Washington DC

Vice President of Operations, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

The Organization

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 communities. Join us to create a greater impact for these communities by helping grantmakers better serve nonprofits. To learn more, visit www.geofunders.org.

Position Description 

The vice president of operations (VP) is a member of GEO’s senior leadership team and leads the operations team. The senior leadership team operates as a shared leadership body to steward organizational strategy, policy, culture, financial health, and resilience. The VP holds the long-term vision for operations, administration, finance, accounting, human resources/talent, facilities management, information technology, knowledge management, and learning. The VP manages complexity in integrating and harmonizing technical knowledge and advancing equitable operations to achieve GEO’s mission. The VP monitors GEO’s finances and supports the staff, board of directors, and other stakeholders in strengthening GEO’s financial performance. This position reports to the CEO and Executive Vice President and has three direct reports: the director of operations, the director of people and culture, and the associate director of learning. The VP has strong management skills, experience stewarding a range of organizational infrastructure needs in nonprofit/philanthropic settings, and the ability to contribute to cross-team alignment, collaboration, and information-sharing. This job is based in the Washington, DC region and includes between 5-10% travel.

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

  • Met with the senior team to discuss organizational annual priorities and followed up with the associate director of learning to map out and define progress indicators
  • Held operations team meetings to align departmental work toward areas of greatest organizational need and discuss how to share timelines with other staff
  • Talked with a GEO member interested in equitable operations as a driver of shifting philanthropic culture and practice; prepared for a related presentation at a partner organization’s conference
  • Met with the director of operations and operations manager to finalize audit plans
  • Facilitated conversation with the board finance committee about revisions to GEO’s investment policy
  • Worked with the director of people and culture to review proposed changes to policies/benefit options
  • Participated in a working group session to inform GEO’s strategic direction and considered implications for the business model
  • Scheduled check-ins with team members to support their individual goal-setting and identify connections between those goals and GEO’s mission


  • Experience: Minimum of 10-12 years of relevant work experience managing operations, administration, finance, human resources/talent, knowledge management, and learning in nonprofit/philanthropy settings. Broad understanding of the full range of business functions; demonstrated experience effectively planning and integrating organization infrastructure and operational needs
  • Leadership & management: Experience leading and managing teams and supporting teams through change; organizational leadership experience preferred
  • Financial expertise: Track record of success in financial planning, budgeting, and analysis
  • People & culture expertise: Demonstrated success in human resource management and employee relations; ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Relational & communications strengths: Ability to connect with people, building and maintaining strong relationships with staff and GEO community members (funders, members, prospects, and partners); excellent communication and facilitation skills
  • Field knowledge: Knowledge of philanthropy, philanthropic support organizations, and the nonprofit sector; commitment to GEO’s mission and vision to transform philanthropic culture and practice
  • Racial equity experience & capacity:
  • Experience supporting an organization working to center racial equity in culture, practices, and work; ability to contribute to internal and external conversations around centering racial equity
  • Ability to attend to results, relationships, and processes in all facets of work
  • Technology: Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Salesforce, Bill.com, Intaact, and Concur experience are pluses

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. A first review of applicants will take place by April 10, but we’ll continue accepting applications until the position is filled. In your cover letter, please address the following:

  • Why you are a good fit for this position
  • Your experience advancing nonprofit/philanthropic missions through operations
  • Your experience integrating racial equity into operations
  • What appeals to you about working at GEO?
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