Assistant Managing Editor- ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, a

Washington D.C.
Competive salary & comprehensive benefits package
Sep 17, 2020
Oct 17, 2020
Field of specialization
General / Technical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific membership association and one of the top ten science publishers in the world. The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society provides to its members and the worldwide scientific community a comprehensive collection of high quality information products and services for the practice and advancement of the chemical sciences. The Division publishes a weekly magazine, over 60 high-quality scholarly journals focused on chemistry and chemistry-related topics, and peer-reviewed books developed from ACS symposia (ACS Symposium Series). 

Global Journals Development encompasses two major business units. Editorial Development, through its Publishers, focuses on the effective management and strategic expansion of the suite of ACS Publications journals, both hybrid and open access titles. This team delivers new products on an annual and ongoing basis, based on an assessment of the existing portfolio relative to the research landscape. Editorial Development provides strategic guidance to ACS Editors-in-Chief to maximize the impact and success of the journals. Global Editorial Operations primarily focuses on the overall operations related to more than 600 journal editors and their editorial offices. This group oversees the effective implementation of the entire peer review process and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to ensure this core competency is upheld and the quality and integrity standards expected of ACS journals sustain. 

The Global Journals Development group is the primary ACS editorial and business contact for journal editors, who are located throughout the world and ensure the quality of content published through a rigorous and customer centric peer review process. Robust submission of high-quality, uniformly prepared manuscripts ensures that ACS journals remain the most trusted, most cited, and most read. This objective offers opportunities for efficiencies in downstream publication and optimization of display and delivery of published content. Global Journals Development is central to ensuring the editors and editorial direction of the journals optimally serve the mission of the ACS.


Position Summary: 

The Assistant Managing Editor is responsible for the day-to-day management of ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and Chemical Research in Toxicology, ensuring that the publications are produced on time, on budget, and with appropriate levels of quality. This portfolio of journals is particularly focused on addressing challenges and questions relevant to materials and processes that occur naturally on Earth and in space, sustainability, advancing principles of green chemistry and green engineering, and providing knowledge and innovative approaches to promote intelligent solutions for human safety and ecosystem preservation, all while emphasizing chemistry, engineering, and chemical research tools as the unifying theme. The qualified candidate will work with Editors and ACS staff to develop and implement publishing strategies and editorial initiatives to sustain and enhance the journals’ standing within the global chemistry community to ensure their continued growth and success. The Assistant Managing Editor will collaborate with the Editors in planning, recruiting commissioned content, and monitor progress of the journal against competitors. The qualified candidate will also work with ACS staff from Global Production Operations; Global Editorial Operations; Digital Strategy and Publishing Platforms; and Marketing, Sales and New Product Innovation to implement strategic initiatives for the journals. The Assistant Managing Editor may be required to represent the journals within the scientific community through laboratory visits and conferences, both domestic and international. The successful candidate will report to the Senior Managing Editor, Global Journals Development. 


  • Work with ACS Publications staff and Editors to:
  • Assess, define, and oversee implementation of near and long-term strategic plans and priorities that lead to the growth of ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and Chemical Research in Toxicology;
  • Identify new and emerging areas of content for the journals, and solicit and track submissions in these areas;
  • Monitor competitor journals and industry developments, and report on issues/trends to Editors and ACS Publications staff at regular intervals;
  • Manage day-to-day workflows, including (but not limited to) invited reviews,  virtual and special issues, and cover art for the journals;
  • Help identifying and recruiting new Editors and Editorial Advisory Board members for the journals;
  • Coordinate with other ACS Publications departments (Global Production Operations; Global Editorial Operations; Digital Strategy and Publishing Platforms; and Marketing, Sales and New Product Innovation; and others) to ensure efficiency, timeliness, and overall high quality of the published product and to move forward strategic initiatives;
  • Plan and execute Editors/Editorial Advisory Board meetings in conjunction with ACS national meetings;
  • Work with ACS Publications Marketing staff to contribute to social media promotions and other marketing initiatives for the journals; and,
  • Assist in facilitating and implementing staff-supported editorial peer review processes.
  • Using established best practices, monitor journal and competitor statistics, prepare data reports for internal and external reporting, and draft monitoring reports under guidance of ACS Publications staff.
  • Effectively represent the journal in correspondence and at outreach events, site visits, strategic scientific conferences, and exhibits to acquire and maintain a deep understanding of the needs and trends within the communities served by the journals and publications portfolio.
  • Assist ACS Publications staff with developing and implementing new features, products, and/or services for journals and supporting the overall portfolio as necessary.


  • Minimum of Master’s degree in chemistry or allied sciences. Advanced degree (Ph.D.) preferred but not required.
  • Combined 4+ years of relevant training and experience in an academic or industrial chemistry setting; experience in STM publishing a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities with both technical and nontechnical audiences, as well as decision-making, leadership, and analytical skills, ability to make well-reasoned decisions, contribute to and lead cross-functional teams, multitasking and organizational skills to balance both long term goals/projects and day-to-day deliverables required.

This position is based in the Washington, DC offices of the American Chemical Society. Relocation assistance is available.  Some travel may be required.