Mar 22, 2022

Founding Director

$105,000 - $115,000 yearly
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Full-Time Fundraising/Development Strategic Planning

Job Description

Position Summary:

Thank you for your consideration of being part of BUILD’s launch in the Pittsburgh Metro Area.  You will make history by BUILDing a presence in Pittsburgh and expanding to other areas in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic in the future. Reporting directly to the National Director, School and Community Partnerships, the Founding Director will be responsible for leading, designing and implementing the BUILD Pennsylvania annual and long-range strategy, for securing new school, community and distribution partnerships, as well as revenue from a variety of sources, including foundations, corporations, individuals and events. The Founding Director will manage a current budget of $300K, which is funded for four years by the Richard King Mellon Foundation and is expected to grow revenue to a $600K/year budget by the fourth year. This position requires a high-level of drive and passion for our work, and the ability to operate in a high-energy, entrepreneurial environment where innovation and creativity are valued and expected.

While this position is in start-up mode, it will have support from key National staff members and teams. This position will liaise with multiple teams and stakeholders at BUILD to cultivate a culture of teamwork, excellence, collaboration and learning among existing and future BUILD sites and community partners. This position will manage the Senior Program Manager, PA.

Position Responsibilities:

Strategy and  Growth 

  • Establish a three-year growth plan to meet annual and long-term objectives including revenue, in-kind donations, external affairs, and program

  • Explore and launch earned revenue opportunities for programming based on demand and community needs.  This will contribute to the annual revenue goal.

  • Explore avenues to grow programming with additional class sections, schools, community centers, and districts 

  • Form and manage an Entrepreneur Education Advisory Council who will help advance an Entrepreneurial Education Ecosystem

  • Research, solicit, and close new partnerships with district leaders, school administrators and community based organizations 

  • On an annual basis, meet with partners, discuss the continuation of the partnership and process renewal

Program Support 

  • Manage, and professionally develop local staff, currently consisting of one Senior Program Manager, to ensure effective program implementation

  • Oversee the formation, execution of events and activities in collaboration with the National Director, School and Community Partnerships and Senior Program Manager

  • Working in collaboration with the Senior Program Manager, ensure the effective implementation of BUILD volunteer programming, including co-planning, co-facilitation, and evaluation of volunteer engagements

  • Recruit and support training for volunteers from each corporate partner and participate actively in programmatic events

  • Collaborate with other regions to provide trainings and coach facilitators in using effective instructional practices, including experiential learning, for under-resourced youth

  • Participate in regional educational working groups and events, as needed, to enhance BUILD’s regional impact and presence 

  • Collaborate internally on special projects and provide leadership on cross-functional  teams 

Donor Cultivation and Stewardship

  • Lead and effectively implement individual, corporate, and grant fundraising strategy and program that yield: 

    • Sustainable pipelines of volunteers 

    • In-kind donations (i.e. office supplies or food)

    • Event space and sponsorship

    • Secure additional  revenue of $150K in FY23, $200K in FY24 and $250K in FY25. 

  • In collaboration with our National Philanthropic team, identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of major gift and foundation prospects 

Hiring Organization


Candidate Requirements:

  • Master’s degree from accredited college in relevant field or transferable life experience

  • Start up experience or have successfully created new products or programs brought to market

  • 10 years of professional experience; with 7 years progressive leadership in nonprofit, entrepreneurship education and experiential education; college enrollment, and/or workforce development

  • Effective direct management of professional staff including implementing employee and team development and retention practices

  • Success in administering a program or department through significant growth and/or change

  • Successfully led the stewardship and revenue generating activities of a $250k budget or larger

  • Can effectively cultivate and steward strategic revenue generating 6-figure partnerships

  • Ability to compel others to action including building and managing councils, working committees and volunteers

  • Working knowledge of current K-12 educational policies and practices impacting underserved, multicultural, marginalized communities; entrepreneurship in Allegheny, Westmoreland and the greater Pittsburgh area

  • Self-starter, thrives in fast-paced environment 

  • 20% travel for local, regional and national meetings (pending COVID developments)

  • BUILD requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable accommodations based on a qualifying medical exemption or sincerely held religious beliefs are being considered in accordance with applicable law

Successful candidates will demonstrate BUILD’s Core Values and competencies through a combination of previous education/work experiences:

BUILD’s Core Values:

  • Keep Students at the Center - As BUILDers, we hold an unwavering passionate commitment and belief in the power and potential of youth.  Our organization exists to serve students. We seize each opportunity to contribute to the foundation of knowledge, skills, and networks from which students can build extraordinary lives. Our operating principles and decisions focus on what is in the best interest of our students.

  • Bring the Spark - As BUILDers, we excel in the entrepreneurial Spark Skills that we teach our students-
    Communication, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Innovation, Grit and Self-Management. We communicate through transparent and honest dialogue. We cherish teamwork, tenacity, and thinking outside the box. We demonstrate a relentless pursuit of excellence and approach work with a positive can do attitude. When we bring the spark we achieve great things together, and we model the way for our students.

  • Bridge Communities - As BUILDers, we develop and foster relationships in service of creating access and opportunities for our students, staff, and stakeholders. We value all who come to the table as partners to maximize our collective impact. By connecting the communities in which we work, we build empathy, equity, and social capital.

  • Promote Diversity and Social Action - As BUILDers, we understand that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion matters, but what matters even more is Action. We strive to create equity of voice, access, influence and power across lines of difference – both in and beyond BUILD, specifically for groups that have been historically denied social and economic justice. If we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem. We welcome, celebrate, and embrace the unique expressions and contributions of us all – our backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, and social class.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Use a variety of techniques, as appropriate, to connect with others to build positive relationships.

  • Strategic Thinking: Take into account and analyze various points of view/relationships and pieces of data to form a perspective appropriate to a particular context/network.

  • Targeting the Message to Audience:  Ascertain the priorities of a particular individual or group and craft persuasive written or verbal communication given those priorities.

  • Thoroughness: Ensure that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully prepare for meetings and presentations; follow up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.

  • Building Collaborative Relationships:  Develop, maintain and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance and support. 

  • Written Communication - Excellent written communication skills and ability to articulate a compelling case for major philanthropic support of programs, present organizational objectives persuasively, and translate strategic concepts into compelling fundraising collateral.


Position Details:

  • Full Time/Exempt

  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA Area

  • 20% travel, (pending COVID developments), between local/school sites is required so employees should have their own vehicle for transportation (valid proof of insurance required). Mileage for work-related travel beyond the normal commute will be reimbursed at the stipulated IRS rate. Occasional travel is required during the year for visits to BUILD sites and gatherings nationally.

Industry/Service Area

Foundation/Grantmaking, Youth Development





The salary for the Founding Director, ranges from $105,000 - $115,000 in accordance with BUILD’s equity focused salary bands. BUILD offers a competitive benefits package for eligible employees.  This includes employer paid medical, dental & vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, employer paid life insurance, and a 403(b) plan with match.  In addition, eligible BUILD employees qualify for generous vacation, sick time, paid Federal holidays,  and a flexible work environment.

Application Instructions

COVID-19 Commitment to Safety:

BUILD requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable accommodations based on a qualifying medical exemption or sincerely held religious beliefs are being considered in accordance with applicable law.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume.  BUILD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

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