Director of Marketing, Communications, and Membership | Marine Technology Society

  • Freelance
  • Anywhere

Washington, D.C., Temporarily remote through the close of the COVID-19 pandemic
The Marine Technology Society (MTS) serves nearly 2,000 marine technologists from industry, government, and academia from 39 countries. As the Director of Marketing, Communications, and Membership, you will be part of a dynamic society advancing marine technology development and research. MTS offers members networking opportunities through meetings and conferences, opportunities to publish research in the peer-reviewed MTS Journal, and volunteer leadership experiences.
MTS believes in providing high quality member service by listening to our member needs, effectively responding to member requests in a timely fashion, and striving to improve member benefits. MTS believes in excellence, honesty, integrity, and accountability and anticipates all employees will share those beliefs. MTS believes in teamwork, collaboration, open communication and respect for all collaborators.
The Director of Marketing, Communications, and Membership will play a pivotal role implementing initiatives that attract new members, retain current members and enhance benefits and foster member engagement, and in communicating all MTS activities. In collaboration with the Executive Director and the MTS Vice President of Communications, the Director of Marketing, Communications, and Membership will develop materials to deliver MTS’ messages to a wide range of audiences, including, but not limited to society membership, external stakeholders, and the media; implement and evaluate initiatives to improve communications to and between members; implement and evaluate initiatives to improve service and quality for members, both individual and corporate; and manage the day-to-day processing of all membership records. This includes the following essential functions:
Marketing & Communications

Develop and execute communications strategy (cross-media) and campaigns.
Lead the development of content for both print and Web, including brochures, newsletters, & social media.
Compile, edit, and curate content for the MTS website and Section/Committee websites.
Edit all society communications prior to distribution.
Lead implementation of all social media posts.
Lead development of Society presentations, such as the Annual Meeting and General Briefing.
Prepare and distribute press releases.
Serve as contact for media inquiries.
Monitor and report on key metrics related to communications.
Support high-quality graphic design of promotional materials, advertising, and media materials.
Support MTS meetings as needed.
Organize and serve as “behind the scenes host” for online webinars.


Conduct all activities related to MTS member acquisition, onboarding, retention, dues structure, multi-channel renewal and communications needed to achieve MTS’ Strategic Plan and organizational membership goals.
Act as the main point of contact for members.
Maintain the integrity of the membership database, generate and process renewal notices.
Support and develop new, proactive programs to increase membership and further engage existing members.
Develop and support renewal and recruitment campaigns, as well as define targets and audiences.
Communicate member needs, services, and pertinent information for website, newsletters, and other communication vehicles.
Monitor and report on key metrics related to membership and generate reports to inform engagement strategy.
Produce accurate lists of members and membership segments, upon request, for use by other staff members.
Develop membership marketing and promotional materials, including applications, welcome kits and other collateral.
Work with bookkeeping and accounting staff on bi-weekly reconciliation of membership dues.
Other duties as assigned.

A writing sample is required with application to the position. The writing sample should reflect recent work and/or relevant content. For example: Op-ed, news article, blog post, or similar content preferred. Minimum 250 words. The final interview may require you to submit a timed writing sample.
Must have the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out complex, multi-step instructions and make appropriate independent decisions as necessary.  Regularly required to sit, frequently required to reach with hands and arms, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear.  Must be able to lift objects up to twenty-five (25) pounds.  Work mostly in a typical office setting with quiet to moderate noise level.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.  Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary.  In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
The Marine Technology Society was incorporated in June 1963 to give members of academia, government and industry a common forum for the exchange of information and ideas. Our guiding purpose is to promote awareness, understanding, advancement and application of marine technology. Today, MTS is a growing organization, boasting a membership of businesses, institutions, individual professionals and students who are ocean engineers, technologists, policy makers and educators. Our mission is to:

Facilitate a broader understanding of the relevance of marine technology to wider global issues by enhancing the dissemination of marine technology information
Promote and improve marine technology and related educational programs
Advance the development of the tools and procedures required to explore, study and further the responsible and sustainable use of the oceans.

MTS’s long-range vision is to be the leading authority and advocate for marine technology and resources while promoting member success and public understanding.
To apply for the position of Director of Marketing, Communications, and Membership at the Marine Technology Society, send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to  or via the ASAE career site. Deadline: December 10, 2020. Please note that both membership & communications skills and experience are required to apply for this position.

Full-time position.
Bachelor’s degree required.
7 years of professional experience and at least 3 years of experience performing equivalent work.
Superior written and verbal communication, with preference for technical communication skills.
Superior proofreading skills.
Experience developing and implementing communication & membership strategy.
Experience working with Association Management Software (AMS) and/or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) (required).  
Experience and demonstrated mastery of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and an openness to learning and working with new technology.
Proficiency with ConstantContact, HootSuite, and other communications platforms (preferred).
Experience developing and curating Web content.
Demonstrated attention to detail.
Strong general tech-savvy, ability to learn and absorb new technologies at a rapid pace.
Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
Ability to strategically solve problems and make effective decisions.
Ability to work in a small team environment and with contractors.
Superior management and analytical skills.
Experience with non-profit professional societies is preferred.
Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment.
A commitment to high-quality, accurate, and professional work product.
Ability to travel, domestic & international (up to 10%). Applicable at the close the COVID-19 pandemic

Commensurate with experience, range: $75,000-$80,000. MTS offers a competitive benefits package. Our office is currently in telecommute status, to be re-evaluated at the close of the COVID-19 pandemic.