Programs and Events Specialist

PEAK Grantmaking
February 24, 2023
Telecommute, United States of America
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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.


The Programs and Events Specialist plays a vital role in ensuring that PEAK’s mission and

values of transforming philanthropy in operationalizing equity-centered, values-driven

grantmaking practices are clearly expressed to our audiences, stakeholders, and community

members. As PEAK’s online member community grows, the Programs and Events Specialist

supports the management and expansion of PEAK’s menu of programming, content, and

events. The Programs and Events Specialist supports the planning and execution of several

events throughout the year that will nurture an emergent learning network among PEAK

members, including the PEAK annual convening, chapter events, and other external engagements.

The Programs and Events Specialist collaborates with staff across the organization to effectively build and maintain educational resources that meet member needs and deliver inspiring thought leadership through PEAK’s programs and events. The Programs and Events Specialist reports to the Programs and Knowledge Director.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Authority

Key duties and responsibilities:

Community Engagement and Knowledge-Sharing

  • Partner with the Programs and Knowledge Manager to support the PEAK member online discussion forum and curate trends and gather qualitative data, resources, and samples from discussions for sense-making and sharing with the broader membership
  • Highlight and share conversations that demonstrate peer-to-peer sharing and problem-solving
  • Utilize community data to support member engagement efforts and educational content development

Content Development

  • In collaboration with members of the Programs Team, support the design of public- facing workshops and webinars to support the adoption of Principles for Peak


  • Provide support for emergent learning through listening, surveying, and researching the current and changing state of grants management practices in the field
  • Provide logistical support for volunteer advisory committees, volunteers, speakers, and consultants tasked with assisting in the development of educational content
  • Manage the content creation and design process of essential publications for PEAK including the annual Salary Survey and accompanying report and updates to the Principles for Peak Grantmaking Annual Convening and Event Planning
  • Partner with members of the Programs Team to plan and execute PEAK’s annual convening, which will have more than 1,000 attendees and include more than 50 sessions, multiple keynotes, pre- and post-conference workshops, exhibitors, and networking activities
  • Support the Convening and Events Manager in managing all aspects of event coordination and management for the annual convening
  • Assist with the recruitment and coordination of event volunteers, speakers, and subject matter experts
  • Support the coordination of convening and event logistics, including managing contractors and vendors, organizing lodging and travel details, organizing audiovisual and other communications needs, proactively managing postage and shipping needs, and overseeing event setup and takedown
  • Collaborate with the Convening and Events Manager to develop and adhere to event plans, timelines, and budgets
  • Partner with the Communications Team to develop promotional and supplemental materials for events and conferences
  • Collaborate with the Membership & Community Engagement Team to understand member needs and deliver member value at all events and conferences
  • Support with the planning and development of webinars and workshops that support PEAK’s educational offerings and partnership strategies Programs Planning and Execution
  • Approach work assignments with an equity lens, and work to build personal knowledge and experience in this area
  • Promote organizational innovation and change by facilitating discussion and collaboration amongst team members
  • 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
  • Provide management support for ongoing projects, including project setup, organization, and tracking

Requirements and Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years proven experience within philanthropy, grantmaking practice, and/or the grantmaking profession
  • Understanding of and strong commitment to racial equity and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles
  • Commitment to PEAK’s goals and strategy, and the ability and willingness to adapt as those goals evolve
  • Excellent written and public-speaking communication skills
  • Excellent time management, project organization, project management, problem-solving, volunteer management, relationship building, and team-building skills
  • Skilled 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
  • Ability to independently and collaboratively author engaging materials that encourage funders to adopt improved grantmaking practices
  • Experience in developing and delivering educational content
  • Experience with event, workshop, and webinar planning, preferably for a nonprofit or philanthropy-serving organization
  • A self-starter who knows how to design and implement processes, and create opportunities for valuable community engagement
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize and adjust timetables based on demand and other factors, as well as handle new or unplanned projects with agility and flexibility
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively work independently, as well as part of a team, in a remote environment
  • Ability to travel is required. Travel for this position could include attending the annual national convening, staff retreats, and member events


A comprehensive salary and benefits package will be offered. The starting salary range for this position is $80,000 - $85,000, commensurate with experience.

Location and Work Environment

This position is fully remote. PEAK began offering remote work in 2014 and has committed to an indefinite remote work posture. PEAK will allow you to work at home, on the road, or in a satellite location for all or part of the regular workweek. Many staff are virtual, and you will be required to maintain PEAK’s core working hours from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to accommodate peers across US time zones, and will use software and video conferencing to collaborate and stay connected with staff and PEAK members.

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.

Application Process

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