Executive Assistant and Board Liaison (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 Description

The executive assistant plays a critical role in the support of the CEO, board and senior leadership team. The executive assistant helps further the organization’s mission by providing exceptional support which includes duties such as maintaining email, calendars, meetings and managing expense reports, and other daily responsibilities and tasks. With a strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills, the executive assistant is proactive in anticipating the needs of the CEO and senior team. They have the ability to handle confidential and time sensitive information with the highest degree of integrity and are willing to support advancement of the organization’s culture and work on racial equity. The executive assistant reports to the president and CEO. This position involves 5-10% travel.

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

  • Met with Communications Team to coordinate remaining Roadshow meetings for president and CEO’s calendar
  • Worked with president and CEO and Board Chair to create February 2020’s board meeting agenda
  • Compiled president and CEO’s credit card receipts for monthly credit reconciliation report
  • Prepared draft speech for president and CEO’s participation at a member organization’s annual grantmaking event
  • Scheduled routine check-in meetings for all president and CEO’s direct reports for 2020
  • Identified meeting space for upcoming Senior Team retreat
  • Coordinated prospect member meeting with president and CEO and VP of External of Affairs
  • Crafted draft president and CEO’s holiday messaging to GEO members
  • Responded to member inquiry directed to the president and CEO


  • Minimum of five years of experience supporting C-Level Executives, preferably in a non-profit organization
  • Expert level written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience and interest in internal and external communications, partnership development, and fundraising
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media web platforms.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners and donors
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to support an organization in the midst of cultural transformation to integrate a racial equity lens into its mission

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  February 28, 2020 In your cover letter please address the following:

  • Why are you a good fit for this position?
  • Tell us about your experience in providing effective C-level support
  • What is your process to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders?
  • What appeals to you about working at GEO?


Salary and Benefits

GEO offers a competitive salary ($60k-$70k) 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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