals are met in creative and effective ways to generate and increase revenue; formulates partnerships across the organization and community to inform, develop and engage community partners that reflects the objectives of ULGP. Provides leadership, vision, and department motivation to accomplish the financial goals set by the organization (including but not only board gifts, corporate donors, direct mail and individual giving, local, state, and federal grants, special events, special gifts and endowment/planned giving).

 Essential Functions:

  • Supports ULGP mission strategic vision.
  • Responsible for planning, implementing, and directing comprehensive fundraising, marketing, events, and volunteer programs on behalf ULGP.
  • Establish, lead, and manage all processes related to the Development and External Relations team’s goals.
  • This position will directly supervise the Development and External Relations team and be responsible for helping them achieve their goals and maximize their efforts.
  • Build programs and campaigns designed to meet or exceed goals established to support the organization with focus on individual giving, foundation support, events, and corporate fundraising.
  • Develop relations with corporations, foundations, local businesses, religious/community groups and individuals that increase the community awareness of ULGP.
  • Responsible for representing and presenting ULGP at events, churches, businesses, and other organizations throughout the city.
  • Engage in direct donor solicitation as appropriate and most effective with the support of the President & CEO and members of the Board of Directors.
  • Assist with completion of grant application forms/proposals.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the annual fundraising plan.
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with area businesses, corporations, foundations, and other community-based organizations.
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university or related field
  • 5+ years of experience.
  • Act 33/34 and FBI clearances required.
  • Must provide proof of full COVID 19 vaccination status.


  • Proficient with technology on a variety of platforms, including Microsoft Office Applications, social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.), Zoom, Collaboration Tools (Confluence, Boxed, etc.).
  • Experience working with collaborative partners, knowledge of Annual Giving, Capital Campaigns, Foundation/ Corporate solicitations, Individual Giving, including Deferred Giving Special Events. 
  • Experience motivating and supporting others. 

This job description may not cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is an EOE/D/V/M/AA/SO employer

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