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Executive Director

The National PTA (NPTA) has retained Sterling Martin Associates to search for its next Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity to lead an organization with a 117-year history of working toward bettering the lives of every child in education, health and safety. The position is located in NPTA’s Old Town Alexandria, VA headquarters and is available immediately. 

Founded in 1897 as the National Congress of Mothers, PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the country. PTA is devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. Membership is open to all who support the health and educational achievement of our nation’s children. PTA promotes parent involvement in all schools and works to ensure nationwide access to quality public education—primarily by providing parents and communities with tools and resources to support their students and by speaking with a powerful voice on behalf of every child.  

The National PTA (NPTA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership association of more than four million members—parents, teachers, students, administrators and business community leaders. NPTA is organized into 22,000 local units and 54 state and territorial congresses across the United States and around the world. The NPTA has a rich history of advocacy on behalf of students, families and educational matters and is a recognized and influential advocacy organization with a strong presence on Capitol Hill and with the various educational regulatory bodies. NPTA holds an annual Legislative Conference in March, an Annual Convention in June, (attended by 1,400 delegates, visitors and vendors), and a number of other conferences and meetings throughout the year with specific content focus. 

NPTA is governed by a 29-member Board of Directors whose diversity more closely reflects the children and families of the U.S. than ever before. NPTA’s professional staff numbers 58; 50 are located at the headquarters facility in Old Town Alexandria, Va., and an additional eight field staff work remotely in support of state and local units. NPTA’s annual operating budget is $12 million. For more information about NPTA, please visit

Executive Director 

Reporting directly to the President and Board of Directors, the Executive Director serves as the chief staff officer of the organization and provides visionary leadership to NPTA. In conjunction with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director develops the organization’s vision/mission, goals, and strategic plan to assure future success and viability of the organization. The Executive Director also provides inspirational leadership and direction to the NPTA staff to ensure effective and efficient delivery of strategic and annual budget/operating plans. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Under the broad supervision of the NPTA Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities: 


  • Manage the day-to-day operations of NPTA including, but not limited to, staff recruitment and supervision, headquarters facility and maintenance, fiscal oversight, and adherence to NPTA policies and procedures.
  • Develop a sound fiscal foundation for the organization.
  • Ensure the efficient and effective use of the organization’s financial resources through oversight of the budgetary process, monitoring financial activity, and monitoring compliance with funder requirements.
  • Provide leadership for human resources management through final approval of hires, terminations and evaluations.
  • Assure adequate staff training is provided to assist staff in carrying out their jobs.
  • Hold primary responsibility for contract negotiation and completion consistent with Board policies relative to contracts.
  • Hold primary responsibility for facilitating communication throughout the staff organization to ensure that teamwork is developed and the day‐to‐day operations run smoothly. 

Board Relations

  • Serve as the primary staff liaison to the Board of Directors.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board and Board President to assure that the Board has the appropriate information to best meet their leadership and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Report on a monthly basis to the Officers, activities related to the development of non‐ dues revenue sources, potential funding, and association relations and pending contract negotiations.
  • Present a report at each meeting of the Board of Directors outlining a comprehensive overview of the work of the association. 


  • Support the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of a Strategic Plan that is responsive to the vision and mission of NPTA.
  • Develop annual staff objectives to meet the goals and objectives set out in the Strategic Plan.
  • Insure that the Association’s annual budget aligns with the objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan. 

Program and Member Relations

  • Provide creative/innovative leadership to program development to ensure programs meet current and future needs of the organization.
  • Monitor program performance to assure attainment of objectives.
  • Build strong, collaborative relations with PTA Congresses and NPTA’ committees and task forces to best achieve the common goals and objectives. 

External Relations

  • Represent the National PTA at industry, cooperating organization, constituent organizations and governmental agency meetings, functions and events.
  • Maintain involvement in professional associations and networks to assure awareness of service opportunities, needs, and funding and legislative trends.
  • In partnership with the Board President, serve as the organization’s public spokesperson, ensuring that the organization has a positive image nationally and with funders.
  • Oversee the development of all marketing and public relations initiatives. 

Resource Development

  • Identify and develop traditional and non‐traditional funding sources.
  • Oversee the creation of the annual revenue plan, monitor progress toward its achievement, and act as a liaison to private and public funders.
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with major donors and corporate and foundation supporters.
  • Raise the funds necessary to meet annual operating budget and to build the reserves needed to insure financial sustainability. 

Requisite Background and Experience | Desirable Qualities and Characteristics 

Qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director will be expected to understand, embrace and advance NPTA’s mission and be prepared to step in to be the face of the organization when necessary and appropriate. All candidates will also be expected to present the following:

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively increasing responsibility, including management of staff in nonprofit organizations, with a minimum of five years in an executive-level position.
  • Certified Association Executive | CAE designation preferred.
  • Prior experience with a national membership organization of similar magnitude ($10 million+) preferred.
  • Proven ability to implement nationwide initiatives in a nonprofit environment with separately incorporated state- and community-based affiliated organizations.
  • Extensive experience working with a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization.
  • Experience working with a governing board on strategic planning, including setting and achieving goals.
  • Demonstrated understanding of governance issues, including board management and dynamics.
  • A successful track record in fundraising.
  • Experience in building coalitions and strategic partnerships.
  • Superior communications skills, both written and oral and extensive experience with public speaking.
  • Experience overseeing conference and meeting planning and execution.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit finance and budgeting.
  • Ability to set priorities, delegate responsibilities, and mentor, motivate and develop others.
  • Knowledge of the field of leadership and organizational development.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically and think tactically. 

Compensation | Benefits | Availability 

NPTA offers competitive salary, medical, dental, life, LTD, 403 (b), transportation benefit, flexible spending accounts, EAP, paid vacation, sick, holiday and personal days. The position is located in Old Town Alexandria, VA and is available immediately. 

To apply, please send a cover letter and current résumé (Microsoft Word® format preferred) to A well-crafted cover letter outlining how your background and experience relate to the position is a required element and will be considered an important part of the candidate review process. All applications will be acknowledged. 

The National PTA is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer that is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. 

For more information, please contact:

Sterling Martin Associates
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW | Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 327-5485 |