Director of Development

Community Human Services

Pittsburgh, PA, USA



Full time

Aug 2

Job Classification: Exempt

The Director of Development advances the Mission and Vision of CHS by building, fostering, and inspiring excellence in the Agency’s ability to:

  • Serve as the primary resource for housing support, information, and best practices and protocols in Southwestern PA
  • Provide exceptional and compassionate social support services
  • Integrate the voice of consumers with program quality initiatives and services
  • Collaborate with and act as a resource for other organizations, providers, and professionals locally and nationally
  • Embrace and exhibit the highest ethical standards
  • Maximize and monitor fiscal and other resources
  • Build an environment which is safe, confidential, and inclusive
  • Eliminate the devastating impact of stigma through cultural awareness and advocacy

As part of CHS Leadership, the Director of Development is responsible for formulating strategic and operational goals designed to raise awareness of CHS, to secure funding, foster donor relations, as well as translating the Mission and Vision into actionable objectives specific to area of expertise.


CHS empowers individuals and families to live in stable housing, connect to community resources, build relationships, and access quality food.


Advocacy, Equity, Quality, Respect, Relevance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and oversee a comprehensive fund development plan for CHS which will include grant administration, expansion of annual giving, special events planning, fostering donor relations, compiling associated data, and investigating options for innovative fundraising projects and initiatives
  • Write grants for public and private funders for program specific initiatives, organizational growth, and general operations
  • Conduct research to identify the goals, net worth, charitable donation history, or other data related to potential donors, potential investors, or general donor markets
  • Direct activities of external agencies and vendors that develop, coordinate, and implement aspects of fundraising programs
  • Ensure that CHS’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is an essential component of all Development efforts
  • Analyze, direct, and implement policies, objectives, and activities to ensure continuing operations, maximize returns on investments, and meet fiscal priorities
  • Facilitate volunteer opportunities within fundraising activities
  • Direct and generate corporate, governmental and foundation grant letters of inquiry, proposals and reports as designated and monitor funding deadlines
  • Review, develop and implement donor recognition materials
  • Oversee all gift tracking procedures, including the maintenance, security, and enhancement of the development information systems
  • Prepare all necessary reports for the executive team, the Board of Directors and various funding sources
  • Coordinate with CHS department directors and staff to support development-related volunteer activities for events and projects

Organizational Expectations

  • Seek out up-to-date information about CHS’ programs and services, as well as relevant local, regional and national health statistics that will inform and support our Mission
  • Improve job knowledge by remaining aware of new regulations and best practices; participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations
  • Embrace and exemplify organizational standards and guiding principles for processes, protocols, and utilization
  • Commit to CHS’ promise to sustain and extend diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Contribute to efforts which build and reinforce CHS’ distinctive, effective, and ethical practices

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • History of meeting project deadlines and exceeding fund development goals
  • Fund raising and development for programs or initiatives aligned with CHS’ commitment to eliminate homelessness.
  • Leadership in an organization related to healthcare, social service or similar in size, scope and scale of impact as CHS
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to motivate, negotiate, educate, influence, and persuade stakeholders, consumers, and collaborators
  • Excellent communication skills across multiple disciplines and platforms, including verbal, written and public speaking
  • Proven track record of success as a key member of management, including working successfully with Boards of Directors.
  • Ability to integrate strategic and operational goals across an organization
  • Adjustment of program outcomes and procedures to internal and external situations and circumstances
  • Fiscal planning and governance of multiple funding and revenue sources
  • Strong computer skills including familiarity with development software.
  • Self-directed, flexible with strong problem-solving and prioritization skills

A Bachelor’s degree OR relevant work experience with the associated responsibilities is required; a Master’s in a program of study related to essential functions of role is preferred. A minimum of five years in an organizational leadership role is also preferred.

Position Physical Demands:

The Director of Development will be called upon to engage in physical activity related to general office work, including the capacity to lift up to 15lbs and stand or sit for extended periods.

*This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. It is not an employment contract. Our company reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time.

Please send resumes and cover letters to Andie Kosko at

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Community Human Services

CHS empowers individuals and families to live in stable housing, connect to community resources, build relationships, and access quality food.