Chief Executive Officer

Jefferson Regional Foundation

Website Jefferson Regional Foundation

The Organization

Jefferson Regional Foundation (the Foundation) is a place-based grantmaking organization dedicated to investing in the health and vitality of the communities served by Jefferson Hospital in the South Hills and lower Mon Valley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In March 2013, Jefferson Hospital became affiliated with the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) through an agreement with Highmark Inc. and AHN. As a part of that agreement, the Foundation received $75 million to support the Jefferson Hospital mission through engaging in grantmaking, education, and outreach which improves the health and well-being of residents in its service area. The Foundation is a supporting organization of Jefferson Hospital rather than a private foundation.


The mission of Jefferson Regional Foundation is to improve the health and well-being of the community served by Jefferson Hospital through grantmaking, education and outreach. The Foundation will serve the community with integrity and transparency.

The Foundation operates with several principles in mind, all of which are designed to promote its long-term impact on the community:

  • Advancing the Foundation’s priorities by investing grant resources with effective community organizations.
  • Promoting and strengthening the community’s resources, assets, and voice.
  • Actively partnering with a variety of public, nonprofit, and private organizations and leaders who share its vision.
  • Wise investment of the Foundation’s funds for growth while preserving the principal.
  • Gathering, sharing, and leveraging important information about community resources and existing and emerging needs.
  • Building the capacity of community groups to promote quality of life and fulfill the mission of the Foundation.
  • Supporting the development and expansion of interventions and programs that demonstrate best or promising practices.
  • Extending Jefferson Hospital’s reach into the community by strengthening the health status, opportunities, and resources available to all residents.

The Foundation focuses on six grantmaking priority areas: Health and Wellness; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Workforce and Economic Opportunity; Civic Engagement and Policy Work; Early Childhood and Youth Development; and Capacity Building.

In addition to its grantmaking activities, the Foundation has dedicated resources to convening, building capacity, and information sharing. These initiatives include the Jefferson Collaborative, an actively engaged 100-member network of community-based organizations, an annual daylong conference called the Jefferson Forum, skill-building trainings, a community resource guide, and community activities including a series of tabletop community conversations with 1000 residents, mental health training, and a census outreach campaign.

Additional information about the Foundation can be found here:

Position Overview

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation, under the direction of the Board of Directors, provides leadership and oversight to the Foundation through the development and implementation of management and grantmaking policies, assuring the ongoing effectiveness of its grantmaking programs while also representing the Foundation in the community. The CEO executes the Foundation’s mission and strategy and leads strategic grantmaking activities that continue to advance the Foundation’s philanthropic philosophy, creating impact and results.

With assets of nearly $122 million and close to $3 million in grantmaking capacity annually, the CEO is expected to be a visionary and calculated risk-taker, not adverse to exploring new projects or ideas to ensure the continued growth of the Foundation into perpetuity. The new CEO will be a collaborative leader and will have ultimate responsibility for the overall management of the Foundation.

The CEO is primarily responsible for the following:

Leadership and Organization Management

  • Assures the Foundation effectively achieves its mission by providing leadership and innovation to the team. This includes day-to-day operations, staff supervision, fiscal management, and strategic planning.
  • Supports a culture of learning and continuous improvement for the Foundation.
  • Manages the staff with transparency and respect, creating a workplace that is professional and positive. Supports open and honest communication between all parties to ensure clear expectations and goals.
  • Works towards achieving goals set forth in the Strategic Plan, which incorporates the assumptions and actions required of the organization for continued success and sustainability.
  • Works to apply a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion to every aspect of the Foundation and lets this philosophy infuse internal practices.

Community Relations

  • Represents the Foundation in the community and positively and professionally promotes the organization through speaking engagements, media events, and special events as necessary.
  • Builds deep partnerships with changemakers and organizations in the Jefferson and Mon Valley region, corporate partners, other community organizations, and political and community leaders within the Foundation’s service area.
  • Proactively addresses community needs while maintaining an equivalent level of philanthropic resources to help future generations address the needs of their time.

Board Relations

  • Actively develops, maintains, and supports a strong Board of Directors; seeks and builds board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations.
  • Participates in Board recruitment and collaborates with Board leadership to promote governance best practices that support fiduciary responsibilities and strategic goals.
  • Develops and tracks metrics which monitor the performance of the organization with respect to the mission and key objectives.
  • Provides leadership in developing programmatic, organizational, and financial plans with the Board of Directors and carries out plans and policies authorized by the Board. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The Foundation seeks an optimistic and empathetic leader with a deep compassion and pride for the communities in the Jefferson Hospital legacy service area. This position requires a creative and galvanized leader who has significant history and demonstrated experience in management, strategic planning, resource development, and the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders.

Demonstrable experience, competencies, and qualifications include:

  • Passion for and commitment to the Foundation’s mission and vision as well as the communities served.
  • Awareness of the Foundation’s service area strongly preferred.
  • Educational background aligned with the requirements of the position.
  • Substantial and successful experience in senior management within an organization similar in size, scope, and scale of impact.
  • A sense of entrepreneurial opportunism with the ability to adapt with changing conditions.
  • Adept at building effective teams and motivating others to achieve more, particularly in complex and dynamic organizations. Working style that is transparent, encouraging, and collaborative.
  • Evidence of continuously seeking opportunities for creative and innovative approaches to addressing organizational problems and challenges.
  • Successful track record with creating and maintaining relationships with community institutions. A strong professional network.
  • Politically astute – understands and is interested in local, state, and federal government happenings and how they influence people, communities, and the philanthropic sector.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate board member relationships.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with strong public speaking ability. A voice of empowerment for the Foundation.
  • Integrity and trust beyond reproach. Composure in all situations, even under stress. Adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs.
  • A data-driven leader who makes informed decisions and understands evaluation, outcomes, and accountability.
  • Strong cultural competency with deep experience working with diverse populations.
  • Effective and efficient in their use of technology; forward-thinking with regards to best practices and new platforms.

Performance Objectives

In the near term, the new CEO will continue to deliver outstanding outcomes while successfully addressing the following in the first 6-12 months:

  • Streamlining processes and procedures for best ROI around Board, staff, and organizational goals.
  • Setting priorities for the organization that are based in data-driven information and within the Strategic Plan.
  • Continue to focus on the communities in Allegheny County outside the City of Pittsburgh that are part of Jefferson Hospital’s legacy service area.


This position offers a competitive salary in the $165,000 – $180,000 range and a progressive benefits package.

DEI Imperative

Jefferson Regional Foundation seeks to recruit candidates for employment that represent our diverse community in race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and ability. Inclusive and equitable in our recruitment and retention practices, we are dedicated to uplifting diverse opinions and backgrounds in order to grow and evolve as a welcoming workplace for all.

How to Apply

Jefferson Regional Foundation has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this important organizational change process. Specific questions related to the position may be emailed to Michelle Pagano Heck, President, at Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent, and do not contact Jefferson Regional Foundation.

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APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 5pm on June 6, 2022

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