Public Policy Specialist

Date: Jan 8, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Division and Unit Overview


Consistent with the ACS National Charter and the ACS Strategic Plan, the OSGC Government Affairs functions promotes public policies that advance science and the chemical enterprise for the benefit of society. The Government Affairs team informs policymakers and federal agencies of the role of science in public policy, advances specific recommendations on issues affecting the chemical enterprise, and informs and involves ACS members in the process.  Three units – Public Policy, Advocacy and Federal Relations comprise the government affairs activities of OSGC.


Position Summary


This position involves working both independently and within a team environment in support of a wide range of government affairs activities including policy development and management (two thirds) and government affairs support (one third). The position requires knowledge of the political climate, with an emphasis on science policy, ability to interact frequently with a wide range of both internal and external audiences, and a high degree of attention to detail. The position will provide research support, policy analysis and assist in policy statement drafting as part of the government affairs team. The position will report to the advocacy manager.    


Position Accountabilities


  • Coordinate ACS policy statement process, including; statement prioritization, coordination of writing teams/staff team leads, liaise with governance committees, statement development and maintenance. 
  • Support Government Affairs team in preparation for governance committee activities, primarily, the Board standing committee on Public Affairs and Public Relations (PAPR).
  • Assists the government affairs team and project leads with policy research, preparation of reporting materials for society governance, and writing and editing of advocacy materials.
  • Assist in planning and executing government affairs events, including legislative briefings for lawmakers, congressional receptions, multi-organization coalition meetings, and events at ACS national meetings. Assist in handling all associated logistics for these events.
  • Assist in tracking relevant legislative issues, scanning and compiling reports and legislative analysis as needed by advocacy team.
  • Prepare fact sheets, reports, infographics, and white papers, and deliver oral presentations and information briefs to organization leaders and stakeholders.
  • Maintain information on issues areas, studies, regulations, policy statements, legislation involving or affecting the organization. Monitor, evaluate and research policy issues of relevance to the ACS. 


Required Education & Experience

  • College degree in (relevant technical subject) or related area or equivalent experience; 2-5 years of related experience in area(s). Prior experience with public and/or government affairs work environment or on Capitol Hill is preferred. 
  • 2-5 years of related experience in area(s). Prior experience with public and/or government affairs work environment or on Capitol Hill is preferred.


Position Summary


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