President, The Forbes Funds

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive

President, The Forbes Funds

Pittsburgh, PA


The Forbes Funds, as a supporting organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation, focuses on building the management capacity and impact of community-based nonprofits individually and collectively. It is also the home of The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, which serves well over 450 area nonprofit organizations. In 2016, The Forbes Funds provided management assistance services to 170 organizations and training opportunities to more than 2,500 nonprofit employees.


Founded as a supporting organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Forbes Funds (“TFF”) envisions Pittsburgh’s nonprofit sector as innovative, informed, engaged, and effective, advancing capacity building within and among the region’s nonprofit organizations. As we pursue our vision, we endeavor to respect certain values and our operating philosophy:

  • To engage in activities in which we have distinctive competencies and to seek other organizational partners whenever appropriate.
  • To promote continuous learning and capacity building in the organizations we serve and to discourage long-term dependence on outside technical assistance.
  • To evaluate our own activities so that we improve the quality and relevance of our portfolio of programs and services.
  • To be mindful that efficient management is not an end in itself, but rather a means to a better accomplishment of the social and charitable missions of the organizations we serve.
  • To adhere to the highest standards of professional ethics and accountability in all that we do.

The Critical Work of The Forbes Funds

Assistance Grants, Cohorts and Executive in Residence: Building Management Capacity: TFF is committed to providing capacity building to nonprofits in Allegheny County through grants, technical assistance, education, and other special initiatives. TFF awards grants to help nonprofits build their management capacity so they can more effectively deliver on their mission.

TFF uses a cohort model to work with groups of organizations that share similar capacity needs. This model identifies the key needs shared by organizations, develops a strategy for addressing those needs for all participating organizations, and encourages peer learning.

The Executive-In-Residence (EIR) program is designed to provide high-level advisory support to nonprofit executives and boards as they strive to strengthen organizational impact, nimbleness, and sustainability.

The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership: Unifying the Sector to Leverage Their Power: The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP) is a growing coalition of over 420 nonprofit organizations from a ten-county region in southwestern Pennsylvania. GPNP provides public policy analysis, education, advocacy, and a portfolio of products and services that meet the current needs of individual members and the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Social Innovation: Meeting Complex Challenges with New Solutions: TFF takes a practical approach to Social Innovation, acting as a platform and catalyst to encourage the development of new tools, new models, and new funding that positively impact large numbers of organizations and, by extension, the communities they serve.


The new President of TFF will be the successor to a legacy of respected and successful leadership. Following the tenure of Kate Dewey, the President will be a transformative leader who drives the organization in achieving its core mission of uplifting the nonprofit sector by providing capacity building resources as a supporting organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation. The President will lead the Staff with the full support of the Board to strengthen the mission and programs while creating new programs to address the rapidly evolving landscape of nonprofits.

The President is expected to be a highly visible leader in the community, leading the capacity building conversation that is critical to the sector. The President will carry out strategies for revenue generation, marketing, partnerships, and advocacy.

We seek a leader with deep understanding of the operational needs of nonprofits and empathy for the challenges faced by the sector. Strategic thinking, innovation, and courage are required to catalyze the delivery of outstanding outcomes. We seek an experienced leader that can navigate relationships with community funders and partners as fundraising is an integral responsibility of the position.

The President is primarily responsible for the following:

Leadership and Management

  • Assures the organization effectively achieves its mission by providing leadership and programmatic innovation. This includes day-to-day operations, fundraising, fiscal management, and program development.
  • Manages the Staff with transparency and respect, creating a workplace that is professional and positive.
  • Uplifts programming to remain relevant, diverse, excellent, and consistent.
  • Works cooperatively with The Pittsburgh Foundation to achieve the goals set forth by the Board.

Revenue Generation and Community Relations

  • Builds partnerships with philanthropic foundations, community organizations, and political, corporate, and community leaders.
  • Identifies and cultivates relationships that will advance the development and resource acquisition efforts of TFF.

Board Relations

  • Develops, maintains, and supports a high-performing and passionate Board of Directors.
  • Develops and tracks metrics which monitor the performance of the organization with respect to the mission and key objectives of the organization.
  • Provides leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans with the Board of Directors and carries out plans and policies authorized by the Board.

Program Innovation

  • Oversees the capacity building programs, maximizing the community impact of each program and adjusting the structure of each as community demand fluctuates.
  • Works cooperatively with the Executive Director of the GPNP to ensure that the advocacy and policy needs of the nonprofit sector are being met.
  • Understands and supports Social Innovation efforts of TFF.
  • Introduces new program concepts to the Board as response to community need.


The President will lead with an appreciation of the tremendous impact TFF makes in the community. All candidates should have exceptional and proven nonprofit management, leadership, relationship management and resources development experience, and possess a combination of the following attributes:

  • Educational background that includes a Bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the southwest Pennsylvania region’s nonprofit community: A demonstrated passion for the unique nature of nonprofits and the mission of TFF.
  • A successful track record with creating and maintaining relationships with funders and community institutions.
  • A sense of entrepreneurial opportunism with the ability to adapt with changing conditions.
  • Adept at building effective teams and motivating others to achieve more, particularly in complex and dynamic organizations. Working style that is transparent, encouraging, and collaborative.
  • Evidence of continuously seeking opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing organizational problems and challenges.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with strong public speaking ability.
  • Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Integrity and trust beyond reproach. Composure in all situations, even when under stress. Adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs.
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to motivate, negotiate, and persuade stakeholders into a course of action in a community context.


In the near term, the President will be expected to continue to deliver outstanding outcomes while successfully addressing and meeting the following:

  • Be strong and courageous in setting priorities for the organization that are based in data-driven information; stay within the mission of the organization; be creative/innovative.
  • Understand and embrace the critical role of TFF as a trusted community partner and bridge between the funding and nonprofit communities.
  • Maximize the internal relationship between TFF and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
  • Understand the programmatic intersections of the GPNP and Social Innovation programs as key capacity building community outreach vehicles of TFF, while exploring opportunities for program enhancement and growth.


The Forbes Funds has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this important organizational change process. Specific questions related to the position may be emailed to Michelle Pagano Heck, Principal, at Applications are not accepted at this email address. Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent, and do not contact The Forbes Funds.

Resume, position specific cover letter, and salary expectations may be uploaded via this website. 

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 5PM on September 13, 2017
The Forbes Funds is an equal opportunity employer.

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