Director, Science/Technical Affairs

Washington D.C.
Medical, dental, matching 401(k), profit sharing, merit increase, discretionary bonus.
Jun 14, 2018
Jul 14, 2018
Field of specialization
Engineering, Environmental, Toxicological
Work Function
Technical Services
Job Type
Full time

The American Chemistry Council (ACC), a national trade association representing the world’s leading chemical and plastics manufacturers, currently has an opportunity for Director, Science/Technical Affairs for its Sustainability and Market Outreach Department.  ACC represents its members on public policy issues; coordinates the industry’s research and testing programs; and administers Responsible Care®, the industry’s environment, health, safety and security performance improvement initiative. 

The position is responsible for designing, implementing and executing technical, scientific, and related policy strategy within the sustainability and market outreach department.  The position will be a primary interface with members, key downstream market users, solution providers, standards setters and science organizations on issues related to scientific methods for tracking industry and product performance and chemical evaluation in the private sector. The position works closely with key internal staff and external stakeholders and reports directly to the Senior Director, Science and Technical Affairs.

Other key duties and responsibilities of the position include developing and executing strategy for the promotion of risk, science, and life cycle approaches to chemical/material selection in key chemicals value chains; serving as a technical expert on relevant value chain issues such as ingredient disclosure, risk and hazard assessment, lifecycle assessment, alternatives assessment, multi-attribute evaluation, product certifications, voluntary consensus standards, eco-labels, key performance metrics, and industry data standards and sources; leading engagement with third-parties, scientific bodies, brands and retailers related to scientific analysis issues to promote approaches consistent with ACC principles; delivering value to advocacy, standards, sustainability, partnerships, marketing and market outreach functions; and participating in the design of ACC advocacy strategies on key value chain technical and policy issues.

Required qualifications include a Bachelors’ degree in chemistry, toxicology, chemical or environmental engineering or a related degree, and at least 10 or more year’s professional work experience. Proven experience in risk assessment, science policy, public policy or related field; chemical or related industry or policy organization and with developing and implementing technical solutions, as well as the ability to design strategy, direction and action plans, give internal and public presentations, work both independently and collaboratively on a variety of complex matters and lead membership groups are a must.

To learn more about ACC, visit our web site at  ACC offers a salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.  If you meet the qualifications, please forward your resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to  or (202) 330 5563.