Copyright Specialist

Date: Jun 5, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society is looking for a Copyright Specialist. Duties consist of assessing, approving, and documenting the process by which the Society provides authors, publishers and others with permission to copy, re-publish and otherwise use, the Society’s copyrighted materials, i.e., the Society’s “permissions practice.”  In addition, the incumbent advises our journal editorial offices, on a daily basis, regarding questions from authors regarding the Society’s Journal Publishing Agreement (“JPA”), the agreement by which the ACS obtains its copyrights and other rights from authors.


Position Accountabilities

  • Assesses, approves, and documents copyright permissions.  Oversees automated RightsLink permissions system.  Collaborates with cross-functional teams to evaluate potential copyright agreement and/or licensing issues.  Conducts research on copyright and licensing practices.  Designs and facilitates copyright and licensing training to internal audiences.
  • Collaborates with manager to review licensing agreements, contracts, correspondence, etc.  Supports manager in tracking and filing of licensing agreements.  Compiles reports and manages copyright and licensing files and databases.
  • Analyzes and maintains policy and procedural documentation relating to copyright risks. Identifies internal and external workflows and policies related to copyright reviews.  Recommends and implements policy and procedure changes as needed.
  • Provide assistance and staff support to the Committee on Ethics, including assisting in the preparation and distribution of agenda and meeting materials.


Position Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.  5 – 8 years administrative and office support, especially managing confidential and sensitive information.  Excellent organizational skills; detail orientated; good interpersonal, writing and oral communications skills.  Ability to keep and maintain strict confidentiality.  Understanding of copyright, permissions and publishing.  Paralegal or legal assistant experience/training, a plus.




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