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Executive Director Position

The Society of Health & Physical Educators of Pennsylvania (SHAPE PA) seeks qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director, with the search process commencing  May 2023. 


  • Serve as Chief Administrative Officer of state organization of approximately 700 members.
  • Provide dynamic leadership to ensure that SHAPE PA’s mission is implemented consistently, effectively, and with integrity.
  • Perform all day-to-day operations and administrative duties for SHAPE PA.
  • Manage association finances and pursue fundraising.
  • Act as liaison with PA Department of Education, SHAPE America, local SHAPE 
  • PA chapters, and other professional organizations.
  • Maintain transparent and consistent communication with the SHAPE PA Board 
  • of Directors and Executive Board.
  • Develop collaborative partnerships and other opportunities to benefit SHAPE PA.
  • Plan and execute annual SHAPE PA state convention and other meetings as needed.
  • Travel throughout the Commonwealth and out-of-state as needed.
  • Maintain flexible hours to include weekends and evenings as required.
  • Coordinate information about professional development opportunities for membership.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned by the Board of Directors and the  Executive Board.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education or a related field.
  • Excellent skills in written and oral communication, including public speaking.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Proficient in current technology skills.
  • Experience in administration and management. 
  • Success in meeting responsibilities in a virtual environment, i.e., working from home.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education or a related field.
  • Exceptional skills in written and oral communication, including public speaking.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizational finance, fundraising, and grant writing.
  • Proven expertise in website development and maintenance, and social media.
  • Knowledge of current, innovative pedagogy in the field of physical and health education.
  • Dynamic interpersonal skills and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Evidence of successful leadership experience in health and physical education or related field.
  • Demonstrated success in planning conferences, conventions, and other meetings.
The Executive Director will work primarily in a virtual office environment with initial training and ongoing mentorship. The position offers a salary and a stipend for professional expenses.

This position is contracted on an annual basis, with evaluations at six months and 12 months in the first year. The successful candidate will begin the position in August 2023,  and will be required to attend the 2023 Annual SHAPE PA Convention on October 27-28,   
in Manheim, PA.

Prospective candidates should forward a completed application along with current vita/resume; a comprehensive statement of experience as it relates to the job description and professional goals; and three (3) current letters of professional recommendation to: 

Dr. Joanne Leight, Chair
Executive Director Search Committee
[email protected]

Applications must be received no later than May 15. Review of applications and interviews will begin in June, 2023, with the position beginning in August, 2023.