APPA President and Chief Executive Officer

APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities invites nominations and applications for its President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position. This is a rare opportunity to help advance a dynamic, 110-year-old  non-profit 501 (c)(3) association supporting the professionals who design, plan, manage, and maintain the physical campuses of colleges, universities, and other educational institutions around the world. The successful candidate will be a visionary leader with exceptional communication skills, a profound understanding and respect for the facilities management field, demonstrated financial acumen and a genuine commitment to fostering the growth and development of individuals and teams. The ideal candidate will also exhibit a dedication to lifelong learning.

The President and CEO will serve as the chief staff executive, report to APPA’s 10-person Board of Directors and direct the work of nine talented and experienced staff members. With a solid understanding, belief, and commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, they will provide leadership for the day-to-day operations, be an exceptional business leader who is forward-thinking, mission-driven, strategic, empathetic, decisive and one who understands the facilities management profession and/or educational sector.

In addition, they will provide support, guidance, mentorship, and professional development for the team, develop, oversee, and manage APPA’s budget and finances, support and communicate regularly with APPA’s diverse membership of engaged volunteers, and serve as chief spokesperson and promoter of the Association and the educational facilities profession. With a sense of urgency and a high level of responsiveness, the President and CEO will also manage all external relations with members and member institutions, strongly collaborate with allied associations, work closely with governmental entities and other organizations, interact with the media speaking and promoting the Association and profession, and engage with APPA members on an array of professional and career-related matters. The President and CEO is expected to undertake frequent travel, predominantly within the United States, to attend both APPA and industry events.

APPA is recognized globally as a leader in professional development programs, credentialing, research, publications, networking, and information services for the educational facilities profession. The organization provides dynamic, forward-thinking, problem-solving leadership to educational facilities professionals through an energetic and vibrant collaboration of engaged industry volunteers and committed staff professionals. With more than 800 institutional campus members and 47,000 individual members in the United States, Canada, and four other countries, APPA is the premier organization in the field of educational facilities management and a primary source of information on facilities issues, solutions, and strategies.


For a full description of the position, please see here.


To Apply

APPA has retained Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position. Katie Dean, Partner; Kenna Boyd, Associate Partner; Chris Stadler, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Applications, and nominations should be submitted by email to: Applications should include a cover letter and resume that should address the candidate’s experience related to the responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the position description. This is a full-time position based in the Washington, D.C. area, and relocation is strongly preferred.


Equal Employment Opportunity

APPA is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and does not discriminate on account of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal, state, or local law. This non-discrimination policy applies to all facets of employment, including recruiting, employment, promotion, demotion, dismissal, compensation, and training opportunities.