MESPA Careers

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Temporary Membership Associate Job Description

Join the collaborative team serving the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA). In 2015, Forbes named “School Principal” the happiest profession in America… and working for the principals’ association is a close second!

The Membership Associate of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association is responsible for recruiting and retaining MESPA members and serves as a resource to members and other staff members. Our Membership Associate needs to be a tech-savvy, detail-oriented person who can not only manage a 1,000-member database but also enjoys interacting with the same members on the phone, at meetings, and at MESPA-sponsored professional development seminars.

This position is temporary while our current Membership Manager is out on parental leave. This position will run for 12 weeks and approximate start date is TBD but near March 20th.

Hours: 20 hours per week, Monday-Friday. Flexible scheduling between 8am-4:30pm to be mutually determined in advance of start date.

Timeline: Position runs late March (approximately March 20th) for 12 weeks (mid- to late-June). Final end date will be determined at start date. Prior to our Membership Manager taking her parental leave, we would like to arrange a 2-day paid training (flexible, week of March 11) if possible with the new hire.

Salary: $15-20 hourly, commensurate with experience

Benefits: Part-time employees are eligible to accrue a half-day (4 hours) of sick leave per month.

Applications due: Sunday, March 3rd

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts to with the subject "MESPA Temporary Membership Associate." Please indicate your hours of preference (Mon-Fri between 8am-4:30pm) in your cover letter as well as any scheduling conflicts you foresee.

Location: We are moving offices on February 28! Our new offices will be located at Roseville Office Plaza - 1970 Oakcrest Ave, #204, Roseville, MN 55113.

Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Using an online system (association management software), recruit, retain, and track MESPA members.

  • Working independently and with Membership Committee members to identify new principals or principals who recently changed schools.

  • Answering phones and assisting members with questions.

  • Processing incoming mail, recording, tracking and depositing payments, and sending invoice reminders for outstanding payments.

  • Keeping database and email list up-to-date.

  • Completing data entry of joining/renewing members in a timely manner.

  • Providing membership updates to committee members as needed (Membership and EPAC Committees).

  • Collecting contributions to political action fund: data entry and bank deposits.

  • Collaborating with Program Manager and Communications Manager on projects.

  • Assisting at local professional development events.

  • Supporting general office operations: We wear many hats in our small organization! Examples include assisting our Executive Director, cleaning & organizing the office, organizing meetings, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Needed:

  • A completed college degree (or in the process of completing a college degree). College students are welcome to apply.

  • 1-2 years minimum combined experience in data management and member/customer support and service

  • Strong history of member/customer support and service

  • Self-directed with a strong work ethic

  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and data management software

  • Ability to track and perform multiple tasks concurrently

  • Appreciation for non-profit associations and a passion for public education

  • Flexible and adaptable to changes, interruptions, and unforeseen events

  • Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative team player

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Exceptional organizational skills & attention to detail

  • Comfortable learning and utilizing new technology

  • Basic accounting experience (accounts receivable) a plus

About MESPA: MESPA is the professional association of Minnesota’s elementary and middle level principals serving 1,000 principals statewide. With the vision to be the premier leadership resource for elementary and middle-level principals and a strong leading voice for public education, MESPA has represented Minnesota’s principals since 1950. MESPA provides advocacy, professional development, networking, communications, and support of professional practice for elementary and middle level school principals.

Improve education for Minnesota students through collaboration and advocacy.
Unite current, past, and future licensed elementary and middle-level principals.
Encourage and support a cooperative relationship between MESPA and other state/national organizations.
Advocate for the professional, ethical, economic, and social 

MESPA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, MESPA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

MESPA expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. 

MESPA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

1970 Oakcrest Avenue, Suite 204
Roseville, Minnesota, 55113
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