President and Chief Executive Officer

President and Chief Executive Officer

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Inc.

Pittsburgh, PA   |   June 23, 2021

Organization Overview

About The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Ranked in three successive performance reviews as one of the nation’s highest-performing affiliates, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh (ULGP) focuses on serving African-Americans and other minorities, but no one is ever turned away, helping more than 20,000 individuals in Pittsburgh and the surrounding counties last year alone. As the largest comprehensive social service/civil rights organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Urban League helps others to help themselves through extra-curricular educational opportunities, health advocacy, housing counseling, parental education and support for early childhood and youth development, hunger prevention services, sustainable wage career preparation, and other programs that lead to improved ability to achieve economic empowerment and self-reliance.

Over 100 years of service to the African American community in the Greater Pittsburgh region has earned the Urban League the community’s trust. The Urban League’s voice has gained a reputation for untarnished credibility which we strive to use strategically in order to reduce structural barriers and improve access to opportunities for those we serve.

MISSION. The Mission of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights.

Strategy & Vision Statement. The Urban League employs the following 5-point strategy, tailored to local needs, in order to implement our mission:

  • Education and Youth Empowerment
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Health and Quality of Life Empowerment
  • Civic Engagement Empowerment
  • Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment

It is imperative that the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh gathers resources to ensure social, political and economic justice for all Americans. The Urban League will provide bold leadership, innovative programs and policies to strengthen the region by helping African Americans reach their full potential. With the active engagement in the Pittsburgh community, the Urban League advocates economic opportunity and justice that leads to significant improvement in the quality of our lives.


Throughout its history, the Urban League Movement has been a magnet for people with a vision of a better urban America and the financial and intellectual capacity to make a difference. In 1910, Mrs. Ruth Standish Baldwin, a member of one of America’s oldest families, and widow of railroad magnate, William Baldwin, and Dr. George Edmund Hayes, the first African American to receive a doctorate degree from Columbia University, founded what later became the National Urban League.  For more than one hundred years this combination of dynamic leadership, vision and financial wherewithal has been and remains the formula for success of the Urban League on the national and local levels.

The work of the Urban League is not simple to undertake nor is it easy to explain.  Since 1918, the Pittsburgh Urban League has been connecting those in need with the resources to meet that need and in almost all cases the primary resource being offered and fostered is the foundation of self-reliance. Through vital programs in employment, youth, family and child development, housing and self-sufficiency, Urban Leaguers work to level the playing field for all Americans and to equip disadvantaged families to care for themselves.   That’s the Movement.  That’s the Urban League way.

About Pittsburgh

Founded in 1758, Pittsburgh played an important role in our country’s history. In the early 1800s, the city became known as the “Gateway to the West.” This nickname referenced the huge advantage Pittsburgh had by having the intersection of three major waterways. The Allegheny River and Monongahela River join together at what is known as the “point” to form the Ohio River. This intersection opened the gates for Pittsburgh to lead the way in the trade industry for products such as coal, timber, glass, natural gas, iron and limestone. By 1911, Pittsburgh manufactured half of the nation’s steel.

Throughout the years, Pittsburgh has made multiple changes and overcome many obstacles. The city has moved from the steel industry to become a leader in healthcare, education, technology, and financial services. What were once heavily polluted streets and riverfronts, have been transformed to create the modern vibrant Pittsburgh one sees today. Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania and has an estimated of 310,000 people. Pittsburgh, serves as the County Seat of Allegheny County which has an estimated population of 1.2 million. Pittsburgh serves as the principal city of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area, or Greater Pittsburgh. This 8 county area has an estimated population of 2.6 million.

The Need

30 percent of working age African Americans and over half of all Black children in the region live in poverty. In Southwestern Pennsylvania, many Black students start school behind, are isolated in low-performing schools, are less likely to participate in quality early childhood, out-of-school and summer learning and are more likely to get lost in the transition to college and career. African Americans are underrepresented in industries with growth and better pay.

The fund – named “ONE Pittsburgh NOW” – has been created by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh to help residents in some of the region’s most vulnerable communities.  The goal is to raise a $12 million fund to change the picture of Black Pittsburgh from unemployment and under-employment to economic self-reliance and meaningful careers. This goal will be accomplished by: increasing the job-readiness of African Americans in four highly economically distressed, predominantly black communities; by reducing and eliminating structural barriers that currently hamper workforce diversity; and by connecting qualified candidates with living wage job opportunities.

Position Summary


The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Inc. seeks a President and Chief Executive Officer to manage and oversee the day-to-day operation of the non-profit social service agency. An affiliate of the National Urban League (NUL), the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh League seeks to improve the economic, cultural, social, and educational conditions affecting all citizens in the city of Greater Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities.  As an affiliate of the National Urban League, it reaches nationwide audiences and partners with the other Urban League affiliates making it a strong proponent for programs that can be replicated across the country.

Primary Responsibilities

The President and Chief Executive Officer serves as the chief administrator and is responsible to the Board of Directors/Trustees; demonstrates the ability to develop, articulate and communicate the vision of the local affiliate; provides leadership to the organization, administering its functions and operations; assists in the development of short- and long-range objectives; acts as principal spokesperson, in conjunction with the Board Chair, generates new ideas and leads methodologies through completion; initiates and maintains relationships with staff, board, political, corporate and community leaders; keeps abreast of issues facing the African-American and minority communities; establishes agenda items and outlines each into action items for completion; forms a disciplined approach to achieving goals and objectives; and engages in dialogue across race, gender, sexual orientation, economic, and other differences.

As the administrator of the agency, the President and Chief Executive Officer directs the day-to-day operation of the affiliate; implements and administers affiliate policies and procedures; demonstrates wisdom, tact, and diplomacy in managing internal and external politics; evaluates programs and services administered by the affiliate; and engages multiple stakeholders in the mission, goals, and objectives of the Urban League.

The President and Chief Executive Officer must be proficient in and have an above average ability in the areas of planning, monitoring, fundraising, fiscal administration, proposal writing, organizational skills, written and oral communication, planning and evaluation, human resources administration, community and public relations, vision, advocacy, and strategic planning. She/he will be expected to:

  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors and NUL on programs, policy decisions, fundraising, and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
  • Supervise, develop, and collaborate with staff.
  • Lead strategic planning and implementation for the ULGP.
  • Plan and operate annual budget.
  • Serve as primary spokesperson to the ULGP’s constituents, the media and the general public.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance ULGP’s mission.
  • Oversee programs, marketing and other communications efforts.
  • Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of ULGP.
  • Provide leadership and continuity to the ongoing “All One Pittsburgh” Campaign.
  • The successful applicant for the position of President and CEO must hold a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in business administration, human development, public administration, or finance.
  • Other disciplines may be considered based on experience and a proven track record of leadership and management in community-based organizations.
  • Candidate must have at least five years of senior non-profit or for-profit management experience. This should include experience in the development and implementation of service programs, program evaluation, advocacy, public education, fiscal management, strategic planning, and resource development.
  • Must be able to prove at least four years’ experience working with a volunteer board, community leadership, and mobilization and collaboration efforts.
  • Management and supervisory experience are essential.
  • Additional qualifications include excellent organizational and communications skills, grant/proposal writing experience, and government/community relations experience.

These are minimum requirements for the position of President/CEO. Prior experience within the Urban League Movement is desirable and preferred.

Additional Qualifications

  • Must embrace the mission and objectives of the National Urban League.
  • Transparent and high-integrity leadership.
  • High-level strategic thinking and planning.
  • Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • A history of successfully generating revenue streams and improving financial results.
  • Previous success in establishing and stewarding relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.
  • Experience and skill working with a Board of Directors.
President & CEO Profile Business Drivers
Business Driver Definition Actions / Impact
Integrate New Organizational Structures Leads large-scale change to assure the strategic integration of new organizational structures (can include acquisitions, reorganizations, etc.).
  • Commits to a long-term strategy for integrating new organizational structures by analyzing information, evaluating options, and selecting the best strategy
  • Facilitates the integration and acceptance of major changes in organizational structures
  • Builds and guides a cohesive team that is committed to the successful integration of new organizational structures
Create Alignment and Accountability


Establishes clear goals that align a unit’s efforts with the organization’s vision; ensures synergies between people, processes, and strategies to drive flawless execution of business objectives.
  • Commits to a long-term strategy for increasing alignment and accountability by analyzing information, evaluating options, and selecting the best strategy
  • Aligns communication, people, culture, and processes to drive flawless execution of business objectives
  • Delegates decision-making authority and tasks responsibilities to ensure flawless execution of business strategies
Build a High-Performance Culture



Develops an organizational culture that leads to ongoing excellence and effective growth of the business while maintaining the highest integrity.
  • Sets high standards and accountability for ongoing excellence and business growth while maintaining the highest level of integrity
  • Provides timely guidance and feedback to ensure ongoing excellence, business growth, and high integrity
  • Uses influence strategies to motivate others to perform at their highest levels to grow the business
Build Strategic Business Alliances




Builds strategic alliances outside the organization to create market opportunities and execute business strategies.
  • Uses insight into market drivers to pursue external strategic alliances that will create business opportunities
  • Persuades external strategic alliance partners to take action that will create business opportunities
  • Builds strategic relationships with alliance partners to advance shared goals
  • Leverages business knowledge and experience to identify strategic alliances that will create business opportunities
Salary Range

$175,000 per annum, commensurate with training and experience.

Search Team

The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is located in the National Urban League’s Northern Region.  Alan B. Trivilino serves as the Board Chairperson.  For certification consideration, please submit cover letter and resume to Andrea Clark Smith, Search Committee Chair and Kevin B. Tamanini, Search Committee Co-Lead, via email at [email protected] (subject line: “ULGP President & CEO Vacancy”).

Managing Director, DC Office Managing Partner
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James A. Langston
Managing Director and Practice Leader, Financial Officers
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Stephanie franklin
Senior Associate
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Research Associate
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Marilyn Coxall
Executive Assistant
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