Director of Advancement & Engagement

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The Frick Pittsburgh

The Frick’s mission is to share “authentic experiences with art, history and nature that inspire and delight”—work that furthers the vision of our founder, Helen Clay Frick. With a mindset of radical empathy and a commitment to become an anti-racist organization, the Frick’s dedicated team seeks to realize our vision of offering “experiences of discovery, inspiration and learning” that are “essential to people’s lives and to the cultural fabric of our region.”

The Frick Pittsburgh (the Frick) is a collection of museums and historical landmarks located on five acres of stunning lawns and gardens in Pittsburgh’s historic East End. With world-class art exhibitions, sparkling public events, and robust educational programs, the Frick welcomed more than 140,000 visitors in 2019. Post pandemic, we expect to attract even greater numbers of guests with our innovative and appealing offerings. The site includes:

  • The Frick Art Museum
  • The Car and Carriage Museum
  • Clayton
  • Grable Visitor Center & Museum Store
  • Education Center
  • Greenhouse, Playhouse, Café & Gardens

In March 2020, led by executive director Elizabeth Barker (who came to the Frick in December 2019), the Frick adopted a set of Strategic Goals focused on centering the needs of current and prospective visitors. Goals include welcoming diverse audiences to the Frick; aligning our interpretation strategy with our guests’ needs; and reviewing the Membership program. In July 2020, recognizing the conspicuous absence of Black perspectives in our collections, exhibitions, vendor relationships, and leadership, the Frick committed to a series of actions intended to change the ways in which we recruit and support colleagues, develop exhibitions and programs, select vendors, contractors, and suppliers, and engage our guests. To learn more about our goals and racial equity commitments, please visit:

With a renewed commitment to inclusive programming and exposing a wide audience to its offerings, the multi-disciplinary nature of the Frick provides the perfect vehicle for vibrant programming for all ages and backgrounds. 

Position Overview

The Director of Advancement and Engagement (DAE) will join a highly collaborative, nine-person senior leadership team as the leader of philanthropy and membership. Taking advantage of the opportunities that the disruptive past year has created, the DAE will bring fresh, strategic thinking to build on the core work of the Advancement and Engagement Department. In particular, the DAE will play a critical role in reviewing and reimagining the museum’s membership program in ways that align with the Frick’s inclusive goals, fostering a feeling of community among members and generating revenue to support the mission.

The DAE reports to the Executive Director and will supervise a team of five development and membership professionals. The successful candidate will be responsible for raising $2.4M, with a plan for increased revenue from both charitable giving and membership through a variety of giving channels.

The DAE is primarily responsible for the following:

  • Develops and implements goals, objectives, and strategies for the purpose of diversifying revenue, philanthropically and through a mature and sustainable membership program.
  • Through the membership experience, helps to enhance and build national, regional, and international audiences for the Frick.
  • Through a robust Major Gifts program, personally cultivates relationships with leadership donors and prospects including individuals, corporations, and foundations. Partners with the Executive Director and Trustees in the fundraising program.
  • Maximizes the efficiencies of the RaisersEdge software to organize members, prospects, and donors to maintain an accurate tracking system for elevated communications.
  • Supports the planning and implementation of future Capital Campaign fundraising.
  • Coordinates and directs the writing of proposals, grants, and reports.
  • Monitors the planning and implementation of all member special events.
  • Creates and maintains annual budget for Development and Membership Department.
  • Supervises Managers of Development and Membership.
  • Participates in Board meetings and Committees, including the Committee on Trustees.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The DAE will lead with an appreciation for the mission and vision of the Frick, with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and the culture of inclusivity. The DAE will have proven experience with membership and development models, understanding the complex nature of nonprofits and diverse funding streams. In addition, the Frick seeks a leader with:

  • Educational background that is relevant to the work expected.
  • Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of diversity and inclusion.
  • Strong executive acumen, demonstrated through progressive professional growth and tenures that reflect commitment.
  • Previous management of membership, fundraising, and donor programs for a nonprofit organization.
  • Experience with campaign fundraising: annual, capital, comprehensive, legacy, or endowment.
  • Successful track record with creating and maintaining relationships with individuals and community institutions
  • Past success working with a Board with the ability to cultivate existing Trustee relationships.
  • Personal communication skills necessary for effective face-to-face cultivation of donors and written communication skills necessary to create compelling fundraising and membership materials.
  • Committed to the best practices of nonprofit fundraising, including membership in professional organizations that promote ongoing education.
  • Working style that is transparent, encouraging, and collaborative and that empowers and inspires others.
  • Responsive to the needs of others including colleagues, families, community partners, donors, and all related constituents.

Performance Objectives

In the near term, the DAE will be expected to deliver outstanding outcomes while successfully addressing the following in the first six – twelve months:

  • Evaluate the current financial model of philanthropy and membership to make informed recommendations for the path forward to increased revenue.
  • Conceptualize the Membership Program to increase access and the value proposition to diverse audiences while elevating the tangible benefits to membership through a re-launch of the membership brand.
  • Assess the efficacy of the donor and member software and make recommendations to integrate the data systems of the organization.

Inclusive Hiring Practices

The Frick 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.


This position offers a salary in the range of $105,000 – $135,000 and includes a competitive benefits package.

How to Apply

The Frick Pittsburgh 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 direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent, and do not contact the Frick Pittsburgh.

Resume, position specific cover letter, and salary expectations may be uploaded here:

Applications are due by June 21st, 2021 at 5pm

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