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Welcome, PTA Leaders!


You have an exciting opportunity to make a difference in your school and community by implementing PTA's mission: make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

This guide provides many tips and resources to help incoming local PTA officers get off to a successful start.

Congratulations and thank you for taking on this important role in your community!

 The National PTA Officer Tool Kit is a comprehensive digital guide designed to help you learn the basics of running your PTA unit. Find just about everything you need as a local PTA leader, including guidance to help you:

  • select and work with your board

  • formulate your PTA calendar of programs and events

  • navigate unique financial challenges of a 501(c)(3)

  • grow your PTA membership

  • choose and organize a PTA fundraiser

  • communicate with your school community

  • and more!

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 Congratulations! You’ve just been elected to be a leader of your PTA!

 A description of PTA Officer roles and responsibilities will be found below.


PTA Boards work as a team to fulfill PTA’s mission and meet your PTA’s specific goals. An active, well- informed Board makes your PTA more effective and prevents burnout.


The following is a general description of common roles and responsibilities of local PTA officers. 

Most Boards have at least four officers: a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary.

Some PTAs have other, additional officers (for example, vice president of membership, vice president of programs, vice president of fundraising) and most include chairs of committees on their Boards.

Run your PTA Resources

Legislation & Advocacy


How to Be an Effective Advocate for Students

Advocacy Dos and Don'ts

Understanding My Role as PTA Secretary

Secretary Training 101

Writing a Winning Grant or Award Application

Grants and Awards



The Value of a PTA Membership


Six Standards and Conflict Management

Show Me the Money - Fundraising Tips

Matching Grants for PTAs



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