With 2,000+ employees and over 150,000 members, the American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society. A nonprofit organization founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemistry enterprise and is the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers & related professions around the globe. Our mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise & its practitioners for the benefit of Earth & its people.

What We Do

We deliver indispensable chemistry-related information solutions to address global challenges and other issues facing the scientific community. We provide access to opportunities, resources, training, & networks to empower our members & member communities to thrive in the global economy. We foster the development of innovative, relevant, & effective chemistry & chemistry-related education. We communicate the vital role of chemical professionals & chemistry in addressing the world’s challenges.

Our Culture

The American Chemical Society is committed to providing a collaborative work environment where employees can grow in their current roles and develop within their career. Great people are the key to our success. To maintain the highest standard of service for our members and community, we rely on a highly skilled, motivated, and diverse staff. Attracting talented employees is only the beginning. We strive to provide an inspiring work environment where they are motivated to stay.

Employee Engagement

In every division, employees participate in regular Employment Engagement Surveys. The feedback is incorporated into action plans to make ACS an even better place to work. We listen; we act.


At ACS, recognizing employees is a part of our culture. All employees are encouraged to nominate their colleagues for annual awards celebrating their contributions, accomplishments and successes. ACS understands the impact of teamwork and recognizes teams that exhibit superior performance and collaboration.  The ACS Service award honors long-tenured employees.

Learning and Development

To encourage employee growth, we provide a variety of professional development opportunities which include:

  • A robust learning management system that offers online courses to develop staff skills
  • External conferences and workshops
  • Educational reimbursement programs for college-level coursework and certification programs
  • Professional memberships and subscriptions
  • On-the-job learning opportunities

Community Support and Giving Back

ACS employees are passionate about serving others within their work community and contributing to society. The Staff Council is a dedicated group of employees who sponsor events, including holiday events, and group outings. It also organizes community outreach and environmental awareness projects.