Employment Opportunity

The Heinz Endowments is based in Pittsburgh, where it uses its region as a laboratory for the development of solutions to challenges that are national in scope. Although the majority of its giving is concentrated within southwestern Pennsylvania, it works wherever necessary, including statewide and nationally, to fulfill its mission. This mission is “to help our region thrive as a whole community, economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally, while advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields in which we work.”

This is an organization in motion, seeking constant improvement and continual learning as well as a desire to work at the intersections of its grantmaking. The Heinz Endowments has intentionally taken time to refine its focus during a strategic planning process, emerging from that work with a goal of aligning its grantmaking and community investment work under “A Just Pittsburgh.” As a result of this planning process, it will continue to support fields of emphasis including philanthropy in general and the more focused disciplines represented by its three strategic grantmaking areas: Creativity, Learning, and Sustainability.

The Heinz Endowments seeks to:

  • Help ignite and sustain a new era of regional transformation by facilitating demonstrable and exemplary progress in areas critical to the community's future.
  • Have a material and systemic impact on the priorities identified by its program areas and special initiatives.
  • Be a leading national benchmark for foundation effectiveness, ethics, regional focus and general excellence in philanthropy.
  • Promote the advancement of a sustainable, diverse and inclusive society.
  • Preserve its ability to sustain its philanthropic impact over time by continuing the prudent and longstanding practice of living within its means and managing its assets for the long term.

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This is a key hire as the individual who is chosen will be the first program officer hired to work broadly in the strategic grantmaking area of Creativity, bringing strong content expertise in arts and culture, while also possessing the ability to work collaboratively across the other two areas of focus. This individual must be sophisticated about looking for intersectionality, and respectful and ego-less in their approach to working with organizations. The Arts & Culture Program supports the work of the Endowments’ Creativity Area, which includes grantmaking responsibilities in the areas of creative citizens, creative artists and organizations, and creative places. This position focuses on two strands of work: managing a range of grant programs that support Pittsburgh’s cultural institutions and artists, and contributing to the integration of the Creativity area in all aspects of the Endowments’ work. This full-time, exempt position reports to the Vice President for Creativity, and out of necessity must work collaboratively with colleagues in other programmatic and functional areas of the organization.

Supervision of in excess of $2 million in grant funding annually.


  • Assuming primary responsibility for the Endowments’ work in arts education, including the Endowments’ Transformative Arts Program and out-of-school-time grantmaking.
  • Managing and evaluating the Small Arts Initiative, a program for organizations and artist consortia with budgets of less than $250,000.
  • Working in concert with The Pittsburgh Foundation to manage two jointly sponsored grants programs: Investing in Professional Artists and Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh.
  • Assisting the Vice President for Creativity in the management of the Endowments’ operating support programs for approximately 30 cultural organizations.
  • Maintaining strong relationships with Creativity grantees.
  • Attending performances, presentations, and exhibitions of organizations and artists supported by the Endowments.
  • Creating connections between cultural organizations and artists as well as between the Learning and Sustainability areas.

The ideal candidate for this role has a unique blend of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (BA or BS) is required, preferable in the arts and/or humanities.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in arts management or a related field is required. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated direct and applied experience working in/managing a nonprofit cultural institution or organization.
  • Also preferred is background, experience, or training that relates to arts education or community arts.
  • Passion for and commitment to the role of arts and culture in community life.
  • The intellectual capacity to think broadly about the arts and culture sector in Pittsburgh.
  • A commitment to equity in the arts, and demonstrated cultural competence in working with diverse communities that may be distressed or under-represented in terms of community assets or resources.
  • Understanding of the needs and issues facing individual artists and creative workers.
  • Skill in working in teams, the ability to play an important role in the Endowments’ restructuring as a more cross-programmatic organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build relationships amongst diverse individuals, organizations and communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to adhere to deadlines, manage time and juggle multiple projects.
  • Collegiality and a sense of humor.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Applications from interested and qualified individuals are accepted at this site:

APPLICATION MATERIALS DUE BY: 5 PM on Monday, April 24, 2017

The Heinz Endowments has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this important organizational change process. Interested individuals wishing to confidentially discuss this opportunity may contact Todd Owens, Principal at or 412.512.3879. Please note that applications are not accepted at this email address.

Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent and do not contact The Heinz Endowments or members of its staff or board.

The Heinz Endowments is an equal opportunity employer.

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