USQ Update

USQ Update

USQ Leadership Transition

This fall, Sarah Woolsey will be stepping down as Executive Director of US Quidditch.

Sarah Woolsey, USQ’s Executive Director, will be leaving her position with USQ on November 15, 2019 to pursue other opportunities. 

Woolsey began volunteering for the league in 2011, after becoming involved in the sport at the University of Maryland in 2010. After two years as a USQ volunteer, she became the full-time Events Director in November 2013. In December 2015, she became the Interim Executive Director, and was hired as the Executive Director in July 2016. 

Photo by: Jared Burce.

As Executive Director, Woolsey has been responsible for the overall success of the organization, including staff development, financial management, operational management, board relations, organizational development, and fund development. Highlights of Woolsey’s tenure include executing and refining the organization’s strategic plan, developing an ethical decision making framework, and streamlining the event bidding and management process.

“It has been an absolute honor and privilege to serve as the Executive Director of US Quidditch. When I first joined the sport in February of 2010, I had no idea the journey I would take within quidditch over the next nine and a half years. I’ve been involved in a number of different roles within the sport – as a player, referee, tournament director, volunteer, gameplay coordinator, events director, and ultimately as the leader of USQ. I am so grateful for the incredible experiences I have had within this organization, and I look forward to seeing where quidditch continues to develop in the future,” said Woolsey.

Photo by: Jessica Lang.

“I’ve had the privilege of seeing Sarah grow in her role with USQ, from volunteer, to Events Director, to Executive Director,” said Alicia Radford, former USQ Chief Operating Officer and current board treasurer. “Sarah has worked tirelessly to improve the sport and build the infrastructure needed for quidditch to succeed long term. Her leadership, passion, and vision have been invaluable in professionalizing and strengthening the league. We will miss her, and wish her all the best in her new endeavors.”  

Photo by: Isabella Gong.

Hiring Process

USQ is now recruiting for an Executive Director who is an experienced nonprofit leader with a passion for promoting inclusivity in sports and an understanding of the important role competition and community play in the lives of individuals of all ages. The ideal Executive Director candidate will be experienced in operations management, board development, fund development, fiscal management, staff and volunteer management, and sports management.

Hiring for the new Executive Director will take place over the end of the summer and into the fall. The job description can be found here. Candidates who submit applications by August 26, 2019 will receive priority consideration. In person interviews will take place in late September or early October. The position will begin in fall 2019. Questions about the hiring process can be directed to