Director of Strategic Advancement


Pittsburgh, PA, USA


US$60-70k (annually)


Full time

Jan 13


Under the leadership of the President & CEO the Director of Strategic Advancement will work directly with staff, the Board of Commissioners and its committees to create and maintain a sustainable financial model for Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) including building strategic partnerships, working with volunteers and diversifying PACE’s funding streams. The successful candidate must be a relationship builder and strategic thinker who is systematic, deadline driven and dedicated and who will fit within our collaborative organizational culture. Responsible for overseeing all philanthropic, donor and event related activities while broadly supporting the communications and volunteer efforts for the organization.

The ideal candidate for this role will possess the following primary competencies:

  • Relationship Building: Skilled in building and maintaining effective relationships with foundations, community partner agencies, the Board of Commissioners, staff, donors, volunteers and the community at large.
  • Quality Results: Demonstrates and fosters a strong commitment to achieving measurable goals in a manner that provides quality experiences for both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Collaboration: Builds authentic relationships with others to advance PACE’s mission and goals enhancing PACE’s ability to positively impact the community.
  • Inclusion: Values all people for their unique talents and life experiences, and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as demonstrating cultural competence.


Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director for Strategic Advancement (DSA) is responsible for evaluating, developing, and implementing solutions that support PACE in setting and achieving strategic goals, including but not limited to:

  • Creating a comprehensive Case for Support for PACE.
  • Collaborate on the creation of a comprehensive business development plan that addresses: (1) diversifying and increasing PACE’s funding streams (2) volunteer/intern and donor recruitment, cultivation and retention (3) increasing PACE’s footprint where new opportunities exist


Working with the Advancement Committee and the Events/Inclusive Voices Committee, the Director of Strategic Advancement will drive resource and marketing efforts for all aspects of the organization. Responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with the President & CEO and the Director of Finance & Operations, supporting the development of earned revenue (consulting) and working closely with all funding sources to develop and strengthen relationships that will drive resource generation.
  • Updating and implementing PACE’s existing fundraising plan.
  • Managing 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.
  • Managing PACE’s databases, giving records, files, gift processing, pledge reminders and acknowledgement processes.
  • Working with the Director of Finance & Operations and the Operations Manager to support the integration of giving records with internal accounting recordkeeping.
  • Developing and managing key resource performance indicators.
  • Monitoring major changes in the marketplace, both philanthropic and economic and providing strategic direction based on current and anticipated trends.
  • Overseeing the creation, development, and implementation by a marketing and media team of a comprehensive branding, marketing, communication, and public relations plan that aligns with resource advancement goals to enhance PACE’s image and raise its visibility within its marketplace. Including but not limited to PACE’s external publications (i.e., design, production, and distribution), internal print and electronic materials (i.e., letterhead, logo, brochures, etc.), media image and message (i.e., website, social media presence, press releases, etc.), and establishing a process for capturing stories from program participants, current and past Board and Advisory members and staff.
  • Work with Program Managers to align new programs ensuring mission integrity and sustainability.
  • Developing fundraising, marketing, and communications training for board members, staff and other leadership volunteers, as appropriate.
  • Preparing all development reports to the Board of Commissioners.
  • Participating in Finance Committee meetings as needed.
  • Assisting the Commission’s Governance Committee by recommending and researching potential new members.
  • Assisting the Director of Finance and Administration with the creation of the agency operating budget.


  • Participates in the leadership team, general staff and commission meetings.
  • Supports President/CEO in vetting, onboarding, and managing staff/consultants with development, communications, and marketing responsibilities.
  • Represents PACE at select community events and meetings.

Actively participates in relevant local and national professional organizations such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 4-6 years successful experience in fundraising and/or philanthropy
  • Ability to manage people, processes, deadlines, and budgets.
  • Successful experience in qualifying prospects and developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Exceptional project management skills, including designing, implementing, and managing campaigns.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Effective writing skills including reports, letters, proposals and minutes.
  • Effective in relationship building, building consensus for ideas and effective in navigating sensitive topics internally and externally.
  • Proven track record engaging boards of directors in fundraising efforts.
  • 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.
  • Ability to contribute towards the building of an organizational culture where people of various backgrounds can thrive.
  • Skilled at resolving conflict and resolving large and small differences.
  • Financial acumen- ability to analyze and review financial statements and other key financial documents.
  • Experience managing or overseeing management of grants.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • 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 PACE’s mission.
  • Ability to get along with peers, subordinates, and management and volunteers and maintain a positive and constructive attitude while solving problems.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of self-motivation.
  • Skilled with change management and knowing how to move work through seen and unseen obstacles.


  • The Director of Strategic Advancement is an exempt position.
  • Employee benefits include: health, long-term disability, paid vacation, 10 holidays, 2 personal days and a retirement savings plan.
  • The position is expected to work, at minimum 40 hours per week.
  • Candidates must be open to working a flexible schedule, including some early mornings, evenings and weekends.


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