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Communication Specialist

Date: Mar 13, 2019

Location: Washington, DC, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

The Writer will primarily write and edit scripts on a range of ACS series and multimedia content. This includes Reactions, a weekly video series that reaches millions of viewers with videos highlighting the chemistry in everyday life, and Orbitals, a monthly podcast series about the molecules that move us. This role requires an experienced background as a science writer, basic skills in video/podcast production and a proven ability to effectively bring complex projects to completion with minimum oversight. A passion for science, ability to meet deadlines, proactive mind-set, team-working skills, a high level of attention to detail and experience working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment is a must. Experience interviewing scientists, serving as an on-camera host and recording voiceover narration are a plus.


Work design:  Works under general managerial direction on goals and objectives that have a significant impact on the organization.  Works with unit objectives and expert knowledge as guidance.  Develops systemic solutions for highly complex problems.  Uses analytical, interpretive, evaluative and/or constructive thinking to reach solutions.


Position Accountabilities


  1. Main writer for Reactions, applying research and science-writing skills in producing accurate and engaging video scripts for a non-technical audience. 
  2. Main writer and producer for Orbitals, applying researching, interviewing, and writing skills in producing high-quality podcast episodes for a non-technical audience.
  3. Writing other multimedia content such as press releases, infographics or additional projects as assigned.
  4. Contribute to multimedia projects as assigned, e.g. conducting on-camera interviews, serving as an on-camera host for Reactions videos, recording voiceover narration, pitching video ideas, etc.
  5. Maintains a high level of current awareness of emerging digital technologies for communicating science to the news media and the public.
  6. Applies critical thinking skills to help conceptualize topics and methods for communicating topics to target audiences.
  7. Coordinates efforts of other staff and freelancers as assigned.


    Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge


A college degree in chemistry or a related field is required. An advanced degree in science communication or relevant scientific field is highly desired. At least 3+ years of related experience. Must have previous experience in science writing, producing and creating online videos. Demonstrated proficiency at taking complex scientific concepts and translating them for non-technical audiences in an accurate and engaging way. Basic knowledge of Premiere, Audition, and other relevant software is a plus.


Position Summary

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