Effective Practices Program Manager

Articulating and highlighting the best ways to make grants – Effective Practices – is a critical focus for PEAK Grantmaking. This body of work helps define the role of grants management in philanthropic institutions in the United States and across the world. The Programs Manager oversees the planning, implementation, tracking, and evaluation of short- and long-term programs within the area of Effective Practices. The Programs Manager will work with internal teams, external consultants, volunteer advisory groups, and partner organizations to achieve specific goals and deliverables. This position supports the Communications & Practices Director in developing and implementing new programs and works collaboratively across the organization with colleagues in all departments.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Authority

Key duties and responsibilities are: working collaboratively with senior management to develop and implement effective practices programs, managing consultants and volunteers, writing content, creating and delivering presentations, and evaluating programs.

Program Planning

  • Define the scope of the Effective Practices body of work in collaboration with senior management
  • Identify and scope individual programs within Effective Practices in collaboration with senior management
  • Create detailed work plans that identify and sequence the activities needed to successfully implement and carry out programs
  • Develop a schedule for programs that effectively allocates resources to activities
  • Review schedules with senior management and all other staff that will be affected by program activities; revise the schedule as required
  • Determine the objectives and measures upon which programs will be evaluated at completion

Program Staffing

  • In consultation with the Communications & Practices Director, recruit and select volunteers with appropriate skills for program activities
  • Manage program staff and/or consultants and volunteers according to the established policies and practices of the organization

Program Management

  • Manage assigned Effective Practices programs to meet program and PEAK Grantmaking goals. Execute programs according to plans
  • Track the progress of programs, including developing processes to document program activities; and ensuring that all program information is appropriately documented and secured
  • Monitor the progress of programs and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the successful completion of programs
  • Deliver program workshops, webinars, and other public presentations in person or online as necessary
  • Manager internal communications about Effective Practices programs, including establishing a communication schedule to update stakeholders including appropriate staff in the organization on the progress of programs
  • Review the quality of the work completed with program teams on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards
  • Write reports on programs for management and for funders
  • Write content on programs for promotional use, social media, blogs, newsletters, and other outlets
  • Travel as necessary to partner conferences, PEAK Grantmaking annual conference, board meetings, and staff meetings
  • Ensure that program deliverables are on time, within budget, and at the required level of quality

Program Evaluation

  • Evaluate the outcomes of programs as established during the planning phase


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Experience in and familiarity with philanthropy
  • Project management experience desirable


A comprehensive salary and benefits package will be offered commensurate with salary requirements and experience. Anticipated range is $50,000-70,000 p/year in an exempt position.


PEAK Grantmaking is located in Washington, DC near public transportation.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to move about the office as well as sit for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to use the phone and computer, sometimes for prolonged periods.
  • Must be able to travel.

Work Environment

This is an open space environment with moderate noise (e.g., colleagues’ conversations, computers, and printers) and light traffic. Telecommuting and non-standard (flex) working hours may be feasible for this position.

Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles of PEAK Grantmaking, where employment and promotional opportunities are based on individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected category as established under law.


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