Events and Communications Assistant

About GEO

GEO is a diverse community of more than 500 grantmakers working to reshape the way philanthropy operates. We are committed to advancing smarter grantmaking practices that enable nonprofits to grow stronger and more effective at achieving better results. The GEO community provides grantmakers with the resources and connections to build knowledge and improve practice in areas that are proven to be most critical to nonprofit success. GEO does this by developing conferences and peer learning programs, producing original research for publications and other resources, and providing networking tools to connect members with like-minded peers. For more information visit

Position Description

Under the direction of the events and communications manager, the events and communications assistant provides events logistic, communications and administrative support to GEO staff members. This individual is self-directed, attentive to details and has strong writing skills. S/he plays an important role in supporting GEO’s national and topic-specific conferences, smaller member convenings and peer learning events. The events and communications assistant also writes and produces GEO’s monthly newsletter and manages social media outlets, among other communications responsibilities.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: GEO Events and Communications Assistant. Applications must be received by July 20, 2015. We will not consider applications without a cover letter. In your cover letter please address the following:

  •  Where did you see you the position posted?
  •  Why are you a good fit for this position?
  •  What does good customer service entail?
  •  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

  • Interviewed a GEO member and written an article about their work
  • Created and distributed GEONews, our monthly e-newsletter
  • Began building the website for our upcoming Collaboration Conference
  • Drafted a marketing email encouraging a segment of our audience to download Learning Together: Actionable Approaches for Grantmakers, our newest publication
  • Researched Washington, D.C., venues for our Change Incubator in-person launch meeting in September 2015
  • Helped execute The Learning Conference 2015 in Boston, a topical conference attended by 300 grantmakers
  • Participated in a planning meeting with our conference program team
  • Participated in a staff brown bag lunch, learning about a new content area GEO is exploring


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • One to three years relevant work experience
  • Strong attention to detail; ability to produce error-free content
  • Strong customer service ethic
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience or strong interest in working in the nonprofit sector
  • Ability to be a self-starter and team player
  • Preferred candidates will have experience with blogging, Twitter, other social media tools, HTML, Joomla! and Adobe Creative Suite

Salary and Benefits

GEO offers a competitive salary (high $30Ks) and a generous benefits package, including 100 percent employer paid health insurance, three weeks vacation, twelve sick days and a generous employer retirement contribution, along with a Metro accessible location in downtown D.C.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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