National Postdoctoral Association

Executive Officer

The National Postdoctoral Association's (NPA) mission is to improve the postdoctoral experience by supporting a culture of enhanced professional growth. At the individual, organizational, and national levels, we facilitate connections, raise awareness, and collaborate with stakeholders in the postdoctoral community. We envision an inclusive community where all postdocs are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors.


The Executive Officer is the primary external relations officer for the NPA, providing visionary and innovative leadership to ensure the interests of stakeholders. The Executive Officer provides strategic vision and leadership to enhance, develop, and implement new connections, funding opportunities, creative programming, and resources to effectively support a growing postdoctoral population and the community that serves them. As an experienced and effective leader, they will develop team members, guide Board members, and build alliances with myriad interdisciplinary partners in academic, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. The Executive Officer is ultimately responsible for building and maintaining the reputation of the NPA, ensuring that it is viewed as the primary benchmark for postdoctoral trainee and postdoctoral office education, advocacy, resources, and support.

The Executive Officer must have demonstrated success serving in full-time professional leadership positions, ideally in nonprofit, government, and/or educational settings, with full understanding of processes and expectations of board-led organizations. They must be both the internal and external face of the NPA. Internally, they will oversee a team of two (2) FTE and one (1) PTE, including direct management of one Senior Manager. The Executive Officer must be comfortable working both collaboratively with off-site Board/Advisory Council members and volunteers, and independently influencing the overall vision of the NPA. Externally, they are a public relations emissary to all stakeholders, including postdoctoral scholars, funders, leaders in various industry sectors and of postdoctoral offices, government agencies, political/professional organizations, membership, and all other potential influencers. Further, this person clearly articulates the place and role of postdoctoral training in academic and professional landscapes, both nationally and globally.

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The National Postdoctoral Association is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Last updated: 2020-04-12