ABOUT AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) was founded in 1931. At
the urging of a report from the American Physical Society and with
initial funding from the Chemical Foundation, leaders of American
physics formed a corporation for the “advancement and diffusion of
knowledge of the science of physics and its application to human
welfare,” especially by achieving economies in the publishing of
journals and the maintenance of membership lists. This new
federation of societies was also formed to provide a common
organizational home for the emerging new physics associated
scientific societies that were being formed at the time. At the
time of its formal incorporation in 1932, AIP comprised five such
societies with a total membership of 4,000 individuals.
From the outset, AIP published journals on behalf of its Member
Societies, as well as publishing journals owned by the Institute.
Starting around 1950, the revenue generated from publications
enabled the Institute to hire staff dedicated to programs that
served more broadly the Member Societies, individual physicists,
and the public at large. Several programs were added in the areas
of education and careers, statistics, industry outreach and
history. Other programs were developed in the coming decades in the
areas of science news, media, and government relations.
Today, AIP is a federation of 10 Member Societies which in turn
have more than 115,000 members across the globe. Since 2013, AIP
Publishing — LLC — a wholly owned but independently operated
subsidiary continues to publish AIP journals and journals of five
of AIP Member Societies. In addition, in 2019 AIP Foundation was
added to the AIP family of organizations. Since AIP is the parent
organization and noting that each of AIP Publishing and AIP
Foundation have their own Boards, the financials of all three
organizations are consolidated into AIP’s financial reports
Through their partnership in AIP, all 10 Member Societies
broaden their impact and achieve results beyond their individual
missions and mandates. AIP also acts as an independent institute
where research in social science, policy, and history advances the
discipline of the physical sciences. Together, AIP and its 10
Member Societies convey a unifying message for stakeholders in
government, academia, the nonprofit and private sectors, the
student and teacher communities, and the general public.
ABOUT AIP FOUNDATION
AIP Foundation was established in 2019 to amplify the
Institute's development actions, cultivate a culture of
philanthropy, and strengthen connections to donors. It is a 501(c)3
supporting organization with a single member, AIP. It is governed
by a Board of Trustees who are appointed by AIP’s Board of
Directors. The AIP Board of Directors established a board
designated fund to cover five years of AIP Foundation operations
(20192024 ). AIP Foundation is staffed under an agreement with
AIP Foundation’s current scope includes raising support for
AIP’s Center for History of Physics, the Niels Bohr Library &
Archives, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and the associated
Sigma Pi society, and Diversity Initiatives such as TeamSigma honor
Up Together. As the leader of AIP Foundation, the Executive
Director is charged with positioning AIP Foundation for success in
this initiative. To date, AIP Foundation has had one Executive
Reporting to the AIP Foundation Board of Trustees, and under the
leadership of the AIP Chief Executive Officer, the Foundation
Executive Director provides overall strategic and operational
leadership to AIP Foundation and leads the AIP Foundation team in a
ll aspects of fundraising, prospect development, donor stewardship
and donor relations. The Executive Director will be the chief
fundraising strategist for AIP Foundation and AIP, as well as
managing the daily operations of the Foundation in close
collaboration with AIP leadership. They will be responsible for all
fundraising and related development programs, including planning,
directing, and implementing annual, capital, endowment, special
program and deferred giving fundraising efforts.
The Executive Director will develop and pursue ideas, contacts,
and strategies to cultivate support from individuals, corporations,
government, and foundations. Within the fundraising scope
established by the AIP Board of Directors and under the strategic
guidance of the AIP Foundation Board of Trustees, the Executive
Director leads the financial management, investment, budgeting,
human resources, and legal functions of the Foundation in
coordination with the values, policies, procedures, and leadership
of the American Institute of Physics.
The current development team is well bonded and likes to
work/meet/collaborate in the office together, in addition to
working from home. The Executive Director should be in or be
willing to relocate to the District of Columbia/Maryland/Virginia
area and prepared to come to the office weekly, although not
necessarily five days a week. This schedule, to be agreed with the
AIP CEO, would typically include once or twice a week work in
person with the Foundation staff, the TeamUP and diversity team,
AIP leadership, and with the student and history/library staff. The
development team of five includes the ED; Directors of Development,
Annual Giving and Research & Strategy; and a Development
Coordinator. Relocation assistance is available for candidates not
currently residing in the area.
AIP is in the process of developing guidelines for “How we work
at AIP” for implementation in 2023, following a year of
experimentation with remote working on a team-by-team basis.
The Executive Director of the AIP Foundation will accomplish the
following in the first 12 to 18 months:
- Position AIP Foundation for success in AIP’s $30 million
capital campaign, TEAM-UP Together that focuses on elevating the
representation of African Americans in undergraduate physics and
- Position donor-led success in support of AIP’s initiatives on
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Accessibility; as well
as AIP’s efforts in history, student, and archives and library
- Strengthen and develop the capacity of the Foundation’s talent
with an eye to building on the current team and cultivating new
- Reporting to the CEO, serve as the leader of a constituent part
of the Executive Office.
- Collaborate with the Board of Trustees to implement Foundation
initiatives for the capital campaign and other fundraising
- Build out the membership of the Board of Trustees, and partner
with the Chair of the Board to position the Foundation for further
The Executive Director will assume the following
- Lead the effort to conduct a successful, $30 million campaign
for the TEAM-UP Together initiative.
- Create a clear vision for the Foundation and its staff that
will support the overall mission, and strategic transformation and
positioning of the American Institute of Physics.
- Lead the development and execution of strategic and annual
operating plans for the Foundation including budgeting and staff
- Manage personal relations with high-level donors and prospects,
in collaboration with the AIP CEO and members of the Foundation
Board of Trustees.
- Collaborate effectively with AIP leadership to implement
- Advise senior AIP leaders and Boards (Foundation Board of
Trustees and AIP Board of Directors) on industry trends,
performance measurements and best practices in development and the
cultivation of a culture of philanthropy in the non-profit
- Work with the Foundation Board of Trustees to address strategic
priorities, recruit, and train new board members.
- Participate in meetings of the AIP Foundation Board of Trustees
and in meetings of the AIP Board of Directors as they relate to
development and the work of the Foundation.
- Manage the agenda of the AIP Foundation Board of Trustees with
the AIP CEO, and Foundation CFO and Corporate Secretary.
- Engage, in collaboration with the AIP Chief Federation Officer,
with Member Society leaders on building a culture of philanthropy
in the physical sciences.
- Manage the Foundation’s development staff in the areas of major
gifts, planned gifts, grants, development operations and special
events; serve as a mentor and capacity builder.
- Design and implement performance metrics that will build
capacity, inspire growth, and empower staff to advance the
objectives of the Foundation.
- Continue to develop the case for support that conveys the
importance of philanthropy and its role in supporting the
- Work closely with the marketing and communications team to
coordinate compelling marketing and communications strategies to
attract new partners and donors and magnify the Institute’s
- Create and oversee special events designed to strengthen
long-term ties with major donors.
- Serve as Foundation representative and spokesperson in external
communications and at industry and public events as
- Advise and support the Chair of the AIP Foundation Board of
Trustees, the Chair of the AIP Board of Directors, the AIP CEO, and
other senior AIP leaders.
- Ensure compliance with laws and regulations applicable to
non-profit supporting organizations, foundations, gift giving,
soliciting donors, and other applicable legal items.
- Respect and adhere to ethical principles regarding donors,
donations, data protection and confidentiality regarding any
information obtained as part of the professional activity.
- Be committed to upholding and promoting AIP’s positions and
policies on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and
Accessibility; anti-harassment; ethics; conflict of interest; and
other related items.
The Executive Director will bring many of the following
- Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible fundraising
experience, including prior recent experience as a top development
- Have a record of developing philanthropic solutions with
- Significant experience cultivating and soliciting major gifts,
independently and in partnership with senior leadership (executive
staff and/or board members).
- Experience in strategic planning and change management for a
development staff. Previous experience in development work in the
physical sciences, or related fields, would be an advantage.
- Extensive experience in board governance and engaging
high-profile board leaders in pursuit of strategic development
- Experience leading capital campaigns. Adept at carrying a
portfolio of high-level donors.
- Possess an inspirational, energetic, and entrepreneurial
leadership style with keen sense of internal and external
relationship building—such as corporate/foundation leaders,
philanthropists, and government officials, in the local, regional,
and national arenas.
- Have the ability to create a compelling vision that will
motivate both donors and staff in support of AIP’s mission.
- Intellectually agile and capable of navigating complex
inter-personal and inter-organizational situations effectively and
- Strong business acumen and current knowledge of best practices
in the field of development, particularly in support of scientific
non-profit organizational missions.
- Excellent communication, grant writing, interpersonal
relations, and strategic thinking skills; an ability to speak and
write persuasively about issues affecting the physical sciences
- Skills to manage and motivate a staff toward professional
growth and strong, confident performance.
- A high level of personal and professional integrity, with an
ability to inspire confidence and cooperation.
- Willingness and ability to travel and attend after-hours events
- Bachelor's degree in related discipline required; equivalent
experience will also be accepted.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The American Institute of Physics offers competitive
compensation for this position. Benefits include medical, dental,
and vision insurance; retirement plans, flexible spending and
health savings accounts; life and disability benefits; employee
assistance program, tuition assistance, and generous Paid Time Off.
We offer relocation assistance if the candidate is relocating at
least 50 miles from their primary residence.
The American Institute of Physics has retained Campbell &
Company to conduct this search. The team for this project includes
Marian DeBerry and Abigail Husain. To be considered for this
opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to:
Associate Consultant, Executive Search