Employment Opportunities

Open Position: Membership Coordinator

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake (FoGSL) is a membership-based, non-profit organization that works to preserve and protect the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the lake through education, research, advocacy, and the arts. FoGSL sponsors an array of programs and activities in pursuit of its mission and currently has an active membership of 250 people. FoGSL is seeking a 30hr/wk Membership Coordinator who will report to the Executive Director (ED).

FoGSL is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The selected candidate will work at the FoGSL office and will occasionally commute within Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas of Utah to conduct FoGSL business. Work will generally take place during standard business hours, Monday through Friday, although occasional evenings and weekends will be required.

FoGSL regularly evaluates its employees and provides opportunities for career growth when possible. The
incumbent will undergo formal evaluations twice/year with the ED and Board of Directors.

Essential Functions:
FoGSL members provide a voice for the lake and contribute to the sustainability of FoGSL’s work. It is
critical that FoGSL’s members remain active, and that the membership base continues to expand. Under
direction of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director (ED), the Membership Coordinator will
oversee membership management and recruitment in order to expand overall FoGSL membership. He/she
will also coordinate FoGSL fundraising events and provide general administrative support. The ideal
candidate will have the flexibility and motivation to juggle multiple and diverse demands in a timely
manner and with great professionalism and attention to detail. He/she will demonstrate self-motivation, a
high degree of organization, and the ability to work well with minimal supervision and maximum

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

1. Coordinate membership (40%):
o Analyze FoGSL’s current membership situation and establish/implement a membershipbuilding
plan in collaboration with the ED and Board of Directors
o Coordinate membership renewal campaigns and other membership mailings
o Plan and implement membership events such as members-only field trips
o Build relationships with FoGSL’s members; contact members as needed

2.Coordinate general fundraising efforts (20%):
o Coordinate fundraising events, including annual gala with silent auction
o Coordinate year-end giving campaign
o When invited, join ED to meet with donors and members about specific giving opportunities

3.Write and track grants (10%):
o With ED’s guidance, monitor deadlines and submission requirements for granting agencies
that have given to FoGSL in the past
o After receiving training and with guidance from the ED, write and submit grant proposals;
identify potential grant opportunities and/or research potential grants identified by the Board
of Directors
o As directed by the ED, prepare grant reports and correspond with granting agencies
o Keep detailed records of all activities associated with grant applications

4.Provide general administrative support (30%):
o Process and track all donations and memberships, including: open/sort FoGSL mail, make
deposits, report deposits and online donations to Treasurer, conduct data entry, correspond
with donors and send donation acknowledgement letters
o Maintain FoGSL’s Filemaker donation database; use Filemaker and Excel to build reports
o Provide membership and fundraising-related content to the Board of Directors; attend board
meetings when invited; attend regular staff meetings and send weekly updates to ED
o Build and send e-newsletters as needed; update website content and/or social media as
o Provide event-planning and administrative assistance for FoGSL-sponsored meetings and
events such as the Doyle Stephens Scholarship Award event, the biennial Great Salt Lake
Issues Forum, and community tabling events
o Create member/donor marketing materials as needed

5. Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
FoGSL seeks an employee who possesses the following:
o A bachelor’s degree and one year of experience related to the Membership Coordinator position, or
o Competency with Mac computers and proficiency with MS Office Suite; must be able to sort and
manipulate data in Excel
o Exceptional attention to detail, organization, and administrative processes
o Proficiency with building and maintaining relationships
o Effective communication skills with excellent writing abilities
o Interest in grant-writing and willingness to receive related training
o A proven track-record of successfully managing projects and deadlines
o Ability to proactively problem-solve
o Sound judgment and the ability to work independently and as a team member
o Valid driver’s license, car insurance, and regular access to an automobile in order to transport
himself/herself and volunteers to/from FoGSL events
o A desire to learn and grow with this position

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates with:
o Direct experience with membership coordination
o Experience with database software such as Filemaker
o Event coordination experience
o Experience with Adobe creative suite and website content management software
o Familiarity with the grant-writing and submission process
o Experience with major asks and/or sponsorships
o Experience with developing marketing materials
o Familiarity with local conservation organizations, agencies, and foundations
o Knowledge of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem and a personal interest in protecting and preserving it

Compensation & Benefits:
o Salary is commensurate with experience, starting at $14/hr. The Membership Coordinator will also
have the opportunity for a $500 bonus every 6 months, pending successful performance reviews.
o Reimbursement for mileage and cell phone expenses
o Paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, and medical benefits

To apply:
o Send a cover letter and resume to ibis@fogsl.org.
o Early applications are encouraged. Applications must be received by 5pm on June 9, 2016.
o Any offer of employment will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background


Why We Care

  • Great Salt Lake is a place where nothing is as it appears. It is a landscape of the imagination, where anything is possible.

    Terry Tempest Williams, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Advisory Board