Executive Director

FLSA Status: Exempt Reports To: Texas Telephone Association Board of Directors

Overview of TTA

The Texas Telephone Association, Inc., (TTA) founded in 1905, is the trade association that represents the incumbent local exchange telephone companies of Texas. The mission of the TTA is to promote and enhance the performance of each member company and protect the integrity of the local exchange telephone industry and the services offered within each company’s certificated exchange areas within the State of Texas.

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Executive Director

FLSA Status: Exempt Reports To: Texas Telephone Association Board of Directors

Overview of TTA

The Texas Telephone Association, Inc., (TTA) founded in 1905, is the trade association that represents the incumbent local exchange telephone companies of Texas. The mission of the TTA is to promote and enhance the performance of each member company and protect the integrity of the local exchange telephone industry and the services offered within each company’s certificated exchange areas within the State of Texas.

The TTA is a member-driven organization which relies heavily upon the volunteer efforts of members who serve as officers, directors and as members of the various committees. TTA committees lay the groundwork for the Association’s activities and long-term goals. Dedicated volunteers offer their expertise and invest hundreds of hours of work each year. Volunteers work hand-in-hand with the staff to achieve the established goals of the Association.

Our association is growing and we’re in need of a motivated and adaptable individual to navigate this association to be the leader in telecommunication services in Texas. TTA is evolving to be the leader in training, educational content, and leadership development for our state and surrounding areas. We need a visionary individual to deliver the facts driven message of our success in rural America to state and federal legislatures, regulators and stakeholders. This individual will have the support and resources of the largest membership base of telecommunication providers.

General Responsibilities

The Executive Director is the chief financial officer and the chief administrative officer of the Texas Telephone Association (TTA).

  • Directs all administrative activities of the Association in accordance with instructions from the TTA Board.
  • Performs these duties directly or through subordinates, contractors, consultants, accountants and attorneys.
  • Travels as necessary to attend relevant conferences and to visit member companies.
  • Is empowered to hire and terminate staff as well as direct the actions of contractors, consultants, accountants and attorneys contracted by the Board.
  • Ensures that all operations comply with applicable federal, state and local regulations.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Recruits, supports, and retains the Association’s membership (ILEC and associate) and responds to member questions and concerns.
  • Works with various Committees appointed by the Board to accomplish meetings and programs held by the Association.
  • Monitors FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and TPUC (Texas Public Utilities Commission) activities for issues that could impact or be of interest to Association members.
  • Monitors legislative activities and keeps the membership informed of important legislation that could impact or be of interest to TTA members.
  • Assists the Board with bylaws, policies and operating procedures, and ensures the success of the Association within guidelines and authority established by the Board.
  • Plans and hosts Association meetings and conferences, including budgets, location, agenda, promotions, sponsorships, and program.
  • Assists all Committee Chairs with administration of their respective committees including: calling meetings and following through on activities of the committees and supporting Committee Chairs in making their respective reports to the Board.
  • Researches and recommends new or refined meetings, programs, events and initiatives for the Association.
  • Compiles financial reports required to keep the Board completely informed of the Association’s financial activity, current conditions and foreseeable future conditions. Assist the Board Treasurer in the execution of their duties and obligations. 
  • Interprets and implements objectives and directives adopted by the Board.
  • Establishes and implements operating procedures, policies and guidelines to support Board objectives.
  • Ensures that all operations comply with applicable federal, state and local regulations.
  • Serves as an Association representative before regulatory agencies, legislative bodies and industry associations as appropriate.
  • Provides regulatory and legislative information and advice to the Board regarding industry issues.
  • Develops and maintains a strategic plan for the Association’s mission, goals and activities for review and approval by the Board.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Board.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of telecommunications industry and products.
  • Knowledge of telecom company operations, technology and equipment.
  • Knowledge of legislative and regulatory environments and the business impact of proposed and adopted changes.
  • Knowledge of management and finance principles and practices.
  • Experience in formulating policy as well as developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of TTA organization and services.
  • Willing to travel and work hours as needed to accomplish goals.
  • Skill in operating various office equipment such as personal computer, various software programs and telephone systems.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Skill in reading and understanding financial reports, industry regulations and proposed legislation.
  • Ability to communicate with TTA members, employees, legislators, regulators and various business contacts in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Ability to demonstrate skills in leadership and general management.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple work assignments.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to make sound decisions using information at hand.
  • Ability to create a team environment.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in management (Master’s degree is a plus) or equivalent, plus ten (10) years of experience in telecom management or advocacy at the state government level. Management and/or lobbying for electric cooperatives in Texas can be considered equivalent.

Miscellaneous Job Functions:

  • Collect invoices for dues, meeting registration fees or other functions.
  • Maintain all accounting, banking, membership, personnel and office records.
  • Maintain and update the website, including online directory.
  • Keep members and others informed of association activities and benefits.
  • Respond to member requests for assistance and information.
  • Promote the association to new members.
  • Work with the Board and appropriate Committees to develop TTA position on various legislative, regulatory or technical issues.
  • Monitor Industry events for issues that affect the membership.
  • Maintain contact with the membership by field visits, emails, phone calls, newsletters and membership meetings.