Executive Director

Ohio Physical Therapy Association |  Westerville, OH

Position Summary:

The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) is currently seeking a forward-thinking and team-oriented executive director who has the vision to lead our organization through the advancement of our strategic drivers:

  • Make membership personal.
  • Innovate the stakeholder experience.
  • Promote and advance the sustainability of the profession.

The executive director is responsible for the overall management and direction of the association, including the supervision of highly talented and results-oriented full-time employees and several contracted professionals who serve the organization.

Demonstrating a growth mindset, the ideal candidate will have the ability to creatively advance the directives of a fiscally sound organization through multiple channels: board initiatives, committee recommendations, new foundation activities and staff enterprises. If you are a savvy legislative and regulatory association executive with a passion for building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy, this opportunity is for you.

Are you ready to be part of the MOVEment? At the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA), we’re a leading voice in the health care industry and positive influencers of the physical therapy profession. We proudly represent the movement experts! Based in Westerville, Ohio, our association offers its employees a company culture that values employees at every level, provides a sense of purpose and the tools necessary to achieve success and leadership that inspires—and rewards—innovation.

Founded in 1951, OPTA is nonprofit professional organization representing licensed physical therapists, licensed physical therapist assistants and students enrolled in physical therapy and physical therapist assistant programs in Ohio. OPTA represents approximately 4,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy in Ohio. This organization is a chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, a national professional organization representing more than 100,000 members.


  • Leadership & Management
    • You will keep the president, executive committee, board of directors, and staff fully informed on the condition of the association and all issues influencing the leadership and its members.
    • You will execute all contracts and commitments authorized by the association.
    • You will actively engage and energize membership, board members, committees, and partnering organizations in successfully implementing the strategic plan and mission of the OPTA.
    • You will develop and maintain strong relationships with health-related professional organizations and stakeholders.
    • You will assist the board in developing strategic plan and provide recommendations to assist achievement of strategic goals.
    • You will provide direction to the lobbyists in addressing pending or future legislative issues impacting PT in Ohio.

  • Legislative & Regulatory
    • You will serve as registered lobbyist for association and oversee legislative agenda in conjunction with OPTA State Affairs Committee and registered lobbyist.
    • You will attend legislative committee hearings, Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers (OTPTAT) and stakeholder meetings to provide a voice for the physical therapy profession.
    • You will provide legislative testimony when needed to advance association goals.
    • You will collaborate with the payment policy specialist to deliver information and solutions for member inquiries.
    • You will serve as point of contact for regulatory agencies, such as the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC).
    • You will manage OneClick Politics software to enhance grassroots advocacy efforts.

  • Operational
    • You will recruit, train, supervise and evaluate the association staff, both full-time and contract, with full responsibility for pay rate, promotion and termination.
    • You will review and determine annual benefits contracts for association healthcare plan.
    • You will oversee the continuation education (CE) portal process to grow association non-dues revenue.
    • You will work with the accountant in preparing and analyzing internal financial statements, depreciation schedules, authorizing payroll and signing company tax returns.
    • You will ensure the association is in full compliance with all local, state and federal rules governing corporate and program activities.
    • You will executive and maintain a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the OTPTAT Licensure Board.

  • Financial
    • You will oversee all financial operations including purchases, payments and submitted expense reports.
    • In conjunction with the treasurer, you will prepare and submit an annual operating budget in excess of $750,000 for board approval.
    • You will work with an outside accounting firm in overseeing all financial management responsibilities, including bill payment, depositing money, preparing and analyzing internal financial statements, authorizing payroll and signing company tax returns.
    • You will provide fiscal management within the approved annual budget with periodic reports on progress and discrepancies.
  • Ohio Physical Therapy Enrichment Foundation
    • You will manage day-to-day operations of the foundation and allocate staff time as needed.
      You will ensure all activities are performed in accordance with applicable laws governing foundations.
    • You will develop budget and oversee prudent financial management of foundation funds.
    • You will identify and execute development strategies to grow foundation resources.


  • Essential:
    • Bachelor’s degree in business/nonprofit management or a similarly relevant field
    • Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation or advanced degree preferred
    • More than five years of executive leadership experience in a non-profit environment
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Experience with lobbying/advocacy, and able to deliver quantifiable evaluation of legislative effectiveness
    • High standard of ethics, evidenced by previous roles of increasing responsibility
    • Able to serve as a positive brand representative in multiple capacities
    • Ability to self-balance multiple priorities and delegate as necessary
    • Creative and “big picture” thinker, able to create/revise a strategic vision and execute that vision with measurable and attainable goals/objectives
    • General knowledge of healthcare is desirable
    • Foundation development experience a plus
    • Grant writing experience preferred

  • Skills Summary
    • Membership development strategies & non-dues revenue.
    • Risk and crisis management.
    • Large event planning and execution.
    • Marketing and brand management.
    • Educational program development and delivery.
    • Working knowledge of new media technologies: web content management systems, email marketing and social media.
    • Ability to perform work that requires frequent standing, bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling, moving, lifting of files and/or boxes up to 30 pounds.
    • Willingness to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends.


The OPTA is located in beautiful Westerville, Ohio. Situated in the northeast corner of Ohio’s fastest growing region, Westerville is a vital city of more than 40,000 residents, a leader in job creation, and located just 10 miles from the airport and the state capital of Columbus. The city boasts 22 parks, 650 acres of parkland, 51 miles of recreational trails and is deemed a Tree City USA.

Why Should You Apply?

  • Competitive salary range: $130,000-$150,000.
  • Great benefits – Healthcare, life insurance, and retirement program with employer match.
  • Flexibility and work-life balance with new office space and remote/hybrid options available.
  • Professional development opportunities including professional association membership and continuing education opportunities.
  • Highly functioning and dynamic board of directors.

To Apply:

If you are that unique blend of creativity with attention to detail, and you like every day to be a little bit different, please send your cover letter and resume to Search Committee at The search will remain open until the ideal candidate is retained.

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