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Seeking candidates for the role of Executive Director, Neighborhood Allies, Pittsburgh, PA



Neighborhood Allies is a new nonprofit, launching in early 2014, to replace the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND), one of the nation’s first community development intermediaries. This organizational transformation mirrors that which communities in Pittsburgh are currently undergoing. Pittsburgh has been transformed from post-industrial to a modern, livable city with a dynamic economy and entrepreneurial strengths.  PPND began in 1982 as a community development funding intermediary designed to leverage traditional community development and investment models and support real estate and community building projects, as a supporting organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation. Neighborhood Allies will redefine the intermediary role in Pittsburgh, operating as a 21st Century community development network manager, and integrator, deploying the best approaches from successful models from around the US and beyond. Neighborhood Allies is seeking a dynamic individual with the vision and strategic sensibilities to pick up where the Board and consultants have ended their planning, and continue the exciting trajectory well into the organization’s implementation phase. The Pittsburgh region has been appropriately criticized for not being most livable for all and has some systemic income, health and opportunity disparities that must be addressed. In short, the time is right to rethink how community development services are communicated, delivered, and implemented. That process begins today.


Neighborhood Allies envisions a Pittsburgh that can channel the national attention received for its economic transformation in some communities—places that have seen a growth in development, new restaurants, waterfront parks, trails, and cultural institutions – to build a Pittsburgh in which all of its residents live in neighborhoods that have equal access to quality education, jobs, healthcare, and neighborhood amenities that provide the basis for economic and community success for the entire region.  This is where the all comes in. In particular, Neighborhood Allies will focus on supporting our neighbors that live in distressed and transitioning neighborhoods, working with them to support and facilitate their transformation into thriving, resilient, and livable neighborhoods. Due to the systemic and seemingly intractable changes that need to occur, Neighborhood Allies will also have to advocate for changes in policies and programs in the systems to which we’re linking residents and community organizations.


The mission of Neighborhood Allies will be To support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to creating and maintaining thriving neighborhoods.

  •     Creating community partnerships
  •    Connecting distressed and transitioning communities with valued / vetted resources
  •    Communicating and celebrating community progress and success


For Neighborhoods we will…

  •  Provide a community development ally
  • Help community leaders recognize where they are (assets, opportunities and needs)
  • Connect places and people to resources & provide tailored support
  • Communicate/ Amplify achievements and progress


For Resource Providers we will…

  •   Help civic leaders understand communities to make smart investments and allocations
  •   Convene partners to help create strategy, standards & tools to better support communities 
  •   Provide a more strategic approach to investing resources and supporting communities

The vision and draft business plan for Neighborhood Allies has been developed, but it will be up to the Executive Director and staff to flesh out and implement the tactics and strategies. The goal for Neighborhood Allies is to have an annual budget of approximately $2.5M (with the majority of these funds already raised for 2014), including $1.3M in grant making for community initiatives, and employ a staff of four to six.  The current Neighborhood Allies board of six and staff of two will assist in the launch and work with the new Executive Director to determine the best board and staff structure moving forward.  Neighborhood Allies recently approved a new affiliation agreement with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation for services and financing products.  For now, additional information on Neighborhood Allies can be found here - http://www.ppnd.org 



The Executive Director is responsible for working collaboratively with the Board of directors, the community, key funders and staff to launch this new entity, and implement and refine the vision outlined in the business plan.  This position has ultimate responsibility for the overall management of the organization including, but not limited to operations, fundraising, financial management, hiring and personnel management, board and external relations, vendor management, grantmaking/strategic investments and evaluation/outcomes/quality assurance.



Following 12 months on the job the successful candidate will have accomplished the following:


Business plan is refined and is guiding the work of the organization.  This includes developing grant, program, and investment guidelines, priorities, desired outcomes, evaluation processes and reporting requirements. Plan is updated and revised as necessary.


Neighborhood Allies is essential. The organization is vibrant, inspirational, staffed with the best and the brightest, the Board is engaged and the community is excited about its work. The organization has street credibility and is at the table when diverse community development conversations take place. 


Community connections are established.  External awareness has been created about Neighborhood Allies in the service area through a variety of strategies including community meetings, print collateral, newsletters, social media, a website, and educational forums.


Strong partnerships are in place.  The organization, and Executive Director, has developed strong partnerships with local public and private partners; and, has a healthy and productive working relationship with its national affiliate, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.


Internal systems are developed and operational.  Evaluating the needs of the organization and determining what it needs to accomplish its mission. This includes policies and procedures, graphics/visuals/collateral, financial and record keeping systems, technology infrastructure, ERP/CRM/data management system, communication systems and telephony needs. Organizational chart defined and necessary staff hired.


Fundraising success continues. To date the Neighborhood Allies Board has raised the majority of the funds needed to launch and support operations in 2014.  Fundraising success continues and sources are diversified and include government, the private sector and foundations.


Successes have been measured and communicated. Data exists to report the activity and accomplishments of the organization. Regular reports are issued to the community, funders and all stakeholders about successes and work that remains to be completed.



The Board of Directors seeks an individual with both operational savvy, and the strategic skill and passion to engage the community in the development and launch of this new, collaborative organization. Neighborhood Allies will do much more than invest in community initiatives; with a lean and strategic staff, it will convene, educate, identify and leverage resources, and serve as an expert on the needs of the communities it serves. The ideal candidate has a blend of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • 10+ years of senior leadership experience required, including success in leading a staff, as well as developing and managing budgets, systems and committees. Prior experience with grantmaking preferred, but not essential.
  • Deep understanding of the communities in which the organization will be conducting its work is strongly preferred. A demonstrated passion for and work with community organizations to achieve “triple bottom line” results.
  • Demonstrated communications savvy, including excellent writing and public speaking ability.
  • A data-driven leader who makes informed decisions, understands evaluation, outcomes and accountability.
  • The ability to successfully convene, collaborate and negotiate with diverse groups and develop/support change strategies to benefit low income residents and places.
  • Demonstrates political savvy, the ability to respect and navigate systems, organizational networks, and relationship.
  • Someone who visibly enjoys his/her-work, has infectious enthusiasm, cares deeply for the concerns of others, and demonstrates a sense of humor at appropriate times.
  • Demonstrates the qualities of backbone organizational leadership: Visionary; Results-Oriented; Collaborative, Relationship Builder; Focused, but Adaptive; Charismatic and Influential Communicator; Politic; and Humble.
  • Someone who is skilled at working both with civic and community leadership, and who is knowledgeable and credible at working with distressed and transitional communities.


Desired Behavioral Competencies

The ideal candidate for this role demonstrates the following behavioral competencies:

  • Action oriented - enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning; seizes more opportunities than others
  • Integrity and trust - is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual
  • Approachability - builds rapport well; is a good listener
  • Creativity - comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas
  • Decision quality - makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment
  • Managing diversity - manages all kinds and classes of people equitably; deals effectively with all races, nationalities, cultures, disabilities, ages and both sexes
  • Hiring and staffing - has a nose for talent; hires the best people available from inside or outside
  • Motivating others - creates a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate many kinds of direct reports and team or project members
  • Problem solving - uses rigorous logic methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems
  • Strategic agility - can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented
  • Managing vision and purpose - communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose
  • Written communications - is able to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles



This position offers a highly competitive compensation package, commensurate with the level of skill and experience expected from applicants and Executive Director roles in nonprofit and community development intermediaries similar in size, scope and endowment.



Qualified individuals may apply in confidence by submitting resume, cover letter and compensation requirements by visiting http://nonprofittalent.theresumator.com/apply/tKtR5R/Executive-Director.html


Interested individuals wishing to confidentially discuss this opportunity may contact Todd Owens at 412.512.3879, or email Todd@NonprofitTalent.com with specific questions.



Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent. 

Neighborhood Allies is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, and is an equal opportunity employer. 

Todd Owens, Co-Founder and Principal

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