Summary: The American Guild of Organists, the world’s premier membership association for church organists and choral directors, seeks a full-time, experienced Director of Membership for a new professional position overseeing all aspects of the work of the Membership Department. This individual, reporting to the Executive Director, will travel regularly throughout the year to meet with current and prospective members and to support the AGO’s 295 chapters and their leaders. The position will be based in the AGO’s National Headquarters in NYC on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Design, develop, and implement programs and strategies to increase the membership of the American Guild of Organists each year, currently at 14,500 voting members. Track, report and provide analyses of results.
Develop and implement a proactive, nationally guided new member welcome and engagement process that demonstrably helps retain and renew current members.
Strengthen efforts to identify and attract members of all ages and levels who play pipe and/or digital organs.
Assume primary responsibility for strengthening existing chapters both organizationally and financially, and fostering growth of new ones. Support chapter formation and growth through both time-tested and innovative techniques.
Visit AGO Chapters nationwide to train volunteer leaders in best practices for membership recruitment and retention. Oversee ongoing implementation of membership development programs at the chapter level. Continuously monitor and report outcomes.
Support the creation and administration of a readily accessible assessment dashboard to measure Chapter vitality and to identify the characteristics and best practices of strong Chapters in a variety of settings.
Recommend and promote methodologies that will increase opportunities for Chapter leaders to share ideas and best practices more easily throughout the AGO’s network of 295 Chapters.
Evaluate the current dues structure and identify potential new membership categories and models; e.g., institutional membership, hybrid membership/fundraising, etc. Recommend new membership categories, models, and associated dues structures as needed.
Facilitate new face-to-face and online engagement opportunities such as interest groups and specialty sections for organists with common needs and interests.
Create and guide implementation of tools and tactics that encourage and enable all components of the Guild to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.
Motivate chapter leaders to seek, encourage, and respect current and prospective members without bias or prejudice.
Engage current and prospective members (in person and through ongoing focus groups) in discussions about how the Guild can be of greatest value to them.
Serve as primary staff liaison to Committee on Membership Development and Chapter Support.
Assume daily management and regular performance reviews of Membership Department Staff.
Assume other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Executive Director, Committee on Membership Development and Chapter Support, and the National Council.
4-year college degree
Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in nonprofit membership or a related field
Demonstrated success in growing the membership of a nonprofit organization
Exceptional interpersonal skills
Excellent oral presentation and writing skills
Familiarity with AMS and membership databases
Strong PC skills including knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Involvement in ASAE or NYSAE a plus
CAE or similar certification a plus
Knowledge of organ and choral music fields a plus
How to Apply:
Candidates should send their résumé and cover letter to email@example.com for receipt by December 14, 2018. Questions may also be directed to that address. Please use the job title as the subject line.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be based on qualifications and experience.
About American Guild of Organists
The American Guild of Organists is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the AGO sets and maintains high musical standards and promotes understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The Guild currently serves approximately 14,500 members in 300 local chapters throughout the United States and abroad. The vision of the AGO is engage, support, and uplift every organist. The mission of the AGO is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.
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