Membership Coordinator


Position Description

Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) seeks a creative, flexible and entrepreneurial part-time Membership Coordinator. This contract position is ideal for a candidate with membership or nonprofit virtual assistance experience. We require an extremely organized and effective multitasker with strong interpersonal skills who can thrive in a rapidly changing environment as our organization grows. This position is well suited for a mission-driven, dynamic and productive self-starter who thrives in a rapidly changing and growing environment. The Membership Manager will work closely with the JAWS’ Executive Director as part of a small team.

Organizational Information

Founded in 1985, Journalism and Women Symposium is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that advances the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and advocates for more inclusive coverage of the diverse experiences and cultures that comprise our society. We believe that by advancing women in journalism, we transform the world.

Job Type:

    • This is an independent contractor position. The initial contract will begin on or about July 1, 2023, and end on June 30, 2024, with an opportunity to renew.
    • This is a half-time role (approximately 20 hours per week). A regular schedule will spread hours throughout the week to provide consistent support coverage, with flexibility for the contractor to set hours.
    • Occasional travel and work on weekends and evenings will be required.
  • Job Location: The position is fully remote. The contractor must have their own work space, equipment and general office supplies. They will assume all reasonable operational business expenses for this contract work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain administrative files, records and databases, keeping everything organized, up-to-date and operational. This includes JAWS’ Google Drive and Asana files; emails, logins and other technical records; and an organizational calendar for upcoming events and communications. 
  • Provide technical assistance and troubleshooting.
  • Provide staff support to monthly webinars, online learning, the annual conference, and other programs
  • Liaise with and support the Board, regional groups and all committees (including Elections, Membership, Programming, CAMP and Fundraising) to help grow and engage members, support membership activities, grow fundraising and support the annual Board election process. 
  • Help develop and implement new membership engagement campaigns.
  • Responsible for all aspects of member database maintenance. 
  • Set up fundraising campaigns, track donations and communicate with donors and funders; also provide regular updates on fundraising to the Executive Director.


Required Qualifications/Skills:

  • Three years of administrative, communications, business or other relevant experience.
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced, growth-focused and deadline-driven environment.
  • Experience with database management, website content management systems, email marketing programs, webinar platforms (Zoom) and project management platforms.
  • Thrives in multicultural environments. Able to work comfortably with diverse stakeholders and audiences, including across different ages, backgrounds, personality types, sexualities, abilities, races and ethnicities.
  • Strong commitment to infusing diversity, equity and inclusion into JAWS’ operations.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience working in a small entrepreneurial non-profit or as a freelancer balancing multiple roles.
  • Nonprofit/association management experience.


To Apply:

Send a letter of interest to Molly Schar, Executive Director, at by June 15, 2023. Please include your name and “Membership Coordinator Resume” in the subject line of the email. Your letter of interest should address why you are interested in this position and what qualifies you for it. Also include your resume and three professional references. 


This is a part-time position as an independent contractor at $25/hour. Hours will not exceed 80 per month ($2,000) except by advance mutual agreement. 


JAWS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). It provides equal opportunities to all applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. JAWS  is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, services, programs and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Molly Schar at .