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Sarah Woolsey Hired as USQ Executive Director

US Quidditch is pleased to announce the hiring of Sarah Woolsey as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Woolsey was hired following an extensive nationwide search. She will step into the role after serving as Interim Executive Director since December.

The Process

In April 2016, US Quidditch announced the hiring search for a new executive director, led by a search committee from USQ’s board of directors. Board members Jeni Craswell, Matt Hayden, and Kara Levis made up the committee.

Over 250 candidates applied for the position, and the search committee vetted each candidate. The process included an initial evaluation of submitted materials (including resume, cover letter, and references), phone screens, Skype interviews, and final face to face interviews with both staff and the board of directors. USQ volunteers weighed in on the process through an extensive survey that focused on staff feedback, impressions, and idealities when considering the hiring criteria for the new executive director. The survey also asked for opinions and viewpoints on the current projects and challenges facing USQ and volunteer department within it.

The New Executive Director

Woolsey has been involved in quidditch for six years, and has been with USQ for five years. Her involvement with the organization began as a Gameplay Coordinator in 2011. Since then, she has also held the role of Development Director, and most recently was USQ’s Events Director. As the Events Director, Woolsey oversaw 21 regional championships, two QuidCon leadership conferences, Global Games 2014, and three championship events (World Cup VII, World Cup 8, US Quidditch Cup 9). She also spearheaded the creation and development of events department programs, such as tournament director certification, event sanctioning, and event bidding. Since January, in addition to her duties as Events Director, Woolsey has also been USQ’s acting Interim Executive Director. With her new appointment, she will transition to serve as USQ’s Executive Director on a full-time basis.

Woolsey holds two degrees from the University of Maryland, a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy and a B.A. in Spanish Literature in Culture. She graduated with a College Park Scholars citation and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

“I fell in love with quidditch the first day I played it in early 2010, and I’m thrilled to be able to lead as we enter its second decade,” says Woolsey. “To me, quidditch is incredible for so many reasons - it is a welcoming, progressive, inclusive, and engaging sport. There is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to participate in the community, whether as a player, a spectator, or a volunteer.”

Woolsey will oversee the day-to-day management of USQ operations and work closely with the staff and board to further the initiatives outlined in the strategic plan. “Within my new role as ED, I’m looking forward to continuing to grow the organization and expand our membership,” she says. “As we enter year two of our strategic plan and the 11th year of our sport, we’ll strengthen our existing resources while continuing to develop new programs and policies. In particular I’ll be focusing on our fundraising efforts and operational management.”

“The Board is very excited to see Sarah step into the Executive Director role,” says Jacob Adlis, USQ’s Board Chair. “Sarah’s deep knowledge of the sport and the community as well as her proven experience within the USQ organization helped her rise to the top of a very large field of applicants. She has proven experience managing staff and working closely with the USQ Board to make advances toward reaching our organizational goals. We are looking forward to collaborating with Sarah as we focus on our strategic plan, and we will continue to work to both  expand quidditch and improve the USQ experience for players and teams.”

Woolsey will start her new position on Monday, July 18. Additional information about staffing changes as related to the Events Department will be available in August. Woolsey can be reached at sarah.woolsey@usquidditch.org.

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