WANTED: A new Executive Director for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is undertaking a nationwide search to hire a new Executive Director.

Since its establishment in 1946, the URA has served as the City of Pittsburgh’s community and economic development agency, reclaiming thousands of acres of brownfield and riverfront sites, building and restoring tens of thousands of homes, and supporting hundreds of businesses.

Today, Pittsburgh’s economy is growing, but too many Pittsburghers have yet to share in the prosperity. Having shepherded Pittsburgh through a postindustrial revitalization and helping it emerge as a national leader in the industries of the future, the URA today is at an inflection point. We are looking for an Executive Director who can think creatively about challenges and opportunities, who is committed to expanding access to opportunities for all Pittsburghers, and who can apply the tools of the URA to strengthen and grow a resilient and equitable economy.

The successful candidate will be a visionary and inspirational leader who can deliver an approach to economic development that is dynamic, well-resourced, and guided by a clear strategic plan. S/he will work collaboratively with a Board of Directors, political and community stakeholders, and a team of talented staff dedicated to Pittsburgh’s economic future. Ideally, s/he will be an individual who is deeply experienced managing senior employees, implementing projects that support citywide economic development goals, and helping an organization navigate transition.

The Executive Director directs and manages all operations of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh with the goal of expanding access to opportunity for all Pittsburghers. Reporting to the URA Board of Directors and in coordination with the Mayor’s Office of the City of Pittsburgh,
the Executive Director leads several core functions on behalf of the City, including expanding access to affordable housing, fostering job creation, entrepreneurship and small businesses, and supporting mixed-use redevelopment.

The URA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants must be a City of Pittsburgh resident, or become one as a condition of employment at the URA.

APPLICATION PROCESS: HR&A Advisors and PRM Consulting are supporting recruitment of candidates for this position. Send nominations, applications, references, and inquiries in confidence to: Mr. Gregory L. Davis, Principal, PRM Consulting on behalf of the HR&A Advisors team at 1814 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 URAExecDir@hraadvisors.com Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Photo of Point Park near downtown Pittsburgh by Storm Cunningham.

See full job description (PDF).

See URA website.

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