Education & Diversity Programs Manager

The American Physical Society (APS), a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics, seeks a Programs Manager for the Education and Diversity Department. This position is based at APS Headquarters in College Park, MD (near DC Metro Green Line). The Education & Diversity Programs Manager will manage significant aspects of the National Mentoring Community, as well as manage other department programs that advance education and diversity in the physics community.

Essential Functions

Manage education and diversity programs with national scope and impact
Develop project assessments and analyze data to inform future activities
Develop and manage project budgets
Write project reports to inform funders and other stakeholders
Assist with grant writing to expand department programs
Organize meetings, workshops and conferences on topics in physics education and diversity
Become familiar with relevant peer-reviewed literature to inform project components
Attend APS and other meetings to represent department programs and give presentations

Education: Ph.D. (preferred) or Masters in physics or similar field.

Experience: A minimum of 3 years of program management experience or equivalent is required, including experience in organizing events, speaking with and to large groups of scientific professionals, writing complex reports and promotional materials, and managing budgets. Experience with diversity programming desired. Supervisory experience preferred. Experience with writing proposals desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

General Skills: Excellent writing and oral communication skills required. Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills needed. Must have ability to take initiative and proactively identify and respond to critical issues as they arise. Must be able to work independently with little supervision. Needs to be familiar with basic principles of project management and their application to education and diversity programs. Ability to manage a portfolio of several projects simultaneously and prioritize work is essential. Must be able to travel several times each year.

People skills: Must demonstrate a collaborative style to engage APS members in advancing Education and Diversity issues and build and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders. Ability to facilitate effective meetings is essential. Needs to employ principles of effective delegation when assigning work to team members. Must be effective in managing up and identifying and bringing forward issues that require the attention of a supervisor or project director. Needs to be sensitive to the reactions of others and offer appropriate responses, such that others feel their perspectives are heard and taken into account. Must have ability to resolve conflicts constructively.

To apply, send cover letter, including salary requirements, and resume to the attention of Human Resources via e-mail:

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