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Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented | TAGT | Executive Director


Executive Director

Client Overview

The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) has retained Sterling Martin Associates to search for TAGT’s next Executive Director.

Chartered in 1978, TAGT connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students from every cultural background in Texas. TAGT provides more than 3,000 members – primarily educators and parents – a forum for exchanging ideas and information about the education of gifted and talented students. TAGT is a 501(c)(3) primarily individual membership association that meets its mission through awareness, advocacy, and action.

Located in Austin, TX, TAGT is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors, comprised of individuals who work with gifted and talented students, primarily in an educational role – classroom teachers or district/campus-level administrators. TAGT’s professional staff consists of six full-time and five contracted employees. The current annual operating budget is in the $1.17M range.

For more information about TAGT, please visit www.txgifted.org.

Executive Director

Broadly defined, the Executive Director (ED) provides leadership and direction for all TAGT activities, including but not limited to setting and guiding the vision and mission; long short-range strategic planning and implementation; promoting strong leadership among all constituents by serving TAGT’s membership and serving as primary liaison among the membership, the Board of Directors, and the TAGT staff. The ED also exercises financial oversight and fiduciary responsibility for the organization; ensures the long-term success of the organization by minimizing risks related to legal, regulatory, and other liabilities; develops organizational policies, procedures, programs, compensation plans, benefits; and handles other broad organizational initiatives.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the TAGT Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the following duties and responsibilities:

Membership and Partners

  • Maintains an ever-present focus on TAGT’s members by listening to, understanding, and responding to the needs of TAGT’s diverse membership.
  • Strengthens the role, visibility and benefit of membership and volunteer involvement within TAGT; provides frequent and friendly accessibility and opportunity for the personal communication to individual members of the Association.
  • Identifies, cultivates, and recruits new members to the Association.
  • Engages and encourages member involvement in issues facing the Association.
  • Demonstrates the philosophy that TAGT “belongs” to the members and that the TAGT staff and governing board serve the collective membership.
  • Provides sound stewardship for existing sponsorships while attracting new sponsors and partners to the Association.

Executive Management

  • Develops, communicates, and implements a strategic plan, including short- and long-term goals and objectives for the Association and develops a system for monitoring and evaluating the Association’s performance in meeting these goals and objectives with the Board and staff.
  • Communicates TAGT’s mission, vision, strategies, policies and major objectives to the Association’s staff as well as to TAGT’s members.
  • Guides development, communicates, and assures implementation of the Association’s strategic plan and budget.
  • Supports and implements TAGT policy established by the Board of Directors; interprets, further defines, responds to, and monitors policy matters as well as prioritizing competing policy interests and projects, while allocating Association resources to achieve policy goals.
  • Ensures financial integrity and soundness through accurate disclosure of all assets and liabilities of the Association and ensures that TAGT is fulfilling its fiduciary responsibility as a membership organization; evaluates the cost and other requirements of actions and programs and obtains necessary Board approval.
  • Manages and administers, on a day-to-day basis, the operations and general affairs of the Association, pursuant to its Bylaws and policies of the Board; approves expenditures within the limits of the Board–approved budget.
  • Manages, directs and evaluates the TAGT professional staff to accomplish the strategic goals and objectives in each of their respective areas; assists the staff in establishing annual goals and objectives; ensures that goals and activities to support the Association’s current objectives are implemented; ensures that functional initiatives are aligned with the strategic plan.
  • Creates a culture among staff that encourages and sustains innovation, appropriate risk-taking, trust, and accountability; encourages staff to seek new and creative ideas through education, research, and curiosity.
  • Leads the strategic efforts to position the Annual and Leadership Conferences as the premier events of their kind; represents TAGT at official functions and addresses members and association representatives on behalf of TAGT.
  • Represents the Association publicly; serves proactively as TAGT’s leader; serves as spokesperson and promoter of Texas’ membership and trade associations both within the Association and before the public.
  • Develops/maintains relationships with related organizations and leaders.
  • Reviews activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives and revises objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions; has oversight of the Association’s financial and asset management, including Association records and reports.
  • Ensures the Association’s conformance with professional standards, applicable federal and state regulations, and policies established by the Board of Directors.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with the Association’s auditors, consultants, and independent contractors.
  • Maintains a knowledge and understanding of the latest trends in association management.

Board Relationships

  • Provides notice of TAGT Board meetings; meets regularly with the Board of Directors and participates in all Board meetings as an ex officio, nonvoting member; prepares the meeting agenda and materials in collaboration with the appropriate officer.
  • Reports all major and strategy-level activities to the Board of Directors.
  • Assists the Board of Directors in the administration of:
    • Strategic planning process.
    • Election process.
    • Board orientation.
    • Recommends to the Board of Directors appropriate policies and standards governing the Association’s operations and reviews these policies and procedures on not less than an annual basis with the Officers.
    • Provides the Board of Directors with periodic progress updates.
    • Ensures adequate documentation is provided to Board members in advance for all major agenda items; works to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the Board on a timely basis.
    • Oversees preparation of the annual budget, and in concert with the Board Treasurer, presents the budget to the Board for annual approval or mid-year adjustment.
    • Serves as a key advisor to the Board.
    • Assists the Board of Directors and its committees in the performance of their responsibilities and participates regularly in their meetings.

Requisite Background & Experience | Qualities & Characteristics

All qualified candidates will be expected to embrace TAGT’s mission to serve its members. Ideal candidates will have familiarity and/or experience with gifted and talented education. Qualified candidates will also be expected to present the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree. Masters or advanced degree a plus.
  • Certified Association Executive (CAE) strongly preferred.
  • Five to seven or more years of senior-level management experience in the association sector. Experience in an education-related association a plus.
  • Demonstrated success in a CEO/ED or senior management position.
  • Experience working with a nonprofit/association governing board to develop strategy and vision.
  • Experience managing a revenue budget of at least $1 million.
  • Experience with an organization with significant conference, meetings, and seminar operations a plus; experience overseeing online professional development programs a plus.
  • Ability to make sound decisions at a strategic level for the organization that are representative of the TAGT membership and are supportive of its mission, vision, and goals.
  • Ability to create meaningful member experiences through engaging and creative service and by honoring a diversity of thought and experience.
  • Ability to lead the major functional areas of a business, i.e., administration, finance, membership (program/service benefits), conferences, training/education, publications, marketing, etc.
  • Ability to lead a management team that works as one to accomplish TAGT’s vision and goals.
  • Ability to critically evaluate staff competencies and take appropriate action to improve TAGT’s performance and capabilities.
  • Ability to represent the organization to the external community in a positive and professional manner.
  • Ability to develop and communicate strategic plans and tactics that accomplish TAGT’s mission and goals.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both in writing and verbally.

The ideal candidate for the position will be an individual who can demonstrate that he or she possesses the following characteristics, among many others:

  • Servant leadership.
  • Strong relationship skills.
  • Power of persuasion.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Innovation.
  • Inspiration and vision.
  • Creativity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Sense of humor.

Compensation & Availability

TAGT offers an attractive compensation and benefits package to attract the right candidate. The position is available immediately.

TAGT is an equal opportunity employer. TAGT does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.

For more information, please contact:
Sterling Martin Associates
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW | Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
David Martin
Managing Partner
p. 202.257.1627 | tagt@smartinsearch.com
Leigh Beal
Senior Associate
p. 510.529.4560 | tagt@smartinsearch.com