Membership Manager

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies 

Membership Manager

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies

Brussels, Belgium

About us

Founded in Brussels in 1983, CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) is a leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, which has been consistently ranked among the top 10 world’s best think tanks. CEPS’ distinguishing features include its strong in-house research capacity and an extensive international network of partner institutes. CEPS’ funding comes from a variety of sources, mainly research grants, public procurement, but also from membership and conference fees.

CEPS relies on a broad and stable membership base to support its mission. Members include both private and public sectors representatives, individuals and organisations. Joining CEPS’ membership gives access to informed and stimulating policy analysis and to be part of a network bringing together key stakeholders working on European affairs. CEPS offers various levels of membership, including the possibility to participate in task forces. As independence is a fundamental value of CEPS, the Centre declines to accept any donation that would alter its commitment to complete research independence and to set its own research priorities.

Main tasks

Develop and lead on the membership strategic engagement plan to diversify membership and attract new members:

  • Under the supervision of the CEO, devise a membership engagement strategy and revise current membership packages;
  • Monitor membership interactions and ensure engagement;
  • In collaboration with CEPS research staff and the Communications and Events team, design members-specific events and meetings – identifying relevant themes, speakers and formats;
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with current members and recruit prospective members.

Chief point of contact for members:

  • Represent CEPS externally with current and prospective members as well as during networking conferences and events when necessary;
  • Ensure regular follow-ups with current members and respond to incoming requests;
  • Maintain and oversee membership budget and financial status in collaboration with the Membership Coordinator;
  • Work with the Head of Communications to devise, plan and implement targeted communications aimed at servicing members and responding to their information needs;
  • Lead on securing sponsorship for CEPS’ annual conference and flagship events.

Liaison between CEPS research staff and members:

  • Act as a liaison between CEPS research staff and members and ensure follow-up of research staff to members’ requests, while fully complying with the CEPS integrity statement and independence policy;
  • Identify opportunities for partnerships and collaboration by initiating task forces with research staff.

Your background and qualifications

  • You have a degree in public relations or business management;
  • You have at least 5 years of experience in public relations or a similar position;
  • You have experience in membership outreach and communications;
  • You have a good knowledge of the functioning of the EU and can understand research and academia needs;
  • You have good management skills;
  • You have experience in organising and moderating events;
  • You have an excellent command of English, both orally and in writing, in addition to full competency in at least one other European language.

Your profile

  • You have excellent networking skills and are eager to invest in building and maintaining a growing network;
  • You have a good understanding of the need to be outgoing and to use all possibilities of knowledge dissemination as a means of profiling the work of the organisation;
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with all external stakeholders and CEPS staff;
  • Ability to motivate and manage people in a matrix and cross-cultural organisation;
  • You can handle stress, respect deadlines and are able to juggle multiple tasks and changing priorities;
  • Strong sense of diplomacy;
  • You enjoy teamwork and are open to giving and receiving feedback.

What CEPS can offer

We offer full-time employment for 1 year. The contract is renewable. The salary will be in accordance with your previous experience as well as with the CEPS salary scale. We also offer a benefits package (group & hospitalisation insurance, meal tickets, public transport reimbursement, 20 days legal holiday entitlement per year plus additional days when CEPS is closed during the Christmas-New Year period).

We would like the preferred candidate to start her/his activities as soon as possible.

Career development prospects

CEPS offers a Learning and Development Programme for all staff to develop the necessary skills for their position.

More information

Further information about the position can be obtained from Fanny Trang, Head of Communications and Events,

Application and deadline

Applications should include a one-page letter of motivation, indicating your salary expectations and the place where you read our advert, and a curriculum vitae both in English. For the CV, please use the Europass template ( They should be e-mailed to by 9 February 2020 with the job title and unit name in the subject line (Membership Manager – February 2020).

Phone interviews with long-listed candidates will take place on 13 or 14 February 2020. Short-listed candidates will then be invited to CEPS for the second round on 20 or 21 February 2020.

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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