Program Manager, Member Communities

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

The Program Manager, Member Communities serves as a subcommittee liaison and oversees the Committee on Local Section Activities Grants & Awards programs. This includes working with volunteer leaders to set the direction of the subcommittee, identify new grant programming opportunities and manage the grant submission, review, award and reporting cycles.


This position leverages relationships with other business units and Society stakeholders to target new programs and services to support member engagement. The Program Manager will apply innovating thinking and their expert knowledge of ACS to re-imagine the delivery of programs, products and services tailored to members that expect more and more of those experiences to be curated and personalized.


The Program Manager will draw from their knowledge of component group programming and operations, as well as access to reporting and other metrics to develop training, webinars and other resources to support the care and cultivation of the ACS volunteer leadership talent pool.


Position Acountabilities:

  • 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.


  • 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 Coordinate with subcommittee leadership for to develop and implement of  new grant programs.


  • 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.


  • Oversee and administer special projects supporting component group programming and activities (e.g., development of local section officer’s portal, connecting local section registrations to the ACS Datastore, developing virtual training programs, developing ways to broaden the visibility of local section events and activities and other Innovative PPS) which play a key role in delivering member value and engagement.


  • Administer the Local Section Officers Portal to include a central repository for Officer Insights Newsletter content, local section events calendar, local section digital resource guide and local section officer discussion groups.
    • Serve as editor and publisher for the Officers Insights monthly email digest.
    • Administer an Officers Resources and Local Section Events calendar on the ACS Network to share important programmatic and administrative program dates, deadlines, links and other details. (Business Units)
    • Oversee the collection of meeting announcements and event details submitted by local sections. Review submissions for accuracy and authenticity prior to posting to the public facing calendar.
  • Administer the Local Section Digital Resources Guide and discussion forums
  • Coordinate with staff, LSAC and local section volunteers to develop and produce a series of webinars (frequency TBD) highlighting examples of innovative local section activities, programming emanating from LSAC grants, as well as webinars focused on the training and development needs of local section leaders (e.g., Treasurers Workshop, Legal Resources Webinar)
  • Administer the Local Section Annual Report Process

    • Update annual report forms and resource pages for each annual reporting cycle

    • Design queries and reports in response to request from local section stakeholder groups
    • Review local section event submissions to highlight and share as best practices
    • Coordinate the LSAC annual report review process with the Program Manager


Position Requirements:

  • College degree or equivalent experience; may have an advanced degree or equivalent experience
  • 7 years of related experience. Knowledge or experience of ACS programming and resources. Experience training, managing and motivating volunteers required.
  • 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.


Position Summary

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