Manager, Advocacy

Date: Sep 10, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Division and Unit Overview

Consistent with the ACS National Charter and the ACS Strategic Plan, the OSGC Government Affairs functions promotes public policies that advance science and the chemistry enterprise for the benefit of society. The Government Affairs team informs policymakers and federal agencies of the role of science in public policy, advances specific recommendations on issues affecting the chemistry enterprise, and informs and involves ACS members in the process.  Three units – Public Policy, Advocacy and Federal Relations comprise the government affairs activities of OSGC.



Position Summary

The Manager, Advocacy will lead the Advocacy team and work across OSGC and the Society to implement a strategic and coordinated enterprise approach to ensure all elements of the Society are effectively positioned and leveraged to help advance the established ACS public policy priorities in legislation and other policy vehicles. 



Work Design

Works under managerial direction on advocacy goals and objectives that significantly impact the organization and the overall chemistry enterprise.      



Position Accountabilities


  • Leads, develops and manages an integrated, cross-enterprise Advocacy program that advances the Society’s vision, mission and its obligations under its national charter. Assists the Senior Director evaluate potential new advocacy partners to help advance the ACS’s public policy priorities.

  • Seamlessly integrates goals and activities of the Society’s Advocacy activities with all relevant Society programs and activities to achieve annually identified objectives, goals and metrics.
  • Effectively enlists the participation and support of colleagues across the ACS enterprise in support of the Advocacy function to ensure enterprise transparency and awareness of all activities.
  •  Development, prioritization and implementation of Society-wide public policy positions resulting from interactions with external partners. Develop and implement Society-wide strategies to achieve the policy objectives identified by the ACS Board of Directors and other relevant ACS governance units.
  • Act, when appropriate and as designated by the Senior Director, Government Affairs, as a spokesperson and contact point on identified external issues with the media or other public bodies.
  • Actively participate in the activities of other Society offices, departments, divisions or governance units to provide an external, advocacy focused perspective to existing programs and those under design or development to leverage established external relationships in the furtherance of the Society’s goals and priorities.
  • Capitalize on issues, events and emerging debates in the broader policy arena to promote the Society, its interests, the chemistry enterprise and its practitioners.
  • Assist with staff liaison duties, as requested by the Senior Director, Government Affairs, on a variety of governance committees supported by the unit.



Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge

Typically has BA/BS degree or equivalent combination of education, certifications, and experience in areas of related discipline.  Minimum of 10 or more years of relevant experience including 2 years or more experience in a lead or supervisor position.





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.



Nearest Major Market: Washington DC