Executive Director: Job Posting

The North Carolina School Boards Association, a member-driven professional organization that represents and supports local boards of education in North Carolina, is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization following the retirement of the previous Director. NCSBA provides advocacy and policy analysis on behalf of public education and children. Serving as a unified voice for school districts, NCSBA fosters effective relationships with the legislature, the governor’s office, Congress, administrative agencies, and educational organizations. Please see the About section for additional information regarding its history and mission.

Job Title: Executive Director

General Job Description

The Executive Director performs professional supervisory,  administrative, and analytical public policy advocacy work on behalf of NCSBA’s members in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff. The Executive Director is also responsible for serving as primary staff to the Board and as the primary liaison between NCSBA and public officials or other policy-making individuals and groups at the local, state, and federal levels. Work involves supervising and leading a staff of in excess of 30 people in an overall strategy of advocacy to further the goals and objectives of NCSBA’s members in federal, state, and local legislative and public policy decisions and actions, and to provide various other educational services to members.

Benefits Include

  • Health insurance, vision insurance, dental reimbursement, and wellness program
  • Company car
  • Paid membership dues for applicable professional organizations
  • Annual leave and sick leave

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Develops long-range plans and other justifications for budget proposals and makes oral and/or written presentations of plans to Board, as
  • Serves as the chief liaison between NCSBA and public officials and agencies, media, and various other policy-making individuals and organizations at local, state, and federal
  • Develops and administers annual NCSBA, NCSBT, and NCSBAC budgets and reserve
  • Plans, develops, directs, coordinates, and supervises overall strategies and work plans for advocacy and education programs
  • Develops and implements proper investment strategies for NCSBA, NCSBT, and NCSBAC
  • Directs selection, employment, training and supervision of personnel, including professional, technical, and clerical
  • Serves as the primary liaison between the NCSBA Board of Directors and NCSBA
  • Creates and promotes a positive work environment that supports and motivates
  • Coordinates NCSBA’s cooperation with National School Boards Association (the national organization that supports the state associations) and participates in the National School Boards Association’s activities as appropriate.
  • Directs the activities of the NCSB Action Center and serves as its Secretary and
  • Makes oral presentations to a variety of groups and organizations on local education topics and other public policy issues pertinent to the NCSBA and its
  • Attends seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, and lectures as well as reviews professional journals as appropriate, to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in public policy pertaining to local


Candidate must demonstrate successful leadership qualities and experiences in education or public administration work, including responsible experience in public policy advocacy; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Doctoral level degree in education, public administration, political science, or a related field is preferred, but not required.

Successful Candidates will possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities 

  1. Public Policies, Principles, Philosophies, and Operations
    • Knowledge of goals, objectives, and structure of NCSBA.
    • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, and policies pertaining to the operations, authorities, responsibilities, and administration of education at the local level.
    • Knowledge of policies, practices, procedures, and organization of the NC General Assembly and the State Board of Education.
    • Ability to analyze and interpret policy and procedural guidelines, and to formulate, develop, and present recommendations to resolve problems and questions.
  2.  Personnel
    • Knowledge of personnel and management principles, practices, and techniques as they relate to the administration of workforce resources and planning, position management, staff development and training, policy development, and administration.
    • Ability to organize disparate groups of professionals into cohesive working groups.
    • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.
  3.  Advocacy
    • Skilled in the development and implementation of public policy advocacy strategies and programs.
    • Ability to work in a consulting capacity with educators and public officials at various levels of authority and influence.
    • Knowledge of the activities, organization, and practices of a variety of groups engaged in governmental lobbying efforts, with emphasis on those pertaining to local education and/or public schools.
  4. Fiscal Management
    • Ability to establish and maintain standard accounting and fiscal control measures.
    • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations governing insurance coverage and administration, including self-insurance pools and reinsurance underwriting.
    • Knowledge of federal, state, and local law pertaining to the fiscal operations of local education agencies.

How to Apply

Interested applicants, please email a resume and cover letter to ncsbaexecutivedirector@tharringtonsmith.com by August 21, 2020. Please direct all questions and other communications to this address. Applicants are discouraged from contacting individual members of the NCSBA Board of Directors or NCSBA staff.

Ramona PowersExecutive Director: Job Posting