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Membership Director

National Employment Lawyers Association
Contra Costa County, California
$90-100K DOE; Vacation; Medical Leave; 100% Employer-Sponsored Medical, Vision & Dental; Pension
Closing date
Aug 11, 2021
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NELA is searching for an experienced, strategic, organized, and highly motivated Membership Director to lead us in growing our 2,000-member base. 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 reports directly to and is under the general supervision of the Executive Director.


Membership (75% of time)

Membership Strategy

  • 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.

Membership Administration

  • 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) is the country’s largest organization of lawyers who exclusively or primarily represent employees in cases involving employment discrimination, illegal workplace harassment, wrongful termination, denial of employee benefits, and other employment-related matters.

Founded in 1985, NELA and its 69 state and local Affiliates have more than 4,000 members nationwide. Thriving circuit, state, and local Affiliates across the country enable NELA to accomplish more for workers’ rights than we could alone.

Our Vision

  • Employees will be paid at least a living wage in an environment free of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and capricious employment decisions;
  • Employers will fulfill their promises to provide retirement, health, and other benefits;
  • Employees’ safety and livelihood will not be compromised for the sake of corporate profit and interests;
  • Individuals will have effective legal representation to enforce their rights to a fair and just workplace, adequate remedies, and a right to trial by jury.

Advancing Equality & Justice

In advocating for employee rights, NELA participates as amicus curiae to provide our unique perspective in significant employment cases. We have created a strong and respected Amicus Program—since 1985, we have written or signed on to more than 250 amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, state courts, and before government agencies.

NELA is at the forefront of efforts to advance equality and justice in the American workplace through federal legislation and public policy. NELA lobbies and provides technical assistance to Congress on scores of federal legislation that bring us closer to achieving our mission.

NELA advocates for independent and fair-minded federal judges who are committed to equal justice under law for all of America’s workers, and who do not place the interests of employers over the rights of employees.

Serving Employee Rights Advocates

In carrying out our mission to serve lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace, NELA provides exceptional opportunities for professional development through networking, educational programs, publications, and technical support. Learn more about membership in NELA.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the National Employment Lawyers Association and essential to the achievement of our mission. When applied in unison, diversity, equity, and inclusion create meaningful representation and involvement of persons with varied backgrounds, experiences, identities, and abilities in every aspect of NELA, each with the opportunity to make robust contributions to the organization without discriminatory barriers. To express these values NELA promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organizational structure and policies, leadership, membership, programs and services, employment practices, and relationships with coalition partners and donors. NELA champions the culture of participation and equal opportunity that is woven into the fabric of our mission and vision for workers and workplaces nationwide.

The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy

The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (The Institute) is NELA’s related charitable public interest organization. Founded in 2008, The Institute is NELA’s indispensible partner in achieving our shared mission of advocating for employee rights and advancing equality and justice in the American workplace. We encourage you to visit The Institute's website to learn more.

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