Nonprofit Talent Seeking New Leaders for Pittsburgh-Based Organizations

June 21, 2017 – The economic strength of the non-profit field has increased in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the U.S. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search firms are more than busy looking for candidates.

Recently, Pittsburgh-based executive search firm Nonprofit Talent, LLC was retained by Pittsburgh Cares and Urban Innovation21 to lead their searches for new top leaders.

Pittsburgh Cares

Founded in 1992, Pittsburgh Cares is a leader in volunteerism and community service in Greater Pittsburgh. Its mission is to maximize the impact of its regional non-profit partners by mobilizing volunteers and engaging the community.

The group is seeking an executive director who will be responsible for the leadership of the organization, including the implementation of the strategic plans set by the board of directors, the achievement of annual fiscal and organizational performance goals and financial, program and administrative management.

The successful candidate will have an extensive knowledge of non-profit organizations and volunteerism as well as a commitment to Pittsburgh Cares’ mission. Candidates must also possess a proven history of fund development and management, program development and staff leadership. Additionally, candidates should have five years of work experience, but consideration will be given to individuals with an advanced degree and a minimum of three years of substantial non-profit work experience.


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Urban Innovation21

Urban Innovation21 is a public-private partnership that supports the growth of entrepreneurship in the Southwest PA region’s economy and connects that growth to underserved communities and the residents in those communities.

The organization is looking for a president and CEO who is experienced in executive leadership, the tenets and principles of inclusive innovation and economic development, and who is capable of managing both daily operations and charting the course for the future. A commitment to and passion for inclusive innovation, as well as supporting economic empowerment for all, is required.

The new leader will be responsible for ensuring the financial, operational, legal, compliance and overall health of the organization. They will also be in charge of executing the organization’s mission, goals, and strategies as well as special projects as appropriate. Planning, organizing, and implementing services, programs, and policies directly or integrally related to inclusive economic development are also a big part of this job.

The Recruiters

Todd Owens and Michelle Pagano Heck founded Nonprofit Talent in 2013. Prior to this, the partners worked together providing similar services at Dewey & Kaye. They have a combined 30+ years working with non-profit organizations in a consultative capacity, primarily focused on healthy leadership transitions. The firm serves clients across the Mid-Atlantic states and have completed national searches for clients located in PA, WV, OH and Washington D.C. / VA. Nonprofit Talent has recently found top leaders for AIA Pennsylvania, Crossroads Foundation, Fund for Advancement of Minorities in Education, Heinz Family Foundation, Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and United Way of Allegheny County, among many others.

“Nonprofit Talent helped us pull off a groundbreaking reinvention of municipal hiring in Pittsburgh,” said Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments. “Despite coming under significant time, budgetary and media pressure, they facilitated a top-notch and incredibly broad search process that identified high caliber candidates and allowed our city to fill top positions based on qualifications and merit.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Chase Barbe, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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