Asst Dir, Component Support & Global Engagement

Date: Jun 25, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society



Division and Unit Overview


The Division of Membership is responsible for recruiting, retaining, engaging, recognizing and servicing members around the world. With over 151,000 members worldwide, providing an integrated suite of experiences and support that meet current and potential member needs is vital to the Society’s mission and future. The Assistant Director plays a critical role by leading teams focused on supporting important member communities both domestically and internationally. The teams in the Department focus on supporting all of ACS’s 1,400+ current components and bringing value to these communities. 


Position Summary


Reporting to the Senior Director Membership, the Assistant Director of Component Support & Global Engagement plays a significant role in advising and contributing to the success of the entire Division by planning and executing programs for ACS members and stakeholders. The incumbent is responsible for understanding and supporting the needs of ACS component groups which include 185 Local Sections within the United States, 25 International Chemical Science Chapters outside the United States, ~1,200 Student Chapters globally, 10 Graduate Student Organizations globally, and 32 Technical Divisions. Because of the potential for synergies amongst these groups the incumbent is responsible for developing a strategy to provide stellar support and increase operational efficiencies amongst the teams and staff devoted to these efforts. The position also leads ACS relationships with peer Societies outside the United States, orchestrates Membership, Meeting, Education, and Scientific Advancement presence internationally and coordinates effectively with other ACS Divisions to bring member and potential member communities valuable engagements and positive experiences. The position oversees a team of a dozen staff and assorted contractors broken into 3 focus areas: Component Support, Student Communities, and Global Engagement. The incumbent oversees multimillion dollar budgets.


Work design: Demonstrates an expert knowledge of the organization and industry practices, methods and procedures. Develops and manages short- and near-term strategies for the business unit.  Develops procedures and policies. Work involves managing a department of large, highly visible work across the organization.


Position Accountabilities


  1. Leads the development and execution of short-term and long-term plans designed to provide meaningful value to ACS members, potential members, students, educators, and other stakeholders by building effective and engaging communities worldwide. 
  2. Set direction and develops operational efficiencies across the teams and personnel by recommending collaborations and changes to portfolios and remits.
  3. Develops strategies with the team to cultivate and create new components in geographies of significant potential.
  4. Works to develop roadmaps on global engagement strategies with members and potential members with a critical focus on how to best utilize the new membership options to advance the ACS mission.
  5. Interacts regularly and diplomatically with senior governance of ACS and mentors team members in these interactions.
  6. Recommends and executes programs, products, and services to engage communities with positive experiences.
  7. Oversees annual reporting, granting, allocation, and roster process for the over 1,400 ACS components.
  8. Serves as a Society expert on ACS Society Programs global operations and participates as a subject matter expert on cross-divisional teams.
  9. Evaluates outcomes of programming and recommends revisions and future directions. Uses data-acumen and quantitative information to inform those decisions.
  10. Leads a team of about a dozen staff directing actions across 3 major groupings to strategize solutions and remove barriers. Creates and reinforces a collaborative, motivated and healthy culture throughout the units.
  11. Leads the integration and leveraging of programs, products, and services across Membership, as well as other divisions. Collaborates effectively with colleagues in closely aligned units and articulates the needs of members and potential members in these discussions.
  12. Fosters positive and productive relationships with volunteer leaders, including Committees, Board of Directors, and other component groups.  
  13. Manages multiple budgets, including responsibility for determining how budgets and resources are allocated across business units and projects.
  14. Travel to support events, activities, and other programming as needed (approx. 10% time).
  15. Other duties as assigned.


Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge


Minimum 10 years related experience with at least 5 years leadership experience managing direct reports. Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or relevant field desirable. Advanced degrees a plus. New product development, strategic operations, international

relations, association operations or other related work desirable. Previous experience in and around Associations and component communities required. Experience working and interacting with volunteer governance leaders a plus.


Understands the needs of individual global chemists/chemical engineers and the needs of supporting global volunteers and then capably developing plans to meet those needs is essential. Excellent communications skills. Excellent analytical skills. Excellent diplomacy skills. Demonstrated judgment and interpersonal skills to operate successfully in a complex working environment comprised of staff, governance, and external stakeholders. Project management experience is a plus.




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