Development Manager (GEO)

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.

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

Position Description

The Development Manager works as part of the 3-person development team to raise money through grants and conference sponsorships to support GEO’s work. The Development Manager contributes to the development of the annual fundraising strategy and helps execute the plan to raise between $2.5M - $3.0M in grants and sponsorships annually. S/he is responsible for writing all of GEO’s grant reports and proposals, manages the Leadership Circle and Key Account programs, and works with the Director of Development to steward GEO’s program officers. The Development Manager is an excellent writer with previous experience writing grant reports and proposals. S/he has experience as a project manager, specifically in mobilizing colleagues around a shared goal. This person has a commitment to providing excellent customer service, both to external stakeholders and internal staff. The Development Manager reports to the Director of Development and should expect to travel once per quarter.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: GEO Development Manager. GEO will review applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. We will give preference to applications received by September 21, 2018. We will not consider applications without a cover letter. In your cover letter, please address the following:

  • Where did you see the position posted?
  • Why are you a good fit for this position?
  • How have you drawn connections between a donor/foundation’s interest and the nonprofit you were raising money for?
  • What appeals to you about working at GEO?

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

  • Gathered information from your colleagues about a grant report that you are writing
  • Developed talking points for why GEO is focused on racial equity that the development team can use when discussing GEO’s strategy with funders
  • Reached out to potential members to make an ask to be part of GEO’s Leadership Circle
  • Worked with GEO’s conference host committee to raise sponsorships for an upcoming event
  • Wrote a customized letter of intent for a new funder of GEO’s
  • Contribute to work and/or working groups outside of development 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


  • Five to eight years of relevant work experience with a background in development/fundraising
  • Demonstrated experience corresponding with foundations with specific experience writing grant proposals, grant reports and key messages from senior staff
  • Proven project management experience, including attention to detail, ability to manage multiple relationships simultaneously and timely follow through
  • A critical thinker who is able to draw connections between a funders priorities and an organization’s work
  • Experience documenting and sharing an organization’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Curiosity to understand different perspectives and cultures
  • A self-starter who is also willing to help and support other colleagues’ work
  • Commitment to and experience working in the nonprofit sector
  • Experience using a fundraising database (Salesforce preferred)

Salary and Benefits

GEO offers a competitive salary ($60Ks) 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.

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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