Editor

Date: Sep 20, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Education Division Overview
The mission of the ACS Education Division is to serve learners and educators by building communities and 
supporting innovative, relevant, and effective chemistry education and professional development. The six goals of the ACS Education Division Strategic Plan—resources, professional development, community engagement, outreach, membership, and operational excellence—reflect the responsiveness of the Division in meeting the needs of the changing chemistry enterprise.

 

 

Position Summary
The person in this position will be responsible for ChemMatters and Chemistry in the Community. The role 
requires managing all editorial aspects of ChemMatters magazine—a quarterly publication for high school 
chemistry students published by the ACS Education Division. The person will establish an editorial calendar, source new content from freelancers, repurpose existing ACS materials, and manage the editing and production of all aspects of the magazine.

 

The role requires interacting with subscribers to garner feedback and apply suggestions for continuous improvement of the publication. This position will also manage Chemistry in the Community, a first‐year high school chemistry textbook. The incumbent will lead the redesign of the resource into a digital format with a team of freelancers and in collaboration with the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) and Precollege Engagement team. The person will provide editorial oversight for a team who will implement a redesign plan that includes revising dated content, creating new resources, and integrating digital resources into the AACT collection.
 

Work Design
This role is for a senior professional who will manage assignments and projects. This person has wide-ranging experience and specialized knowledge in high school chemistry concepts and demonstrates creativity and ingenuity to perform assignments and create solutions. The nature of work includes identifying problems and providing solutions to resolve a variety of complex issues. Assignments may have a direct impact to the organization. This person will consult with management to influence decisions.
 

 

Position Accountabilities

  • Serves as editor for ChemMatters magazine; plans and assigns articles/tasks to freelancers, edits copy, directs contractors (illustrators, designers, etc.), coordinates web and print production process, ensures content is engaging, accurate, and appropriate for a high school chemistry audience.
  • Partners with staff to update web content. Provides support for marketing, distribution, and budgeting.
  • Leads the redesign of Chemistry in the Community, in collaboration with freelancers, the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) and Precollege Engagement team.
  • Works collaboratively with other ACS units such as AACT, IT, Membership, Communications, and/or external entities to promote resources and/or identify possible synergistic activities. This includes organizing, facilitating, and/or conducting workshops and presentations that support offerings of the resources and/or activities of the ACS Education Division.
  • Coordinates regular evaluation of ChemMatters magazine. Collaborates with ACS Member Research to conduct evaluation and analysis activities.
  • Serves as the staff liaison to the ChemMatters Policy Board. 

 

 

Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or related sciences with experience in writing, editing, or producing science 
  • publications and/or teaching high school chemistry or related sciences.
  • 8+ years of related experience. 
  • Advanced degree or equivalent experiences a plus.
  • Some experience with digital media and marketing, including knowledge of and comfort with using new technologies.
  • Must be team-oriented in approach to problem solving and possess exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively with proven ability to meet deadlines.

 

 

This position will be primarily based in the Washington D.C. (or applicable) office. 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. New employees are immediately eligible for this hybrid work arrangement. ACS offers relocation assistance, if applicable.

 

 

 

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