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Associate Publisher

Date: Mar 31, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Division and Unit Overview:

 

The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific membership association and one of the top five scholarly publishers in the world. The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society provides to its members and the worldwide scientific community a comprehensive collection of high-quality information products and services for the practice and advancement of the chemical sciences. The Division

publishes 60+ high-quality peer-reviewed journals that cover the breadth of chemistry and allied fields, as well as a weekly magazine, peer reviewed books and reference works (ACS Reagents, ACS Guide to Scholarly Communications).

 

The Journals Publishing Group consists of four main teams: Global Editorial Operations, Global Production Operations, Business Intelligence & Analytics, and Editorial Development. These teams collaborate to optimize the editorial direction and production of our journals, and to ensure that our authors and reviewers have a positive publishing experience. In support of that mission, Editorial Development focuses on the effective operations and strategic expansion of the suite of ACS Publication’s journals, both hybrid and open access titles. This team delivers new products on an annual and ongoing basis, based on an assessment of the existing portfolio relative to the research landscape. Editorial Development provides strategic guidance to ACS Editors-in-Chief to maximize the impact and success of the journals.

 

Position Summary:

 

The Associate Publisher is responsible for the strategic development and management of an expanded portfolio in chemistry and related areas. The incumbent is responsible for assisting the Editors and ACS Publications staff with developing and implementing publishing strategies and editorial initiatives to sustain and enhance the journals’ standing within the global chemistry community to ensure their continued growth and success. The Associate Publisher is responsible for the conception, development, and launch of one or more new product proposals/year and will partake in a number of cross functional projects. The Associate Publisher manages a team of Managing and/or Development Editors with assigned day-to-day responsibilities for journals within the portfolio. The incumbent works with ACS staff from Global Editorial Operations, Global Production Operations, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Digital Strategy and Publishing Platforms, and Sales, Marketing and New Product Innovation to implement strategic initiatives for the journal portfolio. The incumbent also represents the journal to the scientific community through laboratory visits and both domestic and international conferences. The incumbent reports to the Publisher, Editorial Development.

 

Position Accountabilities:

 

  • Responsible for the strategic development of a portfolio of journals in chemistry and related areas in collaboration with journal Editors, editorial boards, and ACS staff and in accordance with divisional and departmental objectives and the Society’s high standards for quality and excellence. Monitors journal portfolio and competitor statistics, reporting on issues/trends. 
  • Responsible for the overall development, motivation, and management of assigned staff of Managing and/or Development Editors within Editorial Development, ensuring that all duties are properly executed in order to achieve the goals and objectives assigned to the department. The incumbent is directly responsible for performance appraisals, development of annual goals and objectives, and individual development plans for staff reporting directly to this position. 
  • Assists in the conception, development, and launch of one or more new products per year in collaboration with the Editorial Teams group in accordance with divisional and departmental objectives and the Society’s high standards for quality and excellence. Identifies new areas for product development and develops cohesive business plans and metrics to track and evaluate new products and services.  
  • Maintains a deep understanding of the needs and trends within the communities served by the journals and publications portfolio. Evaluates market conditions and competition for existing and future business activities. Conducts primary and secondary market research, attends industry conventions, and holds discussions with experts in the field, including appropriate ACS journal editors, other divisional departments, and the experts in the publishing industry. 
  • Makes written and formal verbal presentations as required to groups such as: Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications; Governance Subcommittees and Task Forces; Editorial Advisory Boards; ACS Editors’ Conference; outside publishing and marketing groups and other societies and associations, both domestic and international. 
  • Monitors overall financial and editorial performance according to business plan and ensures that products are meeting revenue and growth expectations.  
  • Coordinates with other departments (Global Editorial Operations, Global Production Operations, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Digital Strategy and Publishing Platforms, and Sales, Marketing and New Product Innovation, others) to ensure efficiency, timeliness, and overall high quality of the published products.

 

 

Required Education and Experience

 

Advanced degree (Ph.D.) in the sciences, preferably chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or a related field, is strongly preferred; combined 7+ years of relevant training and experience in an academic or industrial chemistry setting; at least 4-6 years of experience in STM publishing required. Experience working with standard scientific literature databases (SciFinder, Web of Science, PubMed, etc.) and analysis tools strongly desired. Excellent written and verbal communication with both technical and nontechnical audiences, ability to make well-reasoned decisions and lead cross-functional teams; demonstrated ability to work under pressure and manage multiple priorities, as well as leadership and management skills are required. Portfolio management and product development skills preferred. This position is based in the Washington, DC offices of the American Chemical Society. Up to 25% travel required.

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