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Program Specialist

Date: Apr 7, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society


Division and Unit Overview

The American Chemical Society Division of Membership & Society Services 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 150,000 members worldwide, providing an integrated suite of benefits that meet current and potential member needs is critical to the future of the Society. The Department of Member Programs & Communities is composed of five staff teams: (1) Component & Career Services, (2) Award and Member Recognition Programs, (3) Virtual Programs, (4) Industry Member Programs, and (5) Diversity Programs. The Office of Awards and Member Recognition is responsible for the National Awards Program, the ChemLuminary Awards Program, and the ACS Fellows Program.


Position Summary

The Office of National Awards & Member Recognition develops and implements the strategic plan as it relates to the Society’s nationally administered awards. The Program Specialist in the Office of Awards and Member Recognition will draft all articles for inclusion in Chemical & Engineering News and assist with event planning and logistics. In addition, is responsible for drafting documents for governance and management signatures. The position also works with the National Award recipients who have technical sessions at the ACS Fall National Meetings & Expositions and maintains all databases to track all award recipient information for award ceremonies. The incumbent reports to the Senior Manager, Office of Awards and Member Recognition.


Position Accountabilities

  1. Providmanagement for the Office of Award Programs. Maintaining accurate databases for housing Selection Committee members, recipients, and Oversight e project Committee members.
  2. Draft documents for the National Awards Program and the ACS Fellows Program.
  3. Assist with event planning and logistics for Award Programs. In particular, the National Awards Program and the ChemLuminary Awards Program.
  4. Provide budget management for all Office of Award Programs’ expenses, invoices, etc. Includes contract and requisition development and oversight.
  5. Assist with the nomination process, selection, and notification for the National Awards Program.
  6. Serve as backup for the Office of Award Programs online systems maintenance and website updates.

Required Skills

  • Works under general instructions on routine work, detailed instructions on new projects or assignments.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills for interacting with governance and stakeholders.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with superior customer service.
  • Organizational and analytical skills with an attention to detail are highly desirable.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office product suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with managing budgets.

Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge

  1. Bachelor’s degree required.
  2. Two or more years of related experience.
  3. Occasional travel required (approximately 1 to 2 trips per year).
  4. Must have at least two years of experience with netFORUM or Member Management Systems.
  5. Must have strong computer skills with Microsoft Office and Outlook.
  6. Experience with producing video production (live and/or virtual) is a plus.




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