Senior Editor, C&EN BrandLab

Date: Feb 24, 2024

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Division and Unit Overview

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) produces authoritative, award-winning journalism about the world of chemistry, including coverage of recent advances in research, education, industry, funding, and regulatory policy. It is published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society dedicated to a single discipline, and is widely considered one of the major benefits of membership.


The C&EN BrandLab is an award-winning custom content studio that sits within the Communications Division at ACS. The studio offers branded-content services to C&EN’s advertisers, such as the creation of sponsored native advertising, whitepapers and eBooks, interactive quizzes, infographics, social media campaigns, and custom live and virtual events. C&EN BrandLab also provides custom content to other units within ACS in support of the Society’s mission.


Position Summary 
We are seeking a Senior Editor, C&EN BrandLab who thrives in an extremely fast-paced setting and can support editing, production, distribution, and logistics of C&EN BrandLab products. The successful candidate will be a strong editor who can work with science journalists and communicators to create content that meets the expectations of technical accuracy and skillful storytelling at C&EN. The candidate must excel at time management. They will be expected to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and must have demonstrated strong science-communication skills across different multimedia platforms.

The successful candidate is a highly motivated professional responsible for maximizing the value of C&EN’s audience to the relevant audiences. The ideal candidate should have a firm grasp of C&EN’s editorial voice and standards and be able to work across many teams to vet creative concepts and deliver high-caliber content to clients -- on brand and on time.


Position Accountabilities 

  • Oversee content by working with C&EN staff, freelance communicators and clients.
  • Participate with the Executive Editor of C&EN BrandLab and clients to define scope and content elements for individual projects.
  • Work with the assigned freelance communicator(s) to ensure that submitted materials are created and edited to meet the broad and specific goals laid out by the client as well as the storytelling standards of C&EN.
  • Leverage different multimedia strategies to create the most eye-catching and engaging content for clients. 
  • Hire and co-manage a stable of freelance science communicators and designers as needed. On occasion, contribute to a project.  
  • Help the Executive Editor, C&EN BrandLab identify potential stories and possible sponsors for native advertising content.     
  • Work with the Executive Editor of C&EN BrandLab and the Director of Global Advertising Sales & Sponsorships on product strategy to ensure market readiness. 

Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge 
Undergraduate degree in a scientific discipline (chemistry is preferred) is desirable with 7+ years of related experience in science communication and editing. Undergraduate degree in journalism or marketing will also be considered along with the 7+ years of related experience in science communications (chemistry is preferred). Must demonstrate skills in science writing; experience with and social multimedia is a plus. Position requires excellent organization and teamwork skills. Experience in branded content or trade publications strongly preferred. Position requires familiarity and experience with the Microsoft Office suite and key social media platforms.


*Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 examples of work that best displays your scientific storytelling skills across print/digital formats with your application.


About working at ACS:

ACS believes in the strength of diversity in all its forms, because inclusion of and respect for diverse people, experiences, and ideas lead to superior solutions to world challenges and advance chemistry as a global, multidisciplinary science. In turn, C&EN believes that to meet its mission to be the world’s go-to source of news about chemistry, our reporting and our newsroom must include diverse perspectives. Therefore, we strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically marginalized communities in the chemical sciences to apply.



Position is based in Washington, DC

This position will be primarily based in the Washington D.C. 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.




Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

Job Segment: Research