Director of Development

The Pittsburgh Project

Pittsburgh, PA, USA


US$42-48k (annually)


Full time

Feb 21

For 38 years, The Pittsburgh Project, a faith-based community development organization located on the Northside of Pittsburgh, has worked in service of our mission to Share Hope, Empower Youth, and Build Community. The Pittsburgh Project is currently looking for a Director of Development who will be responsible for developing, organizing, and overseeing the organization’s fundraising and development efforts. This individual must be highly organized and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. This candidate will understand financial information, have experience in fundraising and donor communication, and have the ability to work flexibly and creatively.

Position Summary

The Director of Development supports The Pittsburgh Project’s efforts to cultivate past, present, and future donors and provide leadership and direction for all fundraising efforts. This multifaceted position is responsible for implementing The Pittsburgh Project’s plan to establish effective relationships with foundations, churches, individuals, and other potential donor groups. The Director of Development supports The Pittsburgh Project’s programs by supporting expanded operations through increased fundraising income as well as maintaining up-to-date records, development progress, and supports the efforts of program evaluation and data collection. The position reports directly to the Executive Director, supervises the Development Assistant, and will work closely with the Director of Programs and Board of Directors.

Description of Duties


  • Develop and implement The Pittsburgh Project’s annual fundraising plan in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Conduct a full range of activities required to prepare, submit and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources. Includes but is not limited to LOIs, proposals, reports, program evaluations, budgets, and acknowledgment letters.
  • Establish and steward relationships with existing and potential philanthropic contacts and program officers.
  • Generate compelling narratives for funding applications and oversees all reports as required by foundation and corporate donors.

Donor Communication

  • Develop and implement strategies for solicitation that will grow annual revenue from individuals, including all appeal campaigns (written, online, participant, alums, etc.)
  • Create and implement giving plan(s) for individual segments of donors and grow giving from each segment.
  • Create appointments for Executive Director with foundation officers and other prospects, and arrange onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, foundation trustees) as needed.
  • Coordinate United Way corporate giving, state tax credit giving (EITC), and support efforts to increase giving.

Other Responsibilities

  • Advise Executive Director on developments in philanthropy and fund development best practices.
  • Research, develop, and implement new funding channels (online, crowdfunding, state tax (EITC), planned giving, donor-advised funds, endowments, United Way, etc.) and funding sources to accomplish The Pittsburgh Project’s mission.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations, corporate, and government funding streams to evaluate prospects for grants using Foundation Center and reviewing 990s, etc.
  • Assist the Executive Director in providing support to the board for fundraising initiatives.
  • Maintain records for grant proposals, LOIs, reports, acknowledgments, and other deadlines in grants calendar and/or donor database.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Profess and demonstrate a faithful commitment to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
  • Strong commitment to our guiding principles and vision of sharing hope, empowering youth, and building community.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills.
  • 2-3 years of successful grant writing experience, including knowledge of the Pittsburgh philanthropic community.
  • Event planning capabilities.
  • Experience managing and tracking contributions in donor database.


The Director of Development position is full-time, paying $42,000 to $48,000 per year, depending on experience. Benefits include employer-paid health, vision, and dental insurance, short/long-term disability, and life insurance. Paid vacation and sick time. In addition to paid vacation time, The Pittsburgh Project’s offices are closed between Christmas and New Year's.

To apply, email or mail a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to:

The Pittsburgh Project Attn: Rick Mason 2801 N. Charles Street Pittsburgh, PA 15214 or 

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Sharing Hope, Empowering Youth, and Building Community