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Project Manager
Collective Action by AIP Member Society on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming

AAPT is seeking a project manager to oversee the activities of a new grant-funded project to develop a framework for collective action in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for the American Institute of Physics Member Societies (MS) and Affiliated Societies (AS). This is a part-time, temporary (2 year) position. Teleworking is an option but space is available in the AAPT suite at the American Center for Physics, College Park, MD, if the project manager is local and needs a place to work on this project. Candidates should submit a letter of application and a c.v. to Beth A. Cunningham, AAPT CEO, at bcunningham@aapt.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to candidates who apply by March 1, 2022. This project is funded by the AIP Venture Fund.

Statement of Work

  • Work closely with project lead at AAPT, physics and astronomy MS and AS representatives, consultants, and others to develop the components of a framework for collective impact with respect to the MS and AS DEI programs and activities. Provide support in identifying areas for taking joint actions, avoiding duplication of effort, and launching new programs (i.e. where there are gaps).
  • Assist the consultant(s) in developing a baseline survey of academic department leadership on awareness and utilization of MS/AS DEI programs and resources. Work with the AIP Statistical Research Center to obtain feedback on the survey prior to distribution. If needed, assist with focus groups and/or interviews of department leaders to augment information collected via the survey.
  • Manage program logistics including providing regular communications with the MS and AS representatives, AIP, and physics and astronomy community, scheduling meetings with MS and AS representatives, AIP liaison, and consultants, and coordinating activities of the consultants.
  • Work with AIP liaison to sustain the collective impact framework through the AIP Liaison Committee on Underrepresented Minorities (LCURM) or through other mechanisms.
  • In consultation with the project leadership team, manage the budget for this project and be accountable for delivering against established goals/objectives.
  • Analyze, evaluate, and overcome program risks, and produce timely program reports for management and key stakeholders.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent in physics, astronomy, or related field.
  • At least 3 years experience in project management.
  • Experience working in a collaborative infrastructure.
  • Documented knowledge of multiple professional societies in the sciences. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated knowledge of AIP and the AIP Member Societies and Affiliated Societies.

Title: Fundraiser
Organization: American Association of Physics Teachers
Job Type: Exempt(salaried)
Posting Date: February 28, 2022
Location: College Park, MD

The part-time AAPT Fundraiser will use capable communication skills and keen sense of initiative to identify fundraising opportunities, develop relationships with potential donors within and beyond AAPT members, and manage fundraising campaigns. By coordinating events and recruiting and leading volunteers from the AAPT membership, the AAPT Fundraiser will be able to sharpen their leadership abilities while growing AAPT’s nascent fundraising activities. The AAPT fundraiser will assist in executing AAPT's vision and goals and, at the same time, meet the desires and needs of donors. The AAPT Fundraiser should possess the following skills: be highly motivated, professional, and organized, and possess curiosity and a willingness to learn. In addition, the Fundraiser must exhibit alignment with AAPT's mission and demonstrate exceptional drive to further AAPT's existing fundraising efforts and help strategize and deliver new ones focused on individual donors.

Objectives of this Role

  • Promote awareness of the AAPT's mission and programs.
  • Cultivate a network of dedicated donors and volunteers from the membership base.
  • Identify new fundraising opportunities, specifically among individual donors.
  • Plan and execute fundraising initiatives around individual donors to help AAPT meet financial goals.
  • Form strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure major donors are satisfied and kept apprised of AAPT's programs and activities.
  • Serve as an in-house fundraising resource for AAPT programs, services, Board, and staff including providing education about fundraising.

Organizational Overview

We are the American Association of Physics Teachers. Our mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. AAPT aspires to be the leading voice and driving force in physics education across the entire education spectrum (K-12 through graduate education).

The American Association of Physics Teachers is a 501(c)(3) membership corporation. AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists-with members worldwide. AAPT provides awards, publications, and programs that encourage teaching practical application of physics principles, support continuing professional development, and rewards excellence in physics education. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland. For more information, see aapt.org.


  • Identify and cultivate individuals who may be interested in gift-giving that aligns with AAPT's mission and strategic goals.
  • Effectively convey the AAPT's mission, vision, and programs to potential donors.
  • Strategize and successfully execute fundraising campaigns and initiatives to raise funds for specific projects, awards, and activities.
  • Organize fundraising events while overseeing teams of volunteers from the membership base.
  • Manage a budget and track whether fundraising goals are being met.
  • Evaluate AAPT's development activities involving donors and assist in developing criteria for success.


  • A minimum of three years' fundraising, sales, or marketing experience.
  • Exceptional communication and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to lead and motivate colleagues and volunteers.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • High level of credibility and integrity.
  • Comfortable working in a small office environment; hands-on work style and approach.
  • Self-starter, proactive, and persistent as well as able to assume initiative and is flexible and resourceful.
  • Adept at managing tasks, planning events, and balancing priorities.
  • Strong, demonstrated skills in verbal and written communications, interpersonal relationship building, public speaking, and negotiation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, business, public relations, or a related field
  • Certificate in Fundraising, Diploma in Fundraising, or similar qualification
  • Competence in Microsoft Office suite and donor management systems
  • Experience writing press releases and/or fundraising letters

Why Work for AAPT?

AAPT wants you to love working at the Association, and we have a workplace culture that supports that goal. With a small, friendly staff and our commitment to ongoing learning and development, we work hard to make sure AAPT is a rewarding place to work. Did we mention that you will work with amazingly talented colleagues in a variety of departments?

For part-time positions, we offer a competitive pay, commuter benefits, teleworking, and free parking.

To Apply

We would like you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences. Simply email your cover letter and resume to Beth Cunningham, AAPT CEO, at eo@aapt.org with "AAPT – Fundraiser Application" as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.

We encourage and invite people from diverse backgrounds to apply and join our team. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, creed, marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, personal appearance, national origin, ancestry, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history. We also require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.