Assistant Managing Editor

Date: Jan 4, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US

Company: American Chemical Society

The chemical safety and education portfolio is highly motivated by the American Chemical Society’s core value of safety and its mission to advance the broader chemistry enterprise for the benefit of Earth and its people. The Assistant Managing Editor is the primary ACS contact for journal editors who are located throughout the world for ACS Chemical Health & Safety, Journal of Chemical Education, and Molecular Pharmaceutics. The Assistant Managing Editor is a critical and influential role to each journal that collaboratively works with the Editors-in-Chief to ensure quality publications are produced on time and on budget.


The qualified candidate will be committed to the development and implementation of publishing strategies and creative editorial initiatives to sustain and enhance these three journals’ standing within the global chemistry community to ensure their continued growth and success. The Assistant Managing Editor will collaborate with the journals’ editorial teams in strategic planning efforts and persevere to secure invited content. They will liaise with the ACS Division of Chemical Education that co-publishes Journal of Chemical Education. They will be a reliable team player and effectively steward the objectives of the portfolio while working with ACS colleagues from C&EN; ACS Office of Safety Programs; New Product Innovation; Global Production Operations; Global Editorial Operations; Digital Strategy and Publishing Platforms; and Marketing and Sales to implement strategic initiatives for the journals. The Assistant Managing Editor will represent the journals within the scientific community through individual site visits and travel to conferences, both domestic and international. The incumbent reports to a Senior Managing Editor in Editorial Development.




  • Assess, define, and oversee implementation of near and long-term strategic plans and priorities that lead to growth of ACS Chemical Health & Safety, Journal of Chemical Education, and Molecular Pharmaceutics. Using established best practices, monitor competitor journal statistics and industry developments, and report on issues/trends to Editors and ACS staff at regular intervals, including during Editors’ and Editorial Advisory Board meetings and in the preparation of monitoring reports for the Society Committee on Publications.


  • Help identify, network, and build relationships with new authors and communities for the journals to secure high-quality content including reviews, case studies, commentaries, research articles, front matter, and special issues. Facilitate and manage workflows with the Editors, ACS Publications staff, and other stakeholders for invited content.


  • Effectively represent the journals in correspondence and at outreach events, site visits, strategic scientific conferences, and exhibits to acquire and maintain a deep understanding of the needs and trends within the communities served by the journals and publications portfolio.


  • Collaborate with Editors-in-Chief to identify and recruit new Associate Editors and Editorial Advisory Board members for the journals.


  • Coordinate proactively with external and internal stakeholders (C&EN; ACS Office of Safety Programs; New Product Innovation; Global Production Operations; Global Editorial Operations; Digital Strategy and Publishing Platforms; Marketing and Sales) to ensure efficiency, timeliness, and overall high quality of the published products and to move strategic initiatives forward.


  • Assist ACS Publications staff with developing and implementing features, products, and services for journals, supporting the overall portfolio as necessarily.


Qualifications and Requirements


  • Minimum of Master’s degree in chemistry or allied sciences. An advanced degree (Ph.D.) preferred. An established interest in chemical safety and education would be an advantage.
  • Combined 4+ years of relevant training and experience in an academic, industrial chemistry, or similar setting required.
  • Strong analytical skills, attention to detail, ability to make well-reasoned decisions, contribute to and lead cross-functional projects and teams, multitasking and organizational skills to balance both long term goals/projects and day-to-day deliverables are required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities with both technical and nontechnical audiences are required.
  • This position will be based in the office of the ACS in Washington, D.C. Some travel will be required.


Publications Division Overview


The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific membership association, with a mission to “advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.” ACS Publications is a Division of the ACS bearing all the characteristics of a medium-large scientific and technical publishing organization.  It is one of two Divisions charged with serving the dual function of generating a reliable annual surplus to support the Society’s programmatic activities while also fulfilling the core goal of the Society in advancing knowledge in the field of chemistry and the chemical enterprise. ACS Publications’ portfolio includes 75+ high-quality peer-reviewed journals covering the breadth of chemistry and allied fields, as well as numerous other products and services.


Unit Overview


The Editorial Development group is the primary contact for journal editors and ensures the quality of content published through a rigorous and customer-centric peer review process. Editorial Development is central to ensuring the editors and editorial direction of the journals optimally serve the mission of the ACS.


The Journals Publishing Group consists of four main teams: Editorial Development, Global Editorial Operations, Global Production Operations, and Business Intelligence & Analytics. These teams collaborate to optimize the editorial direction and production of ACS journals, and to ensure that authors and reviewers have a positive publishing experience. Robust submission of high-quality, uniformly prepared manuscripts ensures that ACS journals remain the most trusted, most cited, and most read. This objective offers opportunities for efficiencies in downstream publication and optimization of display and delivery of published content.


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