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Assistant Director, Industry Member & Award Programs

American Chemical Society
Washington D.C.
Competitive salary and benefits
Closing date
Sep 22, 2022

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Field of specialization
General / Technical
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Job Type
Full time
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The Division of Membership is responsible for recruiting, retaining, engaging, recognizing and servicing members around the world. With over 151,000 members worldwide, providing an integrated suite of experiences and support that meet current and potential member needs is vital to the Society’s mission and future. The Assistant Director plays a critical role by leading both the Industry Member Programs and Awards units that focus on providing greater value and recognition to ACS members particularly those from industry and other underrepresented groups. The Industry Member Programs unit is the Society’s essential interactor with global industry providing essential offerings to both individual members and executive leads. The Awards unit manages historic and treasured awards to recognize chemical scientists, engineers, and allied professionals for contributions of exceptional scientific and societal merit.


Position Summary
Reporting to the Senior Director Membership, the Assistant Director of Industry Member & Award Programs plays a significant role in advising and contributing to the success of the entire division by planning and executing programs for ACS members and stakeholders. The incumbent is responsible for understanding the needs of individual members; developing a strategy for providing experiences, value, and recognition to those groups; and developing and maintaining effective relationships with senior industry executives. Using that information and those relationships—along with other inputs—the primary role of the incumbent will be identifying direction, efficiently concentrating resources and actions, and achieving the goal of the unit with an emphasis on industrial relationships. The position oversees a team of 7 staff and assorted contractors. The incumbent oversees multimillion dollar budgets and significant award endowments in conjunction with colleagues.

Work design: Demonstrates an expert knowledge of the organization and industry practices, methods and procedures. Develops and manages short- and near-term strategies for the business unit. Develops procedures and policies. Work involves managing a department of large, highly visible work across the organization.


Position Accountabilities

  1. Leads the development and execution of short-term and long-term plans designed to provide meaningful value to ACS members (and other stakeholders) employed in industry. Responsible for directing new value for industry members and expanding/leveraging existing programs of value.
  2. Directs high-visibility events with high-profile participants from Industry, Government, and elsewhere in order to achieve Society objectives.
  3. Serves as the Society’s primary point of contact with senior industry executives (i.e., CTOs). Develops and maintains productive relationships with these executives and other senior leaders in relevant organizations.
  4. Oversees execution of ACS Awards selection and recognition programs (including National, Fellows, Heroes of Chemistry, ChemLuminary, and more) working with the lead personal in the Awards Office, governance, and other ACS staff as needed.
  5. Uses knowledge of awards selection process and event planning to provide direction and support for adjacent programs in the ACS Society Programs space (e.g., Scientific Advancement, Education, and more).
  6. Evaluates outcomes of programming and recommends revisions and future directions. Uses data-acumen and quantitative information to inform those decisions.
  7. Leads a team of 7 staff directing actions across both offices, strategizing solutions, and removing barriers. Creates and reinforces a collaborative, motivated and healthy culture throughout the units.
  8. Leads the integration and leveraging of programs, products, and services across Membership, as well as other divisions. Collaborates effectively with colleagues in the closely aligned membership units of component support, global programs, membership operations, member services, and business solutions.
  9. Serves as an internal resource on industry matters across ACS. Serves on cross-divisional teams as needed.
  10. Fosters positive and productive relationships with volunteer leaders, including Committees, Board of Directors, and other component groups.
  11. Manages multiple budgets, including responsibility for determining how budgets and resources are allocated across business units and projects.
  12. Travel to support events, activities, and other programming as needed (approx. 5-10% time).
  13. Other duties as assigned.


Required Education, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Chemistry or chemical engineering degree required, doctorate/PhD strongly preferred. Absent a PhD, an MBA combined with a Master’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering may be substituted.
  • Minimum 10 years working in chemical industry (pharma, chemicals, materials, energy, etc.) Marketing, new product development, or related work a plus.
  • Experience working and interacting with C-Suite and organizational leaders.
  • Understand needs of working chemists/chemical engineers at all levels and how to develop plans to meet those needs. At least 5 years of experience managing direct reports.
  • Excellent communications skills. Excellent analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated judgment and interpersonal skills to operate successfully in a complex working environment comprised of staff, governance, and external stakeholders.
  • Project management experience is a plus.


This position will be primarily based in the Washington D.C. office. ACS offers hybrid work arrangement of three days per week working in the office and two days per week working remotely. New employees are immediately eligible for this hybrid work arrangement. ACS offers relocation assistance, if applicable.





With nearly 157,000 members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemistry enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe. We strive to be a force for good.

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