PICPA provides programs, services and benefits to its approximately 20,000 members in public practice, their firms, and members in industry, government, and education. The Executive Director/CEO and the PICPA professional team influence, support, and implement the strategies and objectives of the elected volunteer leadership of the Institute, the Foundation for Education and Research, and the CPA Foundation. The Executive Director/CEO manages the Institute and two Foundations through six direct reports.
The Executive Director/CEO seeks to sustain the long-term impact and credibility of the PICPA by maintaining personal relationships with leaders in the accounting profession, government, legislative and regulatory agencies, PICPA chapter leaders, and other related organizations. This understanding of legal, regulatory, and business activities allows the Executive Director/CEO and the professional staff to develop PICPA programs and activities both directly and via third parties.
Areas of Strategic Responsibility:
The Executive Director/CEO must balance the long-term goals of the PICPA with the short-term objectives of an elected leadership and/or the needs of current legislative, regulatory, or professional issues.
Culturally, PICPA is collaborative and respectful with a strong professional team in place. This capable team respects the overarching goals of PICPA and strives to achieve those goals; they do not require close supervision, but thrive when given broad direction and the latitude to execute as they see fit. Thus, the Executive Director/CEO can focus on implementing and influencing policies and strategies as opposed to managing day-to-day micro-operations. The Executive Director/CEO can expect to:
Contribute heavily to shaping PICPA Board and Council policy and annual and strategic objectives by planning, developing, directing, and effectively proposing new and challenging programs to the state and chapter officers, members of the Board and Council, and committee
Establish and maintain a viable, productive, diverse, and credible organization while achieving overall objectives through proper structuring, staffing, training, monitoring, directing, developing and motivating key paid
Advocate, establish, and maintain appropriate relationships with the PICPA constituencies (e.g., members in public accounting, industry, government, and education; CPA firms, legislative and regulatory bodies; other state CPA organizations; the AICPA; and volunteer leadership).
Encourage wider participation in PICPA activities and efforts by existing and potential
Maintain a current technical and professional knowledge and understanding of developments, issues and challenges in the accounting
Other ideas: Lead efforts to identify and execute strategic mergers or joint ventures with other state CPA societies and related organizations; reinvention of the PICPA to respond to demographic shifts in the profession; continue the digital member experience transformation that has been accelerated by the current pandemic to best serve future generations of CPAs.
The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:
10+ years of executive association leadership with successful results
Understand the organizational dynamics associated with membership organizations and multiple constituencies
High integrity and character; an unvarnished reputation in the industry
Exceptional communication skills with sound judgment; strong leadership & management capabilities; must be articulate and polished
Tactfully aggressive; hands on, superior attention to detail; history of collaboration to achieve objectives
Understanding of the regulatory and legislative process applicable to the CPA profession
Ability to travel approximately 20%
College degree required; advanced degrees or professional certifications preferred; especially the CPA.
About Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Founded in 1897, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) is the second-oldest CPA organization in the United States and the largest CPA association in Pennsylvania. Our more than 20,000 members include practitioners in public accounting, industry, government, and education.
The PICPA supports CPAs and future CPAs by providing education, networking, leadership, and volunteer opportunities. The PICPA offers thousands of continuing professional education (CPE) programs annually, as well as social programs throughout our 11 chapters across the state. There are also opportunities for career growth through involvement in state or local committees, speaking to the media or public groups, authoring articles, and much more.