Development Manager

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations | Washington, DC


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

Job Summary

The Development Manager works as part of the 7-person operations team and closely with 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 closely with the Director of Operations to steward GEO’s program officers. The Development Manager is an excellent writer with previous experience with development writing. 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 Operations and should expect to travel once to twice per quarter.

Reports To

Director of Operations


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 to share with our senior management about upcoming asks they will be making
  • 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
  • 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 excellence in verbal and written communication with a range of stakeholders
  • 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 organizations work
  • Knowledge of foundation grantmaking
  • 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)


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.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to 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 Thursday January 18, 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?
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations