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Partnerships Manager

Peak Grantmaking
Virginia, United States
$90,000.00 - $102,500.00
Closing date
Mar 29, 2024


PEAK Grantmaking is a vibrant membership community of more than 8,000 professionals who specialize in grants management for funding organizations and advance shared leadership and learning across the philanthropic sector. PEAK elevates their expertise and fosters collaboration to strengthen the practice of grantmaking, empowering grants management professionals to lead the way in operationalizing equity-centered, values-driven grantmaking practices. We enable philanthropy to achieve its full potential to fuel change for good. 

PEAK Grantmaking finds itself in the midst of a pivotal time of growth and organizational transformation. The organization seeks a Partnerships Manager to work closely with the Partnerships Director to help develop, execute, and evaluate PEAK Grantmaking’s engagement strategy with philanthropic and peer organizations that support PEAK’s Principles for Peak Grantmaking. This person will focus on managing existing partnerships and developing relationships with the next generation of collaborators, serving as the principal link between PEAK and its strategic partners. 

The Partnerships Manager is a new role developed by the organization to manage strategic relationships at all levels and develop a dynamic continuum of experience for PEAK’s members.

This position reports to and works closely with the Partnerships Director and will oversee aspects of partnerships, outreach, events, and communications.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Authority

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Establish and nurture connections with individuals, organizations (including philanthropy-supporting organizations (PSOs)), and members who influence PEAK’s Principles for Peak Grantmaking strategies, funding priorities, and award regulations
  • Serve as the first point of contact for strategic partners, ensuring the utmost professionalism and prompt response time
  • Act as an ambassador for PEAK, fostering and enhancing institutional relationships, positioning for and pursuing valuable prospects, skillfully negotiating favorable agreements and partnerships, addressing operational challenges, and promoting shared objectives
  • Work with partners to compose data-driven strategic goals for collaborative initiatives
  • Coordinate with internal staff to align partnerships strategies across all communications and programmatic offerings
  • Assist the Partnerships Director in the planning and execution of public speaking engagements/presentations, including relevant activities that take place during PEAK’s annual convening
  • Manage the sponsorship program for PEAK’s annual convening in collaboration with other teams in the organization
  • Represent PEAK at various events and engagements, and deftly use these opportunities to cultivate new and strengthen existing relationships with PEAK partners
  • Harness and analyze relevant data to identify opportunities to enlist partners for and enhance member participation in various PEAK initiatives
  • Institute and monitor innovative benchmarking and reporting tools to gauge the performance and impact of partner initiatives
  • Support engagement plans, tools, and resources for members, partners, and other audiences
  • Act as the primary administrator of the Partnerships team’s project management activities in Asana
  • Serve as liaison between the Partnerships team and other teams within PEAK
  • Collaborate with the Communications, Knowledge and Learning, and Membership and Community Engagement teams on projects and events that promote and increase PEAK’s influence in the philanthropic sector
  • Incorporate equity and inclusion into work assignments and organization-wide efforts, and work to build personal knowledge and experience in these areas


Requirements and Qualifications Essential skills and experience:

  • 5+ years proven experience in the field of philanthropy is required
  • Demonstrated experience in partnership development and strategy, and fundraising
  • Knowledge of philanthropy-supporting organizations (PSOs) and social sector infrastructure
  • Excellent writing, public-speaking, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to successfully collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent time management, project organization, problem-solving, relationship-building, and team-building skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize tasks, and work independently, efficiently, and effectively
  • Be 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
  • An unwavering commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Advanced proficiency using M365 applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams)
  • Experience and proficiency using collaborative project management and communications systems, such as Asana and Slack
  • Ability to travel is required. Travel for this position could include attending the annual convening, sector conferences, staff meetings and retreats, and member events.
  • Possession of valid U.S. work authorization. At this time, PEAK is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment. Therefore, applicants for this position must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States.


A comprehensive salary and benefits package will be offered. The starting salary range for this position is $90,000–$102,500, commensurate with experience.

Location and Work Environment

This position is fully remote. PEAK staff work at home, on the road, or in a satellite location for all or part of the regular workweek. You 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 promotion 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.

PEAK is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. Therefore, PEAK will take any required steps to ensure that candidates with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to fully participate in the job application and interview process. Please submit your requests through the application form. Note that all applicants invited to interview will be provided with a list of questions in advance of meeting with PEAK team members.

Similarly, reasonable accommodation will be made to enable staff members with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment at PEAK.

Application Process

Use this link to apply for the position. Please upload your cover letter and résumé, preferably in a single PDF.

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