Senior Manager, Programs (GEO)

GEO - Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Washington, DC 

Senior Manager, Programs

Posted: May 2016 

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

The senior manager is part of the nine-member program team and plays a lead role in developing a strategic vision for, designing and delivering GEO’s conferences as well as some additional programming. Working closely with the program and events teams as well as with GEO members and key stakeholders, s/he plans, implements, and manages best in class opportunities for grantmakers to learn and connect with one another. The senior manager supervises two other members of the program team: a program specialist and a program assistant. This position reports to the associate vice president of programs. This is a great opportunity for someone who loves working both with people and ideas and can toggle back and forth between big-picture strategic thinking and the little details that make a difference. Our ideal candidate is highly organized, focused on creating meaningful participant experiences, passionate about improving philanthropy and has experience designing conferences or events with adult learning in mind. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: GEO Senior Manager, Programs. We’ll give first priority to applications received by June 17, 2016 but the position will remain open until filled. 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?
  • How have you led the content development for a conference or other adult learning experience?
  • 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

  • Developed a concept document outlining a future conference, including key thematic priorities as well as experiments with new session formats and ways to increase participant learning
    • Researched potential short talk speakers to prepare for a conference planning committee discussion you’ll be facilitating next month
    • Led part of an internal conference planning meeting with the cross-departmental team that is organizing two major events in 2017
    • Reviewed an early draft of a conference program and provided feedback to the communications team
    • Proactively reached out to GEO members that you know would be interested in submitting session ideas for our call for proposals
    • Met with both of your direct reports to learn how parts of the work were progressing and to provide support and coaching as needed
    • Met with GEO’s senior manager of operations to review an event budget and see where adjustments need to be made
    • Attended a staff brownbag to learn more about a colleague’s recent sabbatical
    • Booked your travel to attend a partner organization’s event to network and assess topics of interest in the field


  • Minimum seven years of relevant work experience in content development and design for conferences, events or other adult learning programs
  • Proven project manager who thrives in fast-paced, multitasking environments including attention to detail and ability to manage multiple relationships and projects simultaneously
  • Polished, personable, good with people and strong verbal communicator
  • Effectively manages to deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings to ensure full group participation and reach desired outcomes
  • Experience managing others to get work done (previous management experience required)
  • Knowledge of philanthropy and organizational effectiveness is preferred

Salary and Benefits

GEO offers a competitive salary 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 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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