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Head of Diversity
Title:Head of Diversity
Department:APS Programs

Head of Diversity

Who we are:

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 more than 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a dynamic STEM leader to join our team as the Head of Diversity for the APS Programs department. The Head of Diversity will develop and advance high impact physics programs designed to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in STEM and physics education, such as the APS Bridge Program and the National Mentoring Community. This position will engage key stakeholders to define and advance diversity priorities, and will work synergistically with other program areas and departments. 

Our ideal candidate will have a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM and physics programs, a deep understanding of DEI best practices at the collegiate level. Is this youApply today

The APS has a “remote first” concept that promotes equal treatment and equal access, independent of physical work location, with a majority of staff working primarily from remote work locations. APS values diversity and welcomes candidates from a variety of backgrounds. This position could require at times in office work, various geographic events and meeting attendance as instructed by your Supervisor. APS offers a dynamic work environment with an outstanding total compensation package including salary, outstanding benefits, and excellent paid time off.

A Typical Week May Look Like This:

  • Leads a portfolio of DEI initiatives in the Programs department
    • Develops and advances high impact diversity programs that embody APS priorities, in consultation with the department director and key stakeholders.
    • Maintains deep knowledge of peer-reviewed literature, reports and other publications on DEI in STEM education to inform program development.
    • Evaluates the effectiveness of diversity programs using best practices and makes changes informed by evaluation results.
    • Writes proposals to fund diversity programs and helps identify potential funding sources.
    • Leads a team of staff, consultants and collaborators to implement diversity programs and assumes primary responsibility for the success of these initiatives.
  • Engages key stakeholders to help define and advance diversity priorities
    • Serves as a liaison to the Committee on Minorities (COM) and engages members in actively shaping their agenda to advance the mission of COM.
    • Serves as a liaison to the Forum on Diversity and Inclusion (FDI) and other APS units interested in diversity as time permits, and seeks to engage executive committees in working collaboratively toward common goals.
    • Builds and maintains relationships with DEI leaders in the physics community and other organizations to understand trends, challenges, best practices, and opportunities.
  • Works synergistically with other program areas and departments
    • Collaborates with other APS program areas, leveraging expertise of other heads and program leaders, to advance shared priorities.
    • Serves as a resource to other departments seeking to improve their external operations with respect to DEI, as time permits.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • MS in higher education, social sciences or a related field is required.
  • STEM degree preferred. PhD (preferred).
  • Degrees with a concentration on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion preferred.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience leading diversity programs in STEM education or equivalent is required preferably at the collegiate level. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with proposal writing and project management is required.
  • Supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Needs to possess a deep knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in STEM education, including effective practices and peer-reviewed literature for leading organizational change in higher education.
  • Strong, polished interpersonal, written and oral communication skills are necessary.
  • Must have the ability to handle several complex projects simultaneously, possess excellent organizational skills, and meet deadlines. Must be able to proactively identify and respond to needs, and exercise judgment.
  • Must be able to travel several times per year.
  • Must be able to manage up, manage down, and manage across effectively. 
  • Must be able to set expectations, monitor and assess performance, and establish accountability. 

Travel: Position may require some business travel to attend conferences, meetings, and events.This position could require at times in office work, various geographic events and meeting attendance as instructed by your Supervisor. 


  • The Scientific Method
  • Truth and Integrity
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect
  • Partnering, Cooperation, and Open Collaboration
  • Speaking Out
  • Education and Learning

The American Physical Society is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of American Physical Society not to discriminate or allow the harassment of employees or applicants on the basis of race, religious creed, alienage or citizenship, religion, color, ethnicity, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, protected veteran status, protected military status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, ancestry, domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law with regard to any employment practices, including recruitment, advertising, job application procedures, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, transfer, compensation, job assignments, benefits and/or other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, provided the individual is qualified, with or without reasonable accommodations, to perform the essential functions of the job. This policy applies to all jobs at APS. The American Physical Society is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact APS Human Resources at 

All APS Employees must be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination via our secured vaccination portal Safeter upon hire, unless they have an HR approved medical or religious exemption. The APS has a “remote first” concept that promotes equal treatment and equal access, independent of physical work location, with a majority of staff working primarily from remote work locations. We welcome you to apply today! #LI-SB1


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