Managing Editor

Date: Sep 30, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Managing Editor – ACS Applied Materials Portfolio


Publications Division Overview

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific membership association, with a mission to “advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people”.


ACS Publications is a Division of the ACS and has all the characteristics of a medium-large scientific and technical publishing organization. It is one of two Divisions charged with serving the dual function of generating a reliable annual surplus to support the Society’s programmatic activities, while also fulfilling a core goal of the Society in advancing knowledge in the field of chemistry and the chemical enterprise.  The Division publishes 75+ high-quality peer-reviewed journals covering the breadth of chemistry and allied fields, as well as numerous other high-quality products and services of benefit to the global community.


Unit Overview


The Journals Publishing Group consists of four main teams: Global Editorial Operations, Global Production Operations, Business Intelligence & Analytics, and Editorial Development. These teams collaborate to optimize the editorial direction and production of our journals, and to ensure that our authors and reviewers have a positive publishing experience. In support of that mission, Editorial Development focuses on the effective operations and strategic development of the suite of ACS Publication’s journals, both hybrid and open access titles. This team delivers new products on an annual and ongoing basis, based on an assessment of the existing portfolio relative to the research landscape. Editorial Development provides strategic guidance to ACS Editors-in-Chief to maximize the impact and success of the journals.


Position Summary:


The Managing Editor is responsible for the day-to-day management of ACS Applied Materials journals, ensuring that the publications are produced on time, on budget, and with appropriate levels of quality. This portfolio of journals are particularly focused on materials and interfaces, including biomaterials, electronic materials, energy materials, nanomaterials, polymer materials and more. The qualified candidate will work with Editors and ACS staff to develop and implement publishing strategies and editorial initiatives to sustain and enhance the journals’ standing within the global chemistry community to ensure their continued growth and success. The Managing Editor will collaborate with the Editors in planning, recruiting commissioned content, and monitor progress of the journal against competitors. The qualified candidate will also work with ACS staff from Global Production Operations; Global Editorial Operations; Digital Strategy and Publishing Platforms; and Marketing, Sales and New Product Innovation to implement strategic initiatives for the journals. The Managing Editor may be required to represent the journals within the scientific community through laboratory visits and conferences, both domestic and international. The successful candidate will report to the Senior Managing Editor, Global Journals Development.




  • Work with ACS Publications staff and Editors to:
    • Assess, define, and oversee implementation of near and long-term strategic plans and priorities that lead to the growth of the ACS Applied Materials Portfolio;
    • Identify new and emerging areas of content for the journals, and solicit and track submissions in these areas;
    • Monitor competitor journals and industry developments, and report on issues/trends to Editors and ACS Publications staff at regular intervals;
    • Manage day-to-day workflows, including (but not limited to) invited reviews,  virtual and special issues, and cover art for the journals;
    • Help identifying and recruiting new Editors and Editorial Advisory Board members for the journals;
    • Coordinate with other ACS Publications departments (Global Production Operations; Global Editorial Operations; Digital Strategy and Publishing Platforms; and Marketing, Sales and New Product Innovation; and others) to ensure efficiency, timeliness, and overall high quality of the published product and to move forward strategic initiatives;
    • Plan and execute Editors/Editorial Advisory Board meetings in conjunction with ACS national meetings;
    • Work with ACS Publications Marketing staff to contribute to social media promotions and other marketing initiatives for the journals; and,
    • Assist in facilitating and implementing staff-supported editorial peer review processes.
  • Using established best practices, monitor journal and competitor statistics, prepare data reports for internal and external reporting, and draft monitoring reports under guidance of ACS Publications staff.
  • Effectively represent the journal in correspondence and at outreach events, site visits, strategic scientific conferences, and exhibits to acquire and maintain a deep understanding of the needs and trends within the communities served by the journals and publications portfolio.
  • Assist ACS Publications staff with developing and implementing new features, products, and/or services for journals and supporting the overall portfolio as necessary.
  • Minimum of Master’s degree in chemistry or allied sciences. Advanced degree (Ph.D.) preferred but not required.
  • Combined 4+ years of relevant training and experience in an academic or industrial chemistry setting; experience in STM publishing a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities with both technical and nontechnical audiences, as well as decision-making, leadership, and analytical skills, ability to make well-reasoned decisions, contribute to and lead cross-functional teams, multitasking and organizational skills to balance both long term goals/projects and day-to-day deliverables required.
  • This position is based in the Washington, DC offices of the American Chemical Society. Some travel may be required.


Position Summary


Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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