Director of Grantmaking, Program and Community Engagement

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Website The Pittsburgh Foundation

Reports to: Vice President Program and Community Engagement
Position Status: Full-Time/Non-Exempt
Salary Range: $105,000 -$110,000


The director of grantmaking will have operational responsibility for grant-making activity across several portfolios within the Program department. The Director will join a strong, passionate and diverse team that currently consists of eight staff. This position will be responsible for driving progress toward department grant-making goals using a values and data-driven approach, oversight of existing special initiatives and leading new strategic initiatives in line with The Pittsburgh Foundation’s strategic plan.

The director will support the vice president, Program and Community Engagement to ensure that Program department operations are strong, including budget management, project management, and people management, and that grant-making practice remains relevant, responsive and centers racial justice. The director will also be responsible for managing a responsive and proactive grant-making portfolio that enhances the nonprofit sector’s ability to identify and address in a culturally responsive and comprehensive manner, the human service needs of community members. The director is expected to facilitate collaboration with other departments and thus, will be acquainted with other areas of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s work and operations and engage in cross-organizational strategic discussions.



  • Work with the vice president, Program and Community Engagement to assure the development, continuous refinement, periodic reassessment and on-going implementation of a regionally focused discretionary grant-making program that aligns with donor intent and the Foundation’s strategic plan and stated values.
  • Manage a portfolio of grants focused on human service needs of low-income residents, from letter of inquiry to final report.
  • Oversee the implementation of special initiative grant-making programs, working proactively with project teams to monitor and assess impact, manage budgets and identify learnings that can be integrated into other aspects of the department’s work.
  • Support implementation of new grant-making policies, processes and practices to promote effective, equitable and inclusive operations and programs.
  • Support execution of a departmental plan, in alignment with the Foundation’s strategic plan, to resource and strengthen racial justice organizations and ensure the meaningful engagement of Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC) communities in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies.
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge and understanding of current community issues to assure that the Foundation’s grantmaking and special initiatives are responsive, inclusive and proactive in addressing those needs.
  • Work with vice president, Program and Community Engagement to design and conduct a cost/benefit analysis for all grant-making initiatives, using direct and indirect costs.

Team Management

  • Serve as an active leader and resource in the department, promoting organizational values and on-going staff development.
  • Coach and supervise program officers, program associates and program assistants, including them in a team approach to planning and implementation.
  • Work with vice president, Program and Community Engagement to create shared venues for department-wide learning about community issues, as well as trends in philanthropy.
  • Facilitate strong staff collaboration across programs and between departments.
  • In collaboration with vice president, HR/chief diversity officer and chief of staff and strategic implementation, assist with/participate in the development of strategy for foundation-wide efforts to embed organizational values into institutional policies and practices, monitor progress and report learnings over time.
  • Work with vice president of Human Resources to ensure effective implementation of hiring practices, organizational policies, staff performance evaluation and professional development planning.

Community Engagement:

  • Work with program staff to determine goals, measures, and implementation of community engagement activities with a focus on strategies that reinforce a “more than money” grant-making model that engages, supports and cultivates the strengths of community-based leaders and organizations, including program co-design, capacity-building and other strategies.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with groups and individuals in the nonprofit, philanthropic, private and public sectors, with an emphasis on growing the Foundation’s network, advancing the Foundation’s strategic priorities and mobilizing/aligning other sources of funding.
  • Develop a plan, in collaboration with the vice president, Program and Community Engagement, to establish and facilitate advisory committees comprised of grantees and other relevant stakeholders to inform, monitor, and evaluate the Foundation’s grant-making strategy.
  • Actively support team-wide efforts to develop new and strengthen existing relationships with local, state, and national organizations, with an emphasis on supporting — and learning from — partner efforts to develop community-driven solutions.

Research and Evaluation

  • Research issues, organizations, and practices to inform and strengthen the Foundation’s knowledge, program design and implementation, processes, and impact.
  • Work with the vice president, Program and Community Engagement and vice president Public Health, Research and Learning to implement a monitoring and evaluation framework to gauge grant-making impact, analyze and synthesize outcome metrics and generate reports on results and lessons learned.

Donor Engagement

  • Support and advance strategic opportunities for collaboration with Development and Donor Services staff to serve donors in meeting their philanthropic goals and advance the Foundation’s strategic priorities.
  • Fully participate in Center for Philanthropy programs to contribute to a culture of excellence in donor education, donor engagement, “co-creation” of giving opportunities and increased alignment between Foundation and donor giving on significant community issues.


  • Work collaboratively with Communications department to support the development of messaging about the Foundation’s grant-making programs, including changes and updates to the Foundation’s website.

Professional Development

  • Participate in activities of the local and national philanthropic field to enhance the Foundation’s grantmaking, convening and research across grant-making portfolios.
  • Attend regional and national conferences, workshops and meetings to obtain information useful to the development of grant-making strategies to respond to the needs of the arts and culture sector in the region.


  • Work with vice president, Program and Community Engagement to coordinate staff efforts to ensure that the Program and Policy Committee of the Board of Directors is fully informed of and engaged in the Foundation’s grant-making strategy.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


  • Proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Commitment to the Foundation’s values of accountability, collaboration, community, racial justice and trust.
  • Exceptional communication, presentation and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal.
  • High level of organizational skills and ability to multitask and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • High levels of accuracy, productivity and initiative.
  • Ability to work independently, exercise sound judgment and solve problems.
  • Thrives within a dynamic team environment.
  • Flexibility in meeting changing demands with the ability to shift between routine tasks and strategic decision-making.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and other business-related applications.
  • Strong technical proficiency and experience with the Blackbaud Suite of Products and the Foundant Grants Management System or similar systems.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the nonprofit sector/or relevant experience; Master’s degree preferred
  • At least 10 years of experience in the nonprofit/public sector with demonstrated knowledge of public health, human service, social work, education or related fields.
  • At least 5 to 7 years of direct supervisory experience and proven ability to provide constructive feedback and develop staff.
  • A passion for and demonstrated track record of operating within a framework that centers economic and racial equity.
  • Familiarity with, but not necessarily a professional background in, philanthropy and philanthropic processes.
  • Knowledge of the local nonprofit landscape, including understanding of current community needs, as well as emerging grant-making practices that facilitate equitable distribution of financial and non-financial resources.
  • Proven talent in project management, including creating and managing budgets, with a record of success in the development and implementation of strategies to affect change.
  • Proficiency in data-informed decision-making, including the ability to analyze, synthesize, and compare data to answer key evaluation questions, monitor progress toward goals and facilitate process improvement.


Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to by Oct. 15.

No phone calls please.



Established in 1945, the community philanthropy for the Pittsburgh region is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations and is the 14th largest of more than 750 similar foundations across the United States. It set a new record for grantmaking, $67 million, in 2020. As a community foundation, its resources comprise endowment funds established by individuals, businesses and organizations with a passion for charitable giving and fulfilling the Foundation’s mission of improving quality of life for all in the region. The Foundation currently manages about 2,500 individual donor funds and, together with its supporting organizations and its affiliate, The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, has assets of $1.46 billion. Grantmaking benefits a broad spectrum of basic needs and development opportunities within Pittsburgh and beyond. Learn more at

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