Washington, DC

Vice President, External Affairs, Grantmakers for Effective Organization

The Organization

About GEO

The GEO community makes the difference between grantmaking as usual and transformational change. We’re more than 6,600 grantmakers working together to turn a hunger for more effective philanthropy into clear pathways for achieving it. We’re cutting through the noise to lift up the practices that matter most to nonprofits and communities.

The GEO community gives grantmakers the opportunity to work with others navigating the same journey to improve. With conferences focused on solving of-the-moment challenges, regular opportunities for peer learning, and publications that lift up best practice and examples from peers, GEO speeds grantmakers’ progress on the road to effectiveness. Four out of five GEO members outpace the field in adopting smarter grantmaking practices. To learn more about how GEO is making faster progress possible, visit www.geofunders.org.

Position Overview

The vice president of external affairs (VP) is a member of GEO’s senior leadership team, and leads the revenue and communications teams. The VP holds the strategic vision for fundraising, membership and communications and how they all work together to advance GEO’s mission with an eye towards expanding the collaboration that has been established between membership and development. This position reports to the CEO and has two direct reports, the directors of membership & development and communications. The VP has strong management, organizational and interpersonal skills. The VP has significant experience in revenue development and strategic communications and the ability to contribute to cross-team alignment, collaboration and information-sharing. This job includes between 30-40% travel.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to hr@geofunders.org with the subject line: GEO VP External Affairs. GEO will review applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. We will give preference to applications received by January 6, 2020.  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 experience in building relationships that support membership and revenue growth

·         Describe your approach for developing and implementing a communication strategy that supports an organization during a transformational change

·         What appeals to you about working at GEO?

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