Executive Director

Pittsburgh Scholar House, Inc.

Pittsburgh Scholar House, Inc.

The Pittsburgh Scholar House, a newly launched and funded affiliate of the Family Scholar House, serves pre-residential, residential, and post-program single-parents and their children with a comprehensive continuum of care that meets them where they are and empowers them toward their educational, career, and personal goals. All participants have experienced poverty, unstable housing and, most often, domestic violence. Programs and services are responsive to the needs of families and individuals and are provided for all ages. As an affiliate, the Pittsburgh Scholar House will by aligned with the Family Scholar House supporting its strategic goals for outreach and expansion by providing resources that include innovative best-practices for data collection and data-informed services for their community. The ultimate goal is achieved as participants complete their post-secondary education and enter careers with economic mobility that provide a better life for them and their children. The Pittsburgh Scholar House will be supported through PCHE – Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education, its funding partners, and the Family Scholar House. These organizations are committed to two-generation programming to end the cycle of poverty by promoting post-secondary education and comprehensive support services for single parents and their children.


1. Mission and Strategy: Works with the board, staff community partners and Family Scholar House center staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through its programming, partnering and outcomes.

  • Responsible for the implementation of PSH’s programs that support the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for overseeing the strategic planning to ensure that PSH remains agile, healthy and aligned with the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for cultivating and enhancing the image of PSH by being active, visible and partnering with professional, political and philanthropic stakeholders.
  • Responsible for ensuring equitable outcomes for participants and their families.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the staff reflect the population that they serve.

2. Financial Performance and Viability: Cultivates and develops resources to ensure the fiscal health and well-being of the organization.

  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenue sources for the PSH to support the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for the fiscal health and integrity of the PSH including creating and managing proposed and actual budgets, monthly financial statements and all other records related to the fiscal health of the organization.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the future fiscal needs and the fiscal planning are done appropriately and timely.

3. Operations: Oversees and manages resources to ensure the organization’s operations are successful.

  • Responsible for overseeing the hiring, training, onboarding and retention of all staff.
  • Responsible for the effective administration of PSH’s operations.

4. Board Governance: Works with the board in order to fulfill the organization mission.

  • Responsible for communicating in a timely and appropriate manner all information necessary for the Board to make informed decisions.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the bylaws, mission and guidelines governing the PSH are being followed.

Actual Job Responsibilities:

  1. Establish the direction for the programming;
  2. Planning and operation of annual budget;
  3. Strategic planning and implementation;
  4. Oversee the grant-writing, financial, development and community engagement of PSH;
  5. Negotiate and manage contracts and contract relationships with grantors, vendors, suppliers and partners;
  6. Direct fundraising and donor relationship activities;
  7. Provide oversight for all components of the program including but not limited to academic coaching, case management, and program compliance with local, state, federal and licensure requirements, hiring and supervising all staff and the work of volunteers, practicum students, and interns;
  8. Supervise and collaborate with staff;
  9. Create, implement and manage policies and practices that ensure equity, inclusion and promote respect for the population served;
  10. Serve as the primary representative of PSH throughout the community including media events, public forums, and with other community agencies and organizations;
  11. Establish and maintain all employment and administrative policies and procedures in alignment with 501c-3 requirements;
  12. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Position Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree required with a graduate degree preferred.
  • Extensive experience working with a diverse population
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Experience in non-profit, support services and program management required.
  • Computer and data proficient.
  • Strong fiscal or budget management experience.
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize the Internet and e-mail.
  • Self-starter with entrepreneurial, start-up or program implementation experience.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and strong organizational skills.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors.
  • Fundraising, campaign experience a plus.
  • Lived experience a plus.

Reports directly the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education and indirectly to the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education and the Pittsburgh Scholar House Steering Committee. Once the Pittsburgh Scholar House is formed as a 501c3 this position will report directly to the Pittsburgh Scholar House Board of Directors.

Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume via email to HROffice@pointpark.edu (preferred) or mail to: 

Point Park University
Human Resources Office
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Due to the high volume of resumes received, Point Park University will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your resume. If we determine that your skills and experience match the position requirements, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit our website at www.pointpark.edu for the status of the position and future opportunities.

Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for this job please visit www.pointpark.edu.