Duties of Every PTA Officer
Become familiar with the PTA Quick-Reference Guides which are mailed to PTA presidents. The PTA Quick-Reference Guides are also available at: www.ptakit.org.
Become familiar with information and resources on the National PTA website (www.pta.org) and the Iowa PTA website (www.iowapta.org). Iowa PTA materials may be reprinted for PTA use. National PTA materials may be reprinted for PTA use UNLESS the material indicates that permission is required. To get permission to reprint, follow the instructions on the material. Credit the source whenever you reprint Iowa PTA or National PTA materials.
Protect members’ privacy by allowing NO distribution of membership lists to outside interests
Perform duties as indicated in bylaws, policies or standing rules
Study materials distributed by the PTA
Make reports promptly
Answer correspondence promptly and keep correspondence files. Copy others as appropriate.
Maintain a procedure book. A procedure book, which can be a 3-ring binder, should contain a record of work
done and other helpful information, such as:
Contact information for board
Contact information for resource people and organizations
Agendas, minutes and reports
Any other information important to the position
Transmit procedure book, records, reports, and other materials promptly to successor
Be aware of the retention requirements for PTA records. An example of a Records Retention Schedule can be found in the PTA Money Matters Quick-Reference Guide.
Return to the treasurer, without delay, any funds pertaining to the position and follow proper money handling procedures.
Take advantage of opportunities to train for PTA leadership:
Attend Iowa PTA Convention. For information, go to:
Attend National PTA Convention. For information, go to:
Attend National PTA Legislative Conference. For information, go to:
Take advantage of PTA E-Learning opportunities:
In cases where there are co-officers, only one person shall be designated as the official contact person for Iowa PTA and National PTA, and only one set of materials will be mailed to the person so named. Iowa PTA will send e-mail to all co-officers if e-mail addresses are provided to Iowa PTA.
In addition to the duties of every officer, the duties of the President are:
Determine the agenda for meetings of the board and the general membership
Preside at meetings of the board and the general membership and follow the accepted order of business
Call the meeting to order at the designated time and, if a quorum is present, proceed with the business
Maintain a fair and impartial position at all times and encourage members to participate
Take no part in any discussion while president, refrain from expressing a personal opinion, and avoid personal bias when giving information to the association
Refer to self impersonally as “the chair”
Decide all parliamentary questions
State each motion clearly after it has been seconded before allowing discussion
Declare the result of every vote taken
Call upon the vice president to preside when wishing to speak to a motion (until after vote is taken)
May vote when voting is by ballot. In other cases, may cast a vote to create or break a tie
Call upon each chair to prepare a plan of work to be approved by the board
Delegate duties to the vice president as appropriate
Serve ex officio on all committees, if the bylaws so provide
Consult with officers and chairs before meetings to ensure the details of the meeting are ready as planned
Sign all contracts for the PTA
Represent the PTA at meetings of affiliated organizations
Ensure that records of the PTA are retained according to the retention period recommended in the PTA Money Matters Quick-Reference Guide, or as established by your PTA
Review bank statement monthly – it should be mailed to the President. Then send it to the Treasurer to reconcile the account(s).
Ensure that a Treasurer’s Report is presented at every meeting of the board and general membership whether the Treasurer is present at the meeting or not.
Ensure that a budget is prepared by the board and approved by the general membership. Refer to the PTA Money Matters Quick-Reference Guide.
Ensure that an audit is performed and presented to the general membership annually. Refer to the PTA Money Matters Quick-Reference Guide.
In conjunction with the Treasurer, submit Form 990 and Schedule A to the IRS, if required. Refer to the PTA Money Matters Quick-Reference Guide.
Ensure that the PTA carries adequate bonding and liability insurance. For information, go to:
Ensure that state and national dues are remitted monthly to Iowa PTA for memberships sold each month. For information, go to:
Ensure that fundraising guidelines in the PTA Money Matters Quick-Reference Guide are followed and observe the PTA 3:1 rule of three programs for children, parents or families for every fundraiser.
Express appreciation for work well done and for program participation.
Send Officer Information to Iowa PTA by May 31 every year – even if officers stay the same! We ask that you enter the unit officer information online. Here is the link: Officer Unit Registration Form. For a copy of the form,go to: Officer Unit Registration Form.pdf
In addition to the duties of every officer, the duties of the Vice President are:
Preside at meetings in the absence of the president or upon the president’s inability to serve
Assume the duties of the president in the event of a vacancy until the position is filled in accordance with the bylaws
Act as an aide to the president and assume responsibilities for duties assigned by the president
Perform any other specific duties that may be provided for in the bylaws
Represent the president upon request
In addition to the duties of every officer, the duties of the Treasurer are:
Study carefully all references to dues and finances as outlined in the PTA Money Matters Quick-Reference Guide and in your PTA bylaws.
Do not touch the previous Treasurer’s books until they have been audited or reviewed.
Chair the Budget Committee
Keep accurate and detailed account in the treasurer’s permanent book of all money received and paid out.
Bank statements should be sent from the bank to the President. The President should review them, then send them to the Treasurer to reconcile the accounts.
Submit written statement of regular meetings of the board and the general membership, including total balance on hand at the beginning of the period covered by the report, the separate amounts credited to various funds; receipts; disbursements; balance on hand in each fund; and the total balance on hand at the date of the report. The Treasurer’s Report must be submitted at every meeting whether you are present for the meeting or not.
Receive all money for all accounts.
Deposit all money in the bank in the name of: PTA Name, treasurer’s name, Treasurer. PTA funds shall NOT be deposited in the personal account of the treasurer or any other member.
Pay all bills by check with appropriate back-up documentation such as receipt or purchase request. NEVER sign a blank check.
Provide receipts to donors for contributions to the PTA as required by the IRS. Refer to the PTA Money Matters Quick-Reference Guide.
Keep the record of the membership dues and payments made to Iowa PTA for state and national dues
Forward to the Iowa PTA all money that belongs to the state and National PTAs, using the Dues Remittal Form as required by Iowa PTA. For information and forms, go to:
Cooperate with the membership chair and the secretary in keeping an accurate list of members.
Prepare an audit report and work with the auditor or audit committee to perform the annual audit. Refer to the PTA Money Matters Quick-Reference Guide.
Deliver to successor, unless the PTA has otherwise ordered, all books, papers, and correspondence pertaining to the office of treasurer, including the audited books, approved and paid bills, canceled checks, and procedures.
File Form 990-EZ and Schedule A with the IRS, if required to do so, by the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of the PTA’s fiscal year. For example, if the PTA’s fiscal year-end is June 30, the form is due on November 15. Refer to the PTA Money Matters Quick-Reference Guide.
In addition to the duties of every officer, the duties of the Secretary are:
Maintain an accurate record of PTA membership as received from the membership chair or committee
Record all business transacted at each meeting of the board and general membership and present the minutes for approval at the next meeting. Remember – if it’s not in the minutes, it didn’t happen!
Have on hand for reference at each meeting, a copy of the PTA’s bylaws and standing rules; the agenda; the minutes of previous meetings, including treasurer’s reports; a list of committees, including names of members of committees; and a list of the membership
Read or distribute copies of the minutes of any previous meeting upon request
Call the meeting to order in the absence of the president and vice president, unless the bylaws specify otherwise, and preside until a chair pro tempore is elected
Act as custodian of all records, except those specifically assigned to others, and promptly deliver all records to successor.
According to the IRS, minutes need to be treated as a permanent file and kept forever.