Program Manager, Component Grants and Program Management

Date: May 12, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Division and Unit Overview                                                                                     

The American Chemical Society Membership Division is the entity primarily responsible for recruiting, retaining, and recognizing membership. Developing and implementing the programs, products, and services that support members are our most critical role. With more than 173,000 members worldwide, providing an integrated suite of benefits that meet current and potential member needs is critical to the future of the Society.


The strategic objectives of the Membership Division include, transforming business models, engaging members and customers through personalized experiences, promoting smart growth and member values and using data to gain insights.  Within the Membership Division, the Office of Component Support provides opportunities, resources, training, and networks to empower volunteer leaders to serve diverse member communities.  These communities enrich the ACS member experience for our members in their local, regional, and global communities.


Position Summary

The ACS Office of Component Services provides programmatic and administrative support for volunteer leaders of ACS component groups. The position oversees the Local Section Activities Committee’s (LSAC) Grants & Awards program, provides program management support for LSAC’s goal strategies, and oversees the development and implementation special projects to enhance and optimize component group operations.


Work design: Works with team, independently, and under general direction from manager. This position will work closely with other staff to ensure effective project management for new and ongoing projects.  This position requires innovative thinking and expert knowledge of ACS programs, products & services and requires the incumbent to re-imagine new ways of delivering value to ACS members and volunteers.  This position will actively engage with department staff and other stakeholders throughout the Society including volunteer leaders.



Position Accountabilities

  1. Serve as an effective staff liaison to the LSAC subcommittee on Grants and Awards by collaborating with the subcommittee chair to ensure efficient and effective committee meetings, including agenda development, materials creation and dissemination, meeting logistics, meeting follow up, and ongoing communications.  
  2. Oversee and administer the LSAC sponsored grant programs (Innovative Program Grants, Members Engaging Through Technology Grants, Science Cafe Mini-Grants, Diversity Inclusion Equity and Respect Grants) including; marketing, promotion and announcements; and, the application submission, review, award and reporting processes.
  3. Administer the review process for LSAC sponsored ChemLuminary Awards including the Local Section Outstanding Performance Awards while ensuring that established parameters and rubrics established by the committee are followed.
  4. Provide effective program management oversight to ensure LSAC goal strategy teams remain on task to achieve their goals as outlined in committee’s strategic plan.
  5. Oversee and administer special projects and new program development supporting component group operations and programming (e.g., Community Connection dashboard enhancements, eRosters on-demand, LS Officers Communication Hub)
  6. Administers the local section annual report process to include annual report form and resource page updates, query design and report generation. Recommends and oversees program enhancements to ACS Community Connections.
  7. Supports the local section leader’s monthly webinar series by identifying content and speakers to highlight programs, products and services offered to and by local sections.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.



Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge

Desired skills and experience:

Bachelor’s degree and project management certification preferred with 8+ years of related experience. Demonstrated program and project management experience required. Strong writing and verbal communications skills for interacting with stakeholders and coordinating content production. Strategic and creative thinking including experience with new program development.  Organizational and analytical skills with an attention to detail are highly desirable. Outstanding interpersonal skills with focus on customer service.  Occasional travel (including weekends) may be required.





Position Summary

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



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