Program Specialist, External Relationships

Date: May 16, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Division and Unit Overview

The Division of Membership is responsible for recruiting, retaining, engaging, recognizing and servicing members around the world. With over 151,000 constituents worldwide, providing an integrated suite of experiences and support that meet current and potential member needs is vital to the Society's mission and future. The Industry Member Programs unit is the Society's interactor with global industry providing essential offerings to both individual members and executive leads alike. The Program Specialist, External Relationships plays a critical role by focusing on partnerships that provide value to all ACS members with a particular industrial focus.



Position Summary

The Industry Member Programs office provides programmatic and administrative support for industrial leaders, entrepreneurs, and individuals in the chemistry enterprise. This Program Specialist position directly supports the operations of the office and facilitates communications and information sharing with (and among) various member, potential member, governance, and staff groups. The position reports to the Manager, Industry Member Programs.


This position enables an effective partnership between the office of Industry Member Programs and external organizations by developing and executing events, content, and messaging targeted at ACS industry members and potential members. This position also supports and interacts with ACS governance committees focused on the industrial member experience.


Work design: Works with team, independently, and under general direction from manager. This position will serve as a dedicated resource to centralize key functions in support of ACS industrial members. This position will work closely with other staff in the office and across the society to ensure that programs supporting the team's mission are executed efficiently.



Position Accountabilities

  1. Work with external partner organizations to produce ACS and joint events such as but not exclusively: Pharma Leaders and executive level summits.
  2. Interact as requested with leaders and executives of large multinational organizations and display necessary tact, diplomacy, and timeliness in these interactions.
  3. Partner with marketing and communications colleagues to highlight upcoming events, programming, and receptions. Partner with the same groups to assist in recognizing award winners, participants, and the positive global contributions of industrial chemistry
  4. Working with others in the organization, and using resources provided, efficiently produce content of interest for industrial ACS members. Manage process for content solicitation; edit copy, design, format and publish online original content.
  5. Support as needed updates to web page content, social media information, and other collateral to raise awareness of various existing industrial-focused programming.
  6. Work with area leads to produce event scripts, visuals, press releases, and briefings as needed.
  7. Draft, review, and edit other member-facing communications as requested.
  8. Work with colleagues across ACS serving as an industrial subject matter expert to represent the office's viewpoint and provide guidance, proactively seeking out collaborations across the society.
  9. Support ACS governance by partnering with volunteer leaders and various governance entities as requested.
  10. Some travel may be required (5-10% time).
  11. Other duties as assigned.



Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge

Bachelor's degree and 5+ years ofrelated experience. Strong project management and interpersonal skills. Organizational and analytical skills with an attention to detail are highly desirable. Ability to work under general instructions on routine work and identify process improvements. Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communication skills for interacting with internal and external stakeholders.


General communications and marketing experience is helpful. Chemistry or other STEM background is desirable. Previous experience working in industry or a commercial organization a big plus. Knowledge or experience with non­ profit organizations and working with volunteers is preferable.


Position Summary

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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