TASB Executive Director

The organization

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) is recognized nationally as a leader in promoting educational excellence through advocacy, visionary leadership, and high-quality services to school districts. As the largest school board association in the country, TASB represents the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state of Texas (almost 7,200). This group of elected officials — as a combined group — presides over more than $54 billion expenditures annually, employs more than 659,000 people, and serves more than 5.4 million students. Since its inception in 1949, TASB has supported local district leadership teams and improved the quality of education for Texas schoolchildren.

The opportunity

The TASB Executive Director serves as the chief staff officer responsible for collaborating with the TASB Board of Directors to establish and implement its strategic vision and implementation plan, positioning the organization as a recognized leader in public education and school board governance. Overseeing the work of a robust and productive team of more than 400 employees, the Executive Director will be an entrepreneurial and inspiring community advocate with a passion for serving the diverse needs of school districts throughout the state of Texas.

Key responsibilities

The incoming Executive Director will bring a strategic mindset and work in partnership with the Board of Directors and staff to advance TASB’s mission of supporting school board governance while advancing equity and student success. The Executive Director will collaborate with Assistant Executive Directors and their teams to provide the highest quality trainings, resources, products, and services to school board members across the state of Texas and beyond. The successful executive will be highly adept at navigating through the complexity of the organization and its offerings, including board development services, HR services, legal services, policy services, executive search services, printing services, facility services, and more.

Professional experience and qualifications

  • Executive leadership experience within a complex organization with multiple lines of business
  • Forward-thinking mentality and strong business acumen
  • Knowledge of organizational dynamics, practices and procedures, and the ability to make sound decisions in coordination with others
  • Passion for public education and serving the needs of all Texas schoolchildren
  • Understanding of school district operations, including K–12 and community colleges
  • High EQ to partner effectively with school board members, staff, educational institutions, community members, and elected officials
  • Proven ability to navigate networks and balance stakeholder needs
  • Visible and accessible through crises and change
  • Ability to build consensus
  • A successful track record of attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining a high-performing, team-oriented staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion internally and externally throughout their career
  • Unquestionable personal and professional integrity

Education

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required. Advanced degree is highly desired.

TASB employee value proposition

  • Competitive compensation and benefits package
  • Convenient, staff-supportive amenities like an on-site child care center, mini-market, fitness room, and more
  • A diverse, inclusive work environment that celebrates the unique identities, perspectives, abilities, and talents of all employees
  • A friendly company culture that encourages a healthy work-life balance

TASB is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of an individual's race, color, disability, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, marital status, veteran status, or any other personal characteristic protected by law.

Contact

TASB is being assisted by Rosa Morris, Charles Ingersoll, and Nora Sutherland of Korn Ferry. Please contact TASBExecutiveDirector@kornferry.com for further information and to submit your resume for consideration.

View the full position specifications on Korn Ferry’s website.