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Head of STEM Equity and Inclusion

College Park, MD

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

Position Summary:
We are seeking a dynamic STEM leader to join our team as the Head of STEM Equity and Inclusion for the APS Programs department. The Head of STEM Equity and Inclusion 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, excellent communication skills and proven track record of driving accountability. Is this you? Keep reading!

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

Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Minimum of 10 years of experience leading diversity programs in STEM education or equivalent is required. Experience with proposal writing and project management is required. Supervisory experience is preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

General: 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. Computer skills and high level of proficiency in standard office software are essential. Customer service orientation desired, including ability to resolve conflicts constructively. Ability to empathize and understand perspectives from people with widely varying backgrounds. Needs to demonstrate willingness and ability to work as a team player. Must be able to travel several times per year.

Leadership and Management: Must be able to manage up, manage down, and manage across effectively. Must demonstrate a collaborative style to engage committee members and membership units in advancing DEI objectives, and partner effectively with APS staff in synergistic areas. Needs to build and maintain good relationships with key stakeholders in the DEI community. Needs to be able to gather strategic input and use results of strategic analyses to identify new directions and refine existing programs, in consultation with the department director and key APS leaders. Must understand and employ principles of project management and program evaluation. Competence in managing grants, proposal writing and budgetary management practices is required.

??Supervisory Skills: Must be able to set expectations, monitor and assess performance, and establish accountability. Needs to understand and apply basic supervisory principles involved in allocating resources, delegating work, motivating people and resolving conflicts. Needs to be sensitive to the reactions of others and offer appropriate responses, so they feel their perspectives are heard and taken into account.


Internal: Works closely with the Director of Programs, other program heads and DEI programs staff to develop and implement programs. Partners with Membership, International Affairs, and other synergistic areas on DEI initiatives. Works with service departments as needed to support implementation of activities.

External: Collaborates with relevant departments of AIP, AAPT and other scientific societies to advance DEI priorities. Engages with and supports physicists in academia, national labs and industry regarding DEI activities.

Travel: Position may require some business travel to attend conferences, meetings, and events.


To advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community, we:
• Provide a welcoming and supportive professional home for an active, engaged, and diverse membership
• Advance scientific discovery and research dissemination
• Advocate for physics and physicists, and amplify the voice for science
• Share the excitement of physics and communicate the essential role physics plays in the modern world
• Promote effective physics education for all
• 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..... click apply for full job details

About the Company

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.

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