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Chief Executive Officer
Title:Chief Executive Officer
Department:Executive Office
Location:College Park, MD


The American Physical Society (APS) seeks a compelling leader with top-level management experience as its next CEO to create a high-performance culture that inspires members, staff, and the broader physical sciences community. 

The APS is a strong and successful 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership corporation, headquartered in College Park, Maryland with offices in Ridge, New York and in Washington, DC.  The new CEO will advance the mission of the world's leading physics professional society with a budget of $68 million, leading and managing more than 55,000 members and 250 staff.

The ideal candidate is excited by the evolution of scientific discovery and research dissemination, the changing scientific publishing landscape, and opportunities to ensure long-term sustainability of the Society.  They will address membership growth and retention,  effective meeting strategies, and will further strengthen APS through collaboration with scientists and staff at all levels of the profession.  The successful CEO will:

  • Possess excellent management, strategic, communication, and diplomacy skills
  • Advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics
  • Engage, support, and further energize an active, multidisciplinary, and diverse membership
  • Advance scientific discovery and research dissemination through world class journals and meetings
  • Advocate for physics and physicists, amplifying the voice for science
  • Promote effective physics education at all levels
  • Promote opportunities for underrepresented groups, valuing diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Bring their own vision and values to a highly functioning strategic framework, implementing initiatives through clear business processes, goals, and resource allocation

The top candidate will be a qualified scientific leader with knowledge of the U.S. legislative process, science policy, and  global scientific collaboration.  They will have experience with the needs of diverse, multidisciplinary audiences and appreciate the intricacies of working with member-elected governing bodies.   They will manage, lead, and inspire staff and members to accelerate organizational change and resilience.

Interested candidates should visit to read the Organizational and Candidate Profile and submit a cover letter, a resume, and salary expectations as soon as possible, but not later than Thursday April 30th, 2020. 

Jackie Eder-Van Hook, PhD, President, Transition Management Consulting, Inc. is conducting this search for APS. Please email your questions to her at

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