Membership Director

National Press Club, Washington, District of Columbia

Date PostedMay 07, 2019
Job StatusFull-time

The National Press Club is seeking a Director of Membership, responsible for the workflow process related to recruitment and retention of existing Club members. The Membership Director reports to the Executive Director. The Membership Director will work directly with the Executive Director, to develop programs, initiatives and policies designed to increase membership growth and engagement. The Membership Director will develop the strategic direction for the membership portion of the business.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement strategy for membership acquisition and retention
  • Create, update, and market information for current members as well as prospective members
  • Direct, administer, and supervise all membership outreach activities
  • Develop membership budgets in collaboration with the Executive Director and Finance Director
  • Responsible for the workflow process related to recruitment and retention of club members.
  • Manage a staff of 3 - 4 full time professionals.
  • Interact successfully with peer level staff including but not limited to: Financial Director, Director of Membership Administration, Executive Director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, Director of Clubhouse Operations. Director must interact successfully with elected Club Officers including: The President, The Membership Secretary and the Membership Team Leader.
  • Work with Director of Membership Administration to ensure that new members are notified of Board approval, added to the system and billed correctly
  • Develop member benefit program


The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • 4 – 6 years of management experience including but not limited to: recruiting, retaining, reviewing, motivating, coaching, and training
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills are required
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience developing and directing a membership organization that included recruitment and retention of individual members
  • A solid working knowledge of the journalism field is required
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with journalists
  • Strong relationships with journalism leaders as well as rank and file journalists
  • Direct journalism experience
  • 2 + years’ business management experience – having worked in a business and not just non-profits
  • Budgeting and forecasting experience
  • Sales and marketing experience are a plus
  • High level of integrity and work ethic
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Should have ability to use or learn to use the following: Sales Force, Jonas, and Social Media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Able to work evenings as needed



Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred

About the National Press Club

The National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is a private club for journalists and the news sources they cover. The historic club house, which is used by members as a place to work, learn, socialize and relax, is at 529 14th Street NW just 2 blocks from the White House, covers about 54,000 square feet in the National Press Building including the entire top two floors. The Club has about 3,000 members worldwide. Most of our members are in Washington and are journalists. The most important asset of the National Press Club is its brand. We are trademarked the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. While we achieve that in many ways – through programing, press freedom work, awards and partnerships – the primary way we live up to this trademark is by reflecting it in the members we retain and recruit. The Club has an infrastructure that will allow for significant growth in the number of members


The National Press Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package.


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