Program Specialist, Higher Education

Date: Sep 20, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Division Overview

The mission of the ACS Education Division is to serve learners and educators by building communities and supporting innovative, relevant, and effective chemistry education and professional development. The strategic objectives of the ACS Education Division reflect the responsiveness of the Division in fulfilling the vision, missioin, and values of the ACS and meeting the needs of the changing chemistry enterprise. The ACS Approval Program provides guidelines, resources, and innovative and creative solutions for baccalaureate programs in the chemical sciences.



Position Summary
The incumbent reports to the Senior Manager, Office of Approved Programs, and is responsible for the 
administrative needs of the ACS Approval Program, with a portfolio of almost 700 institutions. The incumbent 
is responsible for early screening of reports associated with obtaining and maintaining ACS Approval, acts as 
the primary contact for the program, assists end users with completing reports and troubleshooting the 
reporting system, provides editing for program reviews, and ensures that reviewers receive complete reports.


Work Design: Works under general managerial direction on goals and objectives that have a significant impact 
on the organization. Works with unit objectives and expert knowledge with guidance. Develops systemic 
solutions for highly complex problems. Uses analytical, interpretive, evaluative and/or constructive thinking to 
reach solutions.



Position Accountabilities

  • Completes an accurate and complete staff level review of reports submitted to obtain or maintain ACS Approval.
  • Is the first point of communication for inquiries regarding the ACS Approval Program. 
  • Edit reviews of program reports assessed by members of the ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT).
  • Edits and updates support documentation for the ACS Approval Program, including instructional materials for institution users and internal training manuals.
  • Schedules conferences and site visits for programs that apply for ACS Approval.
  • Assists with logistics for virtual discussions with members of the academic community.
  • Completes special projects as assigned.



Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related chemical science.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time managements skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Experience as a teaching assistant is a plus.


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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