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About APTA

Do you want to contribute to an organization dedicated to improving societal health? Would you like to collaborate with colleagues who are passionate about making a difference? Are you excited to work in a new state-of-the-art building designed to encourage movement, participation, and employee health?

Then you want to work for the American Physical Therapy Association!

APTA is the trusted leader for the physical therapy profession, representing 100,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students. Our team supports the association's mission to build a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.

Position Summary

Lead staff within the Career Advancement department in the area of physical therapy practice. Utilizes adult learning principles in the design and recommendation of learning activities. Implements strategies to support organizational priorities with focus on departmental contributions to finance strategy, operations strategy, systems and data strategy, membership strategy, education and certification strategy, business strategy, and scientific strategy for the Association. Supports appointed and member volunteer groups and APTA leadership. Prepares for approval compliance requirements and documents and seeks out opportunities for continuous quality improvement in department activities. Effective champion of the Association vision, mission and brand.

Essential Functions

This position:

  • Contributes to the advancement of adult learning principles and continued competency education.
  • Contributes to implementing finance strategy, operations strategy, systems and data strategy, membership strategy, education and certification strategy, business strategy, and scientific strategy for the Association.
  • Accountable for meeting performance expectations and metrics for department and respective budget activities.
  • Assures preparation of compliance requirements as outlined below including timely submission of all required forms.
  • Provides recommendations on advancing operations within the department to gain efficiencies, grow revenue, and provide stewardship of association resources.
  • Contributes to quality assurance and continuous quality/performance improvement in department activities, including supporting unit leader in annual assessments of respective budget activities described above.
  • Supports the Scientific Affairs team in the implementation of the Association's programs, priorities, and projects.
  • Manages implementation of appointed and volunteer groups efforts in partnership with unit lead and staff colleagues.
  • Provides department level data which supports and aligns with the APTA data strategy respective jurisdictional budget activities.
  • Provides strategic insight, counsel, data and intelligence to unit leader and executive leadership as appropriate on best practices related to the work of through briefings, reports and presentations.
  • Supports external relationship growth and collaboration through relationship building with external counterparts.
  • Contributes to unit efforts to seek business opportunities which align with finance strategy, operations strategy, systems and data strategy, membership strategy, education and certification strategy, business strategy, and scientific strategy, the APTA brand, and organizational priorities.

Staff Expectations

  • Upholds and fosters team values.
  • Complies with all APTA policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to foster achievement of association priorities.


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • DPT required
  • Leadership skills
  • Organizational management skills
  • Scholarly track record
  • Educational experience in continuing education or PT/PTA entry level education
  • Strategic thinking abilities
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Project management skills
  • Time management skills
  • Master's preferred
  • PhD preferred

Travel Requirements

  • 10% - local, national

Employee Benefits

APTA's outstanding benefits include generous annual vacation and sick leave, federal paid holidays, retirement contributions, and commuting subsidies for employees who choose public transit and active transportation.

APTA's headquarters are located across the street from the new Potomac Yard Metrorail station set to open in October 2022, with immediate access to the DMV's bike trail system. Opened in 2021, APTA Centennial Center's amenities include a fitness center, bike share, and health and wellness classes—all free to APTA employees. A WiFi-connected rooftop terrace offers views of the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. skyline, offering a great alternate work location or place to take a break.

Most staff positions are eligible for APTA's flexible work arrangement schedule. New hires must be employed three full consecutive months before being eligible to apply for a flexible work arrangement.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Principals only: no agencies; no phone calls, please. Candidates selected to participate in an interview will be contacted by Human Resources.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The American Physical Therapy Association is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

APTA participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information please visit

APTA is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and invites and welcomes applicants with diversity of experience, mindset, and skills to add value to APTA and our staff community.

Position is located in Alexandria, VA.