ACS Secretary

Date: Apr 13, 2024

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Society Overview
The Society’s vision is to improve all people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry. Nearly 150 years after its founding, the Society remains a champion for chemistry, its practitioners, and its global community of members and customers. The Society is composed of individual chemists and chemical engineers and professionals in related disciplines.
The Society is recognized as a leading publisher and curator of authoritative scientific information. ACS Publications produces over 80 peer-reviewed journals, which are ranked the “most-trusted, most-cited and most-read”. The Chemical Abstracts Service (a division of the Society) also provides scientific information solutions, partnering with innovators around the world to accelerate scientific breakthroughs. ACS provides broader networks that facilitate connections and open doors in a way no other professional organization can match, and it empowers more than 200,000 individuals in its global membership community to advance chemistry, elevate their career potential, expand their networks, inspire future generations, collaborate globally, and build communities that provide scientific solutions.


Position Overview
Reporting directly to the Board of Directors through the ACS Chief Executive Officer, the ACS Secretary will serve as an officer of the Society and member of the Executive Leadership Team and will perform all duties normally associated with the position of the corporate secretary of an organization. In this capacity, the Secretary is responsible for providing staff support and assistance to the President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President of ACS, the Board of Directors, its Chair, its Executive Committee, the Council of the Society and its Council Policy Committee, Committee on Nominations & Elections, and Committee on Committees in the discharge of their duties. The successful candidate will be a sharp, engaged, collaborative, and process-oriented partner with high emotional intelligence and exceptional communication and organizational skills.


Key Responsibilities
• Participates in Society planning and policy development, including development of the long-term vision and contingency plans.
• Prepares agendas, motions, minutes, and maintains ACS’s official records.
• Facilitates the smooth operation of ACS governance meetings to ensure compliance with parliamentary procedure (i.e., Roberts Rules of Order), as appropriate.
• Oversees budget preparation and the adherence to authorized budgets and financial policy objectives.
• Advises on the selection, maintenance, and optimization of appropriate technology to simplify and enhance governance communication, participation, and voting.
• Performs other duties as necessary and assigned.

• 12+ years related administrative/management experience including the supervision of critical organizational functions.
• Outstanding executive leadership skills with a proven ability to support a successful, advancing organization with various constituencies.
• Experience managing complex Boards, committees, or other groups, including considerable experience leading a team.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate (both orally and in written form) and interact effectively with significant decision makers, Boards, and employees.
• Ability to work proactively, collaboratively, cooperatively, and as a member of a team, while empowering direct reports and emphasizing accountability.
• Science background and/or terminal degree preferred (e.g., J.D., Ph.D.).

Key Attributes
• Understanding of and commitment to the mission, vision, and core values of ACS with demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality in dealing with sensitive information including personnel matters, legal documents, financial data, contracts, and other proprietary information.
• Process oriented and technologically savvy with a bias toward modernization.
• Exceptional organizational and planning skills, with proven excellence in prior roles.
• High ethical standards, a strong moral compass, integrity, diplomacy, and maturity of judgment.
• Ability and willingness to travel extensively, including weekends and evenings.


Interested candidates should submit a resume in Microsoft Word format addressed to:

Deborah Ben-Canaan
Partner & Global Practice Leader
In-House Counsel Recruiting


Kirk Coleman
Managing Director
In-House Counsel Recruiting


Stephanie Crosse
In-House Counsel Recruiting


You will be required to complete additional documents to be considered for this position.  Please do not contact the Society directly; all resumes sent to the Society will be routed to MLA for handling and will create delays.


Position Summary

Position Location:

The role will be based in the ACS Headquarters in Washington, DC.  ACS employees work a hybrid work schedule, consisting of working onsite, three days per week. ACS employees are in the office on Tuesday and Wednesday with the third in-office day scheduled in consultation with the manager. While always welcome to work in the office, employees may work the other two days of the week from a location of their choice.




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