Membership Manager (GSP)


Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP) is a membership-based network of philanthropic leaders, practitioners, and individuals dedicated to leveraging resources for structural change in the South.

Our mission is to prioritize philanthropic giving and practice in the South on equity-focused structural change. This equity centered philanthropic giving will strengthen the organizational infrastructure and power building within Southern communities, significantly increasing racial, gender, and economic outcomes for people across the South.

We envision a growing network of philanthropic organizations and actors who fund across a spectrum of tools and strategies to increase investments in organizations that are led by people of color seeking to build political power, economic opportunity and social inclusion. GSP is a network that works towards establishing an accountable relationship between philanthropy and directly affected communities. Therefore, we encourage and support our members to listen and work with social movements and organizations working for racial, economic, and gender justice.

To carry out this vision GSP has prioritized the following goals:

  • Increase participation in GSP network by 20%, with special focus on foundations and donors based organizations in the South.
  • Increase visibility, awareness, and connection to organizations leading change work in the region through strategic communications and convenings
  • Transform and increase philanthropic giving and practices to black-led, power building, queer, trans, women led work.
  • Strengthen and increase critical infrastructure in the South by increasing the amount of funds dedicated to movement infrastructure.
  • Increase intentional collaboration, alignment, and coordination of investments between Southern and National funders to accelerate equity.
  • Increase capacity building opportunities within the sector to advance intersectional grant-making and grantmaking with a racial equity lens to support the transformation of southern communities by addressing racial, gender, and economic equity.

Position Summary

The Membership Manager will play a critical role in the organization’s daily operations. The primary function of this position is to recruit and engage members that espouse the vision and core values of GSP. This position will be responsible for maintaining the integrity of the organization’s relationship with its members, while ensuring there is consistent and reliable communication that enables the network to achieve its mission. In partnership with the director and steering committee, you will build the organizational infrastructure to support their development as funders committed to racial and gender equity and funding structural change work in the South.


Desired qualifications and experience:

  • Strong commitment to the vision, mission, and values of Grantmakers for Southern Progress
  • Commitment to racial and gender equity and understanding of social justice issues facing southern communities of color
  • Experience creating and managing work for philanthropic audiences
  • Established relationships within the philanthropic community
  • Excellent administrative organizational skills
  • Creative, enthusiastic, and dependable
  • Elevated level of professionalism and commitment to working collaboratively with a range of constituent groups, including staff, members, philanthropic partners, and grassroots leaders
  • Great attention to detail
  • At least 5 years of experience in membership and/or donor development
  • Experience in marketing and communications
  • Database management experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft 365 (MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, in particular)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience in nonprofit service, and/or membership organizations


Responsibilities Include:

Member Recruitment, and Retention

  • Execute the recruitment plan for new members
  • Convert existing members to dues paying members
  • Oversee and manage the application process, on-boarding, orientation, and renewal process for members
  • Identify prospective members, attendees, and partners; support outreach to these audiences and manage relationships accordingly
  • Engage members to ensure their participation, satisfaction of programming, and maximize their ability to fund the South

Member Engagement, Learning, and Action

  • Increase participation and engagement of southern funders.
  • Work with steering and program committee to design and execute membership-wide events, including meetings, webinars, conference calls, working groups, and other relationship and network-building activities.
  • Serve as a point of contact for members and be well-informed of their interests, activities, challenges, and work.
  • Work with the Director to identify opportunities to amplify members’ work
  • Serve as a hub for the GSP team by ensuring alignment/cohesion between various streams of programmatic and member-serving work
  • Provide planning support for programming organized for members. To include, but not limited to, the bi-annual convening, funder briefings, strategy sessions, and learning tours.

Member Records and Data

  • Maintain and update member database, ensuring database information is accurate and up to date at all times
  • Retrieve, synthesize and analyze data and information about the membership and grantees to aid staff and board members in development of program goals and strategy 
  • Prepare monthly and annual reports to track organizational progress towards membership and data goals

Other Duties

  • Aid in the development of the bi-annual convening and follow up on all financial transactions related to membership development
  • Supporting the coordination of field convening and site visits
  • Facilitate planning for GSP programs as determined by Director
  • Other duties as determined by the Director in consultation with the Steering Committee 

Job Details

  • Salary range: $55,000 - $65,000 dependent on experience.
  • A comprehensive benefits package that includes leave time, insurance, and a retirement plan 

Submission Instructions

  • To apply, please submit your application packet by August 20, 2020 to [email protected].
  • The subject line for your submission should include your Name and GSP Membership Manager.
  • Application Packet should include the following.
    • Cover letter
    • Updated resume
    • Two work references with current contact information.
    • Letter of Recommendation
  • Please note, omission of any of the requested documents may lead to disqualification of your submission.
  • Upon receipt of your application packet, GSP will send you a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please assume your application packet was not received.

Thank you for your time and attention to this posting.


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