Senior Director, Membership

Date: Jan 28, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Organization Overview


The American Chemical Society is a not-for-profit scientific and educational organization and is the world’s largest scientific society. Founded in 1876, the Society numbers more than 151,000 members, publishes 44 peer-reviewed journals and a weekly newsmagazine and produces the largest and most widely used chemical databases in the world. The Society’s two national meetings and up to ten regional meetings attract more than 33,000 participants and result in the presentation of more than 20,000 scientific/technical papers each year. There are two major operating areas with approximately 2,000 employees; ACS Washington Operations (located in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio) and Chemical Abstracts Service in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, the ACS has a representative foreign office in China and several field representatives in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere who promote the use of ACS and CAS publications and services as well as membership. A dozen field offices in the United States and abroad also serve as news gathering centers for Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly ACS magazine.



Division Overview


The American Chemical Society’s Division of Membership is the major business entity responsible for growing ACS membership and developing, implementing, and supporting member programs, products, and services (PPS). The Division consist of units that support our industry members, chapters, technical divisions, and students. With over 151,000 members, Membership coordinates with other business units to deliver an integrated suite of PPS that meet current and potential member needs. While the majority of members are US-based, ACS Membership serves our growing community outside the US, now 15% of the total. With a budget of $19M (revenues) and $47M (expenses), ACS Membership delivers a diverse set of programs in support of ACS member, potential members, the entire chemical science enterprise and works to support ACS governance activities including both Board and Council committees.



Position Overview


Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer, the Sr. Director of the Membership Division provides executive and strategic leadership to a broad suite of high profile and complex programs requiring daily interaction with ACS executive leadership, governance and the overarching membership of the organization. The Sr. Director must move the programs forward in a manner that accomplishes the overall strategic goals of the ACS and maximizes the growth potential of our entire membership population, while minimizing costs. A critical dimension of the position is to be prepared to respond to queries and developments in a timely fashion including those that might arise unexpectedly, and to direct the unit in a manner that demonstrates efficiency and results orientation.


In addition to leading one of the world’s largest membership programs, the Sr. Director’s portfolio is broadly constituted to require collaborate with other ACS divisions operating PPS that directly affect the quality of the ACS, reputation, and member value proposition. In carrying out this role, the Sr. Director must also set strategic direction for the Society’s membership globally and influence not only a domestic audience but the entire world. A strong hand is also required in making business decisions that affect the bottom line of the ACS. The Division operates in a business sense given its pivotal role in the ACS to maintain, increase and be responsible for members while operating in a not-for-profit environment. The Sr. Director oversees a division that is critical to the entire success of the ACS and the chemical science enterprise. Thus, the Sr. Director must exercise leadership support to the Board of Directors, other Governance units and be a critical advisor to the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Executive Officer in shaping the overall programmatic and financial direction of the membership sector of the Society.



Candidate Qualifications and Experience


College degree in chemistry or related science preferred; advanced degree or equivalent experience is a plus. 10+ years of related experience, including senior management experience. Recognized as an accomplished and innovative leader in the field of not-for-profit management with demonstrated diplomacy skills. Understanding of the professional membership needs of chemical scientist, possessing financial acumen, strategic planning skills and a global outlook are desirable. Experience with professional organizations and member volunteers highly desirable. Possess excellent interpersonal, communication and diplomacy skills. A demonstrated ability to motivate and develop a professional staff. An understanding of not-for-profit association and understanding of best business practices would be very helpful.







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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