Prenatal-to-Five Affinity Group Facilitator

Prenatal-to-Five Affinity Group Facilitator

Hiring Organization: 
Maryland Philanthropy Network

This is a part-time contractual position with Maryland Philanthropy Network, a statewide nonprofit association of private and community foundations, corporations, donor advised funds, giving circles, public charities, and grantmaking intermediaries. The Network’s mission is to maximize the impact of giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed, and effective philanthropists.


Maryland Philanthropy Network seeks to engage and elevate philanthropy in Maryland as an integral force in tackling the region’s most pressing problems. We do this through collaboration and partnership between Network members, government, business, and nonprofit decision-makers. Maryland Philanthropy Network acts as a catalyst for those partnerships by supporting leadership in the philanthropic community; cultivating a new generation of trustees, donors, and professional staff; engaging a diverse network of partners with philanthropy; and encouraging accessible, efficient, and ethical philanthropic grantmaking practice. As a membership association, our priority is to support the philanthropic aspirations of all our members through peer networking, high quality training and education, exposure to new funding opportunities, and technical assistance.


The Prenatal-to-Five Affinity Group of Maryland Philanthropy Network is seeking a consultant who will serve as content and capacity support and facilitate the meetings of the Affinity Group. The position is a grant-funded, part-time position that is expected to be 150 hours over the course of a program year.

The Prenatal-to-Five (PN-5) Affinity Group was created to help funders who are interested in supporting expectant parents, and children from birth through age five and their families improve their grantmaking by learning more about initiatives, educational research, and best practices. The Prenatal to-Five Affinity Group:

  • Supports and broadens a network of Maryland funders working to improve early childhood outcomes.
  • Provides learning opportunities for Maryland Philanthropy Network members to investigate promising programs, initiatives and issues identified as high priority by its members targeted towards expectant parents, and children from birth through age five and their families. Past and current interest areas include pandemic-related effects and responses, major national grants at the local and state levels (including ARPA funds), childcare, child welfare, and collaborative impact efforts.
  • Provides a forum for members to share lessons from jurisdictions across the state, national conversations and initiatives, and members’ own grantmaking activities; and
  • Keeps members abreast of local, state, and national funding initiatives targeted to expectant parents, and children from birth through age five and their families.

Reports to: Director of Learning and Partnerships


The Facilitator will:

  1. Collaborate with the Affinity Group Steering Committee members to identify key issues, effective programs, and research findings to serve as topics for Affinity Group programs.
  2. Plan and facilitate bi-monthly educational programs for the PN-5 Affinity Group, summarize proceedings and circulate notes and related resources to members.
  3. Facilitate the creation of a learning community by monitoring and facilitating the PN-5 Affinity Group listserv, reaching out to members periodically for feedback and ideas, and responding to member requests.
  4. Collaborate with Maryland Philanthropy Network staff for grant and board reporting;
  5. Determine whether PN-5 members would value a biennial Profile of Prenatal-to-Five Giving and produce such a report; and
  6. Identify promising programs and national funding initiatives to bring to the attention of local funders.
  • Values racial equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Knowledge of prenatal-to-five issues, research, and best practices especially related to urban and rural poverty, prenatal health, child development and an understanding of how issues intersect
  • Knowledge/experience working with public systems and public programs
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience with event/meeting planning and facilitation, both in person and in virtual environments
  • Results-oriented with excellent follow through
  • Ability to work cooperatively, foster team spirit, and maintain a sense of humor
  • Comfortable developing close working relationships with a diverse group of people
  • Excellent communication and writing ability; strong organizational and research skills
  • Bachelors’ degree in relevant area of early childhood education, public policy, social work or other social science research field preferred or equivalent work experience
  • Knowledge/experience working with organized philanthropy or in a membership organization preferred
  • B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in an office setting
  • Computer literate in a PC environment
  • $100 per hour, 150 hours per year (11-13 hours per month).
Application instructions: 

Qualified candidates are invited to apply by sending resume and cover letter electronically to:

Elisabeth Hyleck
Director of Learning and Partnerships
Maryland Philanthropy Network

Please state “MPN PN-5 Affinity Group Facilitator” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Electronic submission is required. No phone calls, please.

Maryland Philanthropy Network is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

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Baltimore, MD
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Experience Requirement: 
5-10 Years