PTAA Executive Director Position

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Position Profile
Executive Director 

The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association is seeking an experienced, innovative professional to serve as its Executive Director. The successful candidate for the position will inherit a well-respected, fiscally-sound organization. He or she will have the opportunity to build on the association’s 40+-year history as a leading voice in serving the legislative, educational, and information needs of its members.

The Association is a non-profit membership trade association whose members and partners represent a broad spectrum of experience and viewpoints in developing, owning, managing and servicing Piedmont Triad, North Carolina-area apartment communities. The Association forges consensus and partnerships while working to achieve common goals.

Governance, Staffing and Finances 

The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association is governed by an active 12-member board of directors made up of some of the leading apartment professionals in the marketplace. 

The Association provides its members with a range of industry education programs, resource and referral, technical assistance and outreach, evidence-based advocacy, and a clearinghouse of data, statistics, best practices, and research. 

The Executive Director will lead a staff of 4 full- and part-time individuals who are responsible for managing a variety of programs. For more information on specific programs and services, visit the Association’s website at 

The Association’s operating budget for the current fiscal year is approximately $700,000. Chief sources of support include memberships, industry management form sales, special events, service contracts, course tuitions, and corporate sponsorships. 

Leadership Opportunity and Key Attributes 

Building on a solid foundation made up of clarity of direction, engaged board and dedicated staff, the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association’s next leader will lead a fiscally sound and stable organization to its next level of success. The new leader will creatively guide the organization to maintain and strengthen its leading position in the multi-family rental housing industry in the Piedmont Triad Region. 

The Association seeks candidates with a demonstrated commitment to the following: 

Mission Oriented: Incorporates the Association’s mission and values into the organization’s vision and strategies. Advocates evidence-based positions, partners with a broad range of both members and organizations and viewpoints and is a creative problem-solver. 

Industry Knowledge: Has an ability to gather and communicate industry positions related to multi-family rental housing including local, state, and federal legislation, emerging trends, taxation, the concerns of for-profit and nonprofit developers, owners, and managers, industry demographics, and more. 

People Oriented: Can navigate a variety of complex environments with ease. Initiates the development of relationships and effectively maintains them internally and externally, including with influential leaders to impact and strengthen the mission. Communicates to engage and inspire people within and outside the Association. Values contributions of his or her team, and can create an environment where others can share ideas with enthusiasm. Provides leadership to the staff and the board, empowering them to work independently, ensuring organizational alignment, while being held accountable for results. 

Evidence Based: Engages in relevant research and assists in crafting positions based on facts, not partisanship or emotion and is committed to maintaining the Association’s reputation as a credible, independent, relevant authority within the housing community. 

Visionary and Future Focused: Is able to spot trends at their earliest stages, collaborate to develop solutions and build partnerships to implement them. Remains at the leading, anticipatory edge of the ever-changing and complex apartment industry. 

Personal Development Oriented: Shares authority and demonstrates courage and humility. Creates a learning organization. Ensures that staff members' professional and personal development plans are in alignment with organizational goals. Effectively drives change by leveraging resources and creating alignment to expand organizational opportunities. 

Desired Skills and Qualifications 
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Five or more years of broad management experience, preferably in a non-profit sector, including strategic planning, board development, marketing and communications and advocacy.
  • Demonstrated success effectively leading a voluntary, non-profit organization within a complex internal and external environment.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a membership organization with diverse partners.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing comparably sized budgets.
  • Ability to attract, retain, lead and motivate quality staff and volunteer leadership.
  • Ability to direct a healthy and growing industry trade association including the essential element of fund-raising.
  • Knowledge and understanding of other business, community, and political organizations that impact the Association, with a sense of how to leverage them to benefit the Association and its members.
  • Commitment to the Association’s mission and its values and ethics.
  • Must be an articulate spokesperson on housing issues with the ability to communicate effectively with staff, board members, general members, community partners, public elected and appointed officials, and the media.
  • Ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with board of directors, direct reports, and other staff.
  • Experience with the housing/community development field is preferred. 


The Executive Director’s salary and overall compensation will be commensurate with the experience and background of the successful applicant. The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association offers a competitive benefits package. 

Application Process 

To apply, send cover letter and resume to: Piedmont Triad Apartment Association Search Committee, c/o PTAA Search Committee Applications will be accepted until the 5th of November, 2021 or until the position is filled. The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

About Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA)

IDENTITY & PURPOSE: The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA) is the leading multi-family housing organization serving the Piedmont Triad region. Originally organized by apartment owners and operators, today PTAA constituencies also include Supplier Partners, residents, and the community-at-large. PTAA is an influential and well-regarded affiliate in the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) federation of 149 state and local apartment associations nationwide, and of the seven local affiliate members of the Apartment Association of North Carolina (AANC).  PTAA is an advocate for the industry in local, regional, and national legislative issues, and provides leadership and resources to its members in order to create and operate apartment communities Triad residents can trust to meet their housing needs. In concert with AANC and NAA, its principal programs address industry standards and best practices in providing continuing education and professional development.

PTAA has been awarded three PARAGON Awards from the National Apartment Association: 2011 Communications, 2011 Community Service, 2014 Association Executive Jon Lowder

MISSION: PTAA brings its constituencies together to improve apartment living in the Piedmont Triad. PTAA provides leadership and resources to its members in order to create and operate apartment communities Piedmont Triad residents can trust to meet their housing needs. In concert with the Apartment Association of North Carolina (AANC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA), its principal programs address industry standards and best practices in providing continuing education and professional development.

VISION: PTAA apartment communities will be recognized as quality housing choices and valuable resources throughout the Triad.

CORE VALUES: Honesty, Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability, & Inclusiveness