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Director, Membership and Community Support

SPIE, Bellingham, WA, United States
Employer Description

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 225,600 constituents from 150 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.

SPIE is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  SPIE provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.


Job Description

Make a difference doing important work with a successful, international not-for-profit organization. We are seeking an experienced, energetic, and creative person to lead our Membership Department.

This position develops department-level strategy with an enterprise perspective. This position provides vision for all membership recruitment, retention, and outreach activities; with a goal to ensure engagement and satisfaction of both new and existing members. This position is responsible for the development and execution of new services, policies, and programs in support of our community. This position directs SPIE’s multi-million-dollar portfolio of community support programs, evaluates their efficacy and ensures they meet Board established financial targets. In this position you would also be asked to identify and build alliances with other societies and institutions to improve global community support.

In addition to the above, this position works in close collaboration with Marketing to ensure promotional materials and messaging are appropriate and current. This position also serves as the liaison to the Membership and Communities Committee and supervises the liaisons of additional Board committees.

SPIE recognizes that diversity and inclusion drive innovation, excellence, and new knowledge, therefore, in this role you are charged with developing programs to engage all demographic groups worldwide in advancing the science of optics and photonics. You will be asked to uphold SPIE values, nurture our culture and build department-level resilience.


Job Requirements

Full-time exempt position.

Education:  Bachelors degree in relevant field or equivalent experience; Masters degree preferred.

Experience:  Supervisory experience is required. Familiarity with budgeting, program development, change management, marketing, and the ability to direct projects from conception to completion. Strong oral and written communications skills. Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret data to inform decisions.

Compensation:  Competitive wage, annual discretionary bonus, defined contribution retirement plan with additional company match and generous paid-time-off.

Benefits:  We offer an amazing benefits package. Medical, dental & vision with 100% paid premiums for employee, 75% paid for dependents. Health savings accounts are partially funded by SPIE.  Flexible spending accounts for dependent care and dental/vision expenses available.  100% paid employee life & disability insurance, dependent life insurance available through payroll deduction. Learning & development opportunities including tuition reimbursement.

Culture:  We are currently operating in a remote work environment due to COVID-19, but when we are able, we will return to the office. The office culture at SPIE is collaborative and sociable. We are located in Bellingham, WA where you will find the perfect blend of endless outdoor recreation, incredible scenery, strong schools, great breweries, and more, making this an amazing place to work and live.

SPIE is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Please send a resume & cover letter, indicating how your experience & qualifications match the requirements & why you will be successful in this position to: 

Email:  Recruiting@spie.org
Apply online:  www.spie.jobs
Mail:  SPIE Human Resources, P.O. Box 10, Bellingham, WA 98227

Position open until filled. First review of applications will occur the week of January 25, 2021.

About SPIE

SPIE partners with researchers, educators, and industry to advance light-based research and technologies for the betterment of the human condition.

Established in 1955 SPIE is an international, not-for-profit, educational organization helping our members, volunteers, and constituents push the frontiers of optics and photonics technology. We help our community to expand research, development, and applications of optics and photonics to solve problems spanning healthcare, communications, energy, security, astronomy, transportation, manufacturing, and the environment.

By working together across disciplines and geographies toward the advancement of light-based science and technology, and by demonstrating a commitment to our global community, SPIE is recognized around the world as the leading international professional society in our field.

30 December 2020
28 February 2021
Masters Degree
Manager / Supervisor
Education and Training