Executive Director
Washington State PTA - Tacoma, WA

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Position Announcement
Executive Director Washington State PTA Tacoma, Washington
The Washington Congress of Parents and Teachers (better known as the Washington State PTA, or WSPTA) is seeking an accomplished, action-oriented leader to serve as its next Executive Director. Headquartered in Tacoma, the WSPTA is the largest, and one of the oldest, child-advocacy organizations in the state. The new Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead the Association’s expanding role in education policy development and advocacy, as well as enhancing its ongoing role of providing leadership development and support to local PTAs throughout the state.
Overview of the Organization
With over 140,000 members in more than 900 local units across the state and 100+ years of experience advocating for children and families, the Washington State PTA actively listens to the needs of its members and responds to those needs by providing leadership training; developing relevant and innovative programs; supporting parents in developing skills to raise, protect and advocate for their children; encouraging parent and community involvement; and speaking on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.
The Washington State PTA succeeds because of the grassroots involvement of its members and its network of highly trained council, regional and state leaders. WSPTA offers several opportunities for PTA leaders, at every level, to learn the leadership and technical skills they need to be effective. These opportunities include: Convention, Legislative Assembly, fall regional training conferences, and Leadership Conference. WSPTA programs are designed to help parents and PTA leaders respond to the needs of the families in local communities, and to assist local PTAs in delivering services to their school and community.
The Association currently has a current operating budget of $1.2 million. The office has eight full-time, and one part-time, staff.
Making every child’s potential a reality
  • PTA is a powerful voice for all children.
  • PTA is a relevant resource for families and communities.
  • PTA is a strong advocate for the well-being and education of every child.
The WSPTA accomplishes this mission by:
  • Speaking on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children;
  • Supporting parents* in developing skills to raise, protect and advocate for their children;
  • Encouraging parent*, teacher, student and community involvement; • Promoting opportunities for positive outcomes for children; and
  • Being a financially stable, well-managed organization that promotes diversity, provides quality service, models best practices and values its members and employees.
(*NOTE: The term “parent” is meant to include any adult who plays an important role in a child’s family life since other adults (grandparents, aunts, uncles, or guardians) may carry the primary responsibility for a child’s health, welfare, education and safety.)
For more detailed information about the WSPTA, please visit their web site: http://www.wastatepta.org/
The Position Responsibilities
The Executive Director reports to the President of the 22-member Board of Directors. Board members are elected for two year terms by the membership. The Executive Director leads the Association passionately toward its mission; is responsible for the effective conduct and management of Association affairs; recommends and participates in Board development of Association goals, objectives and policies; organizes, coordinates, and directs staff and activities for the Association; and acts as its primary spokesperson.
Compensation & Benefits The salary range for the position is commensurate with qualifications and experience. A generous employee benefits plan is included
Diversity Focus
The staff, members and other stakeholders of the WSPTA are from wide and diverse socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. A demonstrated commitment to, and understanding of, diversity and cultural competency will be critical in the selection process.
Leadership Philosophy Required
The Executive Director must provide visionary leadership, inspire staff, Board members and other volunteers to do their best work, create, as well as identify, strategic opportunities for the Association, and serve as the “face of the organization” to its many stakeholders. The Executive Director has wide latitude in exercising independent initiative and judgment, subject to the policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors.
The new Executive Director must be free of any affiliations that could conflict (or could create the appearance of conflict) with the exercise of his/her responsibilities.
Application Timing
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume as soon as possible. Full consideration is assured if letters and resumes are received no later than Noon Pacific Time, January 17, 2013.
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Contact Information
For further information, please contact: Dave Osmer, Hagel & Company, Phone: 425-643-4223, or email: dave@hagel.net . DO NOT submit your application to this email address (use the link above).