Executive Director

Website ThePghProject The Pittsburgh Project

Sharing Hope, Empowering Youth, Building Community


The Pittsburgh Project is a neighborhood-based Christian community development organization. Our work grows out of a broad vision for the City of Pittsburgh that informs our mission and defines our target populations: “That Pittsburgh will be called a City of Truth where once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets, each with cane in hand because of age, and where the city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there” (from Zechariah 8:4-5). Historically, this vision has The Pittsburgh Project involved in service learning and relational ministry to vulnerable homeowners, youth, adults and families as part of a mission seeking to disrupt the systems and dismantle the barriers that keep people from living in healthy communities all in the belief that hope, education, and relationships are crucial in transforming current realities into a better future. To that end, The Pittsburgh Project is committed to sharing hope, empowering youth, and building community.

The Pittsburgh Project began its work on Pittsburgh’s North Side in 1986 with a small team of adults and students repairing homes by day and evenings reflecting upon their social responsibility to neighbors whose options are few, and who must live in less than adequate, and often unjust, conditions.  As its initial homeowner services ministry to its neighbors grew, The Pittsburgh Project also began responding to a need for youth development through various relational out-of-school time programs.  From 1992 to 2006 The Pittsburgh Project developed a home base for these ministries including a 27,000 square foot former school building serving as a base of operations, an adjacent 15,000 square foot former church building for large group gatherings, a 22,000 square foot, LEED™ Gold certified 324-bed Guest House for retreats and conferences, a former store front to serve as a tool and hardware storage warehouse, and a seven-acre park leased from the City of Pittsburgh and located across from these buildings. A park revitalization project began in September 2007, which included building a new playground, community gardens and basketball building.  Today, the campus is a challenging aspect of The Pittsburgh Project’s future as the organization grapples with how to best utilize it moving forward in its longstanding work of meeting the needs of its North Side neighbors.

Founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1989, The Pittsburgh Project is recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. A Board of Directors, broadly representative of The Pittsburgh Project’s community, governs the organization.


The Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Project is the Chief Executive Officer of the organization. S/he reports to the Board of Directors. The primary duties of the Executive Director are the following:

Vision Development

  • Advance, encourage and facilitate the alignment of the work of The Pittsburgh Project, along with its Board and staff, with the essence of the Christian faith
  • Provide vision and leadership to the organization
  • Ensure that strategic and fundraising plans, budgets and capital campaigns are being planned, evaluated, managed and carried out in an excellent, consistent and timely basis

Operational Planning & Management

  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization and develop an operational plan which incorporates clearly defined equity policies, goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction and growth of the organization
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
  • Ensure that the organization is in compliance with laws, statutes, regulations, and best practice standards for non-profit, institutions.
  • Troubleshoot issues and arrive at appropriate solutions on an as-needed basis
  • Insure that safety and security is a priority on the campus

Financial Development

  • Lead fundraising efforts among major foundations and companies and individual donors
  • Assist in fundraising efforts among all other donor groups, such as smaller foundations and companies, monthly donors, churches and governmental agencies
  • Ensure that timely reporting to all funders is being done
  • Recognize the importance of inventory control

Staff Development

  • Inspire, challenge and develop a year-round staff of 15 persons and 15-30 seasonal employees
  • Supervise the director-level staff
  • Conduct performance reviews and drive accountability, consistent with Staff Handbook

Board Development

  • Nurture healthy relationships with existing Board members and develop relationships with prospective ones
  • Plan and facilitate board meetings

Community Development

  • Be the public face and voice of The Pittsburgh Project in the community-at-large, including the immediate neighborhood, schools, churches, businesses and governmental offices
  • Initiate, lead or participate in local development and reform efforts in our community


Candidates for the position of Executive Director of The Pittsburgh Project must:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to following Jesus Christ in all dimensions of their public and private lives, seeking God’s guidance, acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God
  • Be persons of vision and purpose
  • Model integrity and trust
  • Be driven by ethics and values
  • Be “at home” in culturally and ethnically diverse settings
  • Be willing to relocate to The Pittsburgh Project’s neighborhood


Candidates must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following skill sets:

  • Demonstrate exceptional leadership skills
  • Demonstrate above-average management skills, including financial management
  • Be able to build and lead effective teams
  • Be able to motivate and inspire individuals and teams
  • Demonstrate excellent public speaking and writing skills
  • Possess a strong record of decision-making and problem-solving in difficult situations
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be adept at fundraising
  • Have experience with financial and programmatic audits
  • Understand current technology to include Microsoft (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat and be capable of navigating the internet
  • Possess a valid PA driver’s license (or ability to acquire one)

The successful candidate must also be able to obtain appropriate clearances (i.e., child abuse, criminal background check, and FBI fingerprinting).


The successful candidate for the position of Executive Director will possess the following background:

  • An earned graduate degree in a field related to the vision and mission of The Pittsburgh Project
  • Significant experience in providing senior leadership within a mid-sized non-profit organization
  • A proven record in building good relationships with donors that result in significant and ongoing funding commitments
  • A verifiable background in providing desirable leadership in multi-ethnic and multi-cultural settings
  • The ability to articulate and possess an understanding of the cultural, economic and sociological issues unique to urban contexts
  • A confirmed commitment to addressing and solving issues related to poverty, racism, failing public educational systems and the disintegration of community and family life
  • Adherence to the philosophy of the Christian Community Development Association
  • A history of integrating faith into all aspects of work and practice


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.   Benefits include full health/dental/vision insurance.

EOE/DFWP – We honor those who serve.


Candidates may apply by submitting a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:

Bill Shimko
Interim Executive Director
The Pittsburgh Project
2801 North Charles Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15214



To apply for this job email your details to bshimko@pittsburghproject.org