The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) is searching for an experienced, strategic, organized, and highly motivated Membership Director to be part of our team and lead us in growing our 2,000-member base. NELA believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are paramount in developing our membership (and everything we do), and we are looking for someone who shares this value. This is an exciting opportunity to take a well-established membership program to the next level, with a balance of big picture thinking and nuts-and-bolts implementation of a sustainable growth plan.
The Membership Director also oversees event registration and CLE accreditation processes for NELA’s continuing legal education programs, and supports development-related outreach activities. Growth in these areas is also anticipated as NELA’s membership increases.
This is a full-time, exempt position. The Membership Director is based in NELA’s Concord, California office. General office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific with a paid lunch hour. For the right candidate, NELA can explore a remote work option.
The Membership Director supervises the Database & Administrative Assistant, and reports directly to and is under the general supervision of the Executive Director.
Senior Leadership Position
Compensation: Annual Salary $90-100K DOE; Vacation; Paid Medical & Family Leave; 100% Employer-Sponsored Medical, Vision & Dental Insurance; Pension
Application Process: Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position and a résumé in PDF format to: email@example.com. Please include “Membership Director Application” as the subject line.
Hiring Process & Timeline:
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with an intention to complete the interview process by mid-June and bring our new team member on board as soon as practicable.
- As you advance through the process, steps include: one 30-minute introductory phone conversation; one 75- to 90-minute Zoom interview with the hiring team; and optional follow-up conversations or emails to expand on or clarify topics raised during the interview.
- Finalists will be asked to provide four professional references and to create and present a brief outline for a membership development plan.
- Final offers will be sent in writing.
Founded in 1985, the National Employment Lawyers Association’s (NELA’s) mission is to empower workers’ rights attorneys through legal training, promoting a fair judiciary, and advocating for laws and policies that level the playing field for workers. We are a community that values collaboration, resource sharing, camaraderie, and advocacy as tools to lift up the group and to secure justice for our nation’s workers. NELA is the country’s largest professional organization that is exclusively comprised of lawyers who represent workers in cases involving employment discrimination and harassment, wage theft, employee benefits, and other employment-related matters.
Founded in 2008, The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (The Institute) is NELA’s partner organization. The Institute’s mission is to advance workers’ rights through research, thought leadership, and education for policymakers, advocates, and the public. For more information about The Institute, visit www.employeerightsadvocacy.org.
Membership (75% of time)
- Develops the organization’s strategic vision and big-picture direction for membership growth and retention, including annual and multi-year planning, which is a major component of NELA’s overarching Strategic Plan.
- Leads the development, execution, and assessment of an annual membership implementation plan to achieve the recruitment and retention goals of NELA’s strategic plan, including a timeline of outreach efforts, projected revenues and expenditures, and contingency plans.
- Prepares annual membership budget projections and requests, and manages membership revenue and expenses throughout the year, pursuant to the annual membership implementation plan.
- Serves as staff liaison and provides reports to the NELA Board and other organizational leaders regarding NELA’s membership-related programs, activities, and policies, including travel to Board Meetings as needed.
- Partners with the communications team to develop membership-related outreach and marketing campaigns.
- Leads the recruitment, hiring, professional development, management, and evaluation of the Database & Administrative Assistant.
- Responds to inquiries and troubleshoots issues related to individuals’ membership status.
- Leads and supports NELA’s Membership Committee in carrying out its duties and responsibilities for achieving membership objectives.
- Ensures accurate and timely entry of membership data and responses to member inquiries and requests.
- Oversees training of staff on the use of the membership database as appropriate.
- Ensures the creation and maintenance of documentation related to all aspects of NELA’s membership program.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) (10% of time)
- Manages CLE accreditation for NELA’s events, including staying up-to-date on CLE regulations nationwide and supervising CLE applications, tracking, and reporting for various events.
- Manages and supervises CLE registrations, including accurate data entry and generation of registration-related materials for each event.
- Travels to NELA’s Annual Convention and Spring and Fall seminars as needed.
- Ensures the creation and maintenance of documentation related to accreditation, marketing, and attendee registration logistics of CLE programs.
Development (15% of time)
- Partners with the Director of Development in creating and implementing strategies for increasing annual support from current members and sponsors, including participation in development activities and outreach.
- Travel is required a minimum of three times per year, including over evening and weekend hours, to the Annual Convention in June and the Spring and Fall Board meetings.
- Minimum of five years of experience, which can include relevant education and work experience, in professional membership strategy, development, recruitment, and retention.
- Ability to cultivate and maintain positive and productive relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Excellent analytical skills and the ability to incorporate data into strategic decisions and planning.
- Exceptional organizational skills, including attention to detail, follow-through, producing a high-quality work product, and meeting deadlines.
- Experience in a nonprofit social justice or civil rights context strongly preferred.
- Experience with expanding meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within an organization is a plus.
- Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook preferred. Familiarity with MS PowerPoint and Google docs desirable. Familiarity with iMIS is a plus.
The National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) and The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (“The Institute”) are equal opportunity employers. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. NELA and The Institute encourage applications from all persons without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
NELA and The Institute make every effort to assure that our recruitment and employment practices provide all persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.
NELA and The Institute are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 296-7629. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.
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