Associate Manager, Programming & External Relations

The Associate Manager, Programming & External Relations, is the right hand person to the departmental Vice President and supports and guides all members of the team to execute the department’s vital work.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You are a proven project manager who excels at both minding the important nitty‐gritty details of a project and also connecting the details to their broader purpose. You excel at managing projects with high attention to detail, accuracy, timeliness, nuance, teamwork, empathy, and clear communication.
  • You are skilled at event planning and playing a key role in all the big and small details of important events from beginning to end.
  • You love using technology effectively to advance a mission. You are not afraid of learning and using new software skillfully and bringing many others alongside you as you do so.
  • You are a really strong communicator, both in writing and speaking. You have experience with building relationships and communicating effectively with external parties and VIPs.
  • Others regard you as being a fount of knowledge, experience, and someone who is widely‐read (and yet humble about it). You are full of awesome ideas for conference speakers, blog post ideas, and other ways we can better reach our audiences.
  • You are a genuinely wonderful colleague to have around. You work well within a close knit team as well as across other departments. You are flexible and adaptable in a fast‐paced environment. You are also excellent at managing up. Your highly positive attitude, shared commitment to excellence, and thoughtfulness are an asset to CEP.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Spearheading the event planning and execution of CEP’s biennial conference and programs. This includes serving as the primary organizational liaison with speakers, managing the attendee database and reservations, overseeing the conference website, serving as the lead coordinator for all sessions, and spearheading the logistical planning of the event overall.
  • Serving as the organizational lead on the use of Salesforce and Hubspot within CEP. This  includes understanding and being able to use these programs effectively and also serving as the main resource to the organization for these vital programs, including training others and working across teams.
  • Working on a diverse range of projects pertaining to CEP’s work with external audiences, ranging from helping to maintain the website, to scheduling and promoting CEP staff members at speaking engagements, to representing CEP externally when needed at conferences and convenings.
  • Actively contributing to team discussions and helping develop CEP’s internal knowledge base and operations.


  • A Bachelor’s degree and at least three years in a relevant role is required.
  • Strong computer/technical skills; demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook; familiarity with Salesforce, Wordpress, and Hubspot a big plus.
  • Background and demonstrated interest in philanthropy and nonprofits a plus.

About CEP:

For fifteen years, CEP has led the movement to improve philanthropy through a powerful combination of dispassionate analysis and a passionate commitment to improving lives. Today, over 300 foundations have used CEP’s assessment tools to gather honest feedback from their stakeholders in an effort to learn how to be even more effective. CEOs and trustees have come to rely on our research for insights into foundation effectiveness on a wide range of topics, from assessing performance to developing strategy to managing stakeholder relationships. Our highly regarded programming—including our biennial conference—gives foundation leaders an exclusive and unprecedented opportunity to connect with their peers. CEP is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a second office in San Francisco, California. Strengths of CEP’s work culture are entrepreneurialism, accountability, teamwork, collegiality, diversity, and mutual respect.

We believe diversity and inclusion are key drivers of creativity and innovation and we actively seek out candidates from many types of diverse backgrounds to apply for this exciting role.

Compensation is competitive and includes generous benefits. CEP is based in Cambridge Massachusetts, with a second office in San Francisco, California. This position is available in CEP’s Cambridge office.

To Apply:

Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, to leahaa [at] effectivephilanthropy [dot] org, attention: Alyse d’Amico, Director of Human Capital. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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