Executive Director

Website LiteracyPgh Literacy Pittsburgh


LITERACY PITTSBURGH (formerly the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council), seeks its next Executive Director. Literacy Pittsburgh’s dedicated Board of Directors is announcing the search as a result of the retirement of their current long-time Executive Director and is seeking a mission-centered leader to sustain and grow the organization’s internal and external operations. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and will supervise a talented and committed staff of 40. With an operating budget of approximately $3 million, the Executive Director will directly participate in the fundraising efforts of the organization and be the lead advocate for Literacy Pittsburgh with students, families, government officials, funders, education and literacy professionals, and the community at large.

The Organization

Literacy Pittsburgh helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny County. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped more than 4,000 individuals acquire reading, writing, math, English language, computer, and workforce skills so they may reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities. Literacy Pittsburgh provides free, personalized instruction in workforce readiness, high school diploma test preparation, English as a Second Language, basic skills, and family literacy through one-to-one and small class instruction, along with referrals to other family support organizations. Founded in 1982, it serves local adults through numerous neighborhood locations and its Downtown Center.

To learn more, please visit the website at www.literacypittsburgh.org

Position Overview

The new Executive Director of Literacy Pittsburgh will be the successor to a legacy of respected and successful leadership. Following the tenure of Don Block, the Executive Director will be a leader who drives the organization in achieving its core mission through innovation and collaboration. Literacy Pittsburgh seeks a leader with a deep understanding of the operational needs of a nonprofit and one with empathy for the challenges faced by people served by the organization. Externally focused with a strength in relationship building, the Executive Director needs to be strategically thinking and creative with courage to catalyze the delivery of outstanding outcomes. We seek an experienced leader that can lead relationships with staff, funders, and partners.

The Executive Director is primarily responsible for the following:

Leadership and Management

  • Assures Literacy Pittsburgh effectively achieves its mission by providing leadership and programmatic innovation. This includes day-to-day operations, fundraising, fiscal management, and program development.
  • Manages the staff with respect, creating a workplace that is professional and positive.
  • Ensures programming remains relevant, diverse, and consistent.
  • Seeks opportunities for collaboration and cooperation with similarly missioned organizations and forges cross-sector relationships.
  • Responds to the needs of students and families in partnership with staff.

Revenue Generation and Community Relations

  • Builds partnerships with philanthropic foundations, community organizations, individual donors and political, corporate, and community leaders.

  • Strengthens partnerships with local, state, and federal officials.
  • Identifies and cultivates relationships that will advance the development and resource acquisition efforts of Literacy Pittsburgh.
  • Represents Literacy Pittsburgh with all constituents; embraces opportunities to promote the mission and programs of the organizations.

Board Relations

  • Develops, maintains, and supports a high-performing and passionate Board of Directors.
  • Develops and tracks metrics which 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.

Program Innovation

  • Oversees the priority programs of basic skills, high school equivalency preparation, English as a Second Language, workplace skills development and preparation, computer and health literacy, as well as Immigrant Services & Connections, family literacy programming, intergenerational literacy tutoring, and public advocacy to maximize the community impact of each program.
  • Works cooperatively to forge strategic partnerships to advance the impact and reach of the agency.
  • Understands and supports the important work on behalf of individuals and families affected by literacy issues.
  • Introduces new program concepts to the Board as a response to community need.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The Executive Director will lead with an appreciation of the remarkable impact Literacy Pittsburgh makes in the community. All candidates should have exceptional and proven nonprofit management, leadership, relationship management, and resources development experience, as well as possess a combination of the following attributes:

  • Educational background that includes a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • A demonstrated commitment to opening up the lives of individuals and families through education and improved literacy.
  • A successful track record with creating and maintaining relationships with donors, funders, and community partners.
  • 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.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with strong public speaking ability.
  • Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to motivate, negotiate, and persuade stakeholders into a course of action in a community context.

Performance Objectives

In the near term, the Executive Director will be expected to continue and improve upon outstanding outcomes while successfully addressing and meeting the following:

  • Execute and strengthen the branding efforts of the organization.
  • Strengthening the Board’s capacity to define and support the achievement of strategic goals as defined through a strategic planning process.
  • Generate relationships and resources to fuel growth, vitality, and long-term sustainability.


This position offers a competitive salary in the $110,000 – $120,000 range and a traditional benefits package found with other nonprofit organizations of similar size, scope, and scale.

How to Apply

Literacy 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 Michelle@NonprofitTalent.com. Applications are not accepted at this email address. Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent, and do not contact Literacy Pittsburgh.

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Literacy Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity employer.

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