American Institute of Physics Seeks CEO

College Park, Maryland
Commensurate with not-for-profits of a similar size based on a recent review of compensation data.
September 15 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) seeks an experienced association executive or executive-scientist with 10-15 years’ executive-level experience to serve as its next CEO. The CEO oversees a budget of $25 million and leads a staff of 125 at its headquarters in College Park, Maryland and advances, promotes, and serves the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. Structured as a federation, this 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership corporation includes ten Member Societies who collectively represent more than 120,000 scientists, engineers, educators, and students in the physical sciences.

Having undergone a renewal over the past several years, AIP is poised to accept new CEO leadership – a leader capable of helping to create a forward-looking direction for its staff, Member Societies, and the physical sciences and then moving briskly to achieve that vision. Today, AIP has a committed Board and staff, a collective desire to embrace its leadership role in the physical sciences now and into the future, and ample financial reserves to do so.

Ideally, the new CEO will have experience working with scientists, particularly in the physical sciences and leading a scientific organization of a similar type and scope. The CEO will be a collaborative, entrepreneurial, relationship builder who possesses excellent strategic, operational, and communication skills; is knowledgeable about issues facing the physical sciences; and, understands US public policy, the federal legislative process, and the needs of diverse and multidisciplinary audiences. The ideal candidate will be excited by the changes in science and committed to making AIP an even stronger organization. 

Interested candidates should read the Organizational and Candidate Profile before submitting their cover letter, resume, and salary expectations at Resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore, candidates should submit their materials as soon as possible. Jackie Eder-Van Hook, PhD, President, Transition Management Consulting, Inc. is conducting this search for AIP. Questions can be sent to

American Institute of Physics is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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