Career Opportunities at P.E.O.

P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.To learn more about the P.E.O. Sisterhood, read our About Us. 

P.E.O. is an equal opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are made without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, veteran status or sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

Current Openings

Event Coordinator – Independent Contractor 
In odd numbered years, P.E.O. hosts Convention of International Chapter, with approximately 4,000 attendees, in chosen locations throughout the United States and Canada. The event brings together voting members of convention, guests and visitors for a three-day event that includes a business meeting, personal development through workshops and seminars, wellness and relationship building. For 2021, there is the possibility of virtual as well as in-person attendees.

The organization is seeking the services of an independent contractor with experience in Cvent event management software. This individual must be able to:

  • prepare and manage the event website and registration process and then use that data to setup as well as handle multiple registration categories;
  • prepare hotel rooming lists, submit meal counts, monitor workshop registrations, tours, etc.;
  • satisfy deadlines and work independently;
  • adapt to changes in the event format, including virtual, in-person and hybrid possibilities.

This may be a remote position and will work closely with the P.E.O. International convention and special events manager.

Contract dates: October 2020 to October 2021 

Compensation: Compensation commensurate with experience. Independent Contractor will invoice P.E.O. on the 10th of each month starting November 10, 2020, and concluding October 10, 2021, and will receive payment within 10 days. 

Independent contractor should be flexible with hours based on need; however P.E.O. anticipates the following:
  • October 2020-February 2021: Part-time hours that will increase approaching March 2021. Focus of work will be website and registration preparation.
  • March-September 2021: Close to full-time hours per week (40). Focus of this work will be registration management, one site visit to convention location*, on-site* management and execution of registration at convention. May require more than 40 hours a week approaching key registration deadlines.

*Travel depends on final decisions regarding virtual versus in-person format. Travel expenses paid by P.E.O. Sisterhood.

For more information or to submit a resume, cover letter and compensation proposal (due by September 30, 2020), please contact:
Kathy Soppe, Executive Director
International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood
Director of Membership 

One of the largest nonsectarian, community-based organizations with nearly 6,000 chapters and almost a quarter of a million members, the International Chapter of the P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Sisterhood has brought together over its history more than a half a million women in the U.S. and Canada who are passionate about helping women advance through education, while supporting and motivating them.

In 2019, the P.E.O. Sisterhood celebrated its 150th anniversary. This was a time of honoring the advancement of women, educating women, sharing loving concern for fellow members, and motivating women to achieve their highest aspirations. The next Director of Membership will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Executive Board and the Membership Committee to navigate through our “new normal” and what that looks like for the members of P.E.O. and how our traditions will be affected. There is a desire to continue to grow membership and attract the next generations of women in a way that is meaningful to them. The organization has focused its membership efforts in the US and Canada, historically, but have awarded grants and scholarships to women around the world. The opportunity to expand P.E.O.’s membership footprint beyond North America is exciting.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Membership’s primary goal isto develop, evaluate, and oversee the strategic membership programs and initiatives of P.E.O. with a keen attention to measurable outcomes.  This includes creating and achieving strategies surrounding the growth, engagement, and retention of the membership in P.E.O.

We seek a proven membership professional who has consistently demonstrated the highest standards of practice through demonstrated positive results in membership growth, engagement, and retention. The ideal candidate will possess in-depth knowledge and understanding of all aspects of membership expertise. This person will have the emotional and professional maturity necessary to address all aspects of membership expertise.

Should be accustomed to working in an environment where success is achieved through close internal collaboration, integrity, a balance of data-driven and intuitive skills, and a willingness to “roll up the sleeves” to get the job done.  This person should possess the subject matter expertise to help craft a vision for a comprehensive membership plan, marshalling good business and analytical skills, sound judgment, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and strong administrative abilities. Membership in the International Chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood is highly preferred. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.  Demonstration of continuing professional education would be highly desirable.

To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at


For general questions about positions at the P.E.O. Executive Office, contact:

P.E.O. Executive Office
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA  50312
P: 515-255-3153