Head of Editorial, C&EN

Date: Nov 22, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Reports to: Editor in Chief, C&EN



C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) produces authoritative, award-winning journalism from around the world of chemistry, including research, education, industry, funding, and regulatory policy. It is published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society dedicated to a single discipline, and is widely considered one of the major benefits of membership. C&EN’s weekly magazine reaches more than 155,000 members of ACS in 150 countries, and its website receives more than 13 million page views per year.


We are seeking an Editorial Director to strategically guide the development of short and long term plans for the creation of content across multiple channels that will support the growth of C&EN’s audiences and deepen their relationship with our journalism.


What you’ll do

  • Oversee the day-to-day editorial operations at C&EN, providing leadership to a team of circa 30 full time staff.
  • In partnership with C&EN’s Editor in Chief, continue to lead and innovate in journalism and storytelling, ensuring that C&EN comprehensively covers major developments in the chemical sciences and allied fields. Ensure C&EN continues to fulfill its role as the official organ of ACS and provides members with news and information about the society’s goals, products, programs, and services.
  • With direction form the Editor in Chief, work with staff to ensure standards of accuracy, integrity, and transparency for all journalism and custom-content products that C&EN distributes through its channels.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the audience team to drive increased usage of and engagement with our journalism via a variety of tools, including social, audio, video, newsletters and audience-generated content.
  • In collaboration with the Editor in Chief, work with colleagues in editorial, audience, marketing, sales and beyond to identify new editorial products and activities that support reader needs and, where appropriate, C&EN’s financial goals.
  • Ensure that coverage is in line with C&EN’s editorial direction and that it reflects the diversity of chemistry and that C&EN upholds its commitment to including diverse voices and perspectives in our coverage.
  • Build relationships with colleagues within C&EN and beyond to support the goals and objectives of C&EN and the ACS Communications Division. Help identify and establish external alliances with the potential to amplify the impact and expand the footprint of C&EN and ACS.


What you'll bring

  • A college degree in chemistry or a related scientific field is required; journalism or newsroom experience is also a must have.
  • Strong leadership and management skills as well as experience leading a large, distributed, multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience managing large projects in an evolving environment.
  • Experience in planning, conceiving, developing and launching new editorial initiatives.
  • Sound knowledge of technologies for providing digital information in an effective manner in various delivery formats.
  • Creative thinker with an open mind to learn and explore new areas and opportunities.


About working at C&EN

ACS believes in the strength of diversity in all its forms, because inclusion of and respect for diverse people, experiences, and ideas lead to superior solutions to world challenges and advance chemistry as a global, multidisciplinary science. In turn, C&EN believes that to meet its mission to be the world’s go-to source of news about chemistry, our reporting and our newsroom must include diverse perspectives. Therefore, we strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically marginalized communities in the chemical sciences to apply.


Job location

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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