washington, DC

Program Coordinator, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

The Organization

About GEO

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is a community of funders committed to transforming philanthropic culture and practice by connecting members to the resources and relationships needed to support thriving nonprofits and communities. We envision courageous grantmakers working in service of nonprofits and communities to create a just, connected and inclusive society where we can all thrive. With more than 6,000 grantmakers who belong to philanthropic organizations of all sizes and types across the globe, we work to lift up the grantmaking practices that matter most to nonprofits and that truly improve philanthropic practice.  Join us to create a greater impact for these communities by helping grantmakers grow along with the nonprofits they serve.

Position Overview

The Program Coordinator works as part of the program team to support the research and development of GEO publications and content and supports program design and facilitation for GEO members. The Program Coordinator is a strong project manager who has a knack for keeping track of details and loose ends, can toggle easily back and forth between multiple projects involving multiple people, likes to keep up with what is happening in the nonprofit/philanthropic field, draws inspiration from connecting with people and is always on the lookout for opportunities to make connections to GEO’s work. In addition to supporting content research and development, they work to develop and deliver impactful peer learning, conferences and other programming. They are committed to providing excellent customer service, both to external stakeholders as well as other GEO staff. The Program Coordinator reports to the Director of Programs and is part of the program team. This position involves up to 5% travel.

This position is DC based preferred.

If you were working with us, here are some of the things you would have done last week:

• Served as project manager for peer review process for an upcoming GEO publication allowing members of the GEO community to review an early version and provide input, synthesizing this input and recommending changes to the draft publication.

• Tracking publication development progress in Wrike and through coordination with authors and members of the publication sub-team.

• Worked alongside director of programs to suggest updates to GEO content based on member stories and GEO’s mission of community-driven, equity-centered practices.

• Conducted research to inform development of new GEO publication.

• Met with the director of programs, program manager and communications team to coordinate and gather information for print program, website, conference app, and conference marketing efforts.

• Reviewed content for a capacity building webinar to plan to deliver a similar webinar to members at a peer organization.

• Contributed to work and/or working groups that are helping to advance GEO’s organizational culture and work on racial equity.

• Researched potential professional development opportunities for yourself in preparation for a goals conversation with your supervisor.

• Attended a weekly check-in with your supervisor.


• Minimum 3 – 5 years of relevant work experience, including professional writing experience (developing published content from concept to release), with a strong attention to detail.

• Experience in program design and delivery that utilizes adult learning practices.

• Experience centering racial equity in content and conversations.

• Strong written and interpersonal communication skills with commitment to a high level of customer service.

• Ability to manage multiple priorities with flexibility and effective project management.

• Experience with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop preferred.

• Willingness to support an organization in the midst of transformation to center racial equity in its culture, practices and work.

• Knowledge of philanthropy and nonprofit effectiveness is a plus.

• Passion for GEO’s mission and vision to improve philanthropic culture and practice.

Salary and Benefits

GEO offers a competitive salary (mid 50k to low 60k) and a generous benefits package, including 100 percent employer paid health insurance, three weeks of vacation, twelve sick days, a 7 percent employer retirement contribution, a commitment to professional development and growth, along with a Metro accessible location in downtown D.C.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should apply on our jobs page at https://www.geofunders.org/about-us/jobs, a resume and cover letter must be included with your application. We will accept applications until the position is filled. We will not consider applications without a cover letter. In your cover letter, please address the following:

·         Why are you a good fit for this position?

·         Tell us about your project management experience, especially as it relates to conducting research and developing and shaping content and/or programming.

·         What appeals to you about working at GEO?

Note:  Our team has gone full-time remote in light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. For the time being, we will be conducting the hiring process virtually.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is an equal opportunity employer. GEO is committed to equal employment opportunities in recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, compensation and disciplinary action with regard to the terms and conditions of employment. GEO does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation or any other legally protected characteristic. 

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