Assistant Head of School for Development

Reference: JOB1171
Employer: The Neighborhood Academy

The Neighborhood Academy (TNA) is a grade 6 through 12 faith-based college preparatory school for students from low-income Pittsburgh families. The school currently enrolls 150 students and is enjoying the highest enrollment in its eighteen year history. The school resides on a beautiful campus that opened in 2007 on an eight-acre site in the Stanton Heights neighborhood. Recently the school ran a successful campaign to accommodate the addition of a Middle School, which is now in its second year of operation. Consistently throughout its history 100% of TNA graduates have been accepted to college.

The school seeks a talented professional to lead, manage, and implement all facets of the school’s fund raising program. This position requires an organized, creative, relationship-oriented fundraiser who can develop and execute strategy in order to advance the TNA mission.

The school has a strong donor base and sustained support from the local foundations and businesses. The task is to annually raise approximately $3.5M to $4M in operating capital while growing its small endowment. In order to accomplish this the School will need to continue to inspire its current donor pool while also expanding foundation funding to sources beyond Western Pennsylvania.   

The Assistant Head of School for Development answers to the Head of School and works closely with a Board Development Committee.  There are currently three associates who will directly report to the Assistant Head of School for Development

Major Areas of Responsibility

Strategic Planning for Development

  1. Work in concert with the Head of School and Board to formulate a long-term plan for Development.
  2. Assist in the development and implementation of the School’s strategic plans.
  3. Identify funding opportunities within TNA Strategic Plan.
  4. Plan and manage major fundraising projects designed to advance the school strategically, including multi-year capital campaigns.

Development Oversight

  1. Develop and direct systems to ensure a coordinated, integrated plan for Development designed to achieve the institution’s financial and fundraising goals, including major gifts, annual giving, EITC and OSTC giving, planned giving, alumnae/i relations, and parent relations.
  2. With the input and assistance of the Head of School and Development staff, establish annual objectives, tasks, and evaluation procedures.
  3. Oversee the daily operations of the department, including a clarification of roles within the office to assure that each person performs optimally.
  4. Oversee the development of alumni programs that are designed to foster lifelong relationships.
  5. Oversee the development of a planned giving program.
  6. Serve as Staff Liaison to the Board Development Committee.
  7. Manage an annual budget for cost-effective financial results.
  8. Evaluate the Development program outcomes annually.
  9. Communicate with expertise, both orally and in writing.
  10. Clarify the role of Marketing within the school and oversee its development.

Major Gifts

  1. Develop a Major gift programs and capital campaign, including prospect research, cultivation, personal solicitation, acknowledgment, stewardship, and recognition and volunteer management.
  2. Manage activities related to Educational Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit funding.
  3. Direct, lead, motivate and partner with Trustees, Emeritus Headmaster, and Head of School in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting leadership and major donor prospects (individuals and foundations).
  4. Research and identify national foundations that have a special interest in faith-based education and cultivate a relationship with them.
  5. Manage a personal portfolio of high-level major gift prospects. Oversee and partner with staff in their management of their own personal portfolios of high-level major gift prospects and donors.
  6. Work with the Emeritus Headmaster, Head of School and other Advancement staff to develop Foundation relationships. Oversee grant writing and Foundation reporting/stewardship.
  7. Explore the development of a planned giving program.
  8. Oversee efforts to raise funds from corporations and businesses, including the PA EITC Program.
  9. Oversee and collaborate with Associate Director of Advancement on stewardship of leadership donors, including those with endowed funds at the school.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience
  • Experience in development work, including Major gift, foundation work and capital campaigns
  • Conveys passion for the Mission of the Neighborhood Academy
  • Demonstrates energy, enthusiasm and efficiency
  • Ability to work with a diverse population
  • Effectively manages
  • Motivates others and presents as a leader
  • Develops strong relationships with constituents, manages with sensitivity
  • Thinks strategically and formulates plans based on measurable objectives
  • Inspires with written and spoken communication

Salary is competitive. The school offers a healthcare program which includes medical, dental and vision.

The Neighborhood Academy is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Applicants should address resume and cover letter to the attention of:
Mr. Anthony Williams
Head of School (Elect)
The Neighborhood Academy
709 North Aiken Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Via the following e-mail address:

Electronic applications only

The position will remain open until the position is filled.

Clearances will be required

Start Date is no sooner than June 1 and no later than August 31. 


posted April 4, 2019
upated April 15, 2019