Associate Director, Education & Diversity

The American Physical Society (APS), a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics, seeks an Associate Director for the Education & Diversity Department. This position is based at APS Headquarters in College Park, MD (near DC Metro Green Line). The Associate Director works with the Director to lead a portfolio of programs, develop and execute department strategy, and coach staff on program leadership skills. In addition, the Associate Director represents the department and deputizes for the Director as needed.

Essential Functions:

Leads a portfolio of programs

  • Under the supervision of the Director and in collaboration with program staff, provides strategic direction and support to program teams to deliver high-value outcomes.
  • Cultivates and engages external collaborators to advance program objectives.
  • Works in partnership with staff to assess program outcomes and provides strategic guidance to improve programs.
  • Oversees program budgets and guides staff in budget development to ensure activities are appropriately resourced.
  • Generates external funding through grant writing and collaboration with Development.

Develops and executes department strategy

  • Partners with the Director, Senior Advisor, and program staff to translate the APS strategic plan into program-specific goals and operational plans and ensures successful implementation of those plans.
  • Provides thought leadership within the department leadership team, including the Director and Senior Advisor, and explores ideas in a safe, collaborative manner.
  • Stays abreast of trends and liaises with community stakeholders to understand challenges, opportunities, and best practices.

Coaches staff on program leadership skills

  • Proactively identifies growth areas and coaches staff to develop skills and knowledge needed to be effective as program leaders.
  • Fosters collaboration among department programs.

Represents the department

  • Partners with the Director and Senior Advisor to actively engage department committees and advance their work.
  • Deputizes for the Director as needed.

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Master’s Degree or higher (Ph.D. preferred) in a relevant field including physical sciences, science education, or another related field.

Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in leading innovative programs with demonstrated success in a not-for-profit or academic environment.
  • Supervisory experience required.
  • Experience with proposal writing and federal grant management is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strategic thinker and innovative problem solver, with skills in strategic planning.
  • Demonstrable skills in program leadership, including program design, stakeholder engagement, program assessment, project management, and budgetary management.
  • Demonstrable skills in working effectively and collaboratively with staff, volunteer leaders, and other stakeholders in not-for-profit and academic institutions.
  • Knowledge of education and diversity issues, as well as inclusion and accessibility.
  • Ability to inspire staff and build a culture of innovation, teamwork, and accountability.
  • Familiarity with the principles of mentoring, demonstrable skills in coaching staff.
  • Customer service orientation, including ability to resolve conflicts constructively.
  • Flexible, proactive, able to handle several complex projects simultaneously.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including abilities to engage and influence.
  • Must be able to travel.

To apply, send cover letter, including salary requirement, and resume to the attention of Human Resources via e-mail: personnel@aps.org.

About APS

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.

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