Executive Director

Website Birmingham Foundation

A change agent for children in South Pittsburgh


The Birmingham Foundation is an independent community-focused foundation dedicated to youth-oriented and human services grantmaking in South Pittsburgh. The foundation has an annual grantmaking budget of $1 million and exclusively serves the 15203, 15210 and 15211 zip codes (South Side and Hilltop neighborhoods) of Pittsburgh.

In early 2020, the foundation began a strategic shift toward a primary focus on early childhood education and development projects. The foundation’s next leader will be responsible for developing and operationalizing this strategy further – an exciting opportunity that requires a seasoned leader capable of executing a vision. In September 2021, the foundation relocated its headquarters to the Knoxville neighborhood to be more embedded in the communities it serves.

The Executive Director will report to the Board. This is a full-time position. Compensation is competitive and dependent upon experience and qualifications. Benefits are provided.


Grantmaking & Strategic Planning

  • Build on existing progress in visioning and executing the foundation’s strategic priority in supporting early childhood development in the service region
  • Develop, nurture, and/or support community collaborations that address systemic issues in the foundation’s primary focus area
  • Coach and support grantees, especially small and nascent agencies
  • Analyze grantmaking opportunities through program, financial and community needs analysis
  • Request and review proposals and reports from grantees

Administrative & Management

  • Collaborate with the board and its committees to set vision, develop plans, steward foundation assets and make grants
  • Supervise administrative staff to ensure the foundation’s operations and grantmaking procedures are streamlined and efficient
  • Ensure effective and clear grant documentation and communications, including grant guidelines, proposal and reporting formats, and grant agreements
  • Ensure legal compliance and best practices in financial stewardship and grantmaking
  • Engage and supervise consultants as needed to provide services to the foundation, including on strategic planning, legal support and financial management
  • Ensure health of the foundation’s investment portfolio and execute the board’s investment policy in collaboration with the finance committee and investment firms


  • Demonstrated success in setting and executing strategic planning, especially in executing vision and in creating grant programs and/or new initiatives
  • Strong knowledge and experience working in the field of early childhood development and education
  • Demonstrated success in coaching and supporting the success of others
  • Financial management experience, including strong financial analysis skills
  • Ability to build rapport and consensus amongst a diverse Board of caring community members
  • Strong project management skills and ability to work independently when needed
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • Integrity, professionalism, and highest standards of ethical decision-making
  • Knowledge and experience working in the foundation’s service area
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer skills: proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; grants management experience a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 15+ years’ experience in non-profits, philanthropy, early childhood education, and/or community organizing


Please send your resume and cover letter to birminghamfdn@gmail.com. The application deadline is December 17, 2021. Your cover letter should include salary requirements.

To apply for this job email your details to birminghamfdn@gmail.com