Our Strategic Plan focuses on key areas and activities for our membership and the industry at large:
Communications:Foster a collaborative effort to increase awareness of pupil transportation
Leadership:Develop transportation professionals for today and tomorrow
Education:Broaden access to education which creates and delivers products and services that meet current and future member needs
Advocacy: Strengthen relationships with other K-12 associations, other school transportation organizations, and federal & state agencies
Resources: Provide transportation professionals with timely data and relevant materials to ensure safe and efficient transportation
Our work fosters the advancement of the school transportation industry. We promote and enrich the women and men responsible for providing school transportation for over 25 million students daily. Our vision is to ensure every student has access to safe and efficient school transportation.
We seek a highly qualified, motivated individual to succeed our long-time Executive Director/CEO. The Executive Director reports directly to the Boards of Directors and guides the Boards in the development of our vision and strategic plan as well as the successful execution and implementation of that plan.
The Boards and ED/CEO ensure our relevance to the school transportation community and accountability to our members and stakeholders. This individual will lead us and increase our visibility and funding, as well as the reach, relevance and strength of our programs.
The Executive Director is charged with enhancing NAPT’s exceptional brand and record of accomplishment, attaining our vision and achieving our goals for financial stability, community engagement, and program impact, as follows.
Develop a shared vision for the future of the organization, build understanding around the mission, and implement appropriate goals and strategies to advance and sustain that mission
Understand each organization is a distinct entity but also an important component of the NAPT brand
Monitor the finances of the organization and oversees preparation of accurate financial reports, ensuring both organizations are operating efficiently and lawfully within agreed upon budget guidelines
Develop and monitor strategies to meet annual budget needs and to ensure the long-term financial viability of the organizations
Make sound financial decisions and recommendations based on a thorough understanding of the organization's overall financial picture
Public Relations and Partnerships
Serve as the principal spokesperson for each organization, including the advancement of statements used to advocate industry and association needs
Initiate, develop, and maintain effective working relationships with key funders, partners, philanthropic agencies/individuals, corporations, and other school transportation stakeholders to ensure the organizations are appropriately represented
Manage the preparation, direction and editorial content of the association’s official news magazine, School Bus Ride
Human Resource Management
Promote a workplace culture that reflects the organization’s values, encourages collaboration, and empowers staff to excel
Ensure the organizational structure is appropriate for its size and scale and effectively manages the change associated with vagaries in the marketplace
Oversee all human resources policies and procedures, including assessment of staffing needs, creation of detailed job descriptions, setting of qualifications and performance standards, as well as the hiring, training, and evaluation of all staff
Coordinate and facilitates professional development and educational opportunities for staff members consistent with their needs and career objectives, and, where appropriate, the boards of directors
Develop and oversee each organization’s programs and ensures their alignment with the mission
Keep pace with current trends and needs as relate to the organization’s programs and anticipate trends that may impact the programs offered
Develop new or expand existing programs to meet emerging member needs
Policy and Public Affairs Management
Identify issues affecting the pupil transportation industry and conduct research and information about such issues
Confer and collaborate with related national associations to determine strategies and communications to address or respond to such issues
Develop and advance statements and positions on behalf of the association to address legislative and regulatory developments as well as industry trends and issues
Board of Directors Relations
Maintain an effective relationship with the board, characterized by open communication, respect, and trust
Support strategic board development, including recruitment of new leaders and contributors to the work of the boards
Ensure the Boards and committees are informed of the status of all facets of the organization and advises board members on preferred strategies
Manage the work of the various committees and ensure appropriate and timely staff support and resources for their work.
Work Environment and Culture
Staff work remotely as a team responsible for implementing our vision and strategic priorities. The Executive Director provides overall direction and supervision for the activities of the staff.
Our Boards provide general oversight and guidance as well as financial oversight, setting an annual budget, formulating our strategic plan, and an annual project management work plan. Our Executive Director and staff ensure programs and services effectively execute and implement the strategic priorities and goals of the organization.
Our Executive Director is responsible for ensuring cohesion of our operations and accomplishment of our objectives. The Executive Director will maintain direct communications with and accountability to the Boards. Staff are encouraged to maintain appropriate communication with Board members and committees as needed to complete their work and to coordinate such contacts with the Executive Director.
As a remote operation, staff need to be innovative and entrepreneurial in fulfilling our mission, vision and values. They are expected to rely on one another to accomplish our objectives effectively and efficiently. Staff utilize a project management system to ensure that all work activities are coordinated and efficiently managed.
A Successful Candidate:
Demonstrates an ability to work remotely and achieve objectives independently
Displays and values the highest level of integrity and honesty
Inspires and motivates others through actions and words
Communicates powerfully and passionately
Is driven, goal-directed, and outcome-oriented
Creates a vision and establishes direction
Analyzes issues and facilitates problem resolution
Exhibits exceptional interpersonal skills
Builds a competent, diverse, and empowered workforce
Acts as a team player, having the appreciation, trust, and confidence in colleagues
Is committed to self-improvement and remains current on school transportation trends
Is entrepreneurial in identifying opportunities for new programs and services
Builds good working relationships with colleagues across the industry
This is an executive position with a starting salary of $85,000-$100,000 (depending upon experience). Subsequent increases are based upon periodic or annual performance evaluations prescribed by and executed by the Boards.
See below for additional benefits
The successful candidate must have at least five years of progressively responsible association leadership and management experience and should demonstrate a record of success in building and maintaining high-performing teams and organizations.
Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Organizational Management, or related fields is required
A Master’s degree, Juris Doctor, or higher studies is desirable
Status as a Certified Association Executive is desirable
Working knowledge of school transportation issues and trends is desirable
Required experience includes:
Executive leadership characterized by successful management of organizational growth and change, as well as teams, resources, and processes
Assessment of public policy issues and presentation of complex concepts
Development of policy positions and development of advocacy strategies
Demonstrated responsibilities in financial management and understanding of business practices and effective budgeting
Implementation and execution of diversified revenue streams to support strategic goals
Cultivation and stewardship of effective relationships with school transportation and education leaders and funders and the successful management of partnerships
Effective and collaborative board relations that support implementation of our strategic plan
Appreciation of the power and potential of data-driven impact analysis, especially as relates to programs and processes
A dynamic understanding of the political, business, and fundraising environments that impact the school transportation market space
About National Association for Pupil Transportation
The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is a non-profit §501 (c) (6) organization that serves as the world’s premier student transportation market space, a diverse community of people and organizations that share a passion for safe and efficient student transportation.
In concert with the NAPT Foundation Inc., our §501 (c) (3) nonprofit affiliate, we offer transportation and transportation-related providers in school districts and private operators a wide variety of professional services and opportunities for growth and development.
NAPT and the NAPT Foundation have adopted a Strategic Plan that centers our work on several key areas and activities for our membership and the industry at large as follows:
•Communications: To foster a collaborative effort to increase awareness of pupil transportation
•Leadership: To develop transportation professionals for today and tomorrow
•Education: To broaden access to education which creates and delivers products and services that meet current and future member needs
•Advocacy: To strengthen relationships and work with other K-12 associations, other organizations in the school transportation industry, and federal & sta...te agencies
•Resources: To provide transportation professionals with timely data and relevant materials to ensure safe and efficient transportation
Our work in each critical area is intended to foster the advancement of the school transportation industry. Moreover, we strive to promote and enrich the women and men who are responsible for providing school transportation services across the nation for more than 25 million students each day of the school year. Ultimately, our vision is to ensure that every student has access to safe and school transportation.