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Executive Director

California State PTA (California Congress of Parents, Teachers, and Students, Inc.)
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Nov 3, 2022

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Executive Director
California State PTA
Sacramento, CA/Remote

About California State PTA

California State PTA (California Congress of Parents, Teachers, and Students, Inc.) is a
professional, nonprofit volunteer led organization committed to the well-being of all children and families. It is a constituent organization of National PTA, serving as a link between the national organization and its membership within the state. PTAs are a vital part of schools and communities across the state, with approximately 3,500 PTAs in California and more than 500,000 members.

The mission of California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and

Key programs and activities of California State PTA include:

Representing the interests of children before the legislature, Governor and other state and federal agencies;

Participation in statewide meetings and conferences of allied groups, agencies, and coalitions having goals similar to PTA;

Leadership training, resources, and support, including through a statewide annual
convention, field services, workshops, and online training;

Providing programs and services, materials, and publications to local leaders and
members; and serving as a clearinghouse for PTA information and as a coordinating agency for PTA work in the state; and

Strengthen our voice for children, youth, and families by rebuilding, retaining, and
increasing membership.

The work of California State PTA is carried out by a 14-member Board of Directors and a 100-member Board of Managers. The association's work is accomplished by commissions and standing and special committees, working in partnership with staff.

For more information on California State PTA, please visit

The Opportunity

California State PTA, the largest and oldest child advocacy associations in America, is seeking a collaborative and inspiring leader who will partner with the Board of Directors to strategically guide the organization forward as its new Executive Director. This is a unique opportunity to be at the helm of an organization that is at an exciting inflection point focused on innovation, growth, and development.

The Executive Director collaborates with the Board on vision, provides direction, leadership, and continuity for PTA volunteers and staff towards the achievement of California State PTA's mission, strategy, and its goals, priorities, and objectives. They are responsible for the overall successful operation and performance of California State PTA including oversight of programs, volunteer engagement, fundraising, and resource development efforts as well as the fiscal health and structural soundness of the organization. Working in close partnership with the Board of Directors, this visionary Executive Director serves as a spokesperson for California State PTA to a variety of constituents and will be knowledgeable about local and statewide issues that impact children, families, and schools.

Keeping California State PTA's mission as a north star, the Executive Director will help shape the vision and strategy for innovation and growth in partnership with the Board of Directors harnessing the organization's immense potential for increased reach and impact in the field. This is a wonderful opportunity for a passionate leader to build on California State PTA's current work and past successes to create new opportunities in support of all children and families throughout the state of California.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is an ex-officio, non-voting member of that body. The Executive Director works closely with the organization's CEO, the member-elected State President, and oversees a staff of approximately fifteen employees.

The Executive Director is appointed by, is evaluated annually by, and works in close collaboration with the Board of Directors.

Candidate Profile

Proven success in a membership focused organization, in management of a team, budgeting and finance, resource development and program development and implementation, is essential to assure the future success and viability of the organization. This position requires a proactive professional with strong communication and presentation skills; a thoughtful, organized approach to planning and decision-making; and experience and comfort working with and
supporting volunteer leaders.

Partnering with the Board of Directors, Board of Managers, volunteer leadership and staff, the Executive Director will possess the political savviness to understand and bring together various personalities and styles to move the work of the organization forward. This empathetic leader will have experience leading diverse groups and organizations to build successful working partnerships. Acting as an ambassador of the organization, this individual will have the capability to work with policymakers and government agencies to educate and influence policy.

Core Competencies

The Executive Director of California State PTA will demonstrate many, though perhaps not all, of the following attributes and competencies:

Passion for the Mission

The Executive Director will have a passion for the mission of California State PTA and be a strong advocator for creating positive impact in the lives of children and families. The Executive Director will possess an understanding of the many facets of the organization and be able to navigate the complex landscape of the California State PTA, with an ability to weave diversity, equity and inclusion into the organization's internal operations and external work. Understanding that volunteer leadership is the heart and soul of the organization, the Executive Director will energize, inspire, and engage volunteers at all levels in a meaningful way. An individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values, this leader is someone who can be trusted without reservation.

Visionary, Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Executive Director will be an experienced and visionary leader with an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic spirit, with the background and skillset to deliver on the mission and vision of California State PTA. This individual will be a proven strategic thinker with the foresight, capacity, and experience to understand and balance complex and discrete constituent needs. The Executive Director will be highly organized and thorough, with the ability to diagnose critical areas for attention, and develop and implement clear, action-oriented, innovative strategies that address challenging problems with thoughtful, effective solutions that produce broad support and position the organization for future success and growth.

Organizational Excellence & Business Acumen

A humble and authentic leader willing to roll up their sleeves as needed, the Executive Director will possess the ability to challenge the status quo, yet employ a compassionate leadership approach in building the culture of California State PTA. This individual will invest in staff development with a collaborative and mentoring leadership style and will be adept at creating a healthy organizational culture thriving onclarity, transparency, honesty, and reliable follow-through. They will excel at matching California State PTA's capacity to its resources and will ensure that there is the necessary infrastructure and support to meet California State PTA's short- and long-term organizational needs.

This Executive Director will have a strong record of successful management of finance and operations for a nonprofit and/or member-based, multimillion-dollar organization. They will have the business savvy needed to oversee and optimize California State PTA's operations, along with knowledge of best-in-class nonprofit management practices. This individual will ensure fiduciary responsibility, sound financial management practices, and accountability. This individual will have the perspective to consider the impact of decisions, strategic plans or initiatives, and programs of the organization to make sound recommendations to the Board of Directors accordingly.

Revenue Generation & Fundraising

As the lead fundraiser for California State PTA, the Executive Director will be enthusiastic about establishing strategic partnerships and connections with the funding community. They will be a versatile and experienced fundraising leader with a measurable track record of success in development, including diversifying and securing funding from a variety of sources. In close collaboration with the Board, this individual will be instrumental in developing the strategy to increase the organization's fundraising potential and activities, as well as identify additional revenue streams. Bringing a fresh perspective, the Executive Director will effectively communicate California State PTA's value proposition for members and will identify opportunities and strategies for increasing membership.

Relationship Builder, Skilled Communicator, and Collaborator

The Executive Director will value clear, consistent, and transparent communication and will build trust with California State PTA staff, members, volunteer leaders, Board of Directors, Board of Managers, and partners. This individual will possess outstanding relationship building and networking abilities and act as a constituent builder and connector to advance the mission and impact of California State PTA. The successful candidate will have the ability to develop robust and trusting partnerships with all internal and external constituents. In addition, the Executive Director will be thoughtful, open, and accessible, working together to find efficiencies and opportunities for the benefit of the organization. The Executive Director will treat others with respect, with the ability to build internal structures to support clear and transparent communication and feedback with the Board, staff, and volunteers.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Michelle Bonoan and Jennifer Smith of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role, please submit your materials here (, or email Michelle and Jennifer directly at and All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

California State PTA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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