Washington, DC

Director of Programs (Peer Learning), Grantmakers for Effective Organization

The Organization

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.

About GEO

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 director of programs (peer learning) plays a key role in developing a strategic vision for, designing and delivering GEO’s peer learning and community building programming, including cohorts, workshops, speaking engagements, webinars and member calls. Working closely with program staff as well as with members and key stakeholders, they plan, implement, and manage impactful opportunities for grantmakers to learn and connect with one another across a variety of in-person and remote settings. The director reports to the vice president of the programs and supervises members of the peer learning subteam. As a director at GEO, they hold responsibility for stewarding organizational culture, talent development, planning/budgeting, strengthening the connections between programming and revenue, and fostering alignment and relationships across the team and organization. This position involves about 20% travel.

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

·         Facilitated a meeting of the peer learning team to discuss lessons learned from last quarter’s programming

·         Discussed the draft 2020 peer learning budget and work plan with other directors and members of the senior team; suggested revisions to peer learning revenue goals

·         Prepared for the upcoming staff-wide Intercultural Development Inventory training

·         Fielded a call with a partner organization interested in hosting a workshop featuring content from GEO’s most recent publication

·         Held a planning session with the other speakers in a breakout you’re facilitating at an industry conference in November

·         Connected with members to begin designing a new member network within the GEO community

·         Met with your direct reports for quarterly feedback conversations


·  8-10 years of relevant work experience, including designing and delivering programming (i.e. workshops, conference sessions, webinars, cohorts/communities of practice)

·         Knowledge of adult learning and change management practices

·         Track record of supervising and developing a diverse group of people in an inclusive way

·         Experience leading and/or navigating an organizational change process

  • Skilled facilitator and presenter who brings their energy and enthusiasm into content delivery
  • Able to hold the strategic through line of a variety of programming with different levels of direct involvement
  • Experience centering racial equity in content and conversations
  • Able to delegate and work collaboratively on a team while supporting professional growth of colleagues
  • Knowledge of philanthropy and organizational effectiveness
  • Commitment to and experience working in the nonprofit sector
  • Willingness to support an organization in the midst of cultural transformation to integrate a racial equity lens into its mission.

Salary and Benefits

GEO offers a competitive salary ($80k’s-90k’s) 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. Priority will be given to applications received by January 6, 2020. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • Why are you a good fit for this position?
  • Tell us about your experience developing and delivering peer learning programming
  • Describe your approach to management and supervision
  • What appeals to you about working at GEO?
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