Senior Strategist, Communications

Date: Mar 27, 2024

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

American Chemical Society has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, high-performing leader to join the communications team. This dynamic team manages the organization’s brand and supports its strategic goals by producing written and multimedia products for internal and external audiences. We are looking for a thought leader who is comfortable with strategic conversations at the executive level to collaborate with stakeholders across the organization on the development and execution of strategic initiatives and audience engagement strategies. This is a managerial position and will supervise a team. We value clear communication, decisiveness and excellent organizational and people skills. The role comes with a competitive base salary and bonus potential.


Here’s what you’ll be doing:

  • You will provide thought leadership and strategic thinking in areas such as internal communications and crisis communications
  • You will build and maintain effective relationships with leadership across the enterprise to support understanding of and alignment with organizational strategy and priorities
  • You will oversee multiple strategic initiatives from ideation to implementation, setting goals, monitoring progress and driving projects to conclusion
  • You will act as a trusted advisor to the Communications Director and senior leadership team, handling sensitive information and providing honest and thoughtful guidance and advice on communications, people and priorities
  • You will identify pain points and recommend improvements based on data-driven decision-making
  • You will have experience with change management and effectively managing teams through transition
  • You will plan and lead meetings, staff trainings and workshops
  • You will be comfortable accepting feedback and iterating to deliver the desired product
  • You will provide direction to a work team according to established policies and management guidance. If supervising direct reports, you will be responsible for people management actions including hiring, performance management, coaching and development.


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience working on high-performing communications or marketing teams
  • 7+ years as a manager of people
  • Experience working in a busy environment, demonstrating the ability to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines
  • A self-starter with the ability to work well within a team to achieve organizational goals
  • Experience with navigating privacy and compliance conversations with organizational and technical stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Familiarity and knowledge of the media and comms ecosystems
  • Previous work for a scientific non-profit organization or educational institution is a plus
  • A background in chemistry or a related field is a plus


Position Summary


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