Executive Director, Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor

Executive Director

Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute

Pittsburgh, PA



Founded in 1964, Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (“PPI”) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to enhance the health of individuals, families, and communities through a holistic, interfaith ministry of counseling and education that integrates the resources of faith, spirituality, and the behavioral sciences. PPI builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of all those whom it serves. Servicing southwestern Pennsylvania, PPI operates in accordance with the standards and Code of Ethics of The Samaritan Institute. For additional information, please visit PPI’s website at www.PPI-online.org  


Position Overview

Reporting to the PPI Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and is responsible for PPI’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. PPI is searching for a dynamic, personable, spiritually grounded leader with business savvy to join the organization in the role of Executive Director. The Executive Director will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors. The ideal candidate will have previous non-profit management experience and a proven track record for managing health care professionals and will serve as the face of the organization in the community.


Principal Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for the following:


Leadership and Management

  • Assuming the overall strategic and operational responsibility for PPI’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.
  • Developing, maintaining, and supporting the Board of Directors and participating in committees at the request of the committee chair, ensuring that meetings are convened and recorded, and that by-laws are followed.
  • Developing and leading program and organizational plans.
  • Cooperating with the Board (and other appropriate sources) in setting, implementing, evaluating, and updating PPI’s purposes, goals, and objectives on a regular basis, including a strategic plan.
  • Preparing an annual report for the Board and for the annual meeting presentation.
  • Publicizing PPI and its activities, programs, and goals to the local and regional community.
  • Establishing and maintaining vibrant working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of significant developments and trends affecting PPI’s programs and future.
  • Maintaining PPI’s presence and contributions with The Samaritan Institute.
  • Preparing and implementing a development strategy.


Budget and Finance

  • Expanding revenue generation and fundraising activities to support existing and new programs.
  • Developing and maintaining sound financial practices and completion of an annual audit.
  • Working with the Staff, the Finance Committee and the Board in preparing an annual budget and financial plan and operating within that budget.
  • Ensuring that the facility and all systems are maintained and working well.


Planning and New Business

  • Using external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
  • Using marketing and fundraising to expand resources available to PPI.



  • Responsible for ensuring that the organization is fully and appropriately staffed, and that those staff are evaluated and supported as needed.
  • Developing a competitive compensation and benefits package and maintaining a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
  • Ensuring that job descriptions are in place, annual evaluations are held, and that sound human resources practices are in place.
  • Encouraging Staff development and continuing education.
  • Developing a balanced Staff with an emphasis on developing a pipeline of new therapists.
  • Providing for a management succession plan.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

PPI is a unique organization with a history of clinicians serving in leadership roles. Given the challenges facing the organization in the future, this role could be assumed by a qualified medical practitioner or nonprofit professional without a clinical background but a strong passion for the mission, OR a clinician who is adept at organizational management and fund development. The ideal candidate for this role has a blend of most of the following:

  • Demonstrated business development or fundraising acumen (grant writing and revenue diversification) are essential.
  • Clinical background work and experience preferred.
  • Advanced degree in counseling, psychology, or psychotherapy preferred but not required.
  • M. Div. degree or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred but not required.
  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in business/accounting/finance or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred but not required.
  • Three to five years of supervisory experience.
  • Prior successful experience managing, leading, or serving in a senior leadership capacity in an organization similar in size, scope, and scale.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to balance daily operations with future endeavors.
  • Ability to network with community partners and foundations.
  • Possesses prior non-profit management and accounting/business experience.
  • Ability to foster a collegial environment.
  • Ability to organize effectively, solve problems, and communicate clearly.
  • Possesses strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience.


Behavioral Competencies

The Board of Directors has identified the following behavioral characteristics as being essential for the next Executive Director of the organization:

  • Integrity and Trust: Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.
  • Planning: Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.
  • Business Acumen: Knows how businesses work; knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, trends, developments in e-commerce and information affecting his/her business and organization; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.
  • Compassion: Genuinely cares about people; is concerned about their work and non-work problems; is available and ready to help; is sympathetic to the plight of others not as fortunate; demonstrates real empathy with the joys and pains of others.
  • Conflict Management: Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.
  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-and customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Managing Vision and Purpose: Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose; talks beyond today; talks about possibilities; is optimistic; creates mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision; makes the vision sharable by everyone; can inspire and motivate entire units or organizations.



This position offers a competitive high five-figure salary, and a limited employment benefits package.


APPLICATION MATERIALS DUE BY: 5 PM, Monday, August 14th, 2017


Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this important organizational change process. Interested individuals wishing to confidentially discuss this opportunity may contact Todd Owens, Principal at Todd@NonprofitTalent.com or 412.512.3879. Please note that applications are not accepted at this email address.


Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent and do not contact Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, or members of their Staff or Board.


Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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