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Senior Programs & Knowledge Manager (PEAK Grantmaking)

Company Name

PEAK Grantmaking

Company City

Washington, DC

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Company Information

PEAK Grantmaking is a vibrant, member-led community of more than 7,000 professionals who
specialize in grants management for funding organizations. We elevate the expertise of grants
management professionals and foster their collaboration to strengthen the practice of
grantmaking. We enable philanthropy to achieve its full potential to fuel change for good. We
are the only organization dedicated solely to advancing the “how” of grantmaking.

PEAK improves how grants get made by building experts in grants management and equipping
them with the most effective practices to implement in their grantmaking organizations. When
grantmaking practices are at their “peak,” more resources are focused on mission over
administration for both grantmakers and grantseekers, leading to greater impact for the causes
and communities served.

PEAK’s Programs Team works to advance the Principles for Peak Grantmaking and ensure that
the organization’s programming and resources encourage funders to adopt improved
grantmaking practices and advocate for sector transformation. The Programs Team assures the
strategy and execution of the organization’s events and sector convenings to elevate effective,
efficient, and equitable philanthropic practices.

Job Description

The Senior Programs and Knowledge Manager plays a vital role in ensuring that PEAK’s
mission and values of transforming philanthropy in operationalizing equity-centered, valuesdriven grantmaking practices are clearly expressed to our audiences, stakeholders, and
community members. The Senior Programs and Knowledge Manager oversees the
management and development of PEAK’s educational content, community engagement plans,
and emergent learning network. The Senior Programs and Knowledge Manager supports the
continued growth of PEAK’s online member community and ensures the proliferation of the
organization’s knowledge of, and commitment to, practice change in philanthropy. The Senior
Programs and Knowledge Manager plays an integral role in the team’s data and research
efforts to keep a consistent pulse on member needs and inform the development and
implementation of projects that will enhance PEAK’s knowledgebase and program offerings.
The Senior Programs and Knowledge Manager continuously evaluates existing educational
programming and content to ensure it is up to date with current best practices, and devises
strategies for improving the accessibility of PEAK’s educational offerings.

The Senior Programs and Knowledge Manager reports to the Programs and Knowledge
Director, and supervises the Programs and Knowledge Manager.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Authority

Key duties and responsibilities:

Community Engagement and Knowledge-Sharing

• In collaboration with Programs Team members, provide leadership for PEAK’s
communities of practice and working groups, and provide guidance on planning and
strategy to support practice change and skill development efforts and ensure their
sustained growth
• Collaborate with the Membership and Community Engagement Team to support chapter
programming, including the creation of specialized resources and delivery of
• Obtain and analyze qualitative data, resources, and samples from discussions taking
place in the PEAK member online discussion forum for curation, sense-making, and
• Elevate conversations that demonstrate peer-to-peer sharing and problem-solving
• Support organization-wide listening, survey, and research strategies that collect and
share information about our members and the philanthropic sector more broadly, and
utilize community data to drive member engagement and educational content
• Ensure that the nonprofit voice and experience—especially that of movement builders
and equity-advancing partners—is communicated to PEAK members via educational
content and elevated alongside the knowledge gleaned from members and PEAK’s
communities of practice
• Assist the Programs and Knowledge Director with advancing PEAK’s connections in the
greater philanthropic sector, developing partnerships, deepening relationships, and
expanding PEAK’s outreach with the goal of enriching the member community
• Stay connected to philanthropic and nonprofit colleagues, sector trends, and issues to
facilitate the development of meaningful strategic partnerships

Content Development

• In collaboration with the Programs and Knowledge Director, develop a strong content
development strategy and project plan
• Lead writing, editing, and designing educational content for online courses, discussion
guides, job aids, toolkits, and other resources
• Support volunteer advisory committees, volunteers, speakers, and consultants tasked
with assisting in the development of educational content
• Develop and facilitate workshops, trainings, and webinars (public-facing) to promote the
adoption of the Principles for PEAK Grantmaking and other best practices
• Collaborate with the Communications Team to write content on programs and products
for promotional use, social media, blogs, newsletters, and other outlets
• Stay informed about philanthropic and nonprofit sector trends and issues, and connect
with colleagues to ensure the Programs Team maintains a consistent pulse on relevant
topics for grantmakers and philanthropy practitioners

Development and Revenue Generation

• Develop relevant and timely educational products that drive membership engagement
and revenue
• Lead grant writing and reporting efforts for the Programs Team, including developing
content and analyzing data-supported impact metrics
• Engage in membership marketing at all convenings and events
• Collaborate with the Programs and Knowledge Director and team members to promote,
identify, and implement development opportunities for the Programs Team

Programs Management, Execution, and Evaluation

• Approach work assignments with an equity lens, and work to build personal knowledge
and experience in this area
• In partnership with the Programs and Knowledge Director, establish clear metrics and
objectives to evaluate program success
• Assess and evaluate the impact of PEAK’s programs and resources on practice change,
ensuring relevance and salience, and to identify any gaps that PEAK needs to address
to advance operationalizing equity-centered, values-driven grantmaking practices
• Oversee research and discovery efforts to inform foundational knowledge required to
develop case studies, white papers, webinars, workshops, online programs, and other
resources and materials that will advance the Principles for PEAK Grantmaking
• Support the Programs and Knowledge Director in creating and executing an internal
learning agenda that ensures staff are informed and have an understanding of core
concepts, resources, and ideas that PEAK is promoting to members, partners, and the
• Collaborate regularly with internal teams to develop, manage, and promote content and
engage with members
• Ensure that program deliverables are on time, within budget, and of the highest quality
• Contribute to and participate in partner conferences, speaking engagements, PEAK
Grantmaking’s annual convening, board meetings, and staff meetings as a thought
leader and voice for members’ education needs
• Produce regular work plans and reports that will track progress towards stated program
goals and objectives
• Exercise fiscal responsibility in developing and managing programmatic budgets
• Supply data for inclusion in PEAK’s board materials and annual reports

Management and Leadership

• Promote organizational innovation and change by facilitating discussion and
collaboration amongst team members
• Manage the Programs and Knowledge Manager to ensure that PEAK’s programming
and resources support PEAK’s mission and theory of change
• Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and
applicable laws including interviewing, hiring, training, and coaching employees;
planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; and addressing
complaints and resolving problems

Job Qualifications

• A minimum of 7 years’ proven experience within philanthropy, grantmaking practice, and
the grantmaking profession
• Understanding of and strong commitment to racial equity and diversity, equity, and
inclusion (DEI) principles
• Experience leading team members and supervising a direct report(s)
• Experience in developing educational content, curriculum design, content delivery, and
program evaluation
• Excellent written and public-speaking communication skills
• Excellent time management, project organization, project management, budgeting,
problem-solving, volunteer management, relationship building, and team-building skills
• Adept at defining scope, communicating with stakeholders, and utilizing project
management tools like Asana
• Advanced proficiency using M365 applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
SharePoint, Teams)
• Experience and proficiency using collaboration apps like Dropbox, Zoom, and Slack
• Strong ability to manage challenging situations and stakeholders in a manner that
prioritizes professionalism and customer service
• Be engaged, flexible, resourceful, innovative, self-motivated, and success-driven
• Commitment to PEAK’s goals and strategy, and the ability and willingness to adapt as
those goals evolve
• Ability to effectively work independently, as well as part of a team, in a remote
• Discretion and sound judgment on setting and adjusting priorities is required
• Ability to travel 20-30% of the time is required. Travel for this position could include
attending the annual convening, staff retreats, board meetings, and member events.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please upload the following documents, preferably in a single PDF
with links using the position description.

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé: Please indicate your city and state—no street address to protect your privacy—and
    email and cell phone number.

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