Executive Director (Full-Time)

Reports to: Board of Directors

Position Summary: The Foundation of HOPE is seeking a full-time Executive Director to begin on or before January 1, 2023. The successful candidate will demonstrate leadership skills, management experience, financial acumen, fundraising expertise, and passion for HOPE’s programs and mission: to empower people impacted by the criminal justice system to renew their faith, rebuild their lives, and restore positive relationships.

The Executive Director is the Foundation of HOPE’s leader, steward, and chief ambassador, holding overall responsibility for the organization’s work and welfare. The Executive Director functions as the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation of HOPE and reports to the Board of Directors.

Key duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

  • Fundraising, Fiscal Oversight & Financial Planning: leading existing revenue efforts and developing new funding sources, writing grants, cultivating individual and corporate donors, preparing and implementing budgets.
  • Operational Management, Strategy, and Planning: offering visionary leadership and oversight of HOPE’s programs; leading annual and long-range planning, exploring opportunities for innovation and growth; recruiting, retaining, and supervising staff; managing systems and properties; negotiating contracts.
  • Communications, Representation, and Advocacy: representing HOPE throughout the community, developing and maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders, managing all publications, advocating on behalf of those we serve.
  • Board Relations and Support: assisting with the planning and administration of meetings of the Board and its committees.A full job description is available upon request.


The candidate selected as the Foundation of HOPE’s next Executive Director will demonstrate the following:


  • Passion for the mission of the Foundation of HOPE;
  • Creativity, energy, flexibility, and tenacity;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and sound judgment;
  • Sensitivity in relating to persons of varying backgrounds, especially persons impacted by the criminal justice system.

Skills and Experience:

  • Nonprofit experience: seven or more years of related experience in nonprofit organizations, showing progressive levels of responsibility (executive-level experience preferred);
  • Leadership skills: experience in development and execution of vision, strategy, and systems; ability to work collaboratively and build consensus; problem-solving and organizational abilities;
  • Fundraising skills: proven results in fundraising, grant writing, grant management, and donor development;
  • Management skills: experience in staff supervision, staff development, team leadership, and team building;
  • Financial skills: demonstrated competence in building and managing budgets over $1 million, understanding and interpreting financial reports, and making financial recommendations;
  • Communication skills: ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, forming effective professional relationships with diverse people;
  • Subject-matter expertise: understanding of the criminal justice system; familiarity with governmental and non-profit agencies and processes related to jail and reentry services; familiarity with funding sources; understanding of southwest Pennsylvania dynamics and culture; experience working with faith-based organizations.


  • Bachelors degree or commensurate experience (Masters degree preferred);


  • Ability to maintain flexible working hours, including the ability to attend meetings and events on weeknights and weekends as necessary.
  • Ability to travel as needed, primarily within Allegheny County.
  • Ability to complete clearance and background checks, including PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI
  • Criminal Record/Fingerprint Check, and Allegheny County Jail security clearance.


This is a full-time exempt position.

The annual salary range is $85,000 – $100,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include pension, life/disability insurance, continuing education allowance, vacation/PTO time, and paid family leave. Health insurance is not offered at this time.

How to Apply

Foundation of HOPE is an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply, including those who have experienced incarceration.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Board Vice-President Rikell Ford by email at rford@foundationofhope.org. Applications that do not contain all three required components will not be considered.

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by November 1, 2022.