Chief Executive Officer

Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc.

Website Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc.

Organizational Information

The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, that operates early childhood development, education and workforce development programs in southwestern Pennsylvania. Established in 1983, PIC empowers individuals and families to reach greater levels of self-sufficiency by reducing barriers to employment from cradle to career.


To build tomorrow’s workforce in Southwestern PA through early childhood development, employment and training, education, and business services by:

  • Providing assistance to employers to meet their workforce needs.
  • Identifying and removing employment barriers for individuals and families.
  • Committing to a holistic approach in education, empowerment, and lifelong learning.


To strengthen the economy by improving the quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania. 


Over the past three decades, PIC has served over 80,000 individuals of all ages and currently operates over two dozen programs in three divisions:

  • Early Childhood Development: serves the families of Westmoreland/Fayette/Beaver counties through school readiness, family engagement, and other services provided through Head Start, Early Head Start, and PA Pre-K Counts programs.
  • Education: provides a variety of services to both youth and adults, from GED classes for adult learners to afterschool and apprenticeship programs for teens.
  • Workforce Development: provides job search assistance, on-the-job training, aptitude assessments, and direct placement of those enrolled in PIC’s workforce development programs and through its one-stop career centers.

In addition to the above primary service areas, PIC provides a number of benefits to the community, including Podcasts and a weekly radio program. As part of its commitment to connecting businesses with essential resources, PIC has made the Corporate Training Center, located at PIC’s Greensburg office, and its full complement of classrooms, computer labs, and AV equipment available to local businesses and the community.

Organizational Structure

PIC is governed by a fifteen-member Board of Directors and employs over 300 full-time and part-time professionals to provide services and reach the goals and objectives set forth in each of its employment, educational, and training programs. With a budget of over $23 million, PIC operates sites in Greensburg, Lemont Furnace, Monessen, Youngwood, New Kensington, and Monaca, PA

Position Overview

The new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be a community focused, collaborative leader who leads PIC in continued growth and impact. The CEO will provide overall leadership and administration for PIC while being proactive in cultivating current and future relationships and funding streams. As the public face of PIC, the new leader must have the ability to command the priority of building strong relationships and engage fully with target communities as well as political, corporate and community interests as essential partners in its work. Responsible for a budget of $23 million, the new CEO will be a self-starter with demonstrated commitment to the sustainability and growth of PIC’s initiatives and programs, representing the organization with integrity and exemplary interpersonal skills.

The CEO is primarily responsible for the following:

Leadership and Management

  • Oversees PIC’s operations including revenue generation, fiscal management, and program continuity and expansion.
  • Strives to ensure quality in current programs and future endeavors. Evaluates effectiveness of all phases of PIC’s programs and services.
  • Manages the Staff with transparency and respect, creating a workplace that is professional and positive. Engages employees in strategic discussions and empowers them to improve corporate culture.
  • Provides Staff with ample opportunities for professional growth; promotes engaging and interactive leadership training.

Revenue Generation and Community Relations

  • Identifies and engages with key community leaders, forms strategic alliances, and regularly surveys the broad education, labor and employment community to keep abreast of new thoughts and strategies.
  • Stewards relationships with current partners while also identifying and cultivating potential opportunities for advancement and diversification in early education and workforce development.
  • Initiates and maintains positive relationships with political leaders locally and state-wide.
  • Cultivates rapport with other like-missioned organizations. Actively engages with community and business decision-makers and practitioners.
  • Represents and serves as the chief spokesperson and advocate for PIC in the community.

Board Relations

  • Maintains open channels of communication with Board members in order to solicit feedback to better perform duties as a servant-leader.
  • Develops, maintains, and supports a strategic planning process in partnership with the Board of Directors.
  • Provides on-going education to the Board of Directors on emerging issues and unmet needs.
  • Generates and tracks metrics that monitor the performance of the organization with respect to the mission and key objectives of the organization.
  • Provides leadership in developing organizational, program, and financial plans with the Board of Directors and carries out plans and policies authorized by the Board.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The CEO will be a proven leader with strategic ability and a deep appreciation for the education and workforce development mission of PIC.  The CEO will have personal and professional values that uphold PIC’s commitment to helping people achieve positive economic mobility. All candidates should have previous nonprofit management or Board service, leadership, relationship management, and resource development experience, as well as possess a combination of the following skills and attributes:

  • Educational background that includes a degree and/or experience with business, management, education, workforce development or related areas.
  • Previous experience in a leadership role with an organization of similar mission or program as PIC.
  • Past success working collaboratively with partners, including but not limited to political, corporate and business leaders, like-minded organizational partners, and a Board of Directors.
  • A successful track record with generating revenue from government sources.
  • Strong knowledge of how marketing, communications, and public relations can further organizational efforts. Adept at social media and online marketing.
  • Demonstrated success in creating and promoting a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace environment. Working style that is transparent, encouraging, and collaborative.
  • Experience and confidence with public speaking before a wide range of professionals and community audiences.
  • Advanced strategy and planning skills; demonstrated success with program development.

Performance Objectives

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

  • Identify and cultivate the relationships most valuable to PIC through personal meetings and interaction: Staff, Board, Community Partners and Political Supporters.
  • Work cooperatively with the Board to create and implement a new three year Strategic Plan.
  • Immerse in each of the programs of PIC though site visits, consumer interactions and staff input.


This position offers a competitive salary, in the range of $130,000 – $150,000 commensurate with previous experience and demonstrated skills. PIC provides a substantial package of employee benefits.

How to Apply

The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. 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 Applications are not accepted at this email address. Please do not contact the Private Industry Council. The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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