Program Specialist, Project SEED

Date: Mar 1, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Division and Unit Overview

The mission of the ACS Education Division is to serve learners and educators by building communities and providing effective chemistry education products, services, and information. The Division provides programs and services for teachers and students from kindergarten through graduate school.


Project SEED is a high school summer research fellowship program designed for students from low-income households. Since 1968, over 11,000 students have paired with scientist mentors across the United States and Puerto Rico, learning about the scientific method, presenting their research, and receiving a stipend. ACS Scholars is a renewable scholarship program for African American, Hispanic, and Indigenous undergraduate students studying and pursuing STEM- related careers. Since 1995, over 3,200 students have received scholarship funding.

The Student Experiences office oversees Project SEED and Scholars programming, ensuring that both programs achieve annual cycle deliverables, provide professional development and mentorship opportunities for high school through undergraduate students and cross-collaborating with other ACS units and external partners.



The program specialist organizes and facilitates processes related to Project SEED Program. The Program Manager reports to the portfolio manager of the Student Experiences office within ACS Education and works alongside members of the Student Experiences team and collaborates with various stakeholders of the STEM community.


  1. Manages application and review processes related to Project SEED project proposals and student applications.
  2. Coordinates, co-develops, and facilitates Project SEED Summer Programming, including via virtual gatherings and webinars.
  3. Manages the disbursements and tracking of scholarships and fellowship stipends for Project SEED.
  4. Organizes the development of supportive resources and content for coordinators and mentors of Project SEED
  5. Manages the day-to-day customer service requests related to SEED including navigating the application and review platform and ACS Learning Management System
  6. Coordinates and contributes to comprehensive project timelines and deliverable schedules for the SEED and Scholars marketing and promotion.
  7. Provides support to the collaborative efforts with ACS units on the promotion of Project SEED, ACS Scholars and LEADS. Contributes to preparation and analysis of program data and annual reports.
  8. Supports and collaborates with relevant stakeholders of Scholars and SEED (e.g., production, Philanthropy, ACS marketing, ACS social media, etc.) to ensure programs are delivered on time and on budget.
  9. May act as associate Liaison to an ACS Committee



Education/Experience/Technical Knowledge

Bachelor’s degree and training and experience in STEM; advanced degree preferred; 3+ years of related experience. Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and analytical skills desired. Diligence, timeliness, responsiveness, and attention-to-detail are a must. Experience with financial processes, award disbursement, and data analysis a plus. Technical knowledge required: Microsoft Office, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Dreamweaver

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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