Role and Duties of the President

The responsibilities of each president are defined in the individual association bylaws. Some commonly held duties are listed here.


Chairs the meetings of the association

  • Presides utilizing the bylaws, standing rules, Roberts Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure.
  • Maintains neutrality as presiding office

Chairs the meetings of the executive board

  • Ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee and the audit committee (if a signer on the account)

Chairs the meetings of the executive committee

  • Works with fellow officers to insure the objects and goals of the association are met.
  • Understands and accepts the fiduciary responsibility over the association(acts in the interest of the association rather than own personal interests)


  • Encourages idea sharing and teamwork within the organization.
  • Manages situations to avoid conflict.


  • Signs all legal documents on behalf of the organization.
  • Attends other PTA meetings such as council, (when applicable) district and region meetings and acts on the will of the local unit when required.
  • Attends outside organization meetings such as school board and cooperating agencies and relays information to and from such organizations when called upon to do so.
  • Acts as a link between school administration and the association and schedules regular meetings to maintain open lines of communication.

Communicator/Active Listener:

  • Communicates on a regular basis with the membership on current goals and programs being planned to continue to foster the value of PTA in the school community.
  • Informs the school community of how that communication will take place whether via email, back pack mail, newsletter, social media, school sign, etc.
  • Shares and disseminates all information received to the appropriate person or group within the association.
  • Sends information and press releases to local media.
  • Participates in outside community events (exhibit, sell memberships, provide information.)
  • Implements active listening in all instances whether in face to face conversation or at public meetings giving the person or group your undivided attention.

PTA President Materials

PTA and the Community

PTA and Principals

Nominating Procedures

Election Procedures

Getting Started

Free Organizational Software (Member Benefit)

Overcoming Challenges

Parlimentary Rules at a Glance

Plan of Work

Presiding at a Meeting

PTA Budget Request Form

Sample Plan of Work

Setting a Meeting Agenda

S.M.A.R.T Goal Worksheet

Steps To a Motion

Strikes, Protests, Work Stoppages and the PTA