AAPT Executive Officer Search

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) seeks an experienced physicist/educator to serve as its Executive Officer. (AAPT's current EO is retiring - read his message here)

The position requires an innovative and flexible leader with a broad vision of physics education who is also an experienced and skillful manager. The AAPT Executive Officer works with the AAPT Executive Board to refine and implement a strategic plan in support of the members of the organization to improve physics teaching at all levels. A candidate should be familiar with the physics teaching community and the challenges of teaching physics. As an important representative of this community, the AAPT Executive Officer needs the skills and background to build effective alliances and to interact productively with physicists and educators at all levels, leaders of other scientific and educational organizations, federal government officials, funding agencies, the major constituencies within AAPT, and the public.

The Executive Officer heads the office of the AAPT located in the American Center of Physics in College Park, Maryland. To guarantee full consideration, applications must be completed by February 15, 2010. The review of applicants will continue until the position is filled. Interested persons should send a resume and cover letter by email to the Search Committee at LAdair@aapt.org. Nominations are welcome and should also be sent to that email address. Questions and inquiries should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Lila Adair at LAdair@aapt.org.  

Dates & Contact Information

Application Deadline

February 15, 2010


Lila Adair, Search Committee Chair
              LAdair@aapt.org (include resume and cover letter)


AAPT National office at the American Center of Physics in College Park, Maryland

  One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740


About the American Association of Physics Teachers

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Position Description

The Executive Officer (EO) is the chief staff officer and most visible leader of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). In this capacity, the EO is continually relied upon to articulate the vision and goals of a diverse organization having approximately 10,000 members, a $5 million annual budget, and a full-time staff of about 25. The EO is appointed by, reports directly to, and is evaluated by the AAPT Executive Board. The EO serves as a non-voting ex officio member of the Executive Board.The

Executive Officer’s responsibilities include:

  1. Implementing policy decisions and strategic objectives as established by the AAPT Executive Board.
  2. Working with the Board to establish goals and directions.
  3. Proposing to the Board appropriate programmatic initiatives that further advance AAPT’s strategic objectives.
  4. Working with the AAPT staff, AAPT Treasurer, and appropriate committees to prepare the annual AAPT budget and to assure growth and integrity of all AAPT investments.
  5. Monitoring and approving budget expenditures
  6. Monitoring the performance of grants and expenditures of all grant funds.
  7. Managing day-to-day business and operations of the AAPT by leading and working with the office management teams. The EO also must make appropriate staff personnel decisions to assure the proper functioning of the office.
  8. Supporting the efforts initiated by AAPT constituencies, as directed by the Board.
  9. Delegating appropriate tasks to the Associate Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer.
  10. Addressing a variety of needs of the AAPT membership and its many representative bodies – including regional AAPT Sections and its many standing and temporary committees.
  11. Representing AAPT in a positive and professional manner within a variety of external constituencies – including other professional societies, government agencies, and the broader public.

AAPT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.