Executive Director

Reference: JOB1233
Employer: Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh

The Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh is seeking a driven, energetic, donor-centric development professional for their Executive Director role. A qualified candidate should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and five years of professional experience, with a preference for healthcare, human or social service organization(s). They should also be able to provide evidence to be a self-starter, perform error-free work and have a bias towards action.

Preferred candidates should possess:

  • Demonstrated track record of success in soliciting corporate sponsorships, revenue generating events, annual fundraising
  • Ability to successfully manage a comprehensive development portfolio that includes corporations, foundations and individuals in a customer management database
  • Excellence in written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills across diverse constituent groups and audiences
  • Successfully manage time and when the situation calls for it, handle tasks with efficiency and urgency, and ability to think and act creatively
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to accuracy and detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience with a fundraising/ customer management database
  • Experience in web design/marketing for events and solicitations
  • Understanding of and passion for the Down Syndrome community

Reporting to the Board President and Executive Committee of the Board, responsibilities include: 


  • Ideate, plan and execute 3-4 standalone revenue-generating events annually, inclusive of the highly successful Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh Buddy Walk
  • Initiate annual fundraising campaign
  • Support strategy and tasks related to board-driven events including but not limited to parent support group meetings and events for our families in the community
  • Create and execute marketing and social media campaigns for fundraising and events
  • Develop and carry out development plan for annual fund solicitations and face-to-face solicitations
  • Work to retain incumbent partners and donors as well as proactively seek new sources of revenue
  • Explore opportunities gifts outside of check/credit card including but not limited to giftsin-kind, planned gifts and personal property.


  • Manage a 10-15 person volunteer Board of Directors for tasks including but not limited to:
    • participate as non-voting member of the Executive Committee o oversee the board member nomination and slating processes
    • ensure adherence to the bylaws o organize and steer sub-committees, which may include non-Board members of the community o operation and scheduling board meetings and calls
    • taking and distribution of minutes o creation of Board member job description(s).
  • For event purposes, solicit and secure adequate volunteer staffing.


  • Process all charitable gifts received by the Association
  • Serve as the “front door” for the Association by answering phone calls, returning email, open mail
  • Participate in a strategic planning process
  • Draft gift acceptance policy
  • Create and maintain the budget for the Association
  • Accept and receiving grant requests for board consideration

This is a remotely-based contract role. Candidates must have reliable transportation. Salary commensurate with experience; incumbent will be provided technology and other resources necessary for success in the role. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, professional references and salary requirements to: dsapgh2020@gmail.com.

posted Janaury 29, 2020