Executive Director, The Brashear Association

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive

Executive Director

The Brashear Association

Pittsburgh, PA


For generations, The Brashear Association (Brashear) has been a vital part of Pittsburgh's South Side and nearby neighborhoods. Founded in 1917, Brashear originally operated a collection of settlement houses until consolidating into one multi-purpose facility, the Brashear Center in 1955.  A decade later, the Henry Kaufmann Neighborhood House was constructed in Arlington/Southside Slopes as a community outreach site.  Brashear's third and fourth locations, the Neighborhood Employment Center and ALEC (Allentown Learning & Engagement Center) were established in the Allentown business district to address direct community needs.

Brashear serves people in poverty – from those facing temporary challenges to families living in chronic, multi-generational poverty and works to move them toward self-sufficiency.   Their spectrum of services strengthens families throughout several distressed communities in Pittsburgh. 

With a small team of 5 full-time and 6 part-time staff, and a modest operating budget of $700K, Brashear is able to provide human and community services to more than 5,000 South Pittsburgh residents each year.  Brashear’s spectrum of community services includes four principal components:

Self-Sufficiency Program: provides case management, information and referral services to assist individuals in developing personal strategies and setting client-defined goals to overcome multiple barriers to economic stability.

Neighborhood Employment Center: offers job readiness preparation and job search/retention assistance to unemployed and underemployed adults.

Tangible Assistance Services: provide immediate, short-term assistance to individuals and families through food, holiday, and utility assistance.   Within a new facility, Brashear will meet their goal in the creation of an updated food pantry to provide a dignified and convenient locations for families to receive food assistance.

Youth Education Programs:  make the most of its community partnerships, offering a broad array of options for youth to develop their skills and tap their creativity.  The current program scope will be expanded to provide support and enrichment to “tweens” and teens through high school achievement and graduation.


Brashear supports and enriches families in a community context to build more vital lives and neighborhoods in South Pittsburgh.

Through its provision of human services and community action, Brashear recognizes community strengths and diversity and encourages self-help, citizen education and community improvement and involvement.


Service to the underserved, respect, integrity, partnership, deep understanding, diversity and stewardship.


During Brashear’s 2014 strategic planning process, extensive research was completed to identify where clients come from, present and future, the locations of existing providers, transportation opportunities and more.  The Board of Directors identified a need for Brashear to have a greater physical presence within the South Pittsburgh Hilltop communities.  The decision was made to relocate Brashear headquarters in order to concentrate the mission closer to its target audience.  There are imminent plans for Brashear to relocate headquarters to the Knoxville-Mount Oliver commercial corridor after 100 years in South Side.  In order to support this expansion, the Board, along with external Counsel, has developed a framework for a significant, multimillion-dollar Comprehensive Campaign.  The fundraising Campaign will have three focus areas 1. grow and sustain current programming, 2. meet capital expansion expenses and 3. build organizational capacity.


The new Executive Director of Brashear will be the successor to a legacy of respected and successful leadership. Following the tenure of Hugh Brannan, the Executive Director will be a transformative leader who embraces Brashear’s history and long-standing ability to change communities, while at the same time driving the organization in achieving its core mission through innovation, collaboration and expansion to the Hilltop. Brashear seeks a leader with a deep understanding of the operational needs of a growing nonprofit and one with empathy and compassion for the individuals and families served by the organization. Externally focused with a strength in relationship building and resource development, the Executive Director needs to be a strategic thinker who can elevate Brashear’s visibility and priority-level within the community. 

Reporting to a 17-member Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead the staff to strengthen the core of the mission and programs.  The ED is expected to work collaboratively to build a vision for Brashear on the Hilltop, while nurturing existing partnerships and strategically identifying new sources of support.

The Executive Director 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, fiscal management, resource development, and program expansion.

Manages the staff with transparency and respect, creating a workplace that is professional and positive.  Promotes and cultivates the “culture” of the organization.

Builds upon and implements agency’s strategic plan in collaboration with the Board and staff – this incorporates a move to Knoxville-Mount Oliver and all actions required of the organization for continued success and sustainability.

Assess the effectiveness of organizational programs through measurable, objective and quantitative evidence and share data with appropriate stakeholders.

Revenue Generation and Community Relations

Stewards relationships with current philanthropic and programmatic partners.

Identifies and cultivates potential opportunities for advancement in resource development. Builds new partnerships with philanthropic foundations, community organizations, and political, corporate and community leaders within Brashear’s current and forecasted service areas.

Elevates brand awareness and agency visibility; strengthens Brashear’s efforts to engage the community in Brashear’s mission.

Works cooperatively with outside Counsel to develop and launch a Comprehensive Campaign.

Oversees the implementation of a robust Campaign strategy and leads all related fundraising efforts.

Board Relations

Develops, maintains, and supports a high-performing and passionate Board of Directors; engages Board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations.

Participates in Board recruitment and collaborates with Board leadership to promote governance best practices that support fiduciary responsibilities and strategic goals.

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 Board Committees, and carries out plans and policies authorized by the Board.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The Executive Director will lead with an appreciation for the history and long-standing impact of Brashear.  All candidates should have exceptional and proven management, leadership, resource development and relationship management experience and possess a combination of the following skills and knowledge:

  • Management experience with a track record of success in leading and sustaining a high-performing organization.
  • A record of closing large gifts from foundations and corporations, as well as individual donors.
  • Strong strategic thinking and project management skills including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
  • Has a track record of meeting (or surpassing) ambitious fundraising goals in a competitive environment.
  • Ambitious and innovative mindset with a track record of translating strategy into action and delivering results.
  • Experience cultivating partnerships with and securing significant support from individuals and institutions across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.
  • Adept at building effective teams and motivating others. Working style that is transparent, encouraging, and collaborative.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate board member relationships.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with strong public speaking ability.
  • Interpersonal skills including strong verbal and non-verbal communication, listening skills, and problem solving.
  • Proven success working collaboratively in a diverse, community-based setting.

Performance Objectives

In the near term, the Executive Director will be expected to continue to deliver outstanding outcomes while successfully addressing the following:

  • Through a review of the current strategic plan and in collaboration with the Board of Directors, set priorities and action-oriented goals to move the new Brashear Center project forward – programmatically, operationally and fiscally. 
  • With the support of external Counsel, develop and implement a Comprehensive Campaign strategy.  The new ED will solicit lead gifts from major donors during the Campaign’s quiet phase, and will additionally be responsible for the Campaign’s public kick-off, leading efforts to secure large gifts from foundations and corporations, as well as individual donors.
  • Increase the organization’s visibility in order for the community to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the history of Brashear’s impact and the critical need for Brashear’s programming.  This may include strengthening and/or initiating relationships with local media outlets and increasing Brashear’s social media presence.


This position offers a competitive salary in the $100,000 range and a traditional benefits package found with other nonprofit organizations of similar size, scope, and scale. 

How to apply

Brashear has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this important organizational change process. Specific questions related to the position may be emailed to Lauren Julius, at lauren@NonprofitTalent.com. Applications are not accepted at this email address. Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent, and do not contact Brashear.

Resume, position specific cover letter, and salary expectations may be uploaded via this web portal/ 

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 5PM on January 2, 2019.

The Brashear Association is an equal opportunity employer.

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